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)

Seven apply for upcoming Alaska Supreme Court vacancy

BY: - July 26, 2022

Three sitting judges and two state attorneys are among seven people vying to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Alaska Supreme Court.  The Alaska Judicial Council announced the applicants Monday, and after a series of surveys, interviews and public hearings, will meet in mid-November to pick a list of finalists eligible for the position. Alaska’s […]

Denali, North America's tallest peak, is the most famous feature in 6 million-acre Denali National Park and Preserve. The campground at Wonder Lake and other sites along the second half of the park's 92-mile road will remain closed at least through the 2023 season because of landslide problems at the road's midway point. The park's new superintendent, Brooke Merrell, will have to coordinate responses to that and other thaw-caused landslides. (Photo provided by the National Park Service)

Denali gets permanent superintendent as park, a top tourist destination, copes with disruptions

BY: - July 23, 2022

Denali National Park and Preserve, one of Alaska’s top tourist attractions, has a new superintendent, the National Park Service said on Friday. Brooke Merrell, a deputy superintendent who had been filling in for the last nine months as acting superintendent, has now been promoted to the top job in the 6 million-acre park, famous for […]

Alaska sues Interior Department over contaminated ANCSA lands

BY: - July 23, 2022

The state of Alaska has sued the U.S. Department of the Interior in an attempt to hold the federal government responsible for the identification of thousands of polluted sites on land given to Alaska Native corporations. A complete inventory is a first step in the state’s ongoing efforts to hold the federal government responsible for […]

Sun reflects off the waters of Norton Sound, as seen from Nome on Sept. 4, 2021. Norton Sound is connected to the Bering Sea and part of a marine ecosystem undergoing transformation as the climate warms. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

NOAA Fisheries wants public to weigh in on climate change studies of Alaska’s marine waters

BY: - July 22, 2022

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is seeking public input to help guide its climate-change research in waters off Alaska. Members of the public interested in having input on the future of federal research on Alaska’s fisheries face a deadline next week. Comments will be accepted through July 29 on plans drafted by NOAA’s Alaska […]

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a June 28 press conference in Anchorage on this Fiscal 2023 budget to go into effect on July 1. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy signs bill increasing rural power subsidy

BY: - July 21, 2022

Up to 82,000 rural Alaskans will see lower power bills because of legislation signed this month by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Senate Bill 243, passed by the Alaska Legislature this spring, raises the maximum subsidy for the state’s Power Cost Equalization program, which reduces the cost of home electricity in rural Alaska. Dunleavy signed the measure […]

Alaska will formally recognize Native tribes, likely negating planned ballot measure

BY: - July 21, 2022

Gov. Mike Dunleavy will sign a bill giving state recognition to Alaska’s 229 federally recognized Native tribes, the Alaska Federation of Natives said Thursday. In a July 28 ceremony, the governor will also sign bills creating child welfare and education agreements between the state and tribal governments, AFN said. An official in the governor’s office […]

Arctic terns hover above some floating kelp in Cook Inlet in this undated photo. (Photo by Sarah Schoen/USGS Alaska Science Center)

Algal toxin identified as culprit in Arctic tern die-off, thanks to abundant incriminating evidence

BY: - July 20, 2022

In the years of successive seabird die-offs in Alaska’s warming waters, scientists and coastal residents have pondered a question: Are algae-caused toxins, which are becoming more prevalent as water temperatures rise, causing or contributing to those deaths? Now there are some definitive answers, at least about a localized die-off of Arctic terns in the Juneau […]

Fresh sockeye salmon, also called red salmon, is on sale on July 19 at Anchorage's New Sagaya City Market. The Bristol Bay region, site of the world's biggest sockeye salmon runs, had a record harvest last year, but Western Alaska villages suffered from poor returns of Chinook and chum salmon and, in some places, silver salmon. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Tale of two salmon fisheries: Bristol Bay breaks record, but Yukon River collapses

BY: - July 20, 2022

For Alaska salmon fishing, the summer of 2022 is the best of times and the worst of times. In the Bristol Bay region, the sockeye salmon run and harvest amounts set new records, as was predicted in the preseason forecast. As of Monday, the run had totaled over 73.7 million, with a harvest of over […]

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Dunleavy leads early fundraising for Alaska governor’s race

BY: - July 19, 2022

Incumbent Gov. Mike Dunleavy has raised more money than any other candidate in this year’s Alaska governor’s race over the past five months and is heading toward the Aug. 16 primary election with more cash in his campaign war chest than any other candidate. Dunleavy, a Republican, reported raising $925,380 between Feb. 2 and July […]

For U.S. Senate, Murkowski outraises all other Alaska candidates combined

BY: - July 18, 2022

As she seeks re-election to the U.S. Senate, Republican candidate Lisa Murkowski raised more money between April 1 and June 30 than all other candidates in the race, combined. Murkowski’s re-election campaign reported raising $1.57 million in the latest quarterly reports submitted to the Federal Elections Commission. Her lead challenger, Republican candidate Kelly Tshibaka, reported […]

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks on the state budget at a news conference on June June 28, 2022, in Anchorage. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaskans will get PFD checks slightly earlier this year, governor announces

BY: - July 15, 2022

The state of Alaska will begin distributing payments of around $3,200 to eligible Alaskans on Tuesday, Sept. 20, Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced on Facebook Friday afternoon. That amount includes this year’s Permanent Fund dividend as well as a one-time energy relief payment.  Eligible Alaskans who selected direct deposit on their Permanent Fund dividend application are […]

Legislative committee approves $100,000 for ‘friendly’ lawsuit against executive branch

BY: - July 15, 2022

A billion-dollar dispute between Alaska’s legislative and executive branches may be settled by a lawsuit approved Thursday by a committee of the Alaska Legislature. The Legislative Budget and Audit Committee, which includes members of the state House and Senate, voted unanimously to approve $100,000 and hire an outside legal firm to represent the Legislature in […]