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Alaska Supreme Court orders use of interim map for elections

May. 24, 2022 20:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court said Tuesday it has affirmed a lower court ruling that the board tasked with redrawing the state's political boundaries "again engaged in unconstitutional political gerrymandering” and ordered the use of a new map for this year's elections. ...

Some razor clam fisheries closed as population struggles

May. 24, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Razor clam fisheries in parts of the Cook Inlet area will remain closed for sport and personal use this year, continuing a years-long trend of closures as the clam population has struggled to regain numbers. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says...

Alaska road cut off by massive landslide to reopen Friday

May. 24, 2022 12:41 PM EDT

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Officials this week intend to reopen a road that has been closed for more than two weeks following a massive landslide that cut off access to the city of Seward from a smaller community. The May 7 slide cut off travel between Lowell Point and Seward, which is...

Alaska governor picks Nancy Dahlstrom as running mate

May. 23, 2022 19:50 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Republican incumbent Mike Dunleavy filed paperwork for office Monday, hoping to become the first sitting Alaska governor in nearly a quarter century to be elected to a second term. He also introduced his running mate, former state Department of Corrections...

Alaska job numbers in April up over a year earlier

May. 20, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska had about 6,700 more jobs last month than a year earlier but jobs in most sectors had not recovered to pre-pandemic levels, the state labor department reported Friday. There were about 11,800 fewer jobs in April than there were in April 2019, the year...

Alaska lawmakers pass budget package to end session

May. 19, 2022 20:50 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature in the waning hours of a four-month session approved a state spending package that would pay residents about $3,200 this year after a vote that would have boosted the payout to about $3,850 narrowly failed in the House. The approved...

Alaska lawmakers OK payments to residents of about $3,200

May. 19, 2022 05:58 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature approved a state spending package late Wednesday that would pay residents about $3,200 this year after a vote that would have boosted the payout to about $3,850 narrowly failed in the House. A tentative budget agreement reached by House...

Climber from Japan dies after crevasse fall in Alaska

May. 18, 2022 23:53 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A climber from Japan is presumed dead following a fall into a crevasse near Mount Hunter in Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve, officials said. The park, in a statement, said a 43-year-old climber from Kanagawa, Japan, was unroped from his...

Alaska State Troopers: Kodiak boy died of hypothermia

May. 18, 2022 20:24 PM EDT

A 7-year-old Kodiak boy whose body was found after being missing a week died from hypothermia, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday. Two people recreating in the Pillar Mountain area found the body of Sawyer Cipolla on Sunday. “No signs or indications of foul play or...

Alaska Legislature passes bill to formally recognize tribes

May. 18, 2022 15:08 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has passed a measure to formally recognize tribes in the state. The House on Tuesday voted 37-2 to accept a Senate version of the bill that passed last week. The bill next goes to Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Supporters of the bill...