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State ferry system in 3rd year of crew shortages

Crew shortages continue to plague the Alaska Marine Highway, the ferry system’s director told a gathering of Southeast officials last week. “Our big...


Capitol Updates

­Dear Friends and Neighbors: Last week was a bucket-filler: I was able to connect with...


Alaska's courts are mired in cases, with gradual progress on pandemic backlog

Alaska’s courts have had a backlog of cases since courts shut down for months during the COVID-19 pandemic. The backlog has persisted, in part because... Full story

 By Olivia Rose    News    February 15, 2024

IPHC releases halibut numbers and regulations for 2024

The International Pacific Halibut Commission released the halibut numbers for 2024 on Feb. 5 following their annual meeting. The IPHC oversees...


Alaska must face food stamp litigation after a year of stays, court says

In January of last year, 10 Alaskans sued the state because they said the Department of Health failed to provide food stamps within the time frames... Full story

 By Scott Bowlen    News    February 8, 2024

Ketchikan police, troopers report seizure of fentanyl, meth with street value of nearly $1.7 million

The Ketchikan Police Department and Alaska State Troopers have announced the seizure of fentanyl and methamphetamine with a total street value of...

 By James Brooks    News    February 8, 2024

Gov. Dunleavy bans big new contracts with companies that boycott Israel

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued a far-reaching administrative order on Monday that calls for public agencies to stop doing business with companies... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    February 1, 2024

Some skepticism as Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposes biggest use of executive power in decades

In an unusual use of executive powers, Gov. Mike Dunleavy this month issued 12 executive orders abolishing state boards and granting new powers to... Full story


Capitol Updates

­Dear Friends and Neighbors: It was an eventful first week of session. Using every parliamentary tool available to us, the House Coalition was able to...

 By Scott Bowlen    News    January 25, 2024

Ketchikan apartment fire results in arson arrest

A Ketchikan woman faces a felony charge of first-degree arson after allegedly setting several small...

 By Larry Persily    News    January 25, 2024

Governor wants to take over appointment of entire ferry system advisory board

Unless the Legislature decides otherwise by mid-March, Gov. Mike Dunleavy will take over appointment of the entire nine-member Alaska Marine Highway...

 By James Brooks    News    January 25, 2024

Despite educators' pleas for changes, school funding bill advances closer to Alaska House vote

The Alaska Legislature’s big education funding bill will reach the floor of the Alaska House of Representatives by next week, a leading Republican l... Full story


Capitol Updates

­Dear Friends and Neighbors: Greetings from Juneau! The 2nd session of the 33rd Legislature started...


Peter Pan's King Cove plant will stay closed this winter as fishing industry turmoil spreads

In a major hit to Southwest Alaska’s fishing industry, Peter Pan Seafood Co. will keep its huge plant in the village of King Cove shuttered this w...

 By BeckyBohrer    News    January 18, 2024

Alaska lawmakers open new session with House failing to support veto override effort

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers opened a new legislative session Tuesday, with the House failing to support an attempt to override R...

 By Larry Persily    News    January 11, 2024

Energy relief 'bonus' dividend looking smaller

This fall’s energy relief payment, which would go out along with the annual Permanent Fund dividend, is looking smaller than expected several m...


Officials continue looking at why jetliner lost a door panel inflight

The Boeing jetliner that lost a door panel inflight over Oregon on Jan. 5 was not being used for fli...

 By Larry Persily    News    January 11, 2024

Application period open for 43rd year of Permanent Fund dividends

Almost 110,000 Alaskans applied for the fall 2024 Permanent Fund dividend in the first eight days after the application period opened on Jan. 1....


Alaska Gov. Dunleavy's budget has millions for education, but no increase to funding per student

Gov. Mike Dunleavy said education is among his top priorities in the coming fiscal year. He proposed spending millions on education, but did not... Full story

 By Sean Maguire    News    December 21, 2023

Postal Service proposes new, higher-cost zone for Alaska and Hawaii

Alaskans could pay significantly more next year for mailing packages to, from and within the state with two price increases planned by the U.S....


Alaskans again wait months for food stamps

Nikita Chase doesn’t have a Christmas tree yet this year. She said she is more worried about staving off an electricity shutoff notice than getting i... Full story


Next summer's draft ferry schedule same as this year

With the rusty Matanuska out of service pending repairs, the Kennicott scheduled for tie-up due to lack of crew and the Tazlina in the shipyard to...

 By Joaqlin Estus    News    December 7, 2023

National conservation group now supports landless Natives legislation

The Wilderness Society conservation group has changed its position and now supports a bill that would create five new Alaska Native corporations in...

 By Anna Laffrey    News    December 7, 2023

State forecasts average pink salmon harvest in 2024

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced it expects Southeast Alaska commercial fishermen next year will harvest around 19 million pink...


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