Latest Alaska state government News

Groups get creative to help Alaska voters with ranked voting

Aug. 11, 2022 20:58 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Drag performers shimmied up and down a walkway between café tables, as enthusiastic patrons took photos, waved cash and filled out ballots ranking the shows. The mock election, fueled by performances that brought the din of an Anchorage, Alaska, café to a...

Federal program helps Alaska villages get broadband access

Aug. 09, 2022 19:43 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska will receive at least $100 million through a new federal program to expand high-speed internet to underserved rural areas and promote workforce development, officials said Tuesday. U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, an Alaska Republican, coordinated a summit...

Man in Alaska corrections department custody dies

Aug. 08, 2022 16:47 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man in state corrections custody while facing charges has died at an Anchorage prison, the Alaska Department of Corrections said Monday. Austin Earl Wilson, 34, was pronounced dead Friday at the Anchorage Correctional Complex, a statement from the...

Efforts fail to save historic Alaska theater from demolition

Aug. 04, 2022 22:29 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Demolition is scheduled to begin this week on a once-opulent downtown Anchorage movie theater designed by the architect of Hollywood’s famed Pantages Theater. Anchorage entrepreneur Austin “Cap” Lathrop opened the 4th Avenue Theatre, with nearly...

Alaska House candidates talk ranked voting ahead of election

Aug. 01, 2022 19:19 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska U.S. House candidate Sarah Palin on Monday said the state's ranked choice voting system “needs to be changed,” though Alaska has yet to conduct an election under the system. The state's first ranked voting election, under a system narrowly approved...

Legal opinion sheds light on correspondence school funds

Jul. 25, 2022 20:32 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The use of public correspondence school funding allotments to pay most or all of a student's private school's tuition is “almost certainly unconstitutional,” according to an opinion released Monday by the Alaska attorney general's office. The opinion by...

Alaska governor to sign tribal recognition bill

Jul. 22, 2022 17:04 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy is expected next week to sign legislation to formally recognize tribes in the state. The Alaska Federation of Natives announced the bill signing would take place Thursday. Shannon Mason, a Dunleavy spokesperson, confirmed the timing....

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 21, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Alaska to begin paying dividend, energy checks Sept. 20

Jul. 15, 2022 21:25 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska plans to begin distributing this year's oil-wealth fund check and a special energy relief payment to residents on Sept. 20. The timeline was announced Friday by Gov. Mike Dunleavy and the state Department of Revenue. The...

Pilot found dead with wreckage of plane in Alaska

Jul. 15, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The wreckage of an airplane reported overdue earlier this week has been located, and the pilot, the only person onboard, found dead, according to the Alaska Department of Public Safety. The department in a statement identified the pilot as 38-year-old Andy...