Latest Alaska state government News

Louisiana, Alaskan tribes file UN climate change complaint

Jan. 17, 2020 7:05 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Four coastal Louisiana tribes and one in Alaska that say the U.S. government violated their human rights by failing to take action on climate change have submitted a formal complaint to the United Nations in Switzerland. The complaint was filed Wednesday, The Advocate reported....

A fire, an SOS, a rescue: Man spends weeks in remote Alaska

Jan. 13, 2020 5:41 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Tyson Steele watched his remote cabin go up in flames, mourned the death of his dog and then spent weeks in the Alaska wilderness, bundling up in an makeshift shelter against the subzero temperatures and eating canned food — unable to reach the outside world. He knew his best...

Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth listens to arguments over an effort to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. Judge Aarseth ruled that an effort to recall Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy may proceed, a decision that is expected to be appealed. The decision followed arguments in the case and came two months after Gail Fenumiai, director of the state Division of Elections, rejected a bid to advance the recall effort. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

Judge allows effort to recall Alaska governor to proceed

Jan. 10, 2020 9:07 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska judge ruled Friday that an effort to recall Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy may proceed, a decision that is expected to be appealed. The decision from the bench by Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth in Anchorage followed arguments in the case and came two months after Gail...

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2018, file photo, then-Alaska Gov. Bill Walker addresses delegates at the annual Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Former Alaska Gov. Walker, who was one of the country's few politically unaffiliated governors, plans to discuss with students bridging the political divide during an upcoming, on-campus residency at Harvard University. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Ex-Alaska governor Bill Walker chosen for Harvard fellowship

Jan. 9, 2020 9:27 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Bill Walker, who was one of the country's few politically unaffiliated governors, plans to discuss with students bridging the political divide during an upcoming, on-campus residency at Harvard University. The former Alaska governor is among six people chosen as resident fellows for...

Deserted 5-year-old takes toddler to neighbor in bitter cold

Dec. 7, 2019 12:37 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 5-year-old child left alone in a house in a remote Alaska village carried a toddler half a mile to a neighbor's home in the bitter cold wearing only socks and light clothing after the power went out, authorities said Friday. Both children suffered cold-weather injuries in...

FILE - In this May 29, 2019 file photo, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to reporters in his office at the state Capitol in Juneau, Alaska. Dunleavy said he hopes to move past the rancor of his first year in office, amid an unsettled dispute with lawmakers over state spending and threat of a recall effort looming large. The Republican will mark a full year in office Tuesday, Dec. 3. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

Alaska governor marks 1st year in office amid turmoil

Nov. 29, 2019 10:15 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Last December, poor weather scrambled Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s inaugural plans, a bumpy start to a turbulent year marked by budget disputes and a recall threat. Dunleavy told The Associated Press recently he hopes to move past the rancor. Whether he can repair strained...

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2019 file photo, Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, left, speaks to reporters as Gov. Mike Dunleavy, right, looks on in Anchorage, Alaska. Clarkson says a woman who says she was wrongly denied a state check because of her same-sex marriage is eligible. Clarkson said in a since-deleted tweet that Denali Nicole Smith is eligible for the check paid to residents from Alaska's oil-wealth fund, but her application is listed as not paid because she hasn't provided a correct address. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Attorney General: Same-sex spouse eligible for oil check

Nov. 22, 2019 10:37 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska said Friday that it erred in sending a woman a letter citing her same-sex marriage in denying her application for a state oil-wealth fund check. Attorney General Kevin Clarkson said a denial letter never should have been sent, but he called Denali Nicole...

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2019 file photo, Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, left, speaks to reporters as Gov. Mike Dunleavy, right, looks on in Anchorage, Alaska. Clarkson says a woman who says she was wrongly denied a state check because of her same-sex marriage is eligible. Clarkson said in a since-deleted tweet that Denali Nicole Smith is eligible for the check paid to residents from Alaska's oil-wealth fund, but her application is listed as not paid because she hasn't provided a correct address. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

The Latest: State: Same-sex spouse eligible for oil check

Nov. 22, 2019 9:13 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit over a denied oil-wealth check in Alaska (all times local): 5:05 p.m. The state of Alaska says it erred in sending a woman a letter citing her same-sex marriage in denying her application for a state oil-wealth fund check. The Department of Law says Denali...

Alaska man arrested after drugs found in spoiled goat guts

Nov. 22, 2019 9:01 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man found with $400,000 in illegal drugs hidden in spoiled goat intestines at an airport has been arrested. Cenen Placencia of Kodiak was arrested Wednesday at Anchorage’s international airport, authorities said. Investigators with Alaska State Troopers searched a...

Military same-sex spouse denied Alaska oil check sues

Nov. 21, 2019 9:50 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman alleges the state is wrongly enforcing laws barring recognition of same-sex marriages, five years after a federal judge found such a ban to be unconstitutional. In a lawsuit, attorneys for Denali Nicole Smith say Smith was denied eligibility for the check paid to...