JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Some Alaska residents say they would be willing to take a smaller Permanent Fund Dividend or pay a state income tax to help the state raise revenues so it wouldn't have to...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration is upping the budget and extending the time for a review of potential options for the future of Alaska's ferry system.
Students, others rally for University of Alaska system
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Students and others gathered in front of the state Capitol Monday in support of the University of Alaska system amid ongoing debate over the state budget.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is planning the largest sale of Alaska old growth timber in years.
The Prince of Wales Island Landscape Level Analysis project will harvest as...
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...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A tentative agreement has been reached in a legal dispute over how the City and Borough of Juneau spends money collected from cruise ship passenger fees.
Hayes tenure as Alaska State Writer Laureate closes
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — As State Writer Laureate, Ernestine Saankalaxt' Hayes saw a lot more of Alaska.
The celebrated author of "Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir" and "The Tao of Raven"...
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) — Alaska is poised to become the first state in the nation with statewide rules allowing people to use marijuana at certain stores where they buy it.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau-area residents will likely continue paying more than usual for electricity because of low water levels at an Alaska utility's hydroelectric facility.
Alaska considers selling historic museum to save money
SITKA, Alaska (AP) — A historic Alaska museum and library may be sold at the direction of Gov. Mike Dunleavy, according to a state official.
The Sheldon Jackson Museum and adjacent Stratton...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Some Alaska businesses that have been allowed to sell alcohol for years are finding that the state is denying their license renewals.
aska poet calls attention to environmental concerns
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Lately there's been a sense of urgency to Mar Ka's ecologically minded poetry.
Ka, who traveled to more than 90 Alaska Native villages as an indigenous rights attorney...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau officials have rejected an offer by Norwegian Cruise Line to send the city manager and mayor on a free cruise.
The Juneau Assembly this week voted to turn down...
Overhaul proposed for facilities at Alaska glacier
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A proposed overhaul of facilities at a southeastern Alaska glacier includes plans to expand parking, the visitor center, and boat and dock offerings.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State officials are proposing rate increases of between 40 percent and nearly 140 percent for residents of Alaska's state-supported elder-care facilities, according to health...
Searchers find possible part of missing Alaska plane
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Searchers believe they have found part of the air ambulance that went missing with three people on board in Alaska, the aircraft owners said.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau officials are exploring the idea of expanding port infrastructure to allow more cruises ships to connect to the local electrical grid as a way to cut down on dock-side...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A proposed ballot measure seeks to move Alaska legislative sessions from the state capital of Juneau to the state's biggest city, Anchorage.
Process underway to choose Alaska’s next writer laureate
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's writer laureate will hold on to the title as the process to choose a successor occurs later than usual.
Ernestine Saankalaxt' Hayes was announced as the...
Unions push against proposed cuts to Alaska ferry system
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Union representatives backing the Alaska ferry service to coastal communities plan to rally in Juneau to oppose job losses proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
Alaska ski areas would get to serve booze, bill proposes
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A bill pending before the Alaska Legislature would allow for ski areas in the state to serve alcohol.
Juneau's Eaglecrest Ski Area had been poised to open a bar until...
Alaska Native weaving project honors survivors of violence
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Lily Hope and her family are continuing her mother's work for an important cause.
The daughter of late acclaimed Chilkat and Ravenstail weaver Clarissa Rizal, Hope is...
Alaska governor wants to end public broadcasting funding
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy has proposed ending state funding for public broadcasting amid efforts to close a projected $1.6 billion budget deficit.
3 people seriously injured in 5-car Juneau wrong-way crash
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Three people were seriously hurt and four vehicles demolished in a five-car wrong-way crash on the highway between downtown Juneau and the Mendenhall Valley.
Officials concerned budget cuts will take away Ocean Rangers
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state official overseeing Alaska's cruise ship monitoring program is concerned about losing independent environmental inspectors on cruise ships.
Alaska cannabis industry cites uncertainty with new governor
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's new governor has no plans to change marijuana legalization, a spokesman said Wednesday, even as the Republican administration's appointments and proposal for a state...
The Latest: Marijuana law attorney supports regulatory board
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on marijuana in Alaska (all times local):
An attorney who specializes in cannabis law says it is important to save the board tasked with...
Juneau snowfall totals below average , just 51 inches so far
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The seasonal and annual snowfall amounts in Juneau this winter are well below average, according to National Weather Service figures.
Alaska lawmakers push back on proposed education cuts
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State legislators pushed back Monday against Gov. Mike Dunleavy's proposed cuts to public education amid an ongoing budget deficit.
Sen. Lyman Hoffman, a Bethel Democrat, called the proposed cuts unacceptable and questioned how districts would be able to absorb them. Sen. Natasha von Imhof, an Anchorage Republican, chided budget and administration officials for no apparent plan to help districts address costs, such as health care.
Anniversary of Stonewall uprising celebrated in Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Stonewall Inn is a National Monument, but Lin Davis said what happened there almost 50 years ago isn't necessarily widely known outside of the LGBTQ community.
That's part of the reason Davis, an out and proud lesbian, read her poem "Stonewall 50 When We Come To It," at a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall held Saturday at McPhetres Hall.
Producers plan TV show set, filmed in southeast Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Los Angeles-based producers are working to develop a TV series that would be set and filmed in southeast Alaska.
Helena Sardinha and Rafael Thomaseto are planning an eight-episode anthology series called "Sitka" through their production company Driven Equation, the Juneau Empire reported Wednesday.
The Latest: Budget plan includes cuts to education, Medicaid
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska budget (all times local):
Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget proposal includes deep cuts to public education, the university system, Medicaid and Alaska's ferry system.
The budget plan also eliminates state support for public broadcasting and proposes changes in petroleum property tax collections that will benefit the state but affect areas like the North Slope Borough.
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay shoots TV show in Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A celebrity chef is visiting Alaska's capital.
The Juneau Empire reports Gordon Ramsay arrived in the capital Sunday night.
He says he is shooting a television show.
Ramsay reported he had spent much of Monday at the Mendenhall Glacier and that he was having "an amazing time."
Alaska House has yet to organize about a month into session
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Almost all Alaska House members have been able to make about $8,000 each in allowances so far this legislative session while the chamber has been at a standstill.
The lack of an organized majority has left the House unable to set up any formal committees or hear a single bill. Lawmakers said Monday they've kept busy with constituent work and getting up to speed on various issues, with some saying they've gotten little pushback from people in their districts.
Alaska mental health trust looks to sell downtown Juneau lot
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is looking to sell a prominent waterfront lot in the capital city.
A report commissioned by the trust estimates the value of the 2.9-acre (1.2-hectare) lot at $3 million and concludes that selling is a more financially sound option than leasing and managing the property long term.
Wyn Menefee, the executive director of the Trust Land Office, says marketing will begin this winter leading to an auction.
Private search continues for 3 aboard missing Alaska plane
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The owners of an air ambulance that went missing in Alaska say they're working with a helicopter company and others to search for the remains of the three people who presumably died in a crash.
Guardian Flight says that as weather permits, Juneau-based Temsco Helicopters is conducting aerial searches for the King Air 200 that disappeared last week en route to pick up a patient in the southeast community of Kake.
Alaska gets mixed grades in tobacco report
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska received a generally positive review in a new report for its efforts to keep tobacco out of the hands of adolescents — with one exception.
The state earned a grade of D for its minimum age for purchasing tobacco, according to the 17th annual State of Tobacco Control report by the American Lung Association, the Juneau Empire reported .
Otter hunting makes earrings for Aleut artist
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Carley Thayer's work is connected to both distant and immediate relatives.
Thayer makes earrings and accessories from harvested sea otter fur and pays homage to her Aleut forefathers under the banner of Bering Sea Designs.
"I'm from the Aleutian Islands originally," Thayer said. "Just the first two years of my life, but my dad grew up there, and that's where my ancestors are from, and they were huge sea otter hunters, and that's kind of what inspired the name."
Study: Alaska Native nonprofit contributed $10M to economy
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Juneau-based Alaska Native nonprofit directly and indirectly contributed more than $10 million into the state economy last year, according to a study by a research and consulting firm.
Authorities recover body of Kake man after house fire
KAKE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities say a man died in a home that burned down in Kake.
KINY News of the North in Juneau reports that a home in the village of Kake caught fire early Saturday. KINY says firefighters put out the blaze in an hour, but the second floor had collapsed onto the ground floor, making the home inaccessible.
Authorities search for Kake man after fire destroys house
KAKE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities are searching for a man who is thought to have lived in a home that burned down early Saturday.
KINY News of the North in Juneau reports that a home in the village of Kake was hit by fire about 5 a.m. KINY says firefighters put out the blaze in an hour, but the second floor had collapsed onto the ground floor, making the home inaccessible.
Popular Juneau walking trail to temporarily close for repair
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A popular walking trail in Alaska's capital city will close for part of the year for repairs.
Debbie Driscoll, a spokeswoman for Alaska Electric Light and Power, says the Flume Trail's wooden walkway is safe for now. But she says the company is concerned with its long-term integrity.
The trail will be closed between April and September.
Driscoll says the hillside is slowly moving and some of the trestle foundations are not founded on bedrock.
Square dancing a long-standing Ketchikan tradition
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Ketchikan's square dancers warmed up a chilly Friday night in the Creekside Cabaret with laughter and enthusiastic allemandes timed to the lively music of the Free Radicals band.
Barbara Morgan, who has teamed up with Hilary Koch for the past nine or 10 years to hold the Alaska Square Dance events, said that square dance groups have been active in town for decades.
Alaska plans for new ferry Tazlina to begin operation in May
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Marine Highway System plans to put its new ferry Tazlina into service in waters in the southeast in May.
The ferry system announced last week that the 280-foot (85-meter) vessel will operate in Lynn Canal, replacing the ferry Fairweather that connects Juneau, Haines and Skagway, the Ketchikan Daily News reported .
Juneau students choose Huskies as mascot for combined teams
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — High school athletic teams in Juneau are getting a new mascot for three sports.
The football, wrestling and tennis teams draw athletes from all three Juneau high schools.
The Juneau Empire reports students chose Huskies as the mascot for combined teams. They also considered the Ravens, Miners or Phoenix.
Juneau’s got pod people
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — About two years ago, Jack Eddy decided to roll the dice and start a podcast.
Eddy, a Juneau resident, was a fan of the medium and had a lifelong interest in tabletop gaming that he thought would lend itself well to a podcast review series.
Alaska fashion show changes theme after airline objects
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council changed the theme of its annual fashion show following a complaint by Alaska Airlines.
The Wearable Art show scheduled for mid-February in Alaska's capital changed its theme of turbulence to tailwind, the Juneau Empire reported this week.
House Republicans disavow attempt to swear in GOP member
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — House Republicans disavowed an attempt involving some of their members to have a new legislator sworn in by taking an oath at a courthouse Wednesday.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Sharon Jackson to replace Nancy Dahlstrom, who was elected in November to an Eagle River-area seat but became Dunleavy's corrections commissioner before the session started.