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 By Alaska Beacon    News    June 22, 2022 

Former Anchorage legislator will stand trial for voter misconduct

A state Superior Court judge signed a scheduling order on June 7 that will put former Anchorage Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux on trial later this summer for voter misconduct. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 12. The trial is expected to last 10 da...

 

Juneau summer program serves floor sealant to kids by mistake

A dozen children and two adults were served floor sealant instead of milk at a day care summer program at a Juneau elementary school last week after workers poured from the wrong container. Several students complained of burning sensations in their...

 
 By Garland Kennedy    News    June 22, 2022 

Sitka direct-to-consumer seafood seller closes processing plant

Though sales boomed for Sitka Salmon Shares during the pandemic, the direct-to-consumer fish seller and processor has been unable to continue that success into 2022 and shut down its Sitka processing plant on June 6, laying off 40 workers. Company...

 

Advocates question high ballot rejection rate among Native voters

As election officials count votes in Alaska’s first-ever statewide election by mail, they have rejected thousands of submitted ballots, including one in six from a Western Alaska state House district, causing concern from observers who say the...

 
 By Nathaniel Herz    News    June 22, 2022 

Governor names new Permanent Fund trustee to replace Ketchikan banker

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has appointed a philanthropist-businesswoman to the six-member board of trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., which manages the $79 billion investment account that pays for a huge share of public services and the annual...

 
 By Danelle Kelly    News    June 22, 2022 

Drag Queen Storytime in Ketchikan fills library reading room 3 times

The Ketchikan Public Library last Friday morning held a Drag Queen Storytime event that attracted so many participants that library staff held three readings. The reading room is able to hold 25 people, Children’s Library Assistant Anne Marie...

 
 By Zaz Hollander    News    June 22, 2022 

Mat-Su schools ban transgender girls from girls sports

PALMER — The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District board on June 15 approved Alaska’s first local ban on transgender girls participating in girls sports and other school-sponsored activities. The change requires schools designate school-spons...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    June 22, 2022 

Council declines to impose new salmon bycatch rules on trawlers

Western Alaska villagers have endured the worst chum salmon runs on record, several years of anemic Chinook salmon runs in the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, harvest closures from the Bering Sea coast to Canada’s Yukon Territory and such dire...

 

Complaints seek to block Wasilla Rep. Eastman from reelection ballot

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Challenges have been filed to keep Wasilla Republican state Rep. David Eastman’s name off the ballot in his reelection bid, arguing that his affiliation with the far-right Oath Keepers disqualifies him under the state...

 

Palin top vote-getter in special primary election to fill Young's seat

If early results hold up in Alaska’s 48-candidate special primary election for U.S. House, the August general election to fill the last months of the late Rep. Don Young’s term will provide voters the choice between two Republicans, an independen...

 

Alaska's unemployment rate continues downward trend, stressing employers

Alaska’s unemployment rate reached its lowest level ever for April, two years after it hit a record high during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped to 4.9% in April — the latest data...

 
 By Danelle Kelly    News    June 15, 2022

Boaters start 750-mile race Port Townsend to Ketchikan

The Race to Alaska launched a flotilla north to Ketchikan from Port Townsend, Washington, on Monday. The 750-mile wind- and human-powered race has two starts: 5 a.m. Monday for the first leg, which organizers call the “The Proving Ground,” and...

 
 By James Brooks    News    June 15, 2022

Court considers whether Alaska lawmakers can ban people from their Facebook page

An Anchorage Superior Court judge is considering when and if it is legal for a state legislator to ban a constituent from the lawmaker’s legislative Facebook page. On June 8, Judge Thomas Matthews heard oral arguments in a lawsuit brought by an Eag...

 

State will end COVID-19 health emergency order

The state’s COVID-19 public health emergency order put in place 15 months ago will be rescinded on July 1, announced Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum. “The COVID situation has mellowed out to where our system...

 
 By Shannon Haugland    News    June 15, 2022

Repairs to Sitka cruise ship terminal now estimated at $2 million

Repairs to damaged mooring dolphins at the Sitka Sound Cruise Terminal will take longer and cost more than originally expected, now estimated at over $2 million, dock officials said. Until repairs are made, only one ship, not two, can use the dock...

 

Another legislative leader drops reelection bid

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska House Majority Leader Chris Tuck said he will not seek reelection this year, citing a redistricting map that put him in House and Senate districts where he would have had to run against friends and fellow Democratic lawmakers....

 
 By Alex DeMarban    News    June 15, 2022

Princess Cruises closes Alaska lodge due to staffing shortage

Just as Alaska’s tourism season heats up, Princess Cruises said it will close one of its five lodges in the state this summer because of staffing shortages. The Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge will close this Friday, according to a...

 

Ketchikan assembly rejects mayor's veto of LGBTQ+ grant

KETCHIKAN (AP) — The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has overwhelmingly reversed the mayor’s veto of grant funding to a group that provides support to the LGBTQ+ community. The assembly voted 6-1 on June 6 to override Mayor Rodney Dial’s...

 
 By Dave Kiffer    News    June 15, 2022

Malaspina leaves behind a lot of stories in the wake of its retirement

The recent news that the longtime Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Malaspina will be officially retired and will remain in Ketchikan's Ward Cove as a privately owned and operated museum and a...

 
 By Garland Kennedy    News    June 15, 2022

Scientists install seismic sensors on Mount Edgecumbe

After a swarm of small earthquakes beneath Mount Edgecumbe caught the attention of the Alaska Volcano Observatory in April, a crew of scientists has installed seismic and GPS sensors on the mountain to monitor any further activity. While the Alaska...

 

Navy F-18s stop in Ketchikan to refuel

On a sunny afternoon, Ketchikan International Airport got a surprise visit from some unusual guests. At about noon on June 7, five U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornets touched down at the airport for about two hours to refuel on their way north to Eielson...

 
 By Lisa Phu    News    June 8, 2022

Unique 360-degree totem goes up at Sealaska Heritage in Juneau

A new totem pole in Juneau is 22 feet tall, almost 4 feet wide at the base and about 7 to 8 feet wide where Raven and Eagle are carved. You have to walk around it completely to see all of the...

 
 By Annie Berman    News    June 8, 2022

CDC report points to higher COVID death rate among Natives

A new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides the most comprehensive look so far at the disproportionate toll COVID-19 is taking on Alaska Native and American Indian people living in Alaska. Overall, Alaska Native...

 

Governor gives contract to former campaign manager

JUNEAU (AP) —Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s office has issued a consulting contract to a former Dunleavy campaign manager who later served as a staffer to the governor for up to $50,000 in part to advise the administration on what legal fights to pursue...

 

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