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Plan to split Alaska Department of Health draws criticism

Jan. 15, 2021 12:27 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A proposal to split the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services into two organizations has been criticized by health care workers, social service organizations and tribal governments. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the reorganization plan Dec. 22, saying the...

Sealaska Corporation announces end to logging operations

Jan. 13, 2021 9:09 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Sealaska Corporation has announced plans to get out of the logging business after more than 40 years. The Juneau-based Alaska Native corporation announced the change Monday in a sign of Southeast Alaska’s economic transition away from logging, CoastAlaska reported. The...

Navy rolls out new strategy for expanding Arctic operations

Jan. 11, 2021 2:15 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Department of the Navy released details of a new strategy for operations in the Arctic as competition for resources among nations increases in the region. Members of Alaska’s congressional delegation have expressed support for the increased focus on the Arctic, the...

Alaska governor plans appeal of mine project denial

Jan. 8, 2021 9:38 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said the state will appeal the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' rejection of a key permit for a proposed copper and gold mine in a region that supports the world's largest sockeye salmon runs. Dunleavy, in a statement Friday, called the corps' decision flawed...

FILE - In this March 5, 2020, file photo, Alaska Republican House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt, left, speaks with Rep. George Rauscher on the floor of the House in Juneau, Alaska. The Alaska Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in an election challenge brought by Pruitt. A recount found Pruitt lost his Anchorage seat to Democrat Liz Snyder by 11 votes. Pruitt's attorney says the court should order a new election, arguing that election officials did not do enough to notify voters of a polling place change. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

Alaska Supreme Court rules against Pruitt election challenge

Jan. 8, 2021 7:43 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday ruled against Republican Minority Leader Lance Pruitt's bid for a new election after a recount showed he lost his state House seat by 11 votes. Pruitt attorney Stacey Stone asked the court to order a new election, arguing state election officials did...

Shooting of Alaska bald eagle investigated; bird euthanized

Jan. 4, 2021 9:51 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the shooting of a bald eagle near Alaska's capital city, which led to the protected bird being euthanized. The injured eagle was rescued Dec. 22 in Juneau, but it was not clear the bird had been shot until the Alaska Raptor Center in...

Alaska Legislature requires masks in Capitol during session

Dec. 31, 2020 11:12 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has required all lawmakers and staff to wear masks during the upcoming session in a bid to stop the coronavirus from spreading. The Legislative Council passed the mandate 11-1 this week in a virtual meeting that determined the rules and guidelines for the...

Bald eagle shot in Alaska survives; investigation underway

Dec. 27, 2020 11:12 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A bald eagle that had been shot has survived with a broken leg and is being treated at a bird hospital in Alaska. The eagle was rescued on Tuesday after Kathy Benner, the manager of the Juneau Raptor Center, received a report about an injured bird in a person's yard in Juneau. It is...

Alaska Airlines to purchase 68 new Boeing 737 MAX planes

Dec. 24, 2020 1:22 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Airlines has said it intends to purchase 68 new Boeing 737 MAX planes despite the model having been grounded in 2019 after a pair of high-profile crashes that killed 346 people. The company said in a statement Tuesday that it would only fly the aircraft after its “own...

Fairbanks health system reports vaccine reaction in employee

Dec. 18, 2020 6:44 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A female clinician not known to have allergies had a probable severe allergic reaction shortly after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, a Fairbanks health system reported Friday. The woman began experiencing “a probable anaphylactic reaction” about 10 minutes after receiving...