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Eastman plans to seek hearing on ethics finding

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 01:18:50 GMT2018-01-20T01:18:50Z

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska state lawmaker says he plans to seek a formal hearing into an ethics panel finding that he improperly disclosed to a member of the public the existence of a complaint that was considered confidential....

Alaska Native group slams planned shamanism event

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:50:48 GMT2018-01-19T22:50:48Z

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska Native group spoke out Friday against a shamanism retreat, saying the event commercializes and exploits the spiritual healing practices of indigenous people....

Alaska unemployment rate inches up in December

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:49:06 GMT2018-01-19T18:49:06Z

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate crept up to 7.3 percent last month, its highest level since March 2012....

Unseasonable warmth creates hazards in rugged rural Alaska

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:56:01 GMT2018-01-19T17:56:01Z

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Winter is off to a late start in parts of the nation's largest - and usually coldest - state....

Report: Alaska firearm deaths highest rate in US in 2016

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:40:38 GMT2018-01-19T14:40:38Z

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska had the highest rate of firearm deaths in the nation in 2016, according to new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....

Mayor: Air unhealthy after residents ignore burn bans

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:11:53 GMT2018-01-19T14:11:53Z

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Low compliance with restrictions on burning wood and coal has been preventing the Fairbanks North Star Borough from hitting federal air standards, Mayor Karl Kassel said....

Alaska governor: State's prosperity hinges on deficit fix

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:33:44 GMT2018-01-19T06:33:44Z

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- In his fourth year in office, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is looking for a major win on an issue that has vexed him throughout much of his term: tackling the state's multibillion-dollar deficit....

5 inmates treated after 'riot' in Seward prison yard

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:23:17 GMT2018-01-19T00:23:17Z

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska prison remains on lockdown following a disturbance that the Department of Corrections is calling a "riot."...

Drugs worth $1.2 million seized at Alaska airport; 2 charged

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:44:38 GMT2018-01-18T23:44:38Z

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A federal grand jury indicted two Anchorage residents on drug charges following a seizure of methamphetamine and heroin with an estimated street value of $1.2 million....

Southeast fisherman forfeits boat, net after convictions

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:24:11 GMT2018-01-18T17:24:11Z

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A 31-year-old southeast Alaska man convicted of violating commercial fishing laws will forfeit a fishing boat, seine net and skiff to the state and pay a fine of nearly $33,000....

Salmon habitat advocates submit signatures for ballot item

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:09:23 GMT2018-01-18T17:09:23Z

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Supporters of a proposed ballot measure aimed at protecting Alaska salmon habitat near development projects have submitted about 50,000 signatures to the Division of Elections....

Executive: Hilcorp plans to spend $285M in Alaska this year

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:54:18 GMT2018-01-18T14:54:18Z

KENAI, Alaska (AP) -- Oil and gas company Hilcorp announced that it plans to spend about $285 million in Alaska during 2018....

Executive: Hillcorp plans to spend $285M in Alaska this year

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:36:15 GMT2018-01-18T07:36:15Z

KENAI, Alaska (AP) -- Hillcorp says it plans to spend about $285 million in Alaska during 2018....

Alaska governor proposes bills to address crime

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:20:42 GMT2018-01-18T01:20:42Z

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is proposing legislation that would stiffen the penalties for distributing larger quantities of drugs and would allow judges to consider out-of-state criminal histories when determining bail and release conditions....

Lawmaker skips training amid dispute over harassment probe

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:05:09 GMT2018-01-18T01:05:09Z

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska state lawmaker on Wednesday skipped required training to prevent harassment and discrimination, after her calls went unheeded for a third-party review of how allegations of inappropriate behavior by a former lawmaker were handled....

Interior official blasts resignation of parks advisory board

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:01:12 GMT2018-01-18T01:01:12Z

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A U.S. Interior Department official on Wednesday blasted the resignation of most members of a board that advises it on national parks, suggesting the move was politically motivated and their work was flawed....

Ketchikan man charged in weekend stabbing death

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:58:13 GMT2018-01-17T16:58:13Z

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) -- A 38-year-old Ketchikan man faces a preliminary hearing Monday on a charge of second-degree murder in a stabbing death....

Southeast Alaska king salmon forecasts lowest since 1970s

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:42:51 GMT2018-01-17T14:42:51Z

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- The state Department of Fish and Game has released the lowest forecasts for Southeast Alaska king salmon since record keeping began in the 1970s....

Attorneys general want banks, pot industry to work together

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:14:02 GMT2018-01-17T07:14:02Z

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The Alaska and Hawaii attorneys general have asked Congress to allow banks and marijuana businesses to cross paths....

Alaska Legislature HR manager: Edgmon, Tuck followed policy

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:25:10 GMT2018-01-17T02:25:10Z

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska state House leaders followed policies in responding to allegations of inappropriate behavior by former state Rep. Dean Westlake, the Legislature's human resources manager said....