Alaska takes first step toward a state-level climate policy

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 22:31
Bold plan calls for 30 percent less emissions, 50 percent electricity from renewable resources by 2025

You don’t have to look far to see the effects of climate change in Alaska. Permafrost melts, ocean waters acidify and eroding shorelines threaten coastal Native villages. The state is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the U.S.

Lawmakers approve legislation, funding to test backlog of rape kits

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 22:30
• Advocates hope new effort will solve cold cases • Capital budget includes $2.75 million; new legislation calls for training, audits

An effort to solve a backlog of untested evidence from rape cases across Alaska received a major boost from the Alaska Legislature this week, but public officials caution that the backlog will still take time to resolve.

Fish board denies petition on hatcheries

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:14

The members of the Board of Fisheries agree that Pacific salmon hatchery impacts on wild salmon stocks are concerning, but they aren’t clear on what to do to address them yet.

Legislature will dodge record for fewest bills

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 21:35
Legislators pass a flurry of bills in final days before adjournment

Through 5 p.m. Friday, 120 bills had passed both the House and the Senate.

Bill toughens punishment for burning violations

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 21:30

Anyone charged with a crime related to setting fires will likely have tougher punishments to face in the future.

Bill would hike fees for city, borough cars

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 20:51

Part of a bill introduced late in the legislative session would hike the price that municipalities pay for their license plates.

Resolution puts Legislature into railroad property dispute

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 21:16

A resolution before the Legislature attempts to put a stake in an ongoing disagreement between the Alaska Railroad Corporation and landowners next to its tracks.

State Senate unanimously recognizes Alaska Native ‘linguistic emergency’

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 21:33
Resolution’s change links language loss to cultural loss and crisis

The Alaska Senate voted Wednesday 20-0 in favor of a resolution declaring a “linguistic emergency” for Alaska Native languages, ending almost a week of debate about whether the issue merited the word “emergency.”

Legislature approves flat schools budget, but no increases may force cuts

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:42
Juneau schools superintendent says bill a ‘good first step,’ but without funding increases to account for inflation, ‘this is going to get really ugly, really quickly’

The Alaska Legislature on Wednesday approved a $1.2 billion budget for public schools in the next fiscal year.