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A view of downtown Portland from the East Bank Esplanade is seen on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The entire Portland metropolitan region remains under a thick blanket of smog from wildfires that are burning around the state and residents are being advised to remain indoors due to hazardous air quality. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Latest: Oregon seeks presidential disaster declaration

Sep. 14, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 8:15 p.m. SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the ongoing wildfires in the state. Brown made the request Monday, saying it would bring much needed resources to Oregon’s response and...

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2019, file photo, Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, left, addresses reporters as Gov. Mike Dunleavy, right, looks on in Anchorage, Alaska. Clarkson has resigned, shortly after details of text messages that the state's married and socially conservative top law enforcement officer sent to a female state employee were revealed Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Alaska attorney general quits after texts with woman surface

Aug. 25, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson resigned Tuesday, shortly after details of text messages that the state's married and socially conservative top law enforcement officer sent to a female state employee were revealed. “Kevin Clarkson has admitted to conduct in the...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2018, file photo, Alaska state Rep. Gary Knopp waits during a break in a floor session in which the House failed to elect a permanent speaker in Juneau, Alaska. Knopp, who was involved in a July mid-air collision that killed seven people, was piloting his plane even though his medical flight certification was denied eight years ago because of vision problems, the National Transportation Safety Board reported Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. . (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

NTSB: Lawmaker in plane crash flew despite vision problems

Aug. 25, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

An Alaska state lawmaker who was involved in a July midair collision that killed seven people was piloting his plane even though his medical flight certification was denied eight years ago because of vision problems, a federal agency reported Tuesday. Alaska State Troopers identified the pilot as state Rep. Gary...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sen. Sullivan, an Alaska Republican, is unopposed in the Alaska Republican Primary on Aug. 18, 2020. Sullivan, who is seeking a second term, will face the winner of the Democratic primary, which includes the leading candidate, Al Gross, who is running as nonpartisan. (Al Drago/Pool via AP, File)

Sullivan, Gross advance in Alaska US Senate primaries

Aug. 19, 2020 2:42 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Independent Al Gross won the Democratic Alaska U.S. Senate primary Tuesday, advancing to challenge Republican incumbent Dan Sullivan in this fall's general election. Gross, an orthopedic surgeon who was endorsed by the state Democratic party and gained national attention bested...

The Latest: Gross wins Alaska Democratic US Senate primary

Aug. 19, 2020 1:42 AM EDT

The Latest on the 2020 primary elections (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Alaska time Independent Al Gross has won the Democratic primary in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race. Gross, 58, will face first-term Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan in the November general election. Sullivan was unopposed in his primary....

FILE - In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an airplane flies over caribou from the Porcupine Caribou Herd on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska.The Department of the Interior has approved an oil and gas leasing program within Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is home to polar bears, caribou and other wildlife. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt signed the Record of Decision, which will determine where oil and gas leasing will take place in the refuge’s coastal plain.  (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)

US approves oil, gas leasing plan for Alaska wildlife refuge

Aug. 17, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration gave final approval Monday for a contentious oil and gas leasing plan on the coastal plain of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where critics worry about the industry's impact on polar bears, caribou and other wildlife. The next step, barring...

A sign directs voters to an early voting location in a state office building on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. Voting in Alaska will look a bit different amid the coronavirus pandemic, with election officials saying poll workers will be required to wear protective gear, such as masks, and will encourage voters to maintain social distance and wear masks. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Voting in Alaska will look different amid pandemic

Aug. 15, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Voting in Alaska will look a bit different amid the coronavirus pandemic, with sanitizing and masking stations expected at polling sites and markings to promote social distancing during Tuesday’s primary. A large number of requested mail-in ballots also could mean some races...

FILE - This Feb. 12, 2018 file photo, Alaska state Rep. Gary Knopp waits during a break in a floor session in which the House failed to elect a permanent speaker  in Juneau, Alaska. The Alaska House Majority says Knopp was killed in the mid-air collision of two planes near Soldotna on Friday, July 31, 2020. Alaska State Troopers would not confirm Knopp's death beyond saying the mid-air collision near the airport in Soldotna was a fatal crash. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

Midair collision kills state legislator, 6 others in Alaska

Jul. 31, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seven people, including an Alaska state lawmaker, died Friday when two small airplanes collided in midair near the airport in Soldotna, a small community on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Alaska State Troopers said state Rep. Gary Knopp, 67, of Kenai was the sole occupant of one...

Anti-Trump group ad supports Gross for Alaska US Senate seat

Jul. 30, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An outside group focused on defeating President Donald Trump in November and “Trumpism” is running an ad in Alaska in support of independent Al Gross in Alaska's U.S. Senate race. Gross is seeking to challenge first-term Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan. The ad, sponsored...

The Captain James Cook statue facing the inlet that bears his name and fronts Alaska's largest city in downtown Anchorage, Alaska is seen on June 23, 2020. Far away from Confederate memorials, Alaska residents have joined the movement to eliminate statues of colonialists accused of abusing and exploiting Indigenous people. The effort has already resulted in a statue of Russian America colonialist Alexander Baranov being taken out of public view in one city. Others want statutes removed of U.S. Secretary of State and Alaska purchase architect William Seward and Capt. James Cook. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Efforts underway in Alaska to remove statues of colonialists

Jul. 28, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

As many in the Lower 48 call for statues of Confederate leaders to be removed amid a national reckoning on race, some Alaska residents are conducting a similar movement demanding statues tied to colonization be eliminated or relocated. A statue of Russian colonialist Alexander Baranov will be taken out of public...