Articles from the May 10, 2023 edition
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Public calling in to testify overwhelm Capitol phone lines
The Alaska Legislature is changing some procedures after Capitol phone lines became overloaded by public testimony for a record fifth time this year. The Capitol’s phones reached capacity on May 2, during a hearing about a bill that intends to... Full story
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...
State sued over delays in public assistance benefits
JUNEAU — An Anchorage civil rights law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit against the state Department of Health over delays in processing applications for a program that provides assistance for thousands of vulnerable Alaskans. The state’s...
Legislation would allow faster decisions on state timber sales
A bill advancing in the Alaska Legislature would dramatically shorten the time needed to authorize logging of some state-owned lands, shrinking approval time from years to days in the most extreme cases. Proponents say the bill will alleviate fire da... Full story
Senators acknowledge no change this year in public employee retirement plan
As public employees rallied in front of the Alaska Capitol last week, demanding reinstatement of a pension system the Legislature abolished 18 years ago, leading members of the state Senate said their request was unlikely to be fulfilled this year.... Full story
Legislation would require parental approval of student lesson plans
Parents of Alaska public school students would be required to OK every lesson taught by their child’s teacher under newly revised legislation approved by the House Education Committee, but which is not expected to pass the Legislature this year.... Full story
Monday, May 1 Agency assist: Ambulance. Hazardous play. Report of suspicion of driving under the influence: Unfounded. Tuesday, May 2 Agency assist: Ambulance. Noise complaint. Wednesday, May 3 Criminal mischief. Vacation check. Thursday, May 4...
HELP WANTED Wrangell Public Schools is accepting applications for the following position for the 2022-2023 school year: - Custodian: This is a full-time, year-round classified position with benefits, 7.5 hours per day. Salary placement is on Column...
State public guardian agency short-staffed, stops accepting new clients
A staffing crisis in the state agency that provides guardianship services for some of the most vulnerable Alaskans means it can no longer accept new cases, agency heads said in a letter to the Alaska court system. The Office of Public Advocacy is...
Environmental group says proposed mine endangers Chilkat River system
A pair of connected Southeast Alaska waterways are on the 2023 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers issued by a national environmental organization. The Chilkat River and its biggest tributary, the Klehini River, are among the rivers cited as... Full story