JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska marijuana regulators expressed frustration Wednesday with the limited cooperation they say they're receiving with investigations from the state Department of Public...
Governor amends disaster declaration to add fishing town
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has amended a state disaster declaration so a small fishing town can get assistance for the damage caused by the magnitude 7.1 earthquake last...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration was making an all-out push Tuesday in its effort to win confirmation of his pick to lead the Department of Public Safety, who has been...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Mike Dunleavy's pick to lead the Department of Public Safety (all times local):
Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration is making a late...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Two former supervisors of Amanda Price, Gov. Mike Dunleavy's pick to lead the state Department of Public Safety, offered drastically different views Thursday of her work...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Mike Dunleavy's nominee to head the Department of Public Safety (all times local):
Former Alaska Gov. Walker joins law firm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has a new gig.
Walker has joined the former law firm of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's pick for state attorney general, Kevin Clarkson. The law...
Lawmaker wants to hear more about governor’s nominee
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska lawmaker said Friday that he wants to hear more about why Gov. Mike Dunleavy's pick to lead the state Department of Public Safety left former Gov. Bill Walker's...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — November would be permanently declared Alaska Native Heritage Month under legislation previously in the state Senate.
The bill's sponsor, Anchorage Democratic Sen. Elvi...
House Republicans seek shift in focus on ferry debate
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Some House Republicans pushed back Thursday against the time being spent hearing from Alaskans on the impacts of proposed budget cuts on the state's ferry...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An analysis on whether a major liquefied natural gas project is economically viable is expected to be complete within the next two months, a top adviser to Alaska Gov. Mike...
Fairbanks veterans’ cemetery may not survive state budget
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A proposed veterans' cemetery faces an uncertain future after its funding was eliminated in Gov. Mike Dunleavy's capital budget.
Data suggests opioid-related overdose deaths in Alaska down
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Preliminary numbers released by the state indicate the number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Alaska fell between 2017 and 2018.
Andy Jones, director of the state Office of Substance Misuse and Addiction Prevention, told a Senate committee Thursday that this suggests steps being taken to address opioid abuse are working.
"Something's working," Jones said, adding later: "It is exciting news to see this trend."
Dunleavy picks shake up board regulating Alaska marijuana
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The board that regulates Alaska's legal marijuana industry could be shifting right, with appointments by Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy of a marijuana critic and a law enforcement officer who would like to revisit onsite use rules.
Dunleavy's appointments of Vivian Stiver and Lt. Christopher Jaime are subject to legislative confirmation.
Alaska governor proposes dividend back pay over 3 years
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Wednesday proposed paying qualified residents $3,678 over three years to make up for years that oil-wealth fund checks were capped.
The money would be paid on top of whatever the annual dividend otherwise would be for this year, 2020 and 2021. Under Dunleavy's proposal, the money would come from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings.
AP NewsBreak: Judge dismisses Alaska bonding plan lawsuit
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge has dismissed a challenge to former Gov. Bill Walker's plan to use bonding to pay Alaska's oil and gas tax credit obligations.
Superior Court Judge Jude Pate, in a written order dated Wednesday, granted the state's request to dismiss the challenge by resident Eric Forrer.
Pate said his role is not to make economic policy judgments or second-guess the Legislature but to apply the law of the state Constitution as interpreted by the Alaska Supreme Court.
Alaska governor examines gas line project before weighing in
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy is learning more about the $43 billion liquefied natural gas project before he sets a course, his administration said.
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Dunleavy budget draft includes full dividend, not back pay
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy's initial budget draft includes a full payout from Alaska's oil-wealth fund for residents next year, but not money Alaskans missed out on during the three years checks were capped.
His revenue commissioner, however, indicated that Dunleavy still plans to pursue the back payments.
The Latest: Dunleavy names top law enforcement appointments
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a contested Alaska House seat (all times local):
Gov. Mike Dunleavy has tapped a lawyer who's been involved in conservative causes to be his attorney general and a victims' advocate to be public safety commissioner.
Kevin Clarkson helped represent a faith-based women's shelter in a lawsuit against the city of Anchorage over a requirement that it accept transgender women.
The Latest: Alaska gov. won’t attend successor’s swearing-in
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of a powerful earthquake striking near Anchorage (all times local):
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says he and his wife will not attend Monday's swearing-in of Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy in the rural Alaska village of Noorvik.
Walker, in a statement, says he and Lt. Gov. Valerie Davidson will stay in Anchorage to assist in ongoing recovery efforts following Friday's magnitude 7.0 earthquake that rocked the city and surrounding areas.
Alaska quake damage could have been much worse, experts say
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that rattled Alaska's largest city cracked roads and collapsed highway ramps, but there were no reports of widespread catastrophic damage or collapsed buildings.
There's a good reason for that.
A devastating 1964 Alaska earthquake — the most powerful on record in the United States — led to stricter building codes that helped structures withstand the shifting earth Friday.
The Latest: Thousands without power after major Alaska quake
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake in Alaska (all times local):
A city official says thousands of residents remain without electricity after a powerful earthquake shook parts of Alaska.
Anchorage Municipal Manager Bill Falsey said Friday that progress was being made restoring power and utilities aren't expecting protracted outages.
Walker releases funds for review of Ambler mining access
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is releasing money to complete an environmental review of a road to the Ambler Mining District.
Walker in December 2014 halted discretionary spending on six major state projects, citing low oil prices and a large budget deficit.
The projects included the Ambler road, a proposed 211-mile (334-kilometer) gravel industrial road branching west from the Dalton Highway to copper and gold deposits in the Ambler Mining District.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker reflects on rocky tenure, his legacy
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker laments the lack of political courage he says some lawmakers showed during the fiscal crisis that marked his term in office and stands by his decision during that time to cap the check Alaska residents receive from the state's oil-wealth fund.
He labels as irresponsible a call from Republican Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy for a full payout from the fund and back payments for the three years the check was reduced.
Alaska lieutenant governor considers her political future
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Lt. Gov. Valerie Davidson said she hasn't ruled anything out about continuing her political career when the new administration enters office next month.
While on a trip to Bethel last week, Davidson told KYUK-AM that becoming governor was a high school ambition, noting that she still has time to possibly pursue that career goal at a later date.
Walker: Dunleavy resignation requests creating anxiety
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker said Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy's request for resignations from a swath of state employees is "creating anxiety and uncertainty" for workers in nonpolitical roles.
Walker said in a statement that his administration "strongly advised" Dunleavy's team against the action. It was not immediately known how many employees might be impacted by Dunleavy's request.
The Latest: Dunleavy seeks halt of new regulations
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy (all times local):
Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy says he will ask Gov. Bill Walker's administration to halt the creation of any new regulations until the new administration is in place.
Dunleavy made the announcement at a Resource Development Council conference in Anchorage. He told reporters that Walker indicated he was willing to work with Dunleavy on the transition and was hopeful about Walker's response.
Dunleavy taps Feige to be Alaska Natural Resources head
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy on Wednesday named a former director of Alaska's Division of Oil and Gas to be his Natural Resources commissioner.
Dunleavy announced his selection of Corri Feige during a Resource Development Council conference in Anchorage in which he repeated that Alaska would be "open for business" under his administration.
Alaska Native summit to bring fluent speakers together
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An upcoming summit will bring together the last remaining speakers of three indigenous languages of Alaska, organizers said Friday.
Nearly 70 speakers of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian are expected to attend the three-day event in Juneau that begins Nov. 13, according to Sealaska Heritage Institute officials. The institute has counted 133 speakers of those languages who live in the region or who are affiliated it.
Republican Dunleavy defeats Begich in Alaska governor’s race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Republican Mike Dunleavy, who pledged to get tough on crime and pay Alaskans their full annual share from the state's oil-wealth fund, has won the Alaska governor's race.
Dunleavy declared victory early Wednesday, hours before his main rival, Democrat Mark Begich, conceded.
Dunleavy felt good about his chances heading into Tuesday's election, predicting it would be a "watershed."
The Latest: Dunleavy plans to make Cabinet picks after win
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska governor's race (all times local):
Republican Mike Dunleavy plans a news conference to announce some members of his transition team and Cabinet appointments after winning Alaska's race for governor.
Dunleavy defeated his main rival, Democrat Mark Begich, in Tuesday's election. Begich conceded to Dunleavy Wednesday.
The news conference initially was planned for Wednesday but was pushed back to Thursday.
The Latest: Dunleavy leads Begich in Alaska governor’s race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska's Nov. 6 general election:
Republican Mike Dunleavy held a lead over Democrat Mark Begich after Tuesday's election. But the race was considered too early to call.
As of 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dunleavy held a lead of 21,788 votes out of nearly 230,000 ballots counted. Roughly 20 percent of votes in Alaska are counted after Election Day.
Dunleavy, however, claimed victory. In a statement, he said he takes seriously the task ahead of him.
Dunleavy holds early edge in Alaska governor’s race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Republican Mike Dunleavy held an edge over Democrat Mark Begich in early returns in the Alaska governor's race late Tuesday.
Dunleavy, a conservative former state senator, had been the presumed front-runner for much of the race, which, until mid-October, included Gov. Bill Walker.
Voters make final decisions in Alaska election
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Polls in Alaska will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Voters across the nation's largest state will then have 13 hours to cast their ballots in the mid-term elections.
Among the high-profile races are those for governor and U.S. House.
Races for governor, US House top Alaska ballot
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A topsy-turvy governor's race and a fight for the state's lone U.S. House seat top the ballot in Alaska.
Democrat Mark Begich is taking on Republican Mike Dunleavy for governor after the incumbent, Gov. Bill Walker, bowed out.
In the House race, Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young faces a challenge from independent Alyse Galvin, an education advocate. Galvin hopes to be the first woman to hold the seat Young has held since 1973.
Candidates make get-out-the-vote push ahead of election
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Candidates rallied voters, visited churches and knocked on doors Sunday as they made their final pitches to Alaskans and worked to get voters to the polls.
The two major races on the ballot in Alaska are for U.S. House and governor. But Tuesday's election also will decide the makeup of the state Legislature.
Sparks fly in last debate in Alaska governor’s race
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Sparks flew in the final debate of the Alaska governor's race, with the two major candidates jockeying to draw distinctions between themselves as the election nears.
Democrat Mark Begich dismissed as a gimmick a major piece of Republican Mike Dunleavy's platform: a plan to pay residents a full dividend check from the state's oil-wealth fund, the Alaska Permanent Fund.
AP FACT CHECK: Dunleavy eyed cutting unbudgeted rail study
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Republican nominee for governor in Alaska says he would eliminate a $4.5 million fast-rail study from the state budget. But there's no such line item in the budget.
Mike Dunleavy, a former state senator, has campaigned on reducing state spending and limiting the growth of government. He said the state must prioritize what it spends money on, and he wants to revisit an appropriation limit in the state Constitution that critics see as too lax.
Walker asks Alaskans to remove his signs after campaign ends
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is asking supporters to remove his campaign signs from public view.
Walker last week ended his re-election bid, days after his lieutenant governor, Byron Mallott, resigned over what Walker described as an inappropriate overture to a woman.
In a statement Friday, Walker said any reserved ad space that can't be reimbursed will be used to make clear that he has ended his campaign and to thank supporters.
The Latest: Begich, Dunleavy tangle on crime, education
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska governor's race (all times local):
Democrat Mark Begich and Republican Mike Dunleavy tangled over issues of crime and education during a one-on-one statewide debate in the race for Alaska governor.
Begich cited budget cuts as contributing to higher crime rates. Dunleavy, who left the state Senate in January after five years, said crime did not go up because of the Legislature.
State: Votes for any candidates on Alaska ballot will count
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A vote for any candidate for governor and lieutenant governor on the general election ballot in Alaska will be counted, the state elections office said Monday.
That includes votes for Gov. Bill Walker and former Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. Their names remain on the ballot though last week Walker ended his re-election campaign and Mallott resigned his office.
The date for candidates to withdraw from the ballot was Sept. 4.
The Latest: Alaska: All votes for gov, lt. gov will count
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska governor's race (all times local):
The Division of Elections says a vote for any candidate for governor and lieutenant governor in Alaska will be counted in next month's election.
That includes Gov. Bill Walker and former Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. Their names remain on the ballot though Walker ended his re-election campaign and Mallott resigned his office.
The date for candidates to withdraw from the ballot was Sept. 4.
Democrat Begich turns to AK voters 1 more time in guv race
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — For months, Mark Begich faced pressure from fellow Democrats to drop out of the Alaska governor's race. Now, he's their best shot at winning the seat.
GOP’s Dunleavy defends oil check in Alaska gubernatorial bid
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — As a kid growing up on the East Coast, Mike Dunleavy dreamed of coming to Alaska — of hunting, fishing in wild streams and losing himself in the state's vast, open spaces.
Now, after nearly 35 years in his adopted state, Dunleavy wants to become Alaska's governor.
Alaska governor says he quit race to boost Democrat
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's surprising announcement that he was quitting his bid for re-election with less than 21 days to go was an effort to boost Democratic rival Mark Begich's chances of beating Republican Mike Dunleavy.