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 By James Brooks    News    March 23, 2023 

K-12 funding increase takes first step forward in Alaska House

The Alaska House Education Committee voted 5-2 Wednesday morning to raise the amount Alaska pays K-12 schools per student, a figure known as the base... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    March 23, 2023 

Testifiers support new Alaska housing anti-discrimination bill, sharing personal stories

Dozens of Alaskans testified in the state Capitol on Monday, urging lawmakers to advance a new anti-discrimination measure that would protect... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    March 16, 2023

New anti-discrimination bill proposes housing protections for more Alaskans

Anchorage Democratic Rep. Jennie Armstrong, one of three newly elected LGBTQ members of the Alaska Legislature, has introduced a new proposal to ban... Full story

 By James Brooks    Dockside    March 9, 2023

Alaska legislators worry that killer whales and a federal judge may doom a key fishery

The Alaska House of Representatives voted 35-1 on Wednesday to approve a letter urging state and federal officials to fight a lawsuit that could shut... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    February 23, 2023

Alaska sends food aid to Ukraine, but state declines to act on investments

More than 90,000 pounds of canned Alaska pink salmon purchased and donated by the state of Alaska...

 By James Brooks    News    February 2, 2023

Report shows Alaska has almost eliminated its backlog of untested sexual assault evidence

Alaska’s backlog of untested sexual assault examination kits has all but disappeared after a five-year, multimillion-dollar effort, according to a... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    January 26, 2023

USDA will restore the 'roadless rule' in the Tongass

The Biden administration will ban new logging roads and most development in much of Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, the U.S. Department... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    January 5, 2023

University of Alaska will gain land under new federal budget law

An obscure clause in the just-passed $1.7 trillion federal omnibus budget law has awarded the University of Alaska a plot of land half the size of the... Full story


After legislative vote, federal aid to Alaska seafood processors is again delayed

A joint House-Senate committee of the Alaska Legislature voted against accepting $20 million in federal aid to seafood processors, with lawmakers... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    December 15, 2022

Ahead of first-draft state budget, oil prices are driving a tighter Alaska fiscal picture

The lowest crude oil prices of the year are coming at a bad time for Alaska.  This week, as required by state law, Gov. Mike Dunleavy will unveil... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    November 24, 2022

Murkowski, Peltola and Dunleavy projected to win

All three incumbents likely clinched final victory in Alaska's statewide elections Friday, as the... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    November 17, 2022

With more votes counted, Alaska House races are split 20-20 between Republicans and others

Democratic candidate Donna Mears overtook Republican candidate Forrest Wolfe in a closely watched Alaska House race as the Alaska Division of...


Years of flat state funding create budget stress for schools across Alaska

The Anchorage School District, which is considering the closure of six elementary schools amid a projected $68 million budget shortfall, isn’t the... Full story


Dunleavy, Peltola seek federal relief after failure of Alaska crab fisheries

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has requested a federal disaster declaration and U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola has requested $250 million in relief funding after the... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    October 20, 2022

Alaska absentee ballots should have two stamps, but one is OK, officials say

This year’s Alaska general election absentee ballot is a hefty document, weighing in between 1.1 and 1.2 ounces. If it were an ordinary letter,... Full story


To boost local lumber, Alaska plans to alter quality-testing requirement

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is preparing a new program that would allow Alaska sawmills to sell lumber for local construction without... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    September 8, 2022

Five takeaway lessons from Alaska's first ranked choice election

The Alaska Division of Elections on Friday certified the state’s Aug. 16 special general election for U.S. House, confirming Democrat Mary Peltola...

 By James Brooks    News    September 1, 2022

Peltola wins U.S. House race

Democrat Mary Peltola will become Alaska’s first congresswoman and the first Alaska Native in the... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    August 18, 2022

Permanent Fund lost money for first time since 2012

For the first time in a decade, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., source of more than half of Alaska’s general-purpose state revenue, posted negative... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    August 18, 2022

Democratic candidate Peltola leads U.S. House race early, but Palin may win in final count

Democratic candidate Mary Peltola left election day leading Alaska's special election for U.S.... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    July 28, 2022

Almost 1 in 5 state jobs are vacant as hiring struggle gets worse

The top employees of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. are some of the highest-paid public workers in Alaska, but with wages rising across the country... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    June 30, 2022

Spending rises, but so does savings, in new Alaska state budget signed by Dunleavy

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has signed a $14.4 billion state budget, the sixth-largest in state history, after vetoing about $400 million from a proposa...


Al Gross will withdraw from Alaska's U.S. House race

Republican candidate Tara Sweeney cannot replace independent candidate Al Gross in Alaska's special... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    June 16, 2022

Palin, Begich, Gross and Peltola will advance in special U.S. House election

The four finalists for Alaska's special U.S. House election have been decided. Based on results... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    June 2, 2022

Ahead of filing deadline, almost a third of the Alaska Legislature isn't seeking re-election

Months before Alaska’s state elections, the Legislature is set for major turnover. At least 17 of the Legislature’s 60 members will be in a new... Full story


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