Latest Alaska state government News

Alaska unemployment numbers improve, still historically high

Sep. 19, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's unemployment numbers improved in August but still remains historically high amid the coronavirus pandemic, the state's labor agency reported. In August, the state reported 37,000 fewer jobs than in the same month in 2019 for a 10.5% drop, said the Alaska Department of...

Alaska Supreme Court rejects appeal to reprint 800K ballots

Sep. 18, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska elections officials succeeded in two court challenges Friday, surviving efforts from a nonpartisan candidate seeking to force the state to reprint 800,000 ballots after the design of the document was changed. The Alaska Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling, which said...

State seeks Alaska Supreme Court review in ballot lawsuit

Sep. 17, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A judge on Thursday ordered the state of Alaska to stop printing general election ballots after a Democratic-nominated independent candidate sued to block a new ballot design ahead of the November election. Alaska Superior Court Judge Jennifer Henderson ordered the Alaska Division...

Alaska Democratic Party decries change to ballot information

Sep. 16, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Democratic Party has objected to a change to the state's general election ballot under which candidates no longer are required to list their party registration. The state Democratic Party said the move is biased, lacks transparency and was disclosed days before ballots...

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...

Woman comes forward about encounter with ex-Alaska official

Sep. 10, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Byron Mallott invited a woman to a meeting at a hotel in 2018 in which Alaska's then-lieutenant governor said he was attracted to her and expressed hope she felt the same, she told the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica of the events that led to Mallott's resignation. Jody Potts...

Alaska court rules police need aerial surveillance warrants

Sep. 9, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Court of Appeals has ruled law enforcement officers cannot use cameras and drones for aerial searches of property without a warrant. The court acknowledged police have a legal right to fly over property, but the use of observational technology violates the right to...

Arizona grand jury indicts 2 for selling meth, having AK-47s

Sep. 8, 2020 11:38 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona grand jury has indicted two men suspected of selling methamphetamine and possessing 10 assault rifles during the commission of a drug offense. State prosecutors said Tuesday that Jorge Dario Burboa Arevalo and Luis Domingo Santillan are accused of being part of a drug trafficking...

Lawsuit challenges Alaska witness requirement for ballots

Sep. 8, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A lawsuit filed Tuesday asks a judge to block election officials from enforcing during the COVID-19 pandemic a requirement that Alaska absentee voters have someone witness them signing their ballots. The plaintiffs are the Arctic Village Council, a tribal government; the League of...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020m file photom Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Dunleavy will pay $2,800 to reimburse the state for ads an independent counsel found were political and violated ethics rules, according to a recently released settlement. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Dunleavy to pay $2,800 after ads found to violate ethics law

Sep. 8, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy will pay $2,800 to reimburse the state for ads an independent counsel found were political and violated ethics rules, according to a recently released settlement. The agreement resolves allegations that Dunleavy's office improperly used state funds for...