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Alaska Legislature votes to preserve savings accounts for education, ferry system

BY: - May 19, 2022

Hours before the end of the Alaska Legislature’s regular session, the state Senate voted 14-4 to approve a bill that will keep the state’s Higher Education Investment Fund and two ferry-system-related savings accounts from being automatically drained at the end of the fiscal year. The bill had already passed the state House. The investment fund […]

Alaska Legislature votes to limit child marriage

BY: - May 19, 2022

The Alaska Legislature on Wednesday voted to ban marriages for Alaskans younger than 16 and approved new restrictions on marriages involving 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds.  House Bill 62 advances to Gov. Mike Dunleavy for consideration. “This bill will help reduce situations where minors end up in marriage with an abusive older spouse,” said Senate Majority Leader […]

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 22: A soldier in the Afghan National Army (ANA) walks past a burn pit at a command outpost recently handed over to the ANA from the United States Army on March 22, 2013 in Kandahar Province, Zhari District, Afghanistan. The United States military and its allies are in the midst of training and transitioning power to the Afghan National Security Forces in order to withdraw from the country by 2014. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

U.S. Sens. Tester, Moran reach deal on care for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits

BY: - May 19, 2022

The two leaders of the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Montana Democrat Jon Tester and Kansas Republican Jerry Moran, have reached a deal with House leaders to pass a bill to extend health care access to veterans for conditions related to exposure to toxic chemicals during their service, the pair announced Wednesday. The consensus bill […]

Legislature approves budget with $3,200 payout per Alaskan after House balks at bigger figure

BY: - May 19, 2022

Three minutes before 11 p.m. on the last day of its regular session, the Alaska Legislature finalized a state budget that will pay each eligible Alaskan about $3,200 later this year.  As late as Saturday, it appeared possible that the House and Senate would agree on a $5,500 payment, but lawmakers settled on a lower […]

Bill heading to governor creates roadmap for establishing tribally operated public schools

BY: - May 18, 2022

A bill that creates a roadmap for establishing tribally operated public schools has passed the Alaska Senate and House, and is headed to the governor’s desk. Senate Bill 34 directs the Board of Education and Early Development to work with Alaska Native tribal entities on an agreement that would formally recognize the tribes’ authority to […]

Two bull caribou of the Western Arctic Herd swimming across the Kobuk River during fall 2011 migration in Kobuk Valley National Park. The Ambler Access Project, a proposed 211-mile industrial road, would cross habitat used by the herd, which is one of the largest in North America. (Photo by Kyle Joly/National Park Service)

Biden administration’s pause on Ambler road project gets court approval

BY: - May 18, 2022

A federal judge has granted the Biden administration permission to reconsider a controversial Trump administration-approved road that would cut through the Brooks Range foothills. In an order issued Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason approved the Department of the Interior’s plan to partially reevaluate the impacts of the proposed 211-mile Ambler Access Project while […]

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 03: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the November jobs report in the State Dining Room of the White House on December 03, 2021 in Washington, DC. According to the U.S. Labor Department, the economy added 210,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 4.2%. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

President Biden to visit Anchorage briefly on Thursday

BY: - May 18, 2022

President Joe Biden will stop briefly in Anchorage on Thursday during a flight from Washington, D.C., to Asia. The president’s stopover was revealed in a notice published this week by the Federal Aviation Administration. According to the notice, Air Force One and supporting aircraft will stop in Anchorage sometime between 1:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. […]

Feds sue Alaska over management of Kuskokwim fisheries

BY: - May 18, 2022

The federal government sued Alaska’s state government and the state Department of Fish and Game on Tuesday, saying in a filing at the U.S. District Court in Anchorage that the state illegally opened the Kuskokwim River for salmon fishing.  The lawsuit seeks an injunction to block similar future actions by the state. Low salmon returns […]

After larger deal fails, state lawmakers propose payout of up to $3,850 per Alaskan

BY: - May 17, 2022

A compromise state budget containing as much as $3,850 in Permanent Fund dividends and energy payments for each eligible Alaskan is heading to final votes on the last regular day of the Alaska Legislature. A six-member committee completed work on the compromise budget late Tuesday, three days after the Alaska House failed to agree with […]

This is a picture of the Alaska State Capitol on May 5, 2022 in Juneau, Alaska.

Senate tables transgender sports bill again, likely ending its chances for now

BY: - May 17, 2022

A controversial Senate bill that would prohibit transgender girls from competing in girls sports got tabled Tuesday on the Senate floor – and, this time, it’s likely to stay that way. After placing a call on the house, Anchorage Republican Sen. Natasha von Imhof made a motion to table Senate Bill 140. Bill sponsor Shelley […]

BUFFALO, NEW YORK - MAY 17: US President Joe Biden gets a hug from a young boy whose father was killed at the Tops market shooting during an event at the Delavan Grider Community Center on May 17, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. The president and first lady placed flowers at a memorial outside of the Tops market and met with families of victims prior to addressing the guests gathered at the community center. A gunman opened fire at the Tops market on Saturday killing ten people and wounding another three. The attack was believed to be motivated by racial hatred. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Biden condemns racist theory of white supremacy in visit to Buffalo after mass shooting

BY: - May 17, 2022

President Joe Biden on Tuesday commemorated the victims of last weekend’s mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, and condemned the ideology that drove the killer to “carry out a murderous, racist rampage” at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood. In a visit to the Upstate New York city, Biden and other Democrats, including […]

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)

Alaska’s redistricting board again gerrymandered map to benefit Republicans, judge rules

BY: - May 17, 2022

The three Republican-appointed members of Alaska’s state redistricting board unconstitutionally gerrymandered a map of Anchorage state senate seats to favor Republican candidates, an Anchorage Superior Court judge ruled late Monday night. “In summary, the totality of the circumstances leads this court to conclude that the majority of the board acted in concert with at least […]