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 By Becky Bohrer    News    November 15, 2023

Judge rejects challenges to biggest Alaska oil project in decades

A federal judge has upheld the Biden administration’s approval of ConocoPhillips’ $8 billion Willow oil project on Alaska’s North Slope, a decision that environmental groups swiftly vowed to fight. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason rejec...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    November 8, 2023

Amount of the PFD has become an annual political battle

Nearly every Alaskan received a $1,312 payment last month, their annual share from the earnings of the state’s nest-egg oil fund. Some use the money for extras like vacations but others — particularly in high-cost rural Alaska where jobs and...

 

Rush of water from glacial basin caused Juneau river flooding

The destruction came as a glacial dam burst in Alaska’s capital city on Aug. 5, swelling the Mendenhall River to an unprecedented degree. The bursting of such snow-and-ice dams is a phenomenon called a jökuhlaup, and while it’s relatively little...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    August 16, 2023

Tourism traffic advances in Juneau while prime-attraction glacier recedes

Thousands of tourists spill onto a boardwalk in Alaska’s capital city every day from cruise ships towering over downtown. Vendors hawk shoreside trips and rows of buses stand ready to whisk visitors away, with many headed for the area’s crown...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    July 26, 2023

Helmet camera films Juneau man's drowning in Mendenhall Lake

A Juneau man inadvertently filmed his own drowning on Mendenhall Lake with a GoPro camera mounted on his helmet, but authorities who recovered the camera have not yet found his body, officials said July 18. Alaska State Troopers said teams would...

 

Holiday weekend charter boat accident near Sitka takes 5 lives

A fishing adventure turned tragic for a family when disaster struck one of the two Sitka boats they chartered over the Memorial Day weekend, leaving three people dead and two missing despite a search over hundreds of square miles of ocean. The...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    May 31, 2023

Alaska envisions a future of making money from carbon credits

Alaska’s push to become a bigger player in the clean-energy market was in the spotlight last week at a conference convened by the governor, even as the state continues to embrace new fossil fuel production, including the controversial Willow oil...

 

Food stamp delays hit hardest in rural Alaska villages

Thousands of Alaskans who depend on government assistance have waited months for food stamp benefits, exacerbating a long-standing hunger crisis worsened by the pandemic, inflation and the remnants...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    March 1, 2023

State House censures member for child abuse comments

JUNEAU (AP) - An Alaska lawmaker with a history of incendiary remarks was censured by the state House on Feb. 22 after he said it has been argued that cases of fatal child abuse can be a "cost...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    February 22, 2023

Opposing sides continue debating proposed North Slope oil project

Alaska’s U.S. senators and several Alaska Native leaders on Feb. 14 urged the federal government to approve a major oil project on the petroleum-rich North Slope, casting the project as economically critical for Indigenous communities in the...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    February 22, 2023

Governor's promotes carbon-storage plan as big moneymaker

Oil-dependent Alaska has long sought ways to fatten its coffers and move away from the fiscal whiplash of oil’s boom-and-bust cycles. The newest idea, promoted by Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, would have the state capitalize on its oil and gas...

 

EPA uses veto power and blocks proposed Pebble Mine

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took an unusually strong step Jan. 31 and blocked a proposed Alaska mine heralded by backers as the most significant undeveloped copper and gold resource in the world. The EPA based its veto on concerns over...

 

BLM review recommends approval of $8 billion Alaska oil project

The Biden administration released a long-awaited study Feb. 1 that recommends allowing an $8 billion oil development on Alaska’s North Slope that supporters say could boost U.S. energy security but that climate activists decry as a “carbon...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    December 7, 2022

Will Palin become 'old news' or find new role?

JUNEAU (AP) — Republican Sarah Palin re-emerged in Alaska politics over a decade after resigning as governor with hopes of winning the state’s U.S. House seat. She had a lot going for her: unbeatable name recognition, the backing of former...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    November 30, 2022

Dunleavy will be sworn in for second term Dec. 5

JUNEAU (AP) —Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy has won reelection, becoming the first governor in the state since 1998 to win back-to-back terms. Dunleavy received 50.28% of the vote after final tallies were released Nov. 23. Because he won a majority...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    November 30, 2022

Murkowski wins with 54% of the final vote tally

JUNEAU (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has won reelection, defeating Donald Trump-endorsed GOP rival Kelly Tshibaka. Murkowski beat Tshibaka in the Nov. 8 ranked-choice election. The results were announced Nov. 23, when elections...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    November 30, 2022

Peltola defeats Palin 55% to 45% in final count for U.S. House

JUNEAU (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola has been elected to a full term in the House, months after the Alaska Democrat won a special election to the seat following the death earlier this year of longtime Republican Rep. Don Young. Peltola defeated...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    November 2, 2022

Report accuses Pebble mine boss of misleading U.S. House panel

Backers of a proposed copper and gold mine in Southwest Alaska “tried to trick regulators by pretending to pursue a smaller project with the intention of expanding” after the project was approved, a report released Oct. 28 by a U.S. House panel...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    November 2, 2022

U.S. House candidates talk in TV debate about partisanship

Alaska U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola in a televised debate Oct. 26 called partisanship a threat to the country as the Democrat sought to make the case for reelection to the seat she’s held since September against challengers including Republican Sarah...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    October 12, 2022

Two Russians flee across Bering Sea to Alaska to avoid military service

Two Russians who said they fled their country to avoid military service have requested asylum in the U.S. after beaching their boat on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea, Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office said last Thursday. Karina...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    June 8, 2022

Voting ends Saturday in 48-candidate U.S. House primary

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska voters are facing an election unlike any they have ever seen, with 48 candidates running to succeed the man who held the state’s only U.S. House seat for 49 years. While some of the candidates in this week’s special...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    June 1, 2022

EPA proposes restrictions that would block Pebble Mine

JUNEAU (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on May 25 proposed restrictions that would block plans for a multibillion-dollar copper and gold mine in Alaska’s salmon-rich Bristol Bay region, the latest in a long-running dispute over...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    May 18, 2022

Legislature closer to passing tribal recognition bill

JUNEAU (AP) — The state Senate passed legislation last Friday to formally recognize tribes in Alaska, which supporters say is an overdue step that would create opportunities for the state and tribes to work together. The measure passed 15-0 and...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    April 27, 2022

Agency proposes more lands for selection by Native Vietnam veterans

JUNEAU (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has proposed an expansion of lands available for selection by Alaska Native Vietnam War-era veterans who are entitled to allotments. Tom Heinlein, acting state director for the land agency in...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    April 13, 2022

Donors sue to block Alaska's campaign finance disclosure rules

JUNEAU (AP) — Political donors have sued over state campaign finance rules enacted under a 2020 voter initiative, arguing the donor disclosure rules are burdensome and could lead to reprisals against them and their business interests in a climate o...

 

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