Government & Politics

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 […]

A bridge, completed in 2020, over the Nenana River connects to the Nenana-Totchaket Road. State officials have said it opens up access to the Nenana-Totchaket Agricultural Project lands as well as opportunities for recreation and subsistence uses. (Photo by John Whipple/Alaska Division of Agriculture)

Nenana-area tribe opposes state’s 20-mile road expansion

BY: - September 26, 2022

Some Nenana-area residents and tribal members say a state road project outside Nenana should be paused after what they describe as a failure by the state to adequately engage the public. The state wants to build 20 miles of new road to open access to agricultural opportunities and improve food security. But tribal members say […]

Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, speaks on the floor of the Alaska House of Representatives on Monday, May 2, 2022 at the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau. (James Brooks / Alaska Beacon)

Alaska Rep. Eastman remains on ballot but could be disqualified after election

BY: - September 23, 2022

An Anchorage Superior Court Judge ruled Thursday that Wasilla Republican Rep. David Eastman is likely ineligible for public office but ordered that he remain on the state’s Nov. 8 election ballots, pending the result of a trial in December. Eastman is heavily favored in the general election, but if he wins in November and the […]

U.S. House candidates suggest smaller role for federal funding in Alaska

BY: - September 23, 2022

Three of the four candidates running to represent Alaska in the U.S. House said on Thursday that they oppose a recent national federal infrastructure law and are concerned about the amount of federal spending in Alaska. The statements from Libertarian Chris Bye, Republican Sarah Palin and Republican Nick Begich III are a significant shift from […]

Public can weigh in on how Alaska should use millions of opioid settlement money

BY: - September 23, 2022

The Alaska public has a chance through the end of September to weigh in on how the state should spend its share of a landmark settlement over pharmaceutical companies’ role in the nation’s opioid epidemic. The total amount coming to state and local governments in Alaska is $58.5 million from drug manufacturer Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, […]

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 […]

Kuspuks of varying colors displayed at a tribal consultation meeting in Anchorage on Sept. 21 represent Indigenous victims of violence. From left, the colors are red for missing and murdered indigenous women, orange for victims of boarind schools, the baby kuspuk for children who will never be born, purple for victims of domestic violence, turquoise for victims of sexual assalut, multicolor for LGBTQ victims and black for men who are victims. The kuspuks were arrayed at the Justice Department's annual tribal consultation conference required under the Violence Against Woman Act. The 2022 conference is being held in Anchorage. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Justice Department funds to aid tribal law enforcement and help Indigenous victims of crime

BY: - September 22, 2022

The U.S. Department of Justice announced it will provide more than $246 million in grants to Native American and Alaska Native communities for improvements in law enforcement and justice. The well-received announcement was made in Anchorage on Wednesday at the start of the federal government’s annual tribal consultation conference on violence against women. Allison Randall, […]

At Alaska governor candidate forum, Gara and Walker advocate tax changes

BY: - September 21, 2022

In a Wednesday candidate forum hosted in Fairbanks by the Alaska Chamber, Democratic governor candidate Les Gara and independent candidate Bill Walker said that if elected, they would seek new state revenue to pay for a variety of projects and reverse years of cuts to state services. Both men are seeking to unseat incumbent Republican […]

Eric Brandon of Nevada tries out a semi-automatic pistol at The Gun Store in 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Attorneys general raise concerns about credit card companies identifying firearm purchases

BY: - September 21, 2022

Alaska Attorney General Treg Taylor has joined a group of attorneys general led by Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen in calling out a handful of financial institutions for a new policy that would track and monitor firearm purchases. At the center of the coalition’s ire is recent action taken by the International Organization for Standardization […]

The U.S. Capitol is lit on Sept. 13, 2022. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/Alaskan Beacon)

U.S. House passes bill reforming Electoral Count Act to stop Jan. 6 repeat

BY: - September 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed on Wednesday a bill updating a 19th-century law in an attempt to prevent the subversion of future presidential elections. The Presidential Election Reform Act, which passed 229-203, is meant to deter a repeat of the insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, in which the U.S. Capitol was attacked by a […]

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 […]

State judge to decide eligibility of Alaska lawmaker linked to Oath Keepers

BY: - September 20, 2022

A state judge will decide by Thursday morning whether Wasilla Republican Rep. David Eastman remains eligible for this fall’s general election. Eastman and the Alaska Division of Elections have been sued by a Matanuska-Susitna Borough man who asserts Eastman’s lifetime membership in a far-right organization violates a clause of the Alaska Constitution that forbids public […]