James Brooks, Alaska Beacon

Eric Osuch

Fisheries protester removed from Alaska Capitol in handcuffs, arrested after fight

Eric Osuch has been outside the Capitol for more than a week, urging legislators and staff to take action against trawling.
a salmon rack

Judge throws out lawsuit accusing Alaska of mismanaging Yukon, Kuskokwim salmon fisheries

A state judge in Bethel has dismissed a lawsuit accusing state officials of mismanaging Yukon River and Kuskokwim River salmon fisheries.
the Alaska State Capitol

Alaska Senate bill proposes more legal aid for domestic violence victims, others seeking help

Alaska doesn’t guarantee legal help for Alaskans facing civil suits, so nonprofits bear an increasing burden.
Stanley Wright

New bill proposes to eliminate ‘predatory’ payday loan lenders in Alaska

House Bill 145 would restrict payday loan companies to the interest rates and fees charged by normal banks.
Alyse Galvin

To help state budget, legislator proposes income tax: $20 for most Alaskans, more for those with upper incomes

House Bill 156 would tax Alaskans 2% of any annual income above $200,000. If someone makes less than that amount, they’d pay $20.
a Donlin Mine worker

3 Southwest Alaska Native tribes sue feds, seeking to block Donlin Mine

Three Alaska Native tribes and an environmental law firm have sued the federal government, seeking to block a large Southwest Alaska gold mine.
Alaska House members

Looming state deficit encourages Alaska House lawmakers to quash budget additions

House legislators made few additions to their spending plan as they worked through a second day of amendments.
the Alaska Senate Finance Committee

Inadequate training and a fatal U-turn cost Alaska government $3M, settlement docs say

The state of Alaska will pay to settle claims brought by the family of a man killed in a 2018 crash caused by a state trooper.
a group of men in suits talk to each other

Alaska House votes for temporary boost to public school funding

This week, the House is considering amendments to a state budget proposal that contains a deficit of about $600 million.
the Alaska State Capitol

Bill would add second-degree murder charges for drug dealers in Alaska overdose deaths

Family members of some who died from overdoses support stronger penalties, but civil liberty advocates say it could deter calls for help.
Bert Stedman

Alaska House prepares to block legislators’ pay increase, but top senators say they’re uninterested

In the Alaska Capitol, committee chairs can exert an enormous amount of power, as demonstrated by the "Bert Locker."
Alaska House Finance Committee members

Alaska House committee removes funding for state attorney assigned to sue local school districts

A proposal from Gov. Mike Dunleavy was a "flashpoint amendment," one committee member said.
Bert Stedman

Fast-track budget bill, intended to help food-stamp program, speeds through Alaska Legislature

The Alaska Legislature has passed a fast-track budget bill intended to immediately address problems with the state’s food-aid program.
the Alaska State Capitol

Alaska’s occupational licensing division staggers under its workload

Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposes staffing increases and universal temporary licensing to help the agency, as lawmakers propose adding to the burden.
Gary Stevens

Alaska legislators fail to block pay hike, but additional action is planned to stop it

A lengthy debate Wednesday resulted in no action by the Alaska Legislature to prevent a 67% salary increase approved by a state commission.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy

Even with a slimmer Permanent Fund dividend, low oil prices generate deficits in Alaska

Lawmakers say they’re prepared to spend from savings to cover the gap in the current fiscal year, but the picture for the next fiscal year is unclear.
drying salmon

Lawsuit accuses Alaska of unconstitutionally mismanaging Yukon, Kuskokwim salmon fisheries

In a Monday hearing, a state attorney sought to have the case thrown out of a Bethel courthouse.
the Alaska State Capitol

Alaska legislators are again on track to ignore the 90-day session law imposed by voters

Court rulings have upheld the Legislature's ability to work until a 121-day constitutional limit, saying that guideline takes precedence.
the Alaska House Finance Committee

After years of contentious fights, Alaska’s state budget is advancing smoothly in the House

House subcommittees made few changes to a proposal authored by Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

ANWR boundary dispute will continue as Alaska challenges ownership of oil-rich land

A dispute between state and federal officials over the western border of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge won’t be resolved anytime soon.