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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.  […]

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the one-year anniversary of the January 6th insurrection in Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

Biden to pardon all federal offenses for simple marijuana possession, review criminalization

BY: , and - October 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday announced executive actions that would pardon thousands of people with prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession. Biden then called on governors to follow suit with state offenses for simple marijuana possession, saying that “just as no one should be in a Federal prison solely due to the […]

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As people die in Alaska prisons, reform advocates are calling for independent investigation

BY: - October 6, 2022

Prison reform advocates are calling on Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration to order an independent review of the state Department of Corrections. The department recently reported its 15th in-custody death this year. William Hensley III, 34, died on Sunday at Goose Creek Correctional Center in Wasilla after a month in custody. With this death, Corrections […]

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 […]

A polling place sign at the State Office Building in Juneau on Aug. 15, 2022. (Photo by Lisa Phu/Alaska Beacon)

Important dates leading up to Alaska’s Nov. 8 general election

BY: - October 5, 2022

Alaska’s general election is on Tuesday, Nov. 8.  For the general election, voters will be asked to: Rank candidates for U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, governor/lieutenant governor, state senator and state representative (only House District 40 does not have an election for state senator on the ballot) Vote yes or no on the ballot measure: Shall […]

Candidates for Alaska's sole U.S. House seat hold signs at Tuesday fishery forum in Kodiak indicating their position on an Alaska waiver in the century-old Jones Act. Only Rep. Mary Peltola, second from left, opposed the waiver. Peltola, a Democrat, defended her work on an update to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Those updates were opposed by Republican Nick Begich, far left, Libertarian Chris Bye, third from left, and Republican former Gov. Sarah Palin, far right. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Kodiak fishery debate highlights differences between Peltola and her House rivals

BY: - October 5, 2022

For U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola, the Democrat who won August’s special election to serve the remainder of the late Don Young’s term, Tuesday’s fishery-focused candidate debate in Kodiak was an opportunity to draw sharp contrasts with her three rivals. Peltola defended the ongoing efforts to update the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act – an […]

One of two wind turbines off the coast of Virginia Beach that comprise Dominion Energy's Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot project. (Sarah Vogelsong/ Virginia Mercury)

For offshore wind aspirations to become reality, transmission hurdles must be cleared

BY: - October 5, 2022

President Joe Biden’s administration laid out ambitious additional goals last month to boost offshore wind power generation, one of the American renewable energy industry’s emerging wide open frontiers. The federal announcements come as coastal states across the country are increasingly setting offshore wind energy targets, seeking to capture not just clean energy but the potentially […]

President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) Janai Nelson (center) speaks to members of the press after the oral arguments of the Merrill v. Milligan case at the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 4, 2022, in Washington, D.C. The case is over whether the new congressional map of Alabama violates the Voting Rights Act. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Alabama case that could limit Voting Rights Act heard at U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - October 4, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case that challenges an Alabama redistricting map and could potentially eliminate remaining federal safeguards against racial gerrymandering. Voting rights advocates fear that the high court’s conservative majority will further weaken the Voting Rights Act, with implications for voters in states across the […]

Former state Rep. Les Gara, in front, converses with Kodiak residents in the lobby of the city's high school on Aug. 3, while former Gov. Bill Walker, in rear, talks to other residents. Gara, a Democrat, and Walker, and independent, were the only gubernatorial candidates participating in the Kodiak fish debate held that night. They spent time with audience members after the event. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

At Kodiak fisheries debate, Gara and Walker find common ground while Dunleavy is a no-show

BY: - October 4, 2022

At a forum on fishery issues held in the seaport town of Kodiak, two of the leading gubernatorial contenders spent time focusing on a man who was not there: incumbent Gov. Mike Dunleavy. After about an hour of in-depth discussions of fishery issues that included climate change and its effects in the oceans, the role […]

Interim Revenue Commissioner Deven Mitchell is new CEO of Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.

BY: - October 4, 2022

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. board of trustees has named Deven Mitchell, the interim head of the Alaska Department of Revenue, as the corporation’s new CEO.  The board voted unanimously on Monday evening to approve the pick and direct interim CEO Valerie Mertz to open salary negotiations with Mitchell.  The decision came at the end […]