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Former head of Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. claims firing was politically motivated

Angela Rodell, the former head of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., claims her firing was “political retribution” by board members appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
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Long-serving Alaska magistrate is fired after writing letter to the editor criticizing Republican Party

Seward Magistrate George Peck, the longest serving magistrate in Alaska, is no longer on the bench after writing letters to the editor critical of the Republican Party.
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Murder trial in Fairbanks cold case starts Monday

Jury selection in the case of Steven Downs, 47, of Auburn, Maine, is scheduled for Monday in Fairbanks, the Sun Journal reported. Downs was charged in the 1993 death of 20-year-old Sophie Sergie.
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Anchorage anti-panhandling signs cite unconstitutional law

The city of Anchorage has spent nearly $9,000 on new anti-panhandling signs, but the law the signs refer to was found unconstitutional nearly a decade ago.

Authorities locate mother of baby found in box in Fairbanks

Authorities have located the mother of a baby found abandoned in a cardboard box in frigid conditions in Fairbanks last week, Alaska State Troopers reported Wednesday.
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Dunleavy thanks Trump for conditional endorsement

Former President Trump told Gov. Dunleavy last week that he would endorse him on condition that he does not support Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski for re-election.
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Alaska Native nonprofit receives $2.9M grant to build totem pole trail along Juneau waterfront

The Sealaska Heritage Institute said the grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will cover 10 poles though the longer-term goal is to have 30 poles in place.
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Garland appoints Kuhn to serve as U.S. attorney for Alaska

Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed the former U.S. attorney for Kentucky’s western district to serve as the U.S. attorney for Alaska while President Joe Biden considers a permanent nominee for the position.
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Judge allows evidence about alternative suspects in 28-year-old Fairbanks murder trial

A Maine man charged in a young woman’s killing 28 years ago at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks will be allowed to present evidence about three alternative suspects at his trial next month.
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Dunleavy is proposing a $5M grant for Alaska tourism efforts

Gov. Mike Dunleavy said the hope is for a return to “robust” tourism activity after a difficult two years.
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Anchorage wins lawsuit over failed port construction

Anchorage has won its lawsuit with a federal agency over failed construction at the state’s largest port.
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Alaska health officials urge COVID vaccinations as omicron continues to spread across nation

Alaska has no confirmed cases of the variant, but officials want residents to be prepared.
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Most Alaskans who died of COVID had at least one underlying medical condition, state report says

Of the 551 individuals for which past medical history was known, 529 “had at least one underlying medical condition associated with increased risk for severe COVID-19,” the report said.
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Former Alaska Senate president Giessel to seek office again

Former Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel lost her primary last year to Republican Roger Holland, who went on to win the seat.
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Alaska expecting infrastructure funds for broadband efforts

Alaska could receive more than $1 billion from the recently passed federal infrastructure package for high-speed broadband networks, which an official with the Alaska Telecom Association said would be “transformational.”

Russian River campground, road to close for improvement work

A popular Kenai Peninsula recreation spot near Cooper Landing will be closed for nearly a year to partially rebuild a road and reinforce parts of the hillside along the Kenai River.
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Alaska ends extra unemployment benefits as more enter workforce

The state of Alaska says it will end extended unemployment benefits on Dec. 11 because more people are employed.
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70 West Point graduates call on Alaska lawmaker to resign

Dozens of West Point graduates have demanded Wasilla Republican Rep. David Eastman resign from office over his ties to a right-wing extremist group, saying his affiliation has betrayed the values of the U.S. Military Academy he attended.
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‘Baked Alaska’ charged with damaging Hanukkah display in Arizona

Far-right social media personality Tim Gionet, who calls himself “Baked Alaska,” has been charged with misdemeanors over allegedly damaging a Hanukkah display in December 2020 outside the Arizona Capitol.
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Alaska jobs are up from 2020 but still trail pre-pandemic levels

Job numbers in Alaska were up last month compared to October 2020 but still below pre-pandemic levels for most industries, the state labor department reported Friday.