Arduin Out: Governor's top budget official moving away from director position

Arduin Out: Governor's top budget official moving away from director position

Office of Management and Budget director Donna Arduin has been given a two-week notice.

Joe Vigil
Feds: ANWR lease sale set for this year

Feds: ANWR lease sale set for this year

As the Bureau of Land Management announced a prospective lease sale, the U.S. House voted on a measure to ban oil and gas drilling along the Coastal Plain.

Steve Quinn
Group seeks oil tax changes; industry warns of reduced investment

Group seeks oil tax changes; industry warns of reduced investment

With the state facing annuanl budget gaps exceeding $1 billion, a group wants voters to consider changes to the state's oil tax system.

Steve Quinn
Lawmakers take issue with Dunleavy letter to mining executive

Lawmakers take issue with Dunleavy letter to mining executive

Bristol Bay Native Corp. also writes that the governor failed to paint a clear picture on opposition to the Pebble Mine project.

Steve Quinn
'Nothing to do with me': President responds to Alaska service members staying at Trump-owned hotel in Scotland

'Nothing to do with me': President responds to Alaska service members staying at Trump-owned hotel in Scotland

The Democratic-led House Committee on Oversight and Reform says recent bookings at properties owned by President Trump may be at the expense of taxpayers.

Shayne Nuesca
Documents appear to show Sarah Palin's husband wants divorce

Documents appear to show Sarah Palin's husband wants divorce

Court documents appear to show former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's husband Todd Palin has filed for divorce.

Associated Press
Air Force disputes Alaska crew favored Trump Scottish hotel

Air Force disputes Alaska crew favored Trump Scottish hotel

Military officials are disputing a report claiming a joint Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard unit on a mission to Kuwait went out of their way to stay at a Scotland resort owned by President Donald Trump.

Associated Press
Group submits signatures in Dunleavy recall effort

Group submits signatures in Dunleavy recall effort

Supporters of the effort to remove Gov. Mike Dunleavy from office have reached their next objective.

Dave Leval
Alaska fisheries lobbyist violates salmon fishing boundaries

Alaska fisheries lobbyist violates salmon fishing boundaries

Alaska wildlife troopers have confiscated catch from a fishing industry lobbyist suspected of fishing in closed waters.

Associated Press
Pioneer Home rate increases to take effect Sunday

Pioneer Home rate increases to take effect Sunday

Many residents will find their monthly bills thousands of dollars higher.

Lauren Maxwell
Tensions rise as North Korea may be building new nuclear-powered submarine

Tensions rise as North Korea may be building new nuclear-powered submarine

Submarine may be able to launch at least three ballistic missiles from underwater. Each one could contain a nuclear warhead, and be more difficult for U.S. to track.

Dave Leval
Hilcorp drawing criticism for Cook Inlet, North Slope work

Hilcorp drawing criticism for Cook Inlet, North Slope work

Hilcorp has been expanding its footprint in Alaska since arriving in 2012, but it has also been fined at least three times.

Steve Quinn
Tuckerman Babcock, senior advisor to Dunleavy, retires

Tuckerman Babcock, senior advisor to Dunleavy, retires

Tuckerman Babcock, a senior policy advisor and former chief of staff for the governor, submitted a letter of resignation dated Aug. 22. His retirement is effective Aug. 30.

KTVA Web Staff
Rep. Laddie Shaw receives nod to succeed late Sen. Chris Birch

Rep. Laddie Shaw receives nod to succeed late Sen. Chris Birch

Twelve Senate Republicans must now vote on Shaw's nomination.

Steve Quinn
Last bill by late Sen. Chris Birch signed into law

Last bill by late Sen. Chris Birch signed into law

"This is the stuff that Chris was focused on, moving Alaska forward for all of Alaska," said Gov. Dunleavy

Lauren Maxwell
When and how senior benefits will be reinstated for Alaskans in need

When and how senior benefits will be reinstated for Alaskans in need

The state says seniors can expect payments deposited or mailed out Sept. 1.

John Thompson
Sen. Sullivan optimistic about $5.6 billion BP-Hilcorp deal

Sen. Sullivan optimistic about $5.6 billion BP-Hilcorp deal

The former Department of Natural Resources Commissioner recalls courting Hilcorp to explore in Alaska.

Steve Quinn
Murkowski: Put BP-Hilcorp deal in bigger picture perspective

Murkowski: Put BP-Hilcorp deal in bigger picture perspective

Sen. Lisa Murkowski said it's important to understand North Slope operations have gone nearly 40 years without any major changes.

Steve Quinn
Alaska AG Clarkson legal opinion on union dues recommends annual 'opt-in'

Alaska AG Clarkson legal opinion on union dues recommends annual 'opt-in'

A ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court says Alaska state employees' First Amendment rights are not adequately protected.

Kayla Heffner & Jes Stugelmayer
US moves FEMA, Coast Guard money to fund border programs

US moves FEMA, Coast Guard money to fund border programs

The Department of Homeland Security is moving $271 million from other agencies such as FEMA and the U.S. Coast Guard to increase the number of beds for detained immigrants and to support programs at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Associated Press
Back to school for UAA students, ending angst-ridden 7 months

Back to school for UAA students, ending angst-ridden 7 months

Gov. Mike Dunleavy originally proposed a $135 million budget cut but later agreed to $70 million over three years.

Steve Quinn
Ambassador: Anchorage under consideration for new Philippine Consulate

Ambassador: Anchorage under consideration for new Philippine Consulate

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan and Philippines Ambassador Jose Manuel G. Romualdez briefly discussed this during a lunch hour gathering sponsored by the Anchorage Chamber and the Alaska World Affairs Council

Steve Quinn
Recall Dunleavy gathers over 36,000 signatures

Recall Dunleavy gathers over 36,000 signatures

The "Recall Dunleavy" campaign has gathered more than half of the signatures required to submit the petition to the Alaska Division of Elections.

Shayne Nuesca
Dunleavy gets list of 3 potential Sen. Birch successors from GOP

Dunleavy gets list of 3 potential Sen. Birch successors from GOP

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has until Sept. 7 to select one of the three on which Senate Republicans will vote.

Steve Quinn
Balash resigns from Interior post, credited for advancing Arctic exploration prospects

Balash resigns from Interior post, credited for advancing Arctic exploration prospects

Joe Balash told President Trump Aug. 30 will be his last day.

Steve Quinn
Sauder seeking consideration for late Sen. Birch's seat

Sauder seeking consideration for late Sen. Birch's seat

Alaska Republican Party will begin reviewing candidates Wednesday night.

Steve Quinn
Dunleavy defends vetoes, longstanding pursuits for full PFD

Dunleavy defends vetoes, longstanding pursuits for full PFD

Gov. Mike Dunleavy says lawmakers still have unfinished business with the Permanent Fund dividend appropriation

Steve Quinn
Dunleavy: Alaskans to get $1,600 dividend, but fall special session looms

Dunleavy: Alaskans to get $1,600 dividend, but fall special session looms

Dunleavy says he will "not let up," on getting a statutory Permanent Fund dividend.

Steve Quinn
Daughter of deceased Alaska state senator applies for seat

Daughter of deceased Alaska state senator applies for seat

Tali Birch Kindred announced the decision following the Aug. 7 death of her father, Chris Birch.

Associated Press
Vetoes could impact Alaska's wildlife programs

Vetoes could impact Alaska's wildlife programs

Wildlife advocates are worried about the possible impact to Alaska's wildlife programs.

Cassie Schirm
Homeless settle into new camp at Cuddy Park

Homeless settle into new camp at Cuddy Park

Most moved Thursday night as the Municipality of Anchorage ordered the campers to leave Valley of the Moon Park.

Dave Leval
Friends, family celebrate 'larger than life' state Sen. Birch

Friends, family celebrate 'larger than life' state Sen. Birch

The Anchorage Republican died last week of heart failure.

Steve Quinn
Dunleavy to reveal plans for budget and PFD on Monday

Dunleavy to reveal plans for budget and PFD on Monday

His office says the delay allows for more thorough review of the budget.

Steve Quinn
Organizers say campaign has enough signatures to move forward in Dunleavy recall process

Organizers say campaign has enough signatures to move forward in Dunleavy recall process

Signature gathering efforts have been going on across the state.

Elizabeth Roman
Alaska AG: $759K restored for legal aid to domestic violence, sexual assault victims

Alaska AG: $759K restored for legal aid to domestic violence, sexual assault victims

Attorney General Kevin Clarkson and the Alaska Legal Services Corp. on Wednesday announced Dunleavy’s intent to restore $759,000 as part of House Bill 2001.

Steve Quinn
Dunleavy agrees to reduced university cuts, spread over 3 years

Dunleavy agrees to reduced university cuts, spread over 3 years

Gov. Mike Dunleavy says the University of Alaska cuts will be $70 million with reductions taking place over three years.

Steve Quinn
Changes to Endangered Species Act could impact Alaska wildlife

Changes to Endangered Species Act could impact Alaska wildlife

The changes will make it easier to remove a species from the endangered list and weaken protections for threatened species.

Cassie Schirm
Dunleavy: Early education funding safe from red pen

Dunleavy: Early education funding safe from red pen

Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he will let the Legislature's $9 million early education program funding stand.

Steve Quinn
Dunleavy restores Senior Benefits Payment, says he won't veto program again

Dunleavy restores Senior Benefits Payment, says he won't veto program again

Gov. Mike Dunleavy met with a group of senior citizens, many of whom, participate in the state's monthly needs-based payment program.

Steve Quinn
Dunleavy says he'll support senior benefits funding

Dunleavy says he'll support senior benefits funding

Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he will support funding for a program that provides cash benefits to lower-income older Alaskans.

Associated Press
What to know about the controversial public charge rule

What to know about the controversial public charge rule

The rule would make it more difficult for certain low-income immigrants to secure permanent residency or temporary visas.

CBS News
Trump overhauling enforcement of Endangered Species Act

Trump overhauling enforcement of Endangered Species Act

The Trump administration says the changes will make regulation more efficient and less burdensome while preserving protections for wildlife.

Associated Press
Budget cuts to prevent Alaska school's water tank repairs

Budget cuts to prevent Alaska school's water tank repairs

The funding did not survive the $34.7 million in line-item vetoes in the state's capital budget signed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

Associated Press
EPA dropped salmon protection after Trump met with Alaska governor

EPA dropped salmon protection after Trump met with Alaska governor

The Environmental Protection Agency told staff scientists that it was no longer opposing a controversial Alaska mining project.

CNN News
Former GOP gubernatorial candidate Hawkins loses battle to cancer

Former GOP gubernatorial candidate Hawkins loses battle to cancer

Known for his Anchorage-based international business successes, Hawkins ended his political pursuits a few months before the primary.

Steve Quinn
Dunleavy signs capital budget, restores college scholarships

Dunleavy signs capital budget, restores college scholarships

Senate Bill 2002 also replenishes a fund that pays for rural energy assistance, but was subject to $34 million in vetoes.

Steve Quinn
Recall Dunleavy campaign gathers over 18,000 signatures in first week

Recall Dunleavy campaign gathers over 18,000 signatures in first week

Despite the campaign's efforts, they still have to clear several election law hurdles before a recall election can occur.

Elizabeth Roman
CIRI Board of Directors supports Gov. Dunleavy recall efforts

CIRI Board of Directors supports Gov. Dunleavy recall efforts

CIRI, one of the largest corporations of Alaska Native shareholders, says they're endorsing the effort to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

Kayla Heffner
Sen. Sullivan urges Alaska attorneys to combat domestic violence with pro bono work

Sen. Sullivan urges Alaska attorneys to combat domestic violence with pro bono work

Sullivan said providing legal assistance for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors can sometimes mean the difference between life and death.

Lauren Maxwell
Special session ends without drama or PFD resolution

Special session ends without drama or PFD resolution

Lawmakers are done with their second special session, but expect to be called back before the year's out.

Steve Quinn
Court reinstates Sarah Palin suit against New York Times

Court reinstates Sarah Palin suit against New York Times

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals restored the lawsuit on Tuesday, saying Palin must be allowed to collect evidence to support her claims.

Associated Press
Ferry sails back to Whittier following end of union strike

Ferry sails back to Whittier following end of union strike

Service resumed Sunday after ferry workers reached a tentative deal with the state on Friday.

Dave Leval
Man who sent pipe bombs to Clinton, CNN faces sentencing

Man who sent pipe bombs to Clinton, CNN faces sentencing

His targets included Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, several members of Congress, former President Barack Obama and actor Robert De Niro.

Associated Press
Recall Dunleavy campaign gathers 10,000 signatures first day

Recall Dunleavy campaign gathers 10,000 signatures first day

Still, passionate opposition isn’t enough for a recall election.

Elizabeth Roman
Mike Gravel ends his quixotic presidential campaign

Mike Gravel ends his quixotic presidential campaign

Mike Gravel, the 89-year-old iconoclastic former senator from Alaska, is ending his quixotic presidential campaign.

CBS News
Clare House closes during the day, asks for volunteers to keep the doors open

Clare House closes during the day, asks for volunteers to keep the doors open

The agency has put out an urgent call for volunteers in an effort to keep Clare House's doors open during the day.

Lauren Maxwell
Alaska governor has skin cancer removed from forehead

Alaska governor has skin cancer removed from forehead

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy's office announced Friday that biopsies of skin variations removed from his forehead confirmed a basal cell carcinoma, or a mild form of skin cancer.

Associated Press
Dunleavy recall effort begins with statewide signature collection

Dunleavy recall effort begins with statewide signature collection

The campaign features Dunleavy voters who say he's gone too far with vetoes and question his competency, while staunch supporters hold firm.

Steve Quinn, Scott Gross & Daniella Rivera
Despite budget cut, seed potato inspections continue for now

Despite budget cut, seed potato inspections continue for now

The Division of Agriculture director said he pushed to finish this year's seed potato inspections, which are vital to the industry.

Heather Hintze
2020 Daily Trail Markers: What voters thought of the Detroit debates

2020 Daily Trail Markers: What voters thought of the Detroit debates

Early primary and caucus voters tell CBS News Campaign Reporters Adam Brewster, Nicole Sganga & LaCrai Mitchell that Senator Cory Booker and Governor Jay Inslee scored points on the debate stage Wednesday night, while Fmr. Vice President Joe Biden and Sen

CBS News
AEDC predicts Anchorage recession will continue

AEDC predicts Anchorage recession will continue

Local report indicates a continued Anchorage recession if state budget cuts go through, as well as the most recent job market information.

Joe Vigil
Pebble, regional leaders respond to EPA's rescinded restrictions for Bristol Bay

Pebble, regional leaders respond to EPA's rescinded restrictions for Bristol Bay

In a release, the EPA stated the proposed restrictions were outdated and issued preemptively. The agency will now focus on the permitting process.

KTVA Web Staff
Stevens replaces Babcock as Dunleavy's chief of staff

Stevens replaces Babcock as Dunleavy's chief of staff

Tuckerman Babcock will remain with the administration, but in a different role as a special advisor.

Steve Quinn
Dunleavy recall effort set to begin Thursday statewide

Dunleavy recall effort set to begin Thursday statewide

Group needs more than 28,000 signatures in its initial steps toward getting on the 2020 ballot

Steve Quinn
UA regents vote for consolidation, while students and creditors worry about future

UA regents vote for consolidation, while students and creditors worry about future

The University of Alaska Board of Regents voted Tuesday to consolidate the three schools in the university system into one school with satellite campuses.

Lauren Maxwell, Steve Quinn & Scott Gross
Alaska professor fears the worst for climate research programs at state university

Alaska professor fears the worst for climate research programs at state university

Professor Eran Hood said cuts could affect not only research, but faculty who bring federal money into the state.

Cassie Schirm
Governor responds to concerns from Alaskans on both sides of budget debate

Governor responds to concerns from Alaskans on both sides of budget debate

The governor provided comments on a $3,000 PFD and budget cuts to the university.

Joe Vigil
Senate passes budget bill with $1,600 PFD

Senate passes budget bill with $1,600 PFD

The Senate bill also restores more than $300 million of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's vetoes.

Steve Quinn
House passes budget bill to restore scholarship, energy assistance funds

House passes budget bill to restore scholarship, energy assistance funds

The House approved the funding on a 31-7 vote, securing the 30 votes needed to pass the measure.

Steve Quinn
Legislature set to vote on dividend, university funding, rural energy assistance

Legislature set to vote on dividend, university funding, rural energy assistance

The House and Senate will meet Monday morning to vote on a pair of budget bills.

Steve Quinn
Trump nominating John Ratcliffe to replace Dan Coats as intel chief

Trump nominating John Ratcliffe to replace Dan Coats as intel chief

Coats, a former senator from Indiana, has served as director of national intelligence since the beginning of Trump's presidency.

CBS News
PFD debate recycles, draws new ideas and national scrutiny

PFD debate recycles, draws new ideas and national scrutiny

On Saturday, the Senate Finance Committee narrowlly approved an amended bill that takes dividend back to $3,000

Steve Quinn
Costly ferry union strike enters second day with vessels tied up

Costly ferry union strike enters second day with vessels tied up

So far the state has refunded more than $1 million in fares for passengers and vehicles.

Steve Quinn
House passes $1,605 dividend, HB 2003 heads to Senate

House passes $1,605 dividend, HB 2003 heads to Senate

In a brief floor session, the House voted 22-12 for a dividend almost half of what Gov. Mike Dunleavy seeks.

Steve Quinn
Dunleavy's cut to hemp pilot program may not save state money

Dunleavy's cut to hemp pilot program may not save state money

The cost of the $375,000 program is supposed to be recouped from registration fees from farmers interested in being a part of the pilot, according to Senate Bill 6.

Heather Hintze
House passes new budget bill, PFD legislation next

House passes new budget bill, PFD legislation next

The House retored dozens of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's vetoes in HB 2001, which next goes to the Senate.

Steve Quinn
Ferry workers on strike after deadlock in contract negotiations with the state

Ferry workers on strike after deadlock in contract negotiations with the state

Hundreds of ferry workers are on strike after their contract negotiations with the state stay at a standstill.

Shayne Nuesca
Mueller testifies before Congress on special counsel report — live updates

Mueller testifies before Congress on special counsel report — live updates

Former special counsel Robert Mueller is appearing before two House panels to testify about his nearly two-year long probe.

CBS News
House Bill 14 becomes law, closes 'Schneider Loophole'

House Bill 14 becomes law, closes 'Schneider Loophole'

The crime was heinous — the lack of punishment sparked public outrage. House Bill 14 is aimed at making sure it never happens again.

Daniella Rivera
House doesn't pass fully funded capital budget, but finance committee inches closer to restoring vetoes

House doesn't pass fully funded capital budget, but finance committee inches closer to restoring vetoes

The House needed 30 votes to approve what account would be used to fund the capital budget.

Steve Quinn
Inside the Gates: Military Hunger Prevention Act would provide food assistance to service members

Inside the Gates: Military Hunger Prevention Act would provide food assistance to service members

A bill introduced by Rep. Don Young and Rep. Susan Davis of California would allow service members who don't qualify for SNAP benefits to apply for assistance

Scott Gross
House passes capital budget but can't agree on funding sources

House passes capital budget but can't agree on funding sources

The House will meet again Monday morning to possibly take another vote on a budget that would restore funding for college scholarships and rural energy assistance.

Steve Quinn
University budget cuts may affect Alaska climate researchers

University budget cuts may affect Alaska climate researchers

In all, 41% of the university's state funding is in doubt.

Associated Press
Senate poised for capital budget vote

Senate poised for capital budget vote

The Senate Finance Committee approved a capital budget designed to replenish dozens of liquidated funds and pay for highway and road projects.

Steve Quinn
Back in Juneau, lawmakers grappling with various funding issues

Back in Juneau, lawmakers grappling with various funding issues

Lawmakers are scheduled to hold hearings on Gov. Mike Dunleavy's capital budget bill Friday.

Steve Quinn
Gov. Dunleavy officially calls special session in Juneau

Gov. Dunleavy officially calls special session in Juneau

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has amended his June 13 proclamation, saying lawmakers are to hold the special session in Juneau.

Steve Quinn
Judge authorizes public school funding amid lawsuit

Judge authorizes public school funding amid lawsuit

On Tuesday the Legislature sued Gov. Mike Dunleavy over funding for the upcoming school year.

Steve Quinn
Legislature sues Dunleavy over education funding

Legislature sues Dunleavy over education funding

Both sides have asked the Juneau District Court to authorize funding until an outcome gets reached

Steve Quinn
'Fix it': Alaskans testify in front of lawmakers in Wasilla

'Fix it': Alaskans testify in front of lawmakers in Wasilla

Legislators hear from concerned residents in the Mat-Su regarding the PFD and House Bill 2001.

Scott Gross
Anchorage attorneys sue Dunleavy over special session venue, attempt to block vetoes

Anchorage attorneys sue Dunleavy over special session venue, attempt to block vetoes

The lawsuit claims the governor violated Alaska's Constitution when he ordered the Legislature to convene in Wasilla for the ongoing special session.

Daniella Rivera
Murkowski calls out Trump for tweets some deem racist

Murkowski calls out Trump for tweets some deem racist

Alaska's D.C. delegation has varied responses on Trump's weekend tweetstorm

Steve Quinn
House passes resolution formally denouncing Trump tweets as racist

House passes resolution formally denouncing Trump tweets as racist

The measure passed by a vote of 240 to 187, with every Democratic member voting in favor.

CBS News
Alyse Galvin announces campaign for US Congress

Alyse Galvin announces campaign for US Congress

Galvin is an Independent who will go against Rep. Don Young who has served for as Alaska's only representative for 24 terms.

Shayne Nuesca
Former Alaska AG Lindemuth: Governor's cuts are unconstitutional

Former Alaska AG Lindemuth: Governor's cuts are unconstitutional

Alaska's former attorney general says Gov. Dunleavy's vetoes don't fulfill constitutional obligations to public health and public education.

Liz Raines
Lawmakers consider legislation to restore funding cut by governor's vetoes

Lawmakers consider legislation to restore funding cut by governor's vetoes

The House Finance Committee is calling for a do-over with the state’s budget.

Steve Quinn, Scott Gross, Lauren Maxwell & Daniella Rivera
Lawmakers taking PFD show on the road in 2nd week of special session

Lawmakers taking PFD show on the road in 2nd week of special session

The House Finance Committee will hold public hearings in Anchorage, Wasilla and Fairbanks before returning to the capital later in the week.

Steve Quinn
Here are the candidates who have qualified for the 2020 Democratic debates

Here are the candidates who have qualified for the 2020 Democratic debates

The second Democratic primary debate is on July 30 -- but some candidates are at risk of not meeting the thresholds for support and donations to qualify for the party's debates. 

CBS News
Voices in Alaska Court System: Dunleavy veto over abortion is 'stunning attack' on separation of powers

Voices in Alaska Court System: Dunleavy veto over abortion is 'stunning attack' on separation of powers

Gov. Dunleavy's reasoning for cutting $334,700 from the appellate courts has voices within the Alaska Court System saying he crossed a constitutional line.

Daniella Rivera
Special session's first week closes with no solutions

Special session's first week closes with no solutions

Lawmakers head into second week looking for ways to replace funding Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed on June 28.

Steve Quinn & Heather Hintze
One week in: Special session budget override attempts, protests and counterprotests

One week in: Special session budget override attempts, protests and counterprotests

Wrapping up their first week, lawmakers are no closer to agreeing on a Permanent Fund dividend size or how to reconcile broad funding differences.

Steve Quinn, Heather Hintze & Scott Gross

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