James Brooks, Alaska Beacon

James Brooks, Alaska Beacon
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Want to run for president in Alaska? You’ll need a few thousand friends.

Supporters of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have turned in more than 5,900 signatures, hoping to get the independent presidential candidate on this fall’s ballot.
Peter Maassen

Dunleavy will be asked to pick fourth Alaska Supreme Court justice

By February, Gov. Mike Dunleavy will have appointed four of the five Supreme Court justices, and the next opening isn't for years.
a courthouse

Alaska state judge considers fine against backers of ranked choice repeal measure

Judge Laura Hartz said she intends to issue a decision by June 21, though it may not be until the following Monday.
Click Bishop

At candidate filing deadline, 7 Alaska legislators decline to seek re-election

Sen. Click Bishop has indicated that he may run for governor in 2026, after Gov. Mike Dunleavy leaves office.
a sign says "Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation"

Permanent Fund bosses vote to defy Alaska Legislature, keep Anchorage office

One dissenting member of the board of trustees warned that the vote could cause "a fight" with the Legislature.
two buildings

Judicial Council recommends Alaskans keep all judges, including jurist behind correspondence ruling

Adolf Zeman is only one of 19 judges that will be on the November general election ballot, but he’s received the lion’s share of attention.
the Alaska Supreme Court

Alaska Supreme Court confirms: ‘Hoverboard dentist’ is banned from dentistry in Alaska

In a separate criminal case, former dentist Seth Lookhart was sentenced to 20 years in prison with eight suspended.
a sperm whale

Alaska fisherman pleads guilty to federal charges after ordering crew to shoot whale

It isn't clear whether the whale survived the encounter, which federal prosecutors have labeled a misdemeanor.
an office

8 young Alaskans sue to block proposed trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline

The plaintiffs say the pipeline will contribute to climate change that harms their ability to access fish, wildlife and natural resources.
Jesse Bjorkman

Alaska Legislature passes bill enabling employers to use saliva tests for drugs, alcohol

If Gov. Mike Dunleavy signs SB 196 or allows it to become law, employers using saliva tests would be legally protected.
Andi Story

After several deadly drownings, Alaska Legislature votes to require harbor safety ladders

House Bill 345 is aimed at reducing drownings. It was one of more than 60 bills that the Legislature passed in its final hours.
lawmakers

A look at some of the bills that failed to pass the Alaska Legislature this year

Parts of a long-term plan to bring state revenue and expenses into line again failed to advance through the Capitol.
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Alaska House passes trans sports ban after extended filibuster by opponents

The bill now heads to the state Senate, where it is expected to die without becoming law.
the Alaska Supreme Court

Alaska Supreme Court upholds Valdez ordinance that limited fur trapping

The court's ruling indicated that municipal rules that restrict trapping are legal under public safety and land-use rules.
the Alaska Capitol

Brinksmanship and compromise emerge in Alaska’s Capitol as legislative session nears an end

Legislators are combining varied pieces of legislation to get them across the finish line in the state Capitol.
Cathy Tilton

Lawsuit seeks to change Alaska legislative policy on vetoes, but the plaintiff is offering a deal

Jeff Landfield, owner of the Alaska Landmine, filed a lawsuit against Speaker of the House Cathy Tilton.
lawmakers

Alaska House committee kills state-owned corporation’s plan to borrow up to $300M

The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority did not identify specific projects or a timeline for spending.
lawmakers

Alaska House nears vote on big increase for public school maintenance statewide

The House Finance Committee approved the most school maintenance funding since 2011.
the state House

Aiming for rehab, House-passed bill would allow some tablet computers in Alaska prison cells

The bill also prohibits excessive surcharges on prison phone service, promising to drastically cut inmates’ costs.
lawmakers

Alaska Senate passes draft budget, confirming $175M in bonus public-school funding

Gov. Mike Dunleavy told reporters that he's "open to the increase" proposed by state lawmakers in the draft budget bill.