How would a $20M cut affect public schools statewide?

The proposal would need to go-ahead from the legislature before becoming a reality. But school administrators are concerned about the possibility.

Dunleavy unveils budget proposal, with deep cuts to education and health care

The spending plan would overhaul major government functions and eliminate specific programs and services. Dunleavy says the cuts are needed to balance the state budget while paying out larger Permanent Fund dividend checks under a historical legal formula.

Dunleavy floats deep cuts, privatization of ferry system

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget director Donna Arduin says the administration is looking at privatization options for the state-run ferry system. That’s on top of a proposed budget that would cut 75 percent of the struggling ferry system’s budget.

Signal detected from missing Guardian Flight plane

Searchers have detected an underwater beacon from the Guardian Flight air ambulance that vanished en route to the Southeast community of Kake, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

Brazil dam disaster sparks questions over the safety of Donlin’s tailings dam

A tailings dam collapsed last month in Brazil, killing more than 150 people. That accident raised fears among some residents in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta about the safety of the tailings facility and dam that Donlin Gold plans to construct for its large gold mine. Donlin says its design is much safer than the one that collapsed in Brazil. 

‘Do something about it.’ UA Board of Regents hears angry testimony from education students stung by accreditation loss

"We're getting screwed. So now what?" one student said. "I think our message is pretty clear: Do something about it."

House deadlock persists after Knopp votes for himself for speaker

Rep. Gary Knopp said on the House floor that he committed to being the 21st vote for a Republican nominee, but he didn’t say which one. He then voted for himself to become speaker.

Big win for Murkowski: Public lands bill passes Senate

The U.S. Senate today passed a massive public lands bill, and to the delight of its sponsor, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the vote was overwhelming.

Alaska Native issues feature prominently at hearing on Arctic Refuge oil leasing

At the Anchorage hearing on oil leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska Native voices provided passionate testimony on both sides of the issue.

Ask an Economist: What does the PFD do for jobs, crime and health in Alaska?

The checks qualified Alaskans receive each year give residents some extra cash. But the Permanent Fund Dividend, or PFD, could have broader impacts, too.

Paying Dividends: A new podcast from Alaska’s Energy Desk

Alaskans have been getting Permanent Fund dividends for 37 years. But for the last few years those checks have been cut, because lawmakers want...

Investors are backing Southeast’s largest oyster farms

The largest ever oyster farms in Southeast Alaska could be coming soon. Silver Bay Seafoods wants to lease 182 acres of seafloor in Sitka Sound. The state sees potential for a thriving industry, but local reception has been cool.

Southeast Alaska tribe takes initial steps to create their own tribal court

A Southeast Alaska tribe has taken the initial steps to begin creating their own tribal court.

Skagway offers Borough Manager position to former state legislator

The Skagway Borough Assembly voted to offer the city’s Borough Manager position to former state legislator Sam Kito III at a meeting Thursday.

Alaska Native arts teacher asks governor to reconsider proposed budget cuts

Gov. Michael Dunleavy’s impending budget cut proposals loomed large at the Governor’s Arts and Humanities Awards last week in Juneau.

Could there be seismic in the Arctic Refuge this winter after all?

During the final public meeting in Alaska on oil leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a top Interior official said there could be some seismic exploration there this winter, after all.

Update: Knopp votes against Republican Talerico for speaker as House stalemate continues

After holding out for a bipartisan majority for nearly a month, Kenai Republican Rep. Gary Knopp says he’s “not at all optimistic, but we’ve got to move forward at this point.”

Dunleavy outlines approach ahead of big budget rollout

Gov. Michael Dunleavy has not proposed a public vote on spending cuts, and he says there isn’t time to do that with this budget.

Of 140,000 comments, most favor keeping the Tongass Forest Roadless Rule

Back in August, the U.S. Forest Service said it would consider the state’s ask for an exemption that would make it easier to build new roads through the federal land.

Drilling foes in House launch bill to close ANWR

Opponents of development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge filed a U.S. House bill Monday that would end the possibility of drilling in the refuge. The bill's prospects are dim in the Senate, but sponsors say they will press on.