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Legislative committee boosts budget for Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. investigation

BY: - August 10, 2022

A committee of the Alaska Legislature voted unanimously on Wednesday to spend another $50,000 on its investigation into the firing of Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. director Angela Rodell, bringing the investigation’s total budget to $150,000. Sen. Natasha von Imhof, R-Anchorage, the chair of the House-Senate Legislative Budget and Audit Committee, said the money is needed […]

Buildings that once housed workshops and office operations line groomed ski trails at the Independence Mine State Historical Park. The site, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is seen here on Nov. 12, 2017. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Independence Mine, a ‘gem’ in state park system, gets big donation for restoration work

BY: - August 9, 2022

A private charity has donated $1.3 million to restore historic buildings at a popular Alaska state park. The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has provided the money to restore buildings at the Independence Mine Historical Park. The site, in the Talkeetna Mountains near Palmer, once housed a thriving gold-mining operation but has […]

A sign at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus, seen on July 21, expresses appreciation for healthcare workers. UAA has several training programs, including one focused on rural Alaska, and the university is one of the partners in a $9.7 million federal grant secured by the Alaska Primary Care Association. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska health organization secures $9.7 million grant to train new workers

BY: - August 8, 2022

Alaska health care organizations have an injection of federal money to help recruit and train more workers to fill a variety of in-demand positions. The Alaska Primary Care Association has won a $9.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Good Jobs Challenge program for a wide-ranging project to expand health care opportunities by […]

Toolik Field Station lies in the northern foothills of Alaska’s Brooks Range in 2019. The station hosts up to 150 residents at a time and supports about 500 scientists annually with 11 laboratories, six dorms and a dining hall. Photo by Jason Stuckey/Toolik Field Station

Toolik Field Station gets $19.7 million for next five years of operations

BY: - August 3, 2022

The Arctic’s largest scientific research station, a facility on Alaska’s North Slope, has received an increase in funding for the coming five years of operations, the University of Alaska Fairbanks announced on Tuesday. Toolik Field Station, located 370 miles north of Fairbanks, has received $19.7 million in NSF funding for the next five years, UAF […]

A vial containing the monkeypox vaccine is seein on July 23, 2022, in London, England. This type of vaccine, called JYNNEOS or Imvanex, is available in Alaska for anyone who has been in contact with infected individuals. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

Monkeypox arrives in Alaska with Anchorage man as state’s first patient

BY: - July 29, 2022

Alaska has recorded its first case of monkeypox, the viral disease that is currently causing a global epidemic. An Anchorage man has tested positive for the disease and is isolating at home, the Alaska Department of Health and Anchorage Health Department said in a joint statement Friday. The patient had not traveled recently but was […]

After joint legislative effort, Alaska updates definition of consent for sexual assault cases

BY: - July 29, 2022

Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed a package of public safety-related bills into law Thursday, including a measure that updates Alaska’s definition of sexual assault. The change had been sought for years by victims’ advocates and allows the state to prosecute someone for sexual assault, even if the victim freezes and doesn’t verbally say “no.” Pre-existing law […]

Alaska Health Commissioner Adam Crum, speaking at a Wasilla news conference on May 3, explains how fentanyl's extreme potency makes it possible for even a tiny dose to be fatal. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Report details Alaska demographics hurt most by 2021 spike in drug-overdose deaths

BY: - July 28, 2022

In Alaska, the state with the nation’s biggest increase in drug overdose deaths from 2020 to 2021, certain demographic groups have been at higher risk, according to a newly released report: men more than women, Alaska Natives more than other ethnic groups and Anchorage and Gulf Coast residents more than those in other parts of […]

An Aleutian tern flies over the beach in Yakutat. The coastal community holds the largest colony of Aleutian terns, a long-distance migrator with a population in steep decline. (Photo by Christine Cieslak,/Student Conservation Association and U.S. Forest Service)

Scientists team up to solve mysteries about dwindling Aleutian tern population

BY: - July 28, 2022

Yakutat, a coastal community on the northern edge of Southeast Alaska’s temperate rainforest, is something of an Alaska refuge for a bird that may be on the brink: the Aleutian tern. Its wide, sandy beaches – and particularly, a peaceful site called Blacksand Spit — holds Alaska’s biggest concentration of Aleutian terns, a long-distance migrator […]

As last big cable carrier drops One America News, Alaska’s GCI has it for now

BY: - July 28, 2022

Alaska cable company GCI has no immediate plans to drop the right-wing TV channel One America News, a spokesperson said Wednesday. Verizon, the last remaining major carrier to carry the channel, plans to stop airing the channel on Saturday. That action follows a similar one in April by DirectTV. Their decisions leave the channel, once […]

Q&A with 2022 Alaska governor candidate Christopher Kurka

BY: - July 28, 2022

The Alaska Beacon asked Alaska’s 10 governor candidates to answer a 15-question survey about their positions on a variety of issues. Read all of their responses here. Answers have not been edited. Do you support a constitutional convention? Yes Should the Alaska Constitution be amended to protect the roughly $30 billion in the Permanent Fund […]

Q&A with 2022 Alaska governor candidate Bill Walker

BY: - July 28, 2022

The Alaska Beacon asked Alaska’s 10 governor candidates to answer a 15-question survey about their positions on a variety of issues. Read all of their responses here. Answers have not been edited. Do you support a constitutional convention? No Should the Alaska Constitution be amended to protect the roughly $30 billion in the Permanent Fund […]

Q&A with 2022 Alaska governor candidate Les Gara

BY: - July 28, 2022

The Alaska Beacon asked Alaska’s 10 governor candidates to answer a 15-question survey about their positions on a variety of issues. Read all of their responses here. Do you support a constitutional convention? No Should the Alaska Constitution be amended to protect the roughly $30 billion in the Permanent Fund that currently isn’t constitutionally protected? […]