James Brooks, Alaska Beacon

James Brooks, Alaska Beacon
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Gary Stevens and Cathy Tilton

Alaska Legislature votes down raises for governor and other top officials

The Alaska Legislature has voted unanimously to block raises for the state’s governor, lieutenant governor and commissioners.
vaping

Alaska Senate president makes new pitch to tax e-cigarette product and discourage youth vaping

Senate President Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak. has introduced Senate Bill 89, which seeks to impose the first-ever statewide tax on e-cigarette products.
a woman sits at a desk

Alaska senators introduce bipartisan bill intended to revive a pension program for state workers

One in five state jobs is vacant, and reintroducing a pension will help the state fix its recruitment problems, bill sponsors said.
Alaska Airlines' "Salmon-Thirty-Salmon" jet

Alaska Airlines’ flying salmon is about to be extinct

Alaska Airlines will paint over “Salmon Thirty Salmon,” the custom Boeing 737 that looks like a 129-foot-long Alaska king salmon.
the Alaska State Capitol

Alaska school board and Gov. Dunleavy pick new education commissioner

Former special education teacher Susan McKenzie will be the new commissioner of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.
a mountain behind boats

Alaska’s Mount Edgecumbe volcano shows more signs of reawakening, scientists say

The Alaska Volcano Observatory is planning to install additional instruments on Southeast Alaska’s most prominent volcano.
a man holds a negative covid test

Alaska legislators on guard after multiple COVID cases are confirmed in the Capitol

Leaders of the Alaska Senate Finance Committee will institute “voluntary” COVID testing for legislators and staff who work on the committee.
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Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. takes multimillion-dollar stake in grocery chain Three Bears

It’s one of the latest moves by the corporation’s in-state investment program, which is drawing concerns from corporation trustees.
a man frowning

Alaska House censures Rep. Eastman for comments about the economic ‘benefit’ of child abuse deaths

Eastman said he intended to make an analogy in opposition to abortion. His colleagues didn’t see it.
marijuana products

Alaska Court System rule change will remove hundreds of marijuana convictions from Courtview

State lawmakers have been considering broader legislation intended to help people convicted before legalization.
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Alaska state budget runs risk of a deficit this spring as oil prices stay below forecasts

A leading senator says there’s no cause for worry right now, and the problem could resolve itself.
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Alaska House votes unanimously to support Willow oil project

The Biden administration could decide the project’s future as soon as March 6.
a portrait of a woman wearing glasses and a vest

Alaska’s new elections director, a Trump donor, stays quiet on 2020 election fairness nationally

Carol Beecher doesn’t have elections experience, but Lt. Gov. Dahlstrom cites her administrative background, impartiality as reasons for the pick.
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Alaska Senate approves free trapping licenses for disabled veterans

Sen. Kiehl said he’s never been able to understand why disabled veterans can hunt and sport fish for free, but not freely trap for furs.
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Alaska legislators begin drilling into governor’s underground-carbon plan

State lawmakers need to hire new independent advisers because their usual firm was plucked by Gov. Dunleavy’s administration.
man standing at a microphone

Sullivan: ‘Several other unidentified objects’ also traveled over Alaska

After a U.S. Air Force fighter jet shot down an unidentified object over Alaska’s North Slope on Friday, Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, said several other similar objects have traveled over the state in recent weeks.
a Chinese balloon above Montana

After China balloon scare, Air Force shoots down object flying above Alaska’s North Slope

A Pentagon spokesperson said the shootdown was ordered by President Joe Biden.
David Wilson

Revived legislation proposes penalties for abusing Alaska’s 911 system

A bill adding criminal penalties for harassing 911 dispatchers or abusing the 911 system in Alaska is advancing in the Legislature.
a Juneau couple

Weddings are resuming at Alaska courthouses — here’s how to get married in Alaska

Whether you go to a courthouse or not, getting married in Alaska can be an easy process, and anyone can conduct the ceremony.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy's Cabinet

Alaska’s governor, lieutenant governor and top officials are in line for a pay increase

The State Officers Compensation Commission has recommended raising the governor’s annual salary from $145,000 to approximately $176,000.