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 By Mark Sabbatini    News    June 12, 2024 

U.S. Navy will apologize for deadly 1882 attack on Angoon

An apology for the bombardment that destroyed Angoon in 1882 will be offered by the U.S. Navy, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said while appearing with a dance group from the Tlingit village at...

 

Washington state man charged in 2023 drug overdose deaths in Skagway

A 32-year-old Washington state man was arrested last week on manslaughter charges linked to the overdose deaths last year of two Skagway residents. Authorities say Jacob D. Cotton, 33, shipped fentanyl to one of the two men who died by overdose in Sk...

 
 By James Brooks    News    June 12, 2024 

EPA pushes state to update fish consumption data and water quality rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is prodding the state of Alaska over its failure to update water pollution rules. On Thursday, June 6, the EPA issued a formal determination that the state should update pollution limits that are based in...

 
 By Mark Sabbatini    News    June 12, 2024 

Juneau's hospital losing $1 million a month; programs may be cut

Juneau residents are expressing concerns about reducing or eliminating several programs that lose money at Bartlett Regional Hospital, including a 16-bed residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment facility that is projected to lose...

 
 By Claire Stremple    News    June 12, 2024 

State hit with class-action lawsuit over Medicaid delays

On a life-flight from Fairbanks to Anchorage, Sierra Ott’s newborn son Liam would not stop bleeding from a routine needle prick. Doctors in the Anchorage neonatal intensive care unit diagnosed him with a blood clotting disorder. Without medication, h...

 
 By James Brooks    News    June 12, 2024 

State sues Ketchikan stores for selling fake Alaska jewelry

The state last month sued the owners of three Ketchikan jewelry stores, alleging a broad scheme to defraud Alaskans and tourists by selling fake made-in-Alaska jewelry. The stores, which include Soni Inc. and Colors Fine Jewelers, initially continued...

 
 By Anna Laffrey    News    June 12, 2024 

Antisemitic pamphlets anonymously distributed around Craig

People in Craig on June 4 found antisemitic pamphlets packaged with dry beans inside of clear plastic bags distributed in yards and driveways across town. Bob Claus, who lives in Craig, said he found four antisemitic flyers while he was out for a...

 
 By James Brooks    News    May 29, 2024

Southeast fisherman pleads guilty for ordering crew to shoot whale

A Southeast Alaska fisherman has agreed to plead guilty to a federal misdemeanor after admitting that he directed a crew member to shoot a sperm whale northwest of Sitka in March 2020. According to federal court filings, Dugan Daniels, 54, also...

 
 By James Brooks    News    May 29, 2024

Full U.S. embargo on Russian seafood now in effect

A full-fledged embargo of Russia-sourced seafood took effect in the United States on May 22, with importers prohibited from buying Russian products, even if they were processed in another country. The next day, a delegation of Alaska businessmen and...

 
 By James Brooks    News    May 29, 2024

Lawmakers leave fiscal plan, other issues for another year

Though legislators passed dozens of bills during the two-year legislative session that ended May 15, they left behind multiple big issues for future consideration. Lawmakers were not able to finalize any part of a plan intended to bring the...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    May 29, 2024

Legislators approve phase-out of firefighting foams with 'forever chemicals'

For the second time in two years, the Alaska Legislature has passed a bill requiring a phase-out of firefighting foams with contaminants called “forever chemicals.” The chemicals, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances that are commonly known as PFAS, h...

 
 By Claire Stremple    News    May 29, 2024

Alaska lawmakers support federal investigation into Native boarding schools

Alaska lawmakers have overwhelmingly voted to support a federal proposal that would investigate and document the forced assimilation of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian children in government-funded boarding schools. The...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    May 29, 2024

Cancer-prevention measures win legislative approval

Alaska bar patrons will see new signs warning about the link between alcohol and cancer, and women at elevated risk for breast cancer will no longer have to pay extra money for more detailed examinations that go beyond routine mammograms, if bills...

 
 By Claire Stremple    News    May 29, 2024

Alaska legislation would eliminate co-pay for birth control

Lawmakers have sent to the governor legislation that would increase insurance coverage for birth control. A large bipartisan majority of the Senate approved the measure on May 9. Alaskans may access up to 12 months of contraceptives at a time and wit...

 
 By Claire Stremple    News    May 29, 2024

Legislature approves more support for missing and murdered Indigenous cases

State lawmakers have added protections to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous people in Alaska, a move celebrated by activists who have devoted years to a campaign for equity. Senate Bill 151 passed with a combined 57-1 vote...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    May 29, 2024

New state task force will look at psychedelic medicines

The Alaska Legislature passed a couple of bills aimed at improving health care services. The measures are now headed to Gov. Mike Dunleavy for his consideration. House Bill 228 would set up a state task force to recommend regulations for use of psych...

 
 By James Brooks    News    May 22, 2024

Fall payment to Alaskans will total about $1,655

The Alaska Legislature has approved the state budget with a Permanent Fund dividend and bonus of about $1,655 per recipient. The exact figure this fall will depend on the number of approved applicants. The Legislature finished work and adjourned May...

 
 By Alaska Beacon    News    May 22, 2024

Legislature passes budget with one-year school funding increase

The 33rd Alaska Legislature came to a shuddering but active end early Thursday morning, May 16, as lawmakers passed the state’s annual budget and several high-profile bills. While legislators met their short-term goals, they didn’t hit some law...

 
 By Garland Kennedy    News    May 22, 2024

Coast Guard says deck flooding likely caused deadly 2023 capsize near Sitka

A U.S. Coast Guard marine casualty investigation into the capsizing of a charter fishing boat and the death of all five aboard on May 28, 2023, near Sitka has determined that the Awakin likely capsized after its well deck flooded in rough seas. The...

 
 By Alaska Beacon    News    May 22, 2024

New law tells state board to follow court ruling on correspondence student spending

Families who use Alaska’s homeschool program will soon have clarity on how they may spend their annual allotments of state money. Lawmakers directed the Alaska Board of Education to write temporary regulations for the state’s correspondence sch...

 

Alaska Airlines plans $60 million in terminal, cargo improvements statewide

Alaska Airlines has launched a $60 million plan to improve its terminals and other facilities around the state over the next few years. The airline is also expanding its cargo capacity to serve Alaska, company officials said May 16. The projects...

 
 By Amy Bushatz    News    May 22, 2024

Mat-Su Borough will pay for firearms training for residents

Matanuska-Susitna Borough residents will have access to free or low-cost weapons training under a new borough grant program targeted at compensating for limited local law enforcement. Officials estimate that the $75,000 grant could pay for private...

 
 By Claire Stremple    News    May 22, 2024

Legislature votes to raise income limit for food stamps

More Alaskans will be able to access food stamps following lawmakers’ vote to raise the income limit to qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The change comes after more than a year of extreme delays in food stamp distribution a...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    May 22, 2024

Legislation allows stashing climate-harming carbon gases underground

The Alaska Legislature has passed a bill that combines underground storage of carbon dioxide, new regulation of underground storage of natural gas, state financing for new Cook Inlet natural gas development and an expansion of the state’s g...

 

First cruise ship calls on Klawock; community promotes destination

The 649-foot Seabourn Odyssey dropped anchor just off Klawock on May 6, marking a new era of cruise ship tourism on Prince of Wales Island. About 3,700 people could visit Klawock and Craig this summer by way of three different cruise ships making a...

 

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