Peninsula legislators preview next session

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 21:46

With a month until legislators head back to Juneau for the next regular session, the House and Senate majorities are as far apart as last year about budget fixes.

Jury finds man guilty of running heroin, meth ring in Southeast Alaska

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 21:13
Man faces mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison

A Washington man is facing a minimum of five years in jail after a jury found him guilty of running a drug trafficking ring in Southeast Alaska.

A look at the changes in SB54

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 20:29

One week ago, Gov. Bill Walker signed Senate Bill 54 after an extended special session.

Walker touts trade relations with China after gasline talks

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 20:30

Gov. Bill Walker is hopeful the inroads his administration has made with top-level officials in the Chinese government through cooperation on the Alaska LNG Project can be parlayed into partnerships for other industries.

Murkowski will vote for GOP tax bill

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 21:03
• U.S. Senate passage could come by week’s end • Protesters gather in Juneau to oppose decision

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, will support the Republican tax reform plan, she announced in a written statement Wednesday afternoon.

Juneau’s rape kit backlog is ‘one of the worst’ nationwide

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 20:18
Since 2000, city has tested fewer than a third of sexual assaults for DNA

Since April, Vanessa Nason has been trying to track rape.

Report says 6 percent of patients account for $148M in ER spending

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 20:18

About 6,600 people in the state accounted for $148 million in hospital emergency department spending in 2016, or about 6 percent of total patients that year.

Legislators launch secret internal investigation

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 20:34
• Legislature’s HR director granted permission to view security camera footage • Legislative Council creates special subcommittee to address sexual harassment policy

The Alaska Legislature’s internal Legislative Council is opening an internal investigation, but after a six-hour closed-door meeting, lawmakers on Tuesday refused to reveal the subject of that investigation.

Board of Game turns down feral cat proposal

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 22:24

Colonies of domestic feral cats occupy corners of Alaska, and after the state Board of Game turned down two proposals Friday related to controlling their numbers, things will continue for them unchanged for now.

Budget cuts hit prosecutors hard

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 19:58

To see how state budget cuts are affecting Alaska’s legal system, head to Juneau’s courthouse and search the court calendar for misdemeanor drug crimes.