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Election overhaul in Alaska aimed at reducing partisanship

Jan. 16, 2022 11:46 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — As partisan warfare has become the norm in state legislatures and Congress, Alaska is set to embark on an experiment to see if voters themselves can disarm the combatants. A new election system, narrowly passed by voters in 2020 and set to be used in this...

Ex-Alaska official claims firing was politically motivated

Jan. 12, 2022 18:20 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The former head of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. claims her firing was “political retribution” by board members appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Dunleavy, a Republican seeking reelection, denied any involvement in Angela Rodell’s removal last month,...

Swarm of earthquakes, some strong, hits off Alaska islands

Jan. 11, 2022 15:47 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A swarm of earthquakes was recorded Tuesday off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, including the largest with a magnitude of 6.8 followed by aftershocks. There were few reports of the underwater quakes in the North Pacific being felt in nearby communities in a...

Partisan letters cost long-serving Alaska magistrate his job

Jan. 10, 2022 13:48 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The longest serving magistrate in Alaska is no longer on the bench after writing letters to the editor critical of the Republican party. Former Seward Magistrate George Peck wrote four letters to the editor of the Anchorage Daily News, the latest in...

Anchorage anti-panhandling signs cite unconstitutional law

Jan. 07, 2022 13:28 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The city of Anchorage has spent nearly $9,000 on new anti-panhandling signs, but the law the signs refer to was found unconstitutional nearly a decade ago. The signs began showing up last month at busy Anchorage intersections where pedestrians sometimes...

Schools in Alaska forge ahead with in-person learning

Jan. 05, 2022 14:25 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's largest school district has resumed in-person classes in Anchorage after its winter break and schools in Juneau plan to do the same as COVID-19 cases rise. Anchorage School District Superintendent Deena Bishop, in an online message to parents...

Destructive winds flip airplanes, trucks near Anchorage

Jan. 03, 2022 20:14 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Destructive winds battered an area just north of Anchorage for the third straight day on Monday — flipping small airplanes and semitrailers, forcing schools to close, leaving thousands without power and severely damaging a fast-food restaurant. Two...

Alaska governor thanks Trump for conditional endorsement

Dec. 31, 2021 21:18 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has accepted a conditional endorsement from former President Donald Trump for his 2022 re-election campaign, a campaign spokesman said Friday. Trump told Dunleavy earlier this week that he would endorse him on condition that he...

Alaskans line up for virus tests as cases rise with omicron

Dec. 31, 2021 14:42 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — People are lining up to get coronavirus tests as Alaska sees an uptick in new COVID-19 cases over the past week. Cars lined up and some people said they waited for over an hour to get tested in Anchorage, KTUU-TV reported. The city's health...

Authorities: Guardians killed Alaska boy after mom's death

Dec. 30, 2021 21:21 PM EST

A 2-year-old Alaska boy has been killed by his guardians months after his father strangled his mother, authorities said. Steven Melovidov Jr. and Sophie Myers-Melovidov killed the boy in their home on a remote island in the Bering Sea and attempted to mislead investigators,...