Quiet wires: Alaska illegally fails to report its wiretaps to public

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 20:09
Since 1993, Alaska has never publicly reported its tapping of Alaskans’ phones, as required by law

The Alaska Department of Law is failing to disclose when it taps the phone of an Alaskans, the Empire has learned through a public records request.

Eagle River residents want to fight back against crime

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 20:07

EAGLE RIVER (AP) — Armed and angry, Chugiak-Eagle River residents say it’s time to get tough on crime.

Senator optimistic for Alaska’s outlook in 2018

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:28

Alaska’s junior U.S. senator is heading into 2018 with a sense of optimism about the state’s future.

Juneau legislators ‘worried’ about upcoming session

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 21:39
At town hall meeting, three-person delegation answers questions about deficit and fiscal impasse

At town hall meeting, three-person delegation answers questions about deficit and fiscal impasse.

In new state role, Navarre’s message about fiscal plan remains the same

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 21:45

The commissioner of Alaska’s Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development is making rounds of the state, advocating for a stable fiscal plan.

Alaska’s population falls for the first time in 29 years

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 21:56

Alaska’s population fell for the first time in 29 years as the statewide oil-driven recession continued through 2017, according to new estimates from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Gruff Alaska lawmaker now in charge of civility in US House

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 21:51

ANCHORAGE — A gruff, no-nonsense Alaska lawmaker who once called the lieutenant governor “Captain Zero” and told a female colleague she didn’t know what she was talking about is now in charge of ensuring civility in the U.S. House.

A look at the salmon habitat ballot initiative

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:53

The deadline for a ballot initiative to revise Alaska’s salmon habitat permitting laws is approaching, with deep divides remaining even among fishermen.

City’s public defender retiring after working more than 11,000 cases in 17 years

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 21:47
Attorney considers income inequality, early childhood education major factors in person’s future

“I consider that a life’s work,” Tom Wagner said.

Health care cost transparency rules gain advocates

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 21:22

Officials say they’ve seen benefits of a health care cost transparency ordinance passed by the Anchorage Assembly last February, and now Ketchikan is exploring a similar measure to receive price tags for care.