Alaska

Alaska’s Search for Solutions to a Rapidly Changing Reality

COMMENTARY | Climate change poses current threats to the state’s biggest city. The mayor says residents are ready to come up with solutions.

Why Hundreds of Puffins Washed Up Dead on an Alaskan Beach

This latest mass-mortality event is another sign of the Arctic’s rapidly changing climate.

With ‘Arctic Man’ Ruling, Supreme Court Limits Certain Retaliatory Arrest Lawsuits

The free speech case involves a man arrested at a festival in Alaska. "It’s significant because it narrows the scope of what individuals can sue the police for," says one legal expert.

Supreme Court Tells Moose Hunter He Can Take Hovercraft Out on Alaskan River

John Sturgeon and the state of Alaska argued the National Park Service didn't have jurisdiction over a river that flowed through a national preserve. The high court agreed.

Watch This State Office Building Twist and Sway

For the past 15 years, the Atwood Building in downtown Anchorage has been outfitted with instruments to measure how it performs during big earthquakes.

Anchorage Counts Its Blessings After Dodging a Significant Catastrophe

A culture of preparedness and good fortune helped Alaska’s largest city avoid a major quake disaster.

Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake Strikes Near Anchorage

Strong shaking and aftershocks rock Alaska’s largest population center.

Can Police Retaliate Against Loudmouths?

The Supreme Court will rule on whether citizens can talk back to law enforcement without fear of consequences.

After a Ransomware Attack, More Unwelcome News for Local Government Employees

An abundance of caution months after a cyber assault on one municipality’s IT systems.

Developing a Talent Pipeline in a Geographically Isolated Economy

2018 NAVIGATOR AWARD WINNER: Alaska State Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, District 35

Alaska Lt. Governor Abruptly Resigns After ‘Inappropriate’ Comments

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Hurricane Michael’s death toll rises … ransomware attack for N.C. water utility … and a pleasant budget surprise in California.

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Hovercraft Case in Alaska Tests Federal Rules on Rivers in National Parks

A 9th Circuit decision—now before the U.S. Supreme Court— is being viewed by some as a potential “springboard for the expansion of federal control over state-owned navigable waters throughout the country.”

Enhancing Access to Federal Benefits Through State Pilot Projects

The Integrated Benefits Initiative, a partnership between Code for America, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Nava Public Benefit Corporation, is spearheading the effort.

Cybersecurity Firm: Alaska Targeted Before and After Trade Mission to China

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Wildfire smoke “fully entrenched” in Wash. … Maine judge ready “to go old school on no-show jurors” … new water rules roil San Francisco officials.

Alaska Lawmakers Send United Message to Feds on Legal Weed

The recent action at the State Capitol in Juneau echoes sentiments nationally about the use and regulation of cannabis.

Highlighting Every Census Tract, One by One in Numerical Order

Exploring U.S. geography through a jigsaw puzzle of community snapshots.

Governors Want Room to Shape Health Care Innovation

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper are making a second, bipartisan attempt at improving Obamacare and affordability.

When You Give Alaskans a Universal Basic Income, They Still Keep Working

Public support for the Alaska Permanent Fund has deepened in the past generation, despite the prospect of raising taxes.

State and Local Officials Press for More Resources to Reduce Risks From Natural Hazards

“Over the last half-dozen years every one of our federal and state funding lines has been cut back,” according to Alaska Earthquake Center seismologist Mike West.