Dunleavy names former state senator as policy adviser

Former state Senate President Ben Stevens was once a subject of a corruption investigation by federal authorities.

 

In this Nov. 30, 2018 photo, Alaska House District 1 candidate Democrat Kathryn Dodge, right, watches the election recount at the Department of Elections’ Juneau, Alaska office. The Democrat who lost a recount by one vote in a contested Alaska House race must decide by Wednesday whether to challenge the results. Kathryn Dodge, in a statement late Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, says she and her team were reviewing decisions made by the Division of Elections. She says she disagrees with some of the decisions but wants to “look at everything” before making a final decision. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Democrat who lost Alaska House race recount plans appeal

Kathryn Dodge said she disagreed with decisions the Division of Elections made on some ballots.

 

A black bear sporting numerous lacerations on its face hunts for salmon along Steep Creek at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Gov. Dunleavy names acting head of fish and game

The Republican governor’s office announced that Doug Vincent-Lang would take the job.

 

Gov. Bill Walker talks about his four years as governor during an interview on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
                                 Gov. Bill Walker talks about his four years as governor during an interview on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Gov. Bill Walker talks about his four years as governor during an interview on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
                                 Gov. Bill Walker talks about his four years as governor during an interview on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Hundreds of aftershocks shake Alaskans following big quake

Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.8 rocked buildings and buckled roads Friday morning.

House District 1 Republican candidate Bart LeBon watches as ballots are counted, along with Campaign Manager Brittany Hartmann, during a recount at the Division of Elections office in Juneau on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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House District 1 Republican candidate Bart LeBon watches as ballots are counted, along with Campaign Manager Brittany Hartmann, during a recount at the Division of Elections office in Juneau on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Alaska credit union to serve marijuana businesses

CEO says safety concerns were a significant factor, and would keep large amounts of cash off the streets.

Marijuana. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
In this July 9, 2014 photo, an adult humpback whale breaches in Lynn Canal near Juneau. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Food chain disruption eyed in Hawaii whale sighting decline

Issue likely caused by warmer ocean temperatures in Alaska.

In this July 9, 2014 photo, an adult humpback whale breaches in Lynn Canal near Juneau. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Appeals court ruling mixed on Alaska campaign finance laws

The case brought by three individuals and an Alaska Republican Party district challenged elements of state campaign finance law.

Dunleavy announces environmental, health commissioners

Alaska Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy’s pick to lead the Department of Environmental Conservation has a resource development background. His pick for health commissioner is a workforce… Continue reading

Alaska House control fate remains unsettled with race tied

Democrat Kathryn Dodge and Republican Bart LeBon both have 2,661 votes, a tally that didn’t change after Friday’s review in Juneau.

Gov. Walker reflects on rocky tenure, his legacy

To some, Walker was a cool-headed leader who was dealt a bad hand and did what he thought was best for Alaska. For others, he was the guy who stole their dividend check.

Key Alaska House race tied, though ballot review continues

Republican Bart LeBon and Democrat Kathryn Dodge vie to succeed Rep. Scott Kawasaki in Fairbanks.

Dunleavy picks MacKinnon for transportation commissioner

John MacKinnon is the outgoing executive director of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska.

Walker: Dunleavy resignation requests creating anxiety

Dunleavy’s transition team said Friday that it sent an email to all state employees who serve at the pleasure of the governor asking them to resign and to reapply for their positions.

In this file photo, Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, reads one of the two versions of HB 111 dealing with oil tax credits during a Conference Committee hearing at the Capitol on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
                                 In this file photo, Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, reads one of the two versions of HB 111 dealing with oil tax credits during a Conference Committee hearing at the Capitol on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Republicans pick Giessel as new Alaska Senate president

Republicans have maintained control of the Alaska Senate and chose Sen. Cathy Giessel of Anchorage to be the new president of the chamber. Giessel would… Continue reading

In this file photo, Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, reads one of the two versions of HB 111 dealing with oil tax credits during a Conference Committee hearing at the Capitol on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
                                 In this file photo, Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, reads one of the two versions of HB 111 dealing with oil tax credits during a Conference Committee hearing at the Capitol on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Dunleavy to be sworn in above Arctic Circle

Most of Alaska’s previous governors took their oaths in Juneau.