Latest Alaska state government News

Alaska emphasizes state employee telework amid virus worries

Sep. 24, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska plans to emphasize telework for state employees for the next month as the COVID-19 pandemic strains Alaska's health care system. Gov. Mike Dunleavy, in a memo to state department leaders this week, said the state “must take measures to...

Alaska officials euthanize 3 lynx in Anchorage

Sep. 23, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three lynx kittens that were seen around Anchorage were euthanized after their mother was killed and permanent placement for the animals could not be found, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported Thursday. The mother and kittens had...

First Alaska dividends expected to go out week of Oct. 11

Sep. 22, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Officials are aiming to make the first wave of dividend payments to Alaska residents the week of Oct. 11, a Department of Revenue spokesperson said. Genevieve Wojtusik, the department's legislative liaison, in an email Wednesday said the first wave...

Soldotna Montessori earns national Blue Ribbon School award

Sep. 22, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

SOLDOTNA, Alaska (AP) — Soldotna Montessori Charter School has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School for2021. It was one of 325 schools to earn this award nationally, and the only in Alaska, the Peninsula Clarion reported....

Health official: Alaska facing sharp surge in COVID-19 cases

Sep. 16, 2021 23:52 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska is facing “one of the sharpest surges” in COVID-19 in the country, the state epidemiologist said Thursday, adding that it's not clear when the situation might stabilize. “A lot of it's going to depend on vaccination coverage rates”...

Latest: Alaska has new daily high in coronavirus infections

Sep. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska is reporting its highest number of new coronavirus cases a day after the state’s largest hospital announced it had entered crisis protocol and started rationing care because of a flood of COVID-19 cases. Officials on Wednesday reported...

Alaska governor will let stand dividend lawmakers passed

Sep. 14, 2021 23:59 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Senate approved a roughly $1,100 dividend on the last day of a special session Tuesday, after the House canceled its floor session and left the Senate with what amounted to a take-it-or-leave-it decision on the check for residents that the House had...

Latest: Alaska's biggest hospital begins rationing treatment

Sep. 14, 2021 23:16 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s largest hospital has begun rationing care, saying it has been overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. Providence Alaska Medical Center said Tuesday it will prioritize resources and treatment to those patients who have the potential to benefit...

Alaska Democratic lawmaker apologizes after Nazi comment

Sep. 14, 2021 20:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A member of the Alaska Legislature has apologized for saying Nazi experimentation on prisoners “produced results.” State Rep. Sara Hannan, a Democrat from Juneau, made the comment Saturday when House minority Republicans were attempting a vote...

Alaska special session nears end with unresolved debates

Sep. 14, 2021 00:55 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A bill that would set a dividend for Alaska residents this year sat another day in a Senate committee on Monday, while a bill intended to help with medical facility staffing concerns amid a COVID-19 surge appeared dead in the House as lawmakers neared the end of their...