Alaska lawmakers likely won’t vote on pay before election

Alaska lawmakers are considering a proposal to reduce their per-diem expense payments, but they are not likely to vote on the proposal before the Nov.… Continue reading

 

Attempting to unseat Don Young, Alyse Galvin brings campaign to Juneau

When Don Young was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1973, Alyse Galvin was 18 years old. Now, the 53-year-old Galvin is attempting to unseat the longest actively serving member of the House.

 

Alaska governor vows to fix ‘loophole’ in sex crime laws

Gov. Bill Walker is responding to public outrage over the recent sentencing of an Anchorage man by vowing to “fix a loophole” in Alaska’s criminal… Continue reading

 

Walker opposes Kavanaugh confirmation

Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott issued a joint statement Thursday declaring their opposition to the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S.… Continue reading

Commerce boss takes leave to campaign for Walker

Mike Navarre, head of the state department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, has temporarily left his job in order to campaign for incumbent Gov.… Continue reading

Judge sets date in case of billion-dollar oil lawsuit

Sitka judge will hear arguments on a lawsuit with billion-dollar implications for Alaska.

Candidates fill forums as elections approach

Two weeks remain before Juneau’s municipal election and the statewide general election is next.

Kotzebue man charged in connection with girl’s death

Charging documents say an Alaska man had the cellphone of missing 10-year-old girl, and GPS coordinates of where the phone had traveled led police to… Continue reading

National Forest System Acting Deputy Chief Chris French speaks at a public informational meeting on Thursday on development of an Alaska-specific version of the national Roadless Rule. (Kevin Gullufsen | Juneau Empire)

Skepticism at first Alaska Roadless Rule meeting

As rulemaking process begins, Juneau meeting draws out public’s skepticism.

National Forest System Acting Deputy Chief Chris French speaks at a public informational meeting on Thursday on development of an Alaska-specific version of the national Roadless Rule. (Kevin Gullufsen | Juneau Empire)
The Holland America Line ship Amsterdam sits at port in Juneau on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. The Amsterdam is one of eight ships that have received Notice of Violations for air opacity issued by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Holland America Line ship Amsterdam sits at port in Juneau on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. The Amsterdam is one of eight ships that have received Notice of Violations for air opacity issued by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
From left to right, Republican Mike Dunleavy, independent Bill Walker and Democrat Mark Begich are seen in a composite file image. The three men appeared in a Ketchikan forum hosted by Southeast Conference on Wednesday afternoon. (Juneau Empire composite image)

Walker, Dunleavy and Begich offer budget ideas in Ketchikan

Alaska’s leading governor candidates continued to compete for the attention of voters on Wednesday in Ketchikan.

From left to right, Republican Mike Dunleavy, independent Bill Walker and Democrat Mark Begich are seen in a composite file image. The three men appeared in a Ketchikan forum hosted by Southeast Conference on Wednesday afternoon. (Juneau Empire composite image)

Galvin, Young set debate schedule for Alaska’s U.S. House seat

Republican incumbent Don Young has set his debate schedule with independent challenger Alyse Galvin. According to information released Monday by Young’s campaign, he will appear… Continue reading

Starved for recruits, Alaska police pin blame on retirement system

They’re battling an opioid epidemic, rising crime, slashed budgets and thinned ranks. Now, they’re fighting the state’s retirement system, too. Across the state, troopers, police… Continue reading

Begich comes out for salmon measure

Stand for Salmon measure backed by candidate and at public testimony.

Recount confirms House District 29 winner

The Alaska Division of Elections has confirmed Benjamin Carpenter as the winner of the contested Republican primary election in House District 29. The bipartisan State… Continue reading

Alaska agrees to allow small political signs while lawsuit proceeds

The Alaska Department of Transportation and the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union appear to have reached partial agreement on the issue of campaign signs along state roads.

Former state Senate Mike Dunleavy, left, Gov. Bill Walker, center, and former U.S. Senator Mark Begich shake hands after a debate at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Centennial Hall on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Governor candidates meet in Juneau debate

Alaska’s three leading candidates for governor met on stage Thursday for the first time since the three-way race became official.

Former state Senate Mike Dunleavy, left, Gov. Bill Walker, center, and former U.S. Senator Mark Begich shake hands after a debate at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Centennial Hall on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Juneau, state test scores rise from 2017

Alaska students improved in the state’s standardized testing program, but fewer than half are proficient in math, science and English. According to figures released Wednesday… Continue reading