Latest Alaska state government News

Constitution bars Alaska attorney general case, judge says

Jul. 29, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A lawsuit by Alaska's attorney general against the Legislative Affairs Agency is really an action by the governor against the Legislature that is barred by the Alaska Constitution, a state court judge ruled Thursday. Superior Court Judge Herman...

Alaska lawmakers seek delay in August special session start

Jul. 29, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska legislative leaders have asked Gov. Mike Dunleavy to delay the upcoming special session, which is set to begin Monday. In a letter dated Wednesday, they say three of the caucuses prefer an Aug. 16 start, while the bipartisan House majority...

Alaska lawyer out of job after social media post inquiry

Jul. 28, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An assistant attorney general in Alaska identified by a news outlet as the person behind a social media account that posted racist and antisemitic comments no longer works for the state Department of Law, an agency spokesperson said. Grace Lee told...

Judge hears arguments in Alaska budget dispute lawsuit

Jul. 23, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge said he planned to issue a ruling next week in a lawsuit filed by Alaska's attorney general that raised questions about when the state budget takes effect. Superior Court Judge Herman Walker Jr. announced his plans after hearing...

Jill Biden in Tokyo for Olympic Games, meets prime minister

Jul. 22, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

TOYKO (AP) — Jill Biden embarked on her first solo international trip as first lady, leading a U.S. delegation to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where the coronavirus is surging and COVID-19 infections have climbed to a six-month high. She arrived in Tokyo on Thursday, and...

Lawsuit wants money back for energy program in rural Alaska

Jul. 19, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A coalition that includes the Alaska Federation of Natives and electric cooperatives sued Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Monday to force his administration to release money intended to help lower rural utility costs. The Power Cost Equalization Endowment...

State taking comment on winter Alaska ferry schedule

Jul. 19, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state-run ferry system is proposing a winter schedule that suggests limited service for some southeast Alaska communities and improved service for Kodiak Island and some parts of south-central Alaska. State transportation department...

Man sentenced in wife's beating death on Alaska cruise dies

Jul. 16, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Utah man who was sentenced to 30 years in prison last month in the beating death of his wife on an Alaska cruise has died, the Alaska Department of Corrections said. Kenneth Manzanares was in the department's custody, at a facility in Juneau,...

US to end large, old-growth timber sales in Alaska forest

Jul. 15, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Thursday that it is ending large-scale, old-growth timber sales in the country's largest national forest — the Tongass National Forest in Alaska — and will focus on forest restoration, recreation and other noncommercial uses. ...

Murkowski camp teases fundraising ahead of deadline

Jul. 14, 2021 20:55 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Sen. Lisa Murkowski hasn't officially announced if she will run again next year, but her campaign released fundraising details Wednesday that an adviser says “strongly positions” the Alaska Republican for a reelection bid. Kevin Sweeney, a...