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Bald eagle shot in AK survives; investigation underway

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A bald eagle that had been shot has survived with a broken leg and is being treated at a bird hospital in Alaska. The eagle was rescued on Tuesday after Kathy Benner, the manager of the Juneau Raptor Center, received a report...

 

Feds remove about 750 square miles from Alaska lease sale

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal Bureau of Land Management said it will remove nearly 750 square miles (1,942 square kilometers) from its Jan. 6 oil and gas lease sale for a part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The agency said Friday...

 

Alaska city got virus vaccines that were too warm to use

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A package of coronavirus vaccines meant for the southeast Alaska city of Ketchikan were unusable because the shipment was too warm, officials said. The 20 doses meant for fire department and public health workers had...

 

Congress authorizes new Arctic icebreakers for Coast Guard

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ Congress has passed a bill authorizing the addition of Coast Guard Polar Security Cutters for use as icebreakers, and an Alaska senator said the Trump administration is considering leasing an icebreaker owned by a Republican...

 

Alaska receives first COVID-19 vaccine doses

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has begun receiving its initial doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, state officials announced Monday. Some hospitals had received vaccine Monday, and it was expected some Alaskans would be vaccinated as early as Monday,...

 

Alaska front-line health care workers get first vaccinations

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Coronavirus vaccinations reached the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage as the rollout spread across the state. Front-line medical workers at the center waited Tuesday to receive their first shot and get...

 

AK submits fewer college aid requests than other states

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An analysis of federal data shows Alaska’s high school seniors applied for college financial aid at a lower rate than students in all other U.S. states. Only 11.5% of Alaska’s 2021 senior class applied for higher...

 

Alaska governor proposes cash payouts, infrastructure plan

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed an “extraordinary response” to revive Alaska’s pandemic-stunted economy Friday, including about $5,000 in direct payments to residents from the state’s oil-wealth fund and an infrastructure...

 

Congress authorizes new Arctic icebreakers for Coast Guard

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Congress has passed a bill authorizing the addition of Coast Guard Polar Security Cutters for use as icebreakers, and an Alaska senator said the Trump administration is considering leasing an icebreaker owned by a...

 

Groups seek to block lease plans for Alaska refuge

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ Indigenous and conservation groups asked a federal judge Tuesday to block the Trump administration from issuing oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The groups in separate filings requested a decision by...

 

Hawaii furloughs state workers amid pandemic budget crunch

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Wednesday announced plans to furlough more than 40,000 state workers to balance the budget as tax revenue takes a hit during the coronavirus pandemic. The furloughs will take effect Jan. 1 and cut worker...

 

Coast Guard did not warn fishermen about Russia exercises

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard’s second-highest ranking officer assumed some of the blame for Russian military intimidation of Bering Sea commercial fishermen this summer. Adm. Charles Ray told a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday that the...

 

Regulators give conditional OK to key part of BP Alaska sale

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ Alaska regulators conditionally approved the transfer of BP’s interest in the trans-Alaska pipeline system to an affiliate of Hilcorp as part of a proposed $5.6 billion sale that also includes other BP interests and assets in...

 

Elections office: Audit affirms AK initiative passage

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An audit of a statewide ballot measure sought by Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer affirmed the measure’s passage, the Division of Elections said Monday. Meyer, who oversees elections, last month said he would seek an audit of Ballot...

 

Alaska officials say landslide danger remains after storm

HAINES, Alaska (AP) - Officials in southeast Alaska have repeated warnings about possible landslide danger in the community of Haines, where two people remain missing after a large slide last week....

 

House passes bill to reduce deadliness of landslides

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. House has passed a bill to reduce the deadliness of landslides a day after one in Alaska, though the motivation for the proposed law came from a 2014 Washington state landslide. The bill, which passed on Thursday,...

 

Together Tree from Petersburg at Governor's Mansion

JUNEAU, AK – This year’s Together Tree, a 16-foot Lodgepole Pine harvested from Petersburg on Mitkof Island, was delivered to the Governor’s Mansion in Juneau late last week. The Together Tree’s arrival continues a multi-year tradition of...

 

Alaska approves limit on commercial salmon fishing

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska state proposal to limit commercial salmon fishing in Alaska’s Cook Inlet has been approved despite opposition by many anglers. The proposal was approved Monday by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council,...

 

Federal appeals court rejects Alaska offshore drilling plan

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal court blocked an Alaska offshore drilling prospect, while the Trump administration announced plans to auction drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain. An appeals court on Monday...

 

Alaska agency reports third virus-related inmate death

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A third inmate within the Alaska Department of Corrections has died from complications related to COVID-19, the department said Tuesday. The 78-year-old with underlying conditions died Tuesday, four days after being taken...

 

Pandemic prompts cancelation of Alaskan holiday tradition

JUNEAU Alaska (AP) — The traditional holiday open house at the governor’s mansion in Juneau won’t be held this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a spokesperson for Gov. Mike Dunleavy said Tuesday. Spokesperson Jeff Turner, by email, said...

 

Recount finds 11-vote win for Snyder in Anchorage House race

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A recount Friday affirmed a win by Democrat Liz Snyder over Republican House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt for an Anchorage House seat, though her margin of victory narrowed slightly. Results certified Monday showed Snyder had...

 

Alaska's Young among 5 in GOP who voted to decriminalize pot

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s longest-serving Republican representative was one of only five members of his party who voted in favor of a U.S. House bill to decriminalize marijuana nationwide. Congressman Don Young voted in favor of the...

 

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Stuart Medalen graduated with honors in May from Western Washington University. He earned a BA in Political Science, Philosophy and Economics....

 

Remote sales tax in Alaska projected to raise up to $10M

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A group of Alaska communities collecting remote sales tax is projected to take in between $8 million and $10 million in new revenue this year. The 33 communities are part of the Alaska Remote Sellers Sales Tax Commission...

 

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