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Alaskans get annual boost of free money from oil wealth

Oct. 14, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — What was once a joyous fall rite in Alaska has become another thing for people to bicker about — the amount of money residents receive from the state’s oil wealth. Checks of $1,114 are expected to be paid to about 643,000 Alaskans, beginning...

Lawmaker: 2 Alaska state senators test positive for COVID-19

Oct. 12, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Two Alaska state senators have tested positive for COVID-19 and a third was not feeling well and awaiting test results, Senate President Peter Micciche said Tuesday. He did not identify the lawmakers who had tested positive. ...

Alaska Legislature's special session pushed back to Monday

Sep. 29, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The start of the Alaska Legislature’s special session has been pushed back to Monday. It had originally been scheduled to start Friday, but has been pushed back to Monday afternoon to ensure enough lawmakers are present in Juneau to convent,...

Mining company looks for precious metals in southeast Alaska

Sep. 22, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Canadian mining company has been looking for precious metals on Chichagof Island in southeast Alaska. Millrock Resources, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based company, several years ago applied to the U.S. Forest Service for drilling permits to...

Group researches Japanese-American interned in Alaska

Sep. 20, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The internment of more than a 100,000 Japanese-Americans in the United States under Order 9066 is well known; an abhorrent act that the American government has since apologized and made reparations for. What’s less known in Alaska is where some...

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...

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 lawmaker suspended by airline seeks Senate excusal

Sep. 10, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska state lawmaker requested an excusal from the state Senate until mid-January, citing the challenges of traveling to Juneau from Anchorage after she was suspended from flying on Alaska Airlines earlier this year. Republican Sen. Lora...

2 Alaska towns allow texts to 911 when calling not an option

Sep. 03, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Residents in Wrangell and Petersburg now have the ability to text 911 for help when calling isn’t an option. “It’s been working out excellent,” Petersburg Police Department Chief James Kerr said. “It’s designed for the hearing impaired...

Alaska House calls for $1,100 dividend; dispute over funds

Aug. 31, 2021 22:22 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House passed legislation Tuesday calling for an $1,100 dividend to residents but there are different interpretations as to whether much of the money that would be used for the checks is available. The bill, which passed 24-16, calls for...