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Alaska lawmakers OK payments to residents of about $3,200

May. 19, 2022 05:58 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature approved a state spending package late Wednesday that would pay residents about $3,200 this year after a vote that would have boosted the payout to about $3,850 narrowly failed in the House. A tentative budget agreement reached by House...

Alaska House, Senate negotiators reach tentative budget deal

May. 17, 2022 23:49 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers tasked with negotiating a budget deal reached a tentative agreement Tuesday that would pay residents more than $3,000 this year, but the final amount would depend on whether the Legislature can muster the votes needed to access a key savings account. ...

Alaska judge orders board to adopt interim redistricting map

May. 17, 2022 16:40 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge has said a majority of members on the board tasked with redrawing Alaska's political boundaries appeared to have adopted a map that splits the Eagle River area into two Senate districts for “political reasons,” and he ordered a new map to be used this...

Longtime AP Alaska bureau chief Dean Fosdick dies at age 80

May. 12, 2022 21:14 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Dean Fosdick, the journalist with The Associated Press who filed the news alert informing the world of the Exxon Valdez grounding and who directed AP’s coverage of what was then the nation’s worst oil spill, died April 27 in Florida. He was 80. His...

US Army identifies soldier who died after Alaska bear attack

May. 12, 2022 20:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Army on Thursday identified the soldier who died this week of injuries sustained during a bear attack in a military training area in Alaska. The Army in a statement said Staff Sgt. Seth Michael Plant, 30, was pronounced dead at a hospital on Joint...

US Army soldier dies after bear attack in Alaska

May. 10, 2022 23:01 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. Army soldier died of injuries sustained in a bear attack Tuesday in Alaska. The soldier was part of a small group in a training area west of the Anchorage Regional Landfill when the bear attacked. The name of the soldier was being...

Cleanup underway after trees topple into Alaska road, bay

May. 09, 2022 23:20 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Efforts were underway Monday to clear a road where dozens of fully grown evergreen trees as well as rocks and dirt toppled into an Alaska bay, sending onlookers running and cutting off road access for scores of people. No injuries were reported in the...

Carter asks court to defend Alaska's 'unrivaled wilderness'

May. 09, 2022 21:00 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter on Monday took the unusual step of weighing in on a court case involving his landmark conservation act and a remote refuge in Alaska. Carter filed an amicus brief in the longstanding legal dispute over efforts to build a road...

Rangers locate climber's body on Alaska's Denali

May. 06, 2022 22:28 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — National park rangers in Alaska on Friday located the body of the year’s first registered climber on North America’s tallest peak. Because it’s so early in the climbing season, Matthias Rimml, a 35-year-old professional mountain guide from Tirol,...

Anchorage police seek new leads in missing child cold case

May. 05, 2022 19:38 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police in Alaska’s largest city are reaching out to the public to see if people can provide new leads in the disappearance nine years ago of a 6-year-old boy. DeShawn McCormick’s mother said she last saw her son in the spring of 2013 during a visit to...