James Brooks, Alaska Beacon

Dan Sullivan

With Alaska’s federal judge vacancy nearing 2-year mark, Sullivan breaks from nomination tradition

Sen. Lisa Murkowski appears skeptical about the switch, saying she’s prepared to advance nominees to President Biden.
a forest

In new challenges to Alaska forest’s ‘Roadless Rule,’ pro-logging arguments have disappeared

Prior versions of the rule have been repeatedly upheld by federal courts, but new U.S. Supreme Court rulings may give opponents new ammunition.
a license plate

Alaska DMV considers eliminating license plate stickers

The DMV is also considering self-service kiosks, a mobile app to renew licenses and registration, and an AI chatbot to answer online questions.

Alaska marijuana businesses, citing black market, plead for tax relief

A legislative committee is considering a proposal that would revamp Alaska’s marijuana tax system.
the State Office Building

Alaska begins process of examining workers’ pay for competitiveness

The state is seeking a contractor to perform a comparison of state pay in Alaska, pay in the private sector and pay among other governments.

Study: Alaska is failing to keep most Alaska-born residents

A study found Alaska retained 48.7% of people born inside its borders, ahead of only Wyoming and North Dakota among U.S. states.
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Two more Alaska ballot measures pass legal muster, but another is disqualified

The approved measures would impose new financial restrictions on political campaigns and grant an array of rights to workers.
a man in a suit

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy replaces budget director

Neil Steininger was replaced by Lacey Sanders, formerly administrative services director for the state education department.
the Willow project

ConocoPhillips says court case is likely do-or-die for Alaska’s Willow oil project

Willow would be the first large project constructed in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
a building outside

Alaska Legislature’s new apartment building is on budget and on schedule

The joint House-Senate Legislative Council has agreed to spend almost $9 million turning the building into 33 apartments. 
the Alaska State Capitol

Dunleavy vetoes statewide ban on pollution-causing firefighting foam

PFAS, a chemical used in many forms of firefighting foam, has already contaminated drinking water sources throughout Alaska.
a ferry

After a false start, Alaska prepares to solicit bids for new mainline ferry

The Alaska Department of Transportation expects to issue a new request for proposals from American shipyards next month to replace the Tustumena.
the Boney Courthouse

Alaska Judicial Council nominates 2 for job as Alaska’s top public defender

Judge Terrence Haas of Bethel and assistant Anchorage public defender Gary Soberay have been nominated to replace Samantha Cherot.
Kelly Tshibaka

Report from Alaska campaign regulator says Tshibaka-linked group violated state law

Alaska Public Offices Commission staff have recommended a $16,450 fine against former U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka's Preserve Democracy.
Nancy Dahlstrom

Alaska lieutenant governor disqualifies legislative term-limits ballot measure

The Alaska Supreme Court ruled in 1994 that legislative term limits would require a constitutional amendment, not a ballot measure.
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Alaska appeals to U.S. Supreme Court in four-year-old union dues dispute

Judges have repeatedly ruled against the state’s effort to require union members to opt-in annually.
two wolves in the trees

Southeast Alaska wolves are not threatened or endangered, federal agency concludes

Putting the wolves on the Endangered Species List likely would have resulted in new restrictions on development, logging and construction in the region.
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Alaska state payroll department ‘one crisis away’ from workers going unpaid

Almost half of payroll processing jobs are unfilled, causing errors and delays.
the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Former University of Alaska Fairbanks student sues school, alleging injuries from hot sauce

Ariel Lamp, who left the University of Alaska Fairbanks after the incident, filed suit for more than $100,000 in damages, plus costs.
a gavel

Alaska alleges ‘widespread fraud’ by Anchorage ATM business serving villages, small businesses

James Dainis, who owns the business, says the state is mistaken and dissatisfied customers will be refunded.