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Authorities identify 2 people killed in AK plane crash

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers have identified two people killed in last week's crash of a small plane in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Pilot Christopher Maize, 45, of Anchorage and Glennallen and 36-year-old Andrew...

 

Murkowski says she can't fear fallout for impeachment vote

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Tuesday she knows her vote to convict former President Donald Trump during his recent Senate impeachment trial could have political consequences, “but I can't be afraid of...

 

Program launched to help AK Natives find missing

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ Three rural Alaska communities have launched a pilot program intended to create more culturally sensitive protocols on how government and law enforcement should respond to cases with missing or slain Alaska Natives. The...

 

Lawmakers don't extend disaster order, ask Dunleavy for help

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ Alaska lawmakers, facing a looming deadline and disorganization in the House, have asked Gov. Mike Dunleavy to issue a new disaster declaration to aid the state's response to...

 

Over $266,000 in drugs seized in Ketchikan

On February 5, Alaska State Troopers in Ketchikan, along with the Ketchikan Police Department, Ketchikan Airport Police, and Juneau DEA conducted a joint operation to disrupt the flow of illicit narcotics into Southeast Alaska. During the operation,...

 

Sitka Sound Herring fishery announcement

The guideline harvest level (GHL) for the 2021 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is 33,304 tons of mature herring; however, based on input from processors involved with the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery, it is expected that the commercial har...

 

Judge refuses to invalidate Dunleavy appointments

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A judge has refused to invalidate more than 90 appointments made by Gov. Mike Dunleavy who haven’t been confirmed by Alaska lawmakers. The Legislative Council, composed of House and Senate leaders, argued appointments...

 

Dunleavy plans appeal of mine project denial

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said the state will appeal the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' rejection of a key permit for a proposed copper and gold mine in a region that supports...

 

Navy rolls out new strategy for expanding Arctic operations

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Department of the Navy released details of a new strategy for operations in the Arctic as competition for resources among nations increases in the region. Members of Alaska’s congressional delegation have expressed...

 

Alaska service industry cheers new federal relief funding

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Small businesses in Alaska say new federal coronavirus relief funds will provide needed aid, especially for those in the service industry facing their slowest time of the year. The aid package grants almost $300 billion...

 

Shooting of Alaska bald eagle investigated; bird euthanized

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the shooting of a bald eagle near Alaska’s capital city, which led to the protected bird being euthanized. The injured eagle was rescued Dec. 22 in Juneau, but it was not...

 

Congress approves bill to train prospective fishermen

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — A bill to establish the nation’s first ever federal program to train prospective commercial fishermen has passed Congress and awaits approval by the White House. The Young Fishermen’s Development Act was passed unanimously...

 

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...

 

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