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US will review oil and gas leasing program in Alaska refuge

Aug. 03, 2021 19:35 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is moving ahead with a new environmental review of oil and gas leasing in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after the Interior secretary said she found “multiple legal deficiencies” in a prior review that provided a basis...

Senators behind $1T infrastructure plan show off their work

Aug. 03, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The senators who spent months stitching together a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure package are now trying to sell it to the American people before a key vote expected this week that would push a long recognized national priority much closer to the finish line, after...

Mistaken identity lands man in Hawaii mental hospital

Aug. 03, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials wrongly arrested a homeless man for a crime committed by someone else, locked him up in a state hospital for more than two years, forced him to take psychiatric drugs and then tried to cover up the mistake by quietly setting him free with just 50 cents to...

Court nixes some caps for Alaska campaign contributions

Aug. 02, 2021 20:49 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A divided federal appeals court panel has struck down several campaign contribution caps in Alaska, including a $500-a-year limit on what an individual can give a candidate. The decision, released Friday, also struck down a $500-a-year limit on...

The Latest: Famed Minneapolis club requiring vaccination

Aug. 02, 2021 19:01 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS — The First Avenue music venue in Minneapolis that was made famous in Prince’s movie “Purple Rain” is requiring that all concertgoers provide proof of vaccination against the coronavirus or show a negative virus test. The venue said Monday that the...

Anchorage superintendent recommends universal masking

Aug. 02, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The superintendent of Alaska’s largest school district will recommend universal masking in schools this fall. The plan would focus on allowing for “full participation in activities, clubs and social learning opportunities,” Deena Bishop,...

New calls to search for remains at Native boarding schools

Jul. 31, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Lee Bitsóí must reconcile daily with the fact he works for an institution born from the cultural genocide his own family experienced. Bitsóí navigates this quandary as an Indigenous administrator at Durango’s Fort Lewis College. ...

Alaska Native artist creates stamp for Postal Service

Jul. 30, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Native artist Rico Worl said he jumped at the chance to create for the U.S. Postal Service a stamp he hopes will be a gateway for people to learn about his Tlingit culture. “I think a lot of people already are learning that there’s a lot...

EXPLAINER: Will Alaska financing program ease eviction woes?

Jul. 30, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after the Biden administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only...

Alaska judge upholds as valid new elections process

Jul. 30, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge has upheld as valid a new voting process set to be in effect for next year's elections in Alaska. Superior Court Judge Gregory Miller, in a ruling Thursday, said Alaska “has the legal right to continue using the old system or...