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Alaska judge strikes down state's cash payments to families using correspondence school programs

An Anchorage Superior Court judge on Friday struck down an Alaska law that allows the state to... Full story

 By Yereth Rosen    News    April 11, 2024

Russian objection to U.S. territorial claims off Alaska complicates maritime relationship

New U.S. claims to seabed territory off Alaska have run into an obstacle: an objection from the Russ... Full story

 By Claire Stremple    News    April 4, 2024

Missteps from Alaska's education department could cost the state millions in grants, feds say

The state government risks losing millions of dollars in federal funding because it did not comply with requirements for pandemic relief funds,... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    April 4, 2024

Alaska House finance committee approves $7.5 million more for child care facilities

Members of the Alaska House Finance Committee revised their latest budget draft Tuesday to include more money for child care and eliminate funding...

 By CLAIRE STREMPLE    News    April 4, 2024

Few Alaska high school seniors have applied for federal student aid this year

With three months until the deadline, only 16% of Alaska high school seniors have applied for federal student aid. The funding mechanism, called the... Full story

 By Yereth Rosen    News    April 4, 2024

Alaska Legislature boosts allowable payments from fund that covers fishers' crew medical costs

Maximum payouts from a fund that covers medical costs of injured seafood harvesters would be boosted under a bill that won final passage in the... Full story

 By Larry Persily    News    March 28, 2024

Ferry ridership still not back to pre-pandemic numbers

The state ferry system carried 181,000 passengers in 2023, still short of the pre-COVID numbers in 2019 and down substantially from almost 340,000 in...

 By Larry Persily    News    March 28, 2024

Crew shortage continues to limit operations at state ferry system

The Alaska Marine Highway System’s ongoing crew shortage has eased up for entry-level steward positions but remains a significant problem in the w...

 By Claire Stremple    News    March 28, 2024
Rep. Rebecca Himschoot during a session of the Alaska House of Representatives.

To attract more teachers, lawmaker proposes repealing Alaska law that caps comp for out-of-state experience 

When Carol Mooers came to Alaska to teach, she was not compensated for all of her previous teaching... Full story

 By Larry Persily    News    March 21, 2024

Legislature fails by one vote to override of governor's school funding veto

Alaska lawmakers fell one vote short Monday in an attempt to override the governor’s veto of a comprehensive school funding bill, which included a per...


Silver Bay Seafoods agrees to acquire Trident's Ketchikan plant; Petersburg deal entering final stages with yet unnamed buyer

Trident Seafoods reported last Friday it was “entering the final stages of closing deals for three of its Alaska shoreside plants,” including its ope...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    March 14, 2024

Leading Alaska legislators propose task force to help rescue a seafood industry 'in a tailspin'

Russian fish flooding global markets and other economic forces beyond the state’s border have created dire conditions for Alaska’s seafood ind... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    March 14, 2024

New forecast bumps Alaska oil price estimates slightly

A new state revenue forecast that includes modestly higher oil prices promises to give Alaskans a slightly larger Permanent Fund dividend and the Alas... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    March 14, 2024

Legislative budgeters say Dunleavy's proposed 2024 Permanent Fund dividend is a no-go

Leading Alaska legislators said last week that there’s little appetite for spending from savings to pay a super-sized Permanent Fund dividend this y...

 By Juneau Empire    News    March 14, 2024

Juneau will loan school district $4.1 million to help cover deficit

A $9.7 million bailout package to ensure that the Juneau School District can cover a nearly $8 million deficit this year and help toward resolving a...

 By James Brooks    News    March 14, 2024

Alaska newspaper publishers worry about bill ending some public notice requirements

The Alaska Senate voted without dissent Monday to allow the Department of Natural Resources to stop publishing some public notices in local...


Dunleavy threatens to veto public education funding bill unless legislators act on his priorities

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued an ultimatum to state legislators on Tuesday, saying he will veto a multipart education funding bill unless... Full story


Proposal to define a fetus as a person in Alaska's criminal code faces pushback

An Alaska House member has proposed a bill that seeks to establish definitions of “life” and “person” in criminal law, prompting dozens of Alaskan... Full story


Alaska's mariculture industry expands, with big production increases in recent years, report says

While Alaska’s mariculture industry is small by global standards, production of farmed shellfish and seaweed in the state has increased s... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    February 22, 2024

Permanent Fund leaders propose to borrow up to $4 billion for investments

The leaders of the $76 billion Alaska Permanent Fund voted unanimously on Friday to adopt a strategic plan that calls for borrowing up to $4 billion... Full story


Dunleavy proposes crackdown on unpermitted public protests

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration introduced legislation on Wednesday that would criminalize unpermitted street protests and other activities that b... Full story

 By Yereth Rosen    News    February 22, 2024

USDA commits to big purchase of Alaska salmon and pollock for national food programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will purchase about 50 million pounds of Alaska seafood to use in national food and nutrition-assistance programs,... Full story

 By Lex Treinen    News    February 22, 2024

Haines loses appeal of Census which showed 500 resident drop

The U.S. Census Bureau rejected Haines' appeal over the 2020 population count, which showed Haines’ population dropping by around 500 residents. ...


Alaska House rejects per-student school funding increase

The Alaska House of Representatives voted on Wednesday against increasing the amount written into law saying how much the state should spend per stude... Full story


Seafood industry expects 'another bad year' of weak markets

“I’ve never seen market conditions as bad as they are now,” Doug Vincent-Lang, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, told a confe...


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