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. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)

Anchorage judge hears request to dismiss Eastman eligibility lawsuit

BY: - September 9, 2022

An attorney representing the Alaska Division of Elections said Friday in court that the agency should not be in charge of deciding whether Wasilla Republican Rep. David Eastman is ruled ineligible to serve in the Alaska Legislature. Eastman and the division are facing a lawsuit that seeks to declare Eastman in violation of the Alaska […]

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Congressional panel debates federal role in preventing youth incarceration

BY: - September 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of a U.S. House Education and Labor Committee panel on Thursday questioned experts and leaders of youth rehabilitation programs about how the federal government could invest in programs to prevent kids from becoming incarcerated. “Although the juvenile justice system is intended to rehabilitate—not punish—young offenders, data shows that the more a young […]

Kenai Peninsula Borough paid more than $260,000 to settle complaints against Pierce

BY: - September 7, 2022

The Kenai Peninsula Borough paid $267,000 to settle a pair of workplace complaints alleging bullying and discrimination by Charlie Pierce, the borough’s departing mayor and a Republican candidate for governor. Only one of the settlements has been previously disclosed to the public. Copies of the settlements were first published by Juneau radio station KINY after […]

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

Alaska Department of Corrections reports 11th death in custody of 2022

BY: - September 7, 2022

The Alaska Department of Corrections has announced the 11th death of a person in custody this year. Bernie Alexia, 76, died in Goose Creek Correctional Center on Sept. 4, according to a Corrections press release on Tuesday. The department said it was an “expected death.” With about four months left in the year, Corrections has […]

Anne Sears, Alaska's special investigator for cases of murdered and missing Indigenous people, speaks at Gov. Mike Dunleavy's June 28 news conference about the state budget. Sears is a retired state trooper hired in April to lead the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative. She was the first Alaska Native woman hired as a state trooper. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Anne Sears is no longer Alaska’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons investigator

BY: - September 6, 2022

After five months on the job, Anne Sears is no longer Alaska’s investigator for missing and murdered Indigenous people with the Alaska State Troopers. When the Department of Public Safety hired her in April, the position was the first of its kind in the state. Now, the critical role is unfilled. In late August, Sears […]

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. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)

Eastman stays on ballot for now as Anchorage judge declines to determine eligibility before printing

BY: - September 1, 2022

An Anchorage Superior Court judge has said he will not determine whether Republican Rep. David Eastman is eligible to hold state office before ballots are printed for the Nov. 8 general election. Wednesday’s order from Judge Jack McKenna denied a request for an expedited schedule amid a lawsuit challenging Eastman’s placement on the ballot. The […]

After public safety shift, Alaska State Troopers have first Black leader

BY: - August 31, 2022

The deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Public Safety is retiring, and as part of the shift to replace him, the department has named its first Black colonel, Maurice “Mo” Hughes. James Cockrell, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Public Safety, announced the changes to reporters on Wednesday morning.  Current DPS Deputy Commissioner Leon […]

The entrance to the Anchorage Correctional Complex is seen on Aug. 29, 2022. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Two people die after just one day in Alaska corrections custody this month

BY: - August 31, 2022

Janet Minock got a knock on her apartment door the morning of Aug. 23. It was two Anchorage Police Department officers telling her that her 35-year-old daughter, Nastashia Minock, was dead. According to Janet Minock, the police officers told her this: Nastashia was found unresponsive at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center around 1:30 a.m. Aug. 23. […]

Bartlett Regional Hospital's main entrance.

Former Juneau hospital senior employee arrested Thursday for theft  

BY: - August 25, 2022

A former senior level employee at Juneau’s hospital was arrested early Thursday evening for allegedly stealing $108,000 from the medical institution. Bradley Grigg, former chief behavioral health officer at Bartlett Regional Hospital, was indicted in Juneau Superior Court on Thursday on two counts of theft in the first degree. Bartlett Regional Hospital is owned by […]

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Dunleavy transition-firings lawsuit, begun in 2019, won’t end before 2023

BY: - August 25, 2022

A legal dispute that began when Gov. Mike Dunleavy took office in 2018 will not be resolved before this year’s gubernatorial election. Last week, a federal judge set a 2023 timeline for a trial to set financial damages in a case involving Libby Bakalar, one of four state employees who sued Dunleavy, his former chief […]

The Boney Courthouse building in Anchorage holds the Alaska Supreme Court chambers. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska Supreme Court upholds law targeting international tax havens

BY: - August 18, 2022

The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Alaska Department of Revenue and against a multinational corporation that sought to overturn a state law limiting corporations’ ability to hide assets in international tax havens. On Aug. 5, the court ruled that the law does not violate either the Commerce Clause or Due Process […]

Justice Department watching Alaska election for language and disability compliance

BY: - August 16, 2022

The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday it is monitoring Alaska’s election to ensure compliance with two laws, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The effort is aimed at maintaining compliance with the voting law’s minority language requirements and the disability act’s accessibility requirements, the department said […]