Dunleavy calls for state budget, while senators discuss separate PFD bill

Gov. Mike Dunleavy sent a message to state workers Wednesday afternoon, saying layoff notices would go out if the Legislature hasn’t passed a budget by June 14.

‘Enough is enough’: Attorney General Barr hears from Native leaders about rural justice problems

Barr will spend four days traveling around Alaska, learning about the unique challenges rural areas, particularly villages, face.

Alaska Legislature prepares to sue governor over school funding

Lawmakers say they hope a lawsuit won’t be needed. But lawyers for the Legislature and the Dunleavy administration differ on whether a law passed last year can provide funding for next school year.

Can ‘Indian country’ powers combat violence in rural Alaska? Sullivan says he’ll discuss it with AG Barr.

U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr is coming to Alaska this week. Sen. Dan Sullivan said he will focus on rural law enforcement, particularly for the more than 70 Alaska villages that have no police officers.

Trump administration appeals ruling that blocked Arctic offshore drilling

The Trump administration Tuesday appealed a federal court decision that blocked plans to re-open vast portions of Alaska's Arctic waters to oil drilling.

Bill aims to make health care coverage for school districts cheaper

House Bill 156 would allow municipalities, University of Alaska employees and school districts to opt-in to the state’s health care program.

Kake tribe urges renaming Saginaw Bay over ‘Kake War’ connection

The body of water off Kuiu Island was named for the U.S. warship that laid waste to three Tlingit villages near present-day Kake in 1869.

Kenai Peninsula rocked by early morning 5.8 quake

Southern Kenai Peninsula residents and visitors in town for Memorial Day Weekend were woken up by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake early Monday morning.

Dunleavy says second special session could happen on the road system, listing Mat-Su as an option

Governor Mike Dunleavy’s office is considering sites in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and elsewhere on the road system for a possible second special session.

A judge blocked a Trump plan for a controversial road through an Alaska wildlife refuge. Now the administration is appealing.

Lawyers for the Trump administration are appealing a decision by federal judge Sharon Gleason that blocked a land exchange that was supposed to lead to construction of a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge on the Alaska Peninsula.

As budget debate draws out, a deadline for state layoff notices approaches

It’s not clear that lawmakers will be able to resolve differences over PFDs by the June 3 deadline to provide layoff notices — or in time to avoid a state government shutdown on July 1.

As gray whales die along the West Coast, Alaska scientists look for answers beneath blubber

Researchers are trying to determine the cause of a gray whale die-off along the West Coast, including Alaska. And they're looking at whether recent warming trends in the Arctic, and reduced sea ice, has affected their prey.

Negotiations sour on tribal child welfare agreement

The agreement, which was signed in 2017 by then-Gov. Bill Walker, is being renegotiated by tribal organizations and the Dunleavy administration. The compact gives tribes more control over children’s welfare.

House bill seeks full PFD this year, with lower amounts in the future

The House bill could provide the basis for breaking the current impasse over the budget and permanent fund dividends. But it’s unclear how much support there is for the bill in the Legislature.

ANWR fight not over for Democrats in Congress

Democrats in Washington, D.C. are still hoping to block drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The latest attempt surfaced at a U.S. House committee meeting.

Palmer man dies in Prince William Sound floatplane crash

A 75-year-old Mat-Su borough man was killed in a Tuesday floatplane crash in Prince William Sound.

Victims in floatplane crash near Metlakatla identified

The investigation into Monday’s fatal floatplane crash near Metlakatla on Annette Island has begun, and both victims have been identified.

ADN report: 1 in 3 Alaska villages lacks law enforcement

The Daily News on Sunday launched a project in partnership with ProPublica - the independent journalism nonprofit funding some of the work - called "Lawless," which they describe as the most comprehensive look ever at law enforcement in rural Alaska.

Legal views conflict on Alaska school funding law

Lawyers for the Alaska Legislature and Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration offer contrasting views on whether a law enacted last year will fund schools next year — or whether a new bill is needed.

Two dead after floatplane crashes near Annette Island

Two people are dead after a DeHavilland Beaver operated by Taquan Air went down near Metlakatla about 4 p.m. Monday.