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 By Alaska Beacon    News    July 27, 2022

Governor will sign tribal recognition bill into law

Gov. Mike Dunleavy will sign a bill giving state recognition to Alaska’s 229 federally recognized Native tribes, the Alaska Federation of Natives said last week. In a ceremony scheduled for this Thursday, the governor will also sign bills creating...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    July 27, 2022

Record harvest in Bristol Bay and the opposite along the Yukon

For Alaska salmon fishing, the summer of 2022 is the best of times and the worst of times. In the Bristol Bay region, the sockeye salmon run and harvest amounts set new records, as was predicted in the preseason forecast. As of July 18, the run had t...

 
 By James Brooks    News    July 27, 2022

Dunleavy ahead of Walker in fundraising in final weeks before primary

Incumbent Gov. Mike Dunleavy has raised more money than any other candidate in this year’s Alaska governor’s race over the past five months and is heading toward the Aug. 16 primary election with more cash in his campaign war chest than his chall...

 

Pope apologizes for 'evil' committed against Canada's Indigenous peoples

MASKWACIS, Alberta (AP) — Pope Francis issued a historic apology Monday for the Catholic Church’s cooperation with Canada’s “catastrophic” policy of Indigenous residential schools, saying the forced assimilation of Native peoples into...

 
 By Mark Sabbatini    News    July 27, 2022

Murkowski has huge fundraising lead over Tshibaka

Incumbent Lisa Murkowski has a dominant fundraising advantage over challenger Kelly Tshibaka in the U.S. Senate race. In the race for U.S. House, Nick Begich enjoys a big cash-on-hand advantage despite raising the least of the three main contenders...

 

Early voting opens Aug. 1 for special and primary elections

Early voting will open Aug. 1 for the Aug. 16 special election to fill the unexpired term of the late U.S. Rep. Don Young and the primary election, also Aug. 16, for governor, Legislature, U.S. Senate, and to select the top candidates for a full...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 20, 2022

PFD donations don't change much with higher payout

This year, deposits of about $3,200 each will begin appearing in Alaskans’ bank accounts on Sept. 20, but so far the promise of a record-high combined Permanent Fund dividend and energy relief payment hasn’t translated to more charitable giving....

 
 By Lisa Phu    News    July 20, 2022

New 988 mental health crisis line starts up in Alaska

Alaskans who find themselves in a mental health crisis can now call or text 988 to access a trained crisis counselor. Support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to individuals of all ages. The three-digit number for suicide prevention...

 
 By James Brooks    News    July 20, 2022

Legislature works on new policy governing use of social media

With two of its members facing lawsuits for their social media practices, the Alaska Legislature is contemplating new advice and policies to cover its 60 members. The joint House-Senate Legislative Council unveiled its first draft of a new policy...

 
 By Max Graham    News    July 20, 2022

Policy review says mining impacts on Pacific Northwest salmon underestimated

A science and policy review concludes that mining risks to salmon habitat have been underestimated across the Pacific Northwest, including Alaska and British Columbia. The report discusses the limitations on governance of mining operations and calls...

 

Coast Guard heads out on annual North Pacific fisheries patrol

Multiple vessels were targeted with fines as a result of enforcement by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf during an annual fisheries patrol last year. The announcement comes as the Coast Guard’s annual fisheries patrol, North Pacific Guard, is a...

 
 By Garland Kennedy    News    July 20, 2022

Humpback whale carcass washes up in Sitka Sound

A dead humpback whale that had been seen floating in northeastern Sitka Sound is probably the same one that washed ashore a few miles away in May, a marine mammal expert said July 12. Lauren Wild, applied fisheries assistant professor at the...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    July 20, 2022

NOAA will study habitat protections for North Pacific right whales

The U.S. government on July 11 agreed to a request from environmental groups to study increasing critical habitat designations in Alaska waters for North Pacific right whales, one of the rarest whale species in the world. The National Oceanic and Atm...

 

It would cost billions to replace power lost from removing Snake River dams

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Biden administration on July 12 released two reports arguing that removing dams on the lower Snake River may be needed to restore salmon runs to sustainable levels in the Pacific Northwest, and that replacing the energy...

 
 By James Brooks    News    July 13, 2022

Trump calls Murkowski 'by far the worst' at Anchorage rally

In front of more than 5,000 cheering supporters in Anchorage on Saturday, former President Donald Trump fulfilled a year-old promise to campaign in Alaska against incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski,...

 
 By Mark Sabbatini    News    July 13, 2022

Poll shows election wins for Murkowski, Dunleavy, Begich

Gov. Mike Dunleavy and U.S. House hopeful Nick Begich III are poised for dominant victories during this year’s special and general elections, according to an online Alaska Survey Research poll of 1,201 likely voters conducted between July 2-5. The...

 

Director of state Democrats arrested for driving under the influence

The executive director of the Alaska Democratic Party was arrested for driving under the influence early July 2 near Soldotna, according to law enforcement. Lindsay Kavanaugh, 42, faces three misdemeanor charges for driving under the influence of a...

 

Fireworks kill 19-year-old in Gustavus

A 19-year-old from Wyoming died in Gustavus when he was struck by fireworks he had lit, according to Alaska State Troopers. Benjamin Jorgensen of Green River, Wyoming, was reported dead late July 4 to the Gustavus Fire Department, troopers said....

 

Blind, lost dog reunited with Sitka owners after 3 weeks

SITKA (AP) - The family had given up hope of finding their blind, elderly golden retriever who wandered away from their Sitka home three weeks ago, but a construction crew found Lulu in salmonberry...

 

Skagway merchants oppose cruise line digital payment system on local purchases

Princess Cruises will not add any additional Southeast businesses to its MedallionPay program this summer, taking time after the season ends to better explain to merchants the digital payment system that can be used by passengers to buy goods and ser...

 

Study finds southern killer whales at risk for lack of salmon

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Southern Resident killer whales of the U.S. and Canadian West Coast have not had enough food for several years, which could affect their already small numbers, according to a study by the University of British Columbia....

 
 By Lisa Phu    News    July 13, 2022

Historian traces lineage of Chilkat weavers back to 1850s

It's called Between Worlds. And it features a diving whale. "Peering through the bones of this diving whale pattern is this ancestor with her face and hands pressed against the veil between worlds," A...

 
 By Rob Gillies    News    July 13, 2022

Pope will make limited stops on apology tour to Canada

TORONTO (AP) — Indigenous leaders met with Canadian bishops and were told Pope Francis will not add any more stops – despite their request – during his trip to Canada this month, when he will apologize in person for the abuse suffered by Indige...

 
 By Zaz Hollander    News    July 13, 2022

Troller crew rescued as boat sinks off Chichagof Island

Howard Starbard knew he had a problem when the pumps couldn’t keep up with the water pouring into his 37-foot commercial fishing boat, Miss Amy. The 63-year-old retired Alaska State Troopers commander couldn’t know he was about to spend 45...

 
 By Lisa Phu    News    July 13, 2022

Both sides of abortion debate in Alaska look to constitutional convention vote

With last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, reproductive rights advocates in Alaska are encouraging voters to vote no on a constitutional convention during the general election this November, while abortion opponents are...

 

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