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This map from the U.S. Forest Service shows proposed cabin repair and construction projects in the Chugach National Forest. The Forest Service's Alaska Region is receiving $14.4 million for cabin work under the 2021 federal infrastructure bill and is seeking public comment on which projects to prioritize. (Screenshot)

The Forest Service is getting millions for cabins in Alaska, but where should they go?

BY: - October 6, 2022

The U.S. Forest Service in Alaska is receiving $14.4 million for new recreational cabins and cabin repairs. Now, it’s asking for the public’s help as it decides where to spend the money.  Through Oct. 31, the Forest Service is taking public comments on more than 50 potential projects within the Tongass and Chugach national forests.  […]

Campaign against Alaska constitutional convention gets major donations from D.C. groups

BY: - October 6, 2022

The largest group urging Alaskans to vote against a constitutional convention has received a major boost from a pair of Washington, D.C., groups. No on 1: Defend Our Constitution received $1.4 million, mostly from the National Education Association and the Sixteen Thirty Fund, according to financial disclosures dated Monday.  The contributions more than double the […]

Gara, Walker say they wouldn’t raise Alaska alcohol taxes if elected

BY: - October 5, 2022

Speaking at a gubernatorial candidate forum Wednesday in Juneau, independent governor candidate Bill Walker and Democratic governor candidate Les Gara each said they would not raise alcohol taxes if elected. Their statements came at an event hosted by Alaska CHARR, the largest trade association serving the Alaska alcohol industry. Walker proposed doubling the state’s alcohol […]

This weather forecast map for Thursday shows the unusual low-pressure system forming in the Chukchi Sea. It's forecast to bring high winds and coastal flooding to western and northern Alaska. (National Weather Service image)

High winds, coastal flooding forecast as another storm to hit western and northern Alaska

BY: - October 5, 2022

High winds and coastal flooding in western and northern Alaska are forecast from another unusually strong storm moving through the area through the weekend.  Wind gusts of up to 75 miles per hour could affect a stretch of coast from Point Lay to Point Hope, David Kramer of the National Weather Service said. Winds of […]

Rep. Sara Hannan, D-Juneau, speaks on the floor of the Alaska House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau, Alaska. (James Brooks / Alaska Beacon)

Alaska Legislature’s new social media policy nixes banning and blocking

BY: - October 1, 2022

If Alaska’s state legislators remove constituents’ comments or block them on social media, they may forfeit state-paid legal protection, according to a new social media policy adopted Friday. A House-Senate panel voted 8-3 in favor of adopting the new policy on behalf of the entire Legislature. Rep. Matt Claman, D-Anchorage, said the new policy means […]

Alaska Legislature votes against intervention in Eastman eligibility lawsuit

BY: - September 30, 2022

The Alaska Legislature will not intervene in a lawsuit challenging the eligibility of Wasilla Republican Rep. David Eastman to serve in public office. In a 1-9 vote Friday afternoon, a House-Senate panel voted against a request for intervention from Eastman, who said in an email that his ability to continue serving as a sitting legislator […]

A fish camp in the Nome area, seen on Sept. 24, shows damages wreaked by the remnants of Typhoon Merbok. The day before, President Biden declared a major disaster for a vast stretch of western Alaska that had been slammed with high winds and floods caused by the remnants of that typhoon. FEMA Director Deanne Criswell, Rep. Mary Peltola and Sen. Lisa Murkwoski were among the officials who surveyed the damages in and around Nome. (Photo by Jeremy Edwards/FEMA}

Biden approves more federal disaster assistance after typhoon hits western Alaska

BY: - September 29, 2022

Alaska’s state, local and tribal governments can be reimbursed for 100% of many costs incurred before and after Typhoon Merbok struck this month, after President Joe Biden on Thursday amended the federal disaster declaration. The federal government typically reimburses local governments for 75% of their costs, but Alaska’s congressional delegation and Gov. Mike Dunleavy had […]

Permanent Fund Corp. board will interview three people for top job

BY: - September 29, 2022

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.’s board of trustees has scheduled three interviews Monday with potential candidates to be the corporation’s next CEO. Interim state Revenue Commissioner Deven Mitchell, Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority Chief Investment Officer Morgan Neff, and Melanie Hardin, a Verizon executive who formerly worked for Charles Schwab in London, are scheduled […]

The Mat-Su Regional Medical Center's emergency department entrance is seen on May 3, 2022. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

In COVID years, new patterns emerged in Alaska hospitals and emergency rooms, report says

BY: - September 28, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic brought some big changes to patterns for hospital stays and emergency-department visits in Alaska, according to a new report issued by the state Division of Public Health. While the disease became one of the dominant causes of hospitalizations and emergency-room visits, the need to treat patients for other respiratory diseases appears to […]

This symbol is inside of the Alaska Department of Corrections office on Sept. 7, 2022, in Douglas, Alaska. (Photo by Lisa Phu/Alaska Beacon)

Two more people die after a short time in Alaska Corrections custody

BY: - September 27, 2022

Two people died this week after a short time in Alaska Department of Corrections custody, bringing the total number of in-custody deaths this year to 14.  Lewey Matoomealook, 37, was pronounced dead on Sept. 25 at Alaska Regional Hospital after 13 days in Corrections custody, becoming the 13th person to die in the state’s prison […]

The flooded village of Golovin in the Bering Strait region is seen from a U.S. Coast Guard aircraft on Sept. 18. Golovin was heavily damaged by flooding and winds driven by Typhoon Merbok. Coast Guard crews were among those assessing damages from the historic storm. (Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ian Gray/U.S. Coast Guard)

Alaska officials seek 100% federal coverage of disaster aid for storm-damaged communities

BY: - September 22, 2022

Alaska officials are asking that the Federal Emergency Management Agency provide 100% of the funds necessary for western Alaska communities to recover from damages inflicted by Typhoon Merbok. That would match the 100% response funding that was committed to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Fiona in President Biden’s federal disaster declaration. Typically, FEMA covers […]

The Boney Courthouse in downtown Anchorage, across the street from the larger Nesbett Courthouse, holds the Alaska Supreme Court chambers. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Former Alaska AG pick indicted, accused of sex with 17-year-old in 1991

BY: - September 21, 2022

Former Alaska Attorney General-designee Ed Sniffen was indicted Monday by an Anchorage grand jury on three counts of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor.  Sniffen is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Anchorage Superior Court, accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl in 1991. The relationship was first reported in 2021 following […]