Judge: Legislature legally forward funded public education for current school year

Judge: Legislature legally forward funded public education for current school year

Superior Court Judge Daniel Schally ruled Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration "violated their duty to faithfully execute the law."

Steve Quinn
University of Alaska Southeast chancellor to retire

University of Alaska Southeast chancellor to retire

The search for Rick Caulfield's successor will begin immediately

Associated Press
Dunleavy sued over soaring Pioneer Home rates

Dunleavy sued over soaring Pioneer Home rates

Juneau attorneys filed a lawsuit against Gov. Mike Dunleavy for increases they call "astronomical and untenable."

Steve Quinn
Alaska governor cites Trump as he faces recall campaign

Alaska governor cites Trump as he faces recall campaign

A fight is brewing over whether Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy should be recalled from office.

Associated Press
Rate of Alaska fatal plane crashes tops national average

Rate of Alaska fatal plane crashes tops national average

A federal agency says the rate of fatal airplane crashes in Alaska is higher than the national average.

Associated Press
‘We were in a crisis’: UA Board of Regents to send response to accreditation agency’s concerns

‘We were in a crisis’: UA Board of Regents to send response to accreditation agency’s concerns

The UA Board of Regents approved a letter addressing concerns raised by the university's accrediting agency. The response includes unedited and unchanged letters from the chancellors at UAA, UAF and UAS.

Scott Gross
'Devilfish' highlights Indigenous folklore, addresses trauma

'Devilfish' highlights Indigenous folklore, addresses trauma

Vera Starbard has a new play that weaves Alaska Native folklore with the issue of unaddressed trauma. Devilfish debuts at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage Friday.

Liz Raines
'Armed and dangerous' Juneau man arrested, police say

'Armed and dangerous' Juneau man arrested, police say

28-year-old Micah Nelson was wanted for questioning in multiple felony assault cases.

Elizabeth Roman
Search for 'armed and dangerous' suspect continues after shots fired at Juneau police

Search for 'armed and dangerous' suspect continues after shots fired at Juneau police

Juneau police say 28-year-old Micah Nelson has outstanding arrest warrants and is wanted for questioning in multiple felony assaults.

KTVA Web Staff
Late Sen. Ted Stevens honored with portrait in US Capitol

Late Sen. Ted Stevens honored with portrait in US Capitol

A portrait of the late Sen. Ted Stevens was unveiled in the senate leadership portrait collection in the U.S. Capitol.

Jennifer Summers
NOAA predicts warmer, wetter than normal winter

NOAA predicts warmer, wetter than normal winter

This summer's record heat will play a role in the winter weather across the state. Temperatures will likely trend above normal and more moisture will likely fall across the state.

Jeremy LaGoo
Public begins offering comments on Roadless Rule proposals for Tongass National Forest

Public begins offering comments on Roadless Rule proposals for Tongass National Forest

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a draft enviromental impact statement that recommends a full exemption to the 2001 Roadless Rule

Steve Quinn
Resolution calls for increase to seafood inspections

Resolution calls for increase to seafood inspections

A resolution co-sponsored by Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer urges the federal government to increase imported seafood inspections.

Jennifer Summers
Murkowski bill aims to protect Alaska Native women

Murkowski bill aims to protect Alaska Native women

A new bill introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski aims to help tribes protect and defend Alaska Native women. A pilot program under the bill would allow certain Alaskan tribes jurisdiction over everyone in their village, including non-natives.

Jennifer Summers
Hydaburg's Ben Young receives AFN Culture Bearer award

Hydaburg's Ben Young receives AFN Culture Bearer award

Ben Young has devoted much of his life to preserving Haida, an endangered indigenous language in Southeast Alaska and British Columbia.

Steve Quinn
Cultural tourism hitting its stride, engaging visitors

Cultural tourism hitting its stride, engaging visitors

Alaska Native tourism operators express optimism about growth and telling authentic stories reflecting the state's centuries-long heritage.

Steve Quinn
Radio outages impacting Coast Guard response in Southeast Alaska

Radio outages impacting Coast Guard response in Southeast Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard is experiencing radio outages throughout Southeast Alaska.

Elizabeth Roman
1 dead after small boat capsizes in Southeast Alaska

1 dead after small boat capsizes in Southeast Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard says one person died Friday after their small boat capsized near Salt Chuck in the north part of Duncan Canal in Southeast Alaska.

Angela Krenzien
Land clearing explosion triggers Ketchikan highway landslide

Land clearing explosion triggers Ketchikan highway landslide

Alaska State Troopers say a man using explosives to clear land north of Ketchikan created a landslide that blocked the North Tongass Highway. 

Associated Press
Heavy rainfall causes flooding and prompts evacuation in Douglas area

Heavy rainfall causes flooding and prompts evacuation in Douglas area

Juneau police say storm floods near John Street and Peters Lane in Douglas have caused some people to be displaced.

Shayne Nuesca
Shuckerow giving up Dunleavy press secretary post

Shuckerow giving up Dunleavy press secretary post

The Dimond High grad has not announced his next move, but he has also worked for U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, plus U.S. Rep. Don Young.

Steve Quinn
Moose hunter recovering from bear attack near Haines

Moose hunter recovering from bear attack near Haines

Alaska State Troopers say a moose hunter from Haines is recovering from a bear mauling that happened Thursday along the Chilkat River.

Angela Krenzien
Former McLaughlin Youth Center superintendent pleads guilty to federal child porn charge

Former McLaughlin Youth Center superintendent pleads guilty to federal child porn charge

A man who worked with children for the state of Alaska pleaded guilty in federal court to having child porn.
Court records show 55-year-old Dennis Weston Jr. pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child by possession of child pornography.

Jennifer Summers
As cruise season closes, tour officials bullish on summer

As cruise season closes, tour officials bullish on summer

The Alaska Travel Industry Association will be meeting next week in Juneau to discuss tourism trends.

Steve Quinn
'We are having this one-university model shoved down our throats': UAA students weigh in on UA consolidation

'We are having this one-university model shoved down our throats': UAA students weigh in on UA consolidation

More than 30 people including community members and University of Alaska Anchorage students, faculty, staff and alumni shared their concerns with the University of Alaska Board of Regents on Thursday morning.

Scott Gross
Alaska Native hospital showcases plants as food and medicine

Alaska Native hospital showcases plants as food and medicine

The courtyard at the Alaska Native Medical Center has plants Alaska Natives have long used as food and medicine.

Rhonda McBride
NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt talks about charter flight safety in Alaska

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt talks about charter flight safety in Alaska

The NTSB has investigated more than 200 chartered flight crashes since 2008.

Dave Leval
International organization set to meet in Juneau next week

International organization set to meet in Juneau next week

Representatives of over 30 nations will attend the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds next week in Juneau. 

Associated Press
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
Magnitude 5.0 earthquake hits Alaska, felt in capital city

Magnitude 5.0 earthquake hits Alaska, felt in capital city

The Alaska Earthquake Center reports that a magnitude 5.0 earthquake hit southern Alaska. It was felt by people in the state's capital. Juneau.

Associated Press
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
Neighbors tried to rescue homeowner in fatal house fire, Juneau firefighters say

Neighbors tried to rescue homeowner in fatal house fire, Juneau firefighters say

People living in a Juneau neighborhood tried to rescue their neighbor from a house fire in the Mendenhall Valley Monday.

Shannon Ballard
Skagway man sentenced for illegally importing, exporting walrus ivory

Skagway man sentenced for illegally importing, exporting walrus ivory

A 67-year-old Skagway man in business as an ethnic art dealer will have to pay a $5,000 fine and spend two years on probation for illegally importing and exporting walrus ivory.

Angela Krenzien
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
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.

More than 2,000 university professors left with uncertain future

More than 2,000 university professors left with uncertain future

Faculty have filed a grievance against the UA Board of Regents vote for financial exigency.

Joe Vigil
Juneau police officers responding to domestic violence call involved in shooting

Juneau police officers responding to domestic violence call involved in shooting

The 29-year-old man called in for domestic violence was shot and medevaced to Seattle.

Shayne Nuesca
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
Coast Guard rescues hiker who fell 150 feet on Southeast trail

Coast Guard rescues hiker who fell 150 feet on Southeast trail

A man is recovering from injuries he got after falling 150 feet while hiking on Baranof Island Friday, a release from the U.S. Coast Guard states.

Angela Krenzien
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
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
Lawmakers want another PFD special session

Lawmakers want another PFD special session

In a letter to Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Senate President Cathy Giessel and House Speaker Bryce Edgmon tell the governor they would like to use a special session to work on a long-term solution for determining the dividend's size.

Steve Quinn
Alaska man's prison sentence for murder reduced to 24 years

Alaska man's prison sentence for murder reduced to 24 years

An Alaska man's prison sentence for murder has been reduced to 24 years.

Associated Press
Juneau airport getting nearly $19 million for work on taxiways

Juneau airport getting nearly $19 million for work on taxiways

Four Alaska airports are getting nearly $31.2 million in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Angela Krenzien
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.

Juneau police officer arrested for DUI

Juneau police officer arrested for DUI

JPD officer Brent Bartlett was arrested after he rear-ended a woman's truck on North Douglas Highway.

Shayne Nuesca
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
Prince William Sound communities, business feel painful effects of ferry workers' strike

Prince William Sound communities, business feel painful effects of ferry workers' strike

The effects of the work stoppage are being felt in the communities that rely on business from the ferry service the most.

Dave Leval & Elizabeth Roman
House girding for another PFD debate

House girding for another PFD debate

One day after approving a budget bill to restore some of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's $444 million in vetoes, the House returns to the floor for a possible dividend vote.

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
Travel Tuesday: Book a cabin or visit a state park virtually on new website

Travel Tuesday: Book a cabin or visit a state park virtually on new website

Did you know? The state has a website where you can book a public use cabin and see 3D trail maps and guides for state parks.

John Thompson
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 backs funding scholarships, rural energy, road projects

Senate backs funding scholarships, rural energy, road projects

Senate Bill 2002 next goes to the House for a vote on the capital budget

Steve Quinn
Juneau Men’s Gathering promotes culture and tradition to fight violence

Juneau Men’s Gathering promotes culture and tradition to fight violence

About four dozen people, mostly men, spent the last weekend of June talking about what men can do to help combat one of the highest domestic violence and sexual assault rates in the nation.

Rhonda McBride
'Men's Gathering' looks for solutions to Alaska's high rate of rape, child sexual assault

'Men's Gathering' looks for solutions to Alaska's high rate of rape, child sexual assault

According to STAR (Standing Together Against Rape), Alaska's rape rate is two-and-a-half times the national average, and the rate of child sexual assault in the state is nearly six times the national average. What might reverse these stubborn statistic?

Rhonda McBride
Former legislator sues House speaker, Senate president over decision to meet in Juneau

Former legislator sues House speaker, Senate president over decision to meet in Juneau

A former state legislator has filed a lawsuit against the Legislature's presiding officers for their decision to convene members in Juneau for a special session that Gov. Mike Dunleavy intended to be held in Wasilla. 

Liz Raines
Ketchikan man seriously injured in crash of motorcycle

Ketchikan man seriously injured in crash of motorcycle

Alaska State Troopers say 30-year-old Robert Young was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment. 

Associated Press
Divided: 2 special sessions and the protests that followed

Divided: 2 special sessions and the protests that followed

37 lawmakers rejected Dunleavy's call for a Wasilla special session and begin proceedings in Juneau; 21 showed up to work in the Valley.

Steve Quinn & Scott Gross
Senate president: 'No question' lawmakers meeting in Juneau

Senate president: 'No question' lawmakers meeting in Juneau

Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel says there's "no question" lawmakers will meet in Juneau for Monday's start of the next special session.

Associated Press
Coast Guard medevacs woman from cruise ship in Juneau

Coast Guard medevacs woman from cruise ship in Juneau

A 58-year-old woman is recovering in Juneau after being medevaced from a Holland America cruise ship in Auke Bay Friday.

Angela Krenzien
Separating politics from statutes no longer black and white

Separating politics from statutes no longer black and white

When lawmakers begin a second special session on Monday, they will reprise a debate over which law governs the size of the Permanent Fund dividend

Steve Quinn
Bans, cancellations and where to see fireworks in Alaska this Independence Day

Bans, cancellations and where to see fireworks in Alaska this Independence Day

Here is a list of show cancellations and where you can still see fireworks for the Fourth of July.

Workers begin refurbishing columns at Alaska State Capitol

Workers begin refurbishing columns at Alaska State Capitol

Workers have started refurbishing marble columns outside the Alaska State Capitol building in Juneau. 

Associated Press
Man dies after 30-foot fall at Juneau's Mendenhall Towers

Man dies after 30-foot fall at Juneau's Mendenhall Towers

A man is recovering after falling 20-30 feet while repelling Mendenhall Towers north of Juneau Friday morning when his rappel anchor failed.

Exploration under way for southeast Alaska mine project

Exploration under way for southeast Alaska mine project

The developer of a proposed mine in southeast Alaska is moving ahead with exploration following a favorable court decision.

Associated Press
Southeast Alaskans rally to protect Tongass National Forest from logging

Southeast Alaskans rally to protect Tongass National Forest from logging

Should the state set its own rules, SEACC says currently protected areas of the Tongass — about half of the forest — would open for old-growth logging.

Shayne Nuesca
Father, son sentenced in Juneau drug trafficking conspiracy

Father, son sentenced in Juneau drug trafficking conspiracy

Officials say the duo was caught distributing large quantities of methamphetamine.

Elizabeth Roman
3 more dead gray whales found in Southeast, NOAA says

3 more dead gray whales found in Southeast, NOAA says

The deaths bring the total whale mortality count to 10 this season.

Megan Mazurek
Coast Guard: 2 hikers rescued from Lemon Creek Glacier

Coast Guard: 2 hikers rescued from Lemon Creek Glacier

Two elderly men were rescued while hiking Lemon Creek Glacier on Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a release.

Elizabeth Roman
American Red Cross of Alaska volunteers help when disaster strikes

American Red Cross of Alaska volunteers help when disaster strikes

American Red Cross of Alaska volunteers are helping people affected by tornadoes and flooding in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Dave Leval
Elevated bacteria found on 5 Ketchikan beaches

Elevated bacteria found on 5 Ketchikan beaches

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an advisory for several beaches in Ketchikan due to elevated enterococci and fecal coliform levels.

Megan Mazurek
Capital budget inching closer to House vote

Capital budget inching closer to House vote

The House Finance Committee moved Senate Bill 19, the budget that funds road and construction projects, plus one-time appropriations.

Steve Quinn
Senate deadlocked on PFD as special session nears an end

Senate deadlocked on PFD as special session nears an end

The House and Senate voted to establish an ad-hoc committee that will explore new plans for future Permanent Fund dividends.

Steve Quinn
Soldier dies while dip netting in Copper River

Soldier dies while dip netting in Copper River

A member of the Alaska Army National Guard died about 2 a.m. Saturday while dip netting in Copper River; 35-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Russell Anthony Hepler was fishing near O’Brien Creek with his wife when the incident happened.

Angela Krenzien
Angoon man arrested and charged with sexual abuse of a minor, Troopers say

Angoon man arrested and charged with sexual abuse of a minor, Troopers say

Alaska State Troopers say they received a report on May 20 that 53-year-old George Willie Nelson III brought a 6-year-old child, who is not related to him, to a wooded trail area in Angoon. 

Shayne Nuesca
PFD debate draws crude social media, email responses

PFD debate draws crude social media, email responses

Some senators are being criticized through emails and social media posts, criticisms some find sexist over the top.

Steve Quinn
Anchorage senator proposes $900 PFD check

Anchorage senator proposes $900 PFD check

Sen. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage, says the state needs a balanced budget.

Joe Vigil
Alaska signs on to push US Supreme Court against NYC handgun transportation ban

Alaska signs on to push US Supreme Court against NYC handgun transportation ban

Alaska joined 23 other states in signing onto an amicus brief that urges the United States Supreme Court to make a New York City ban on the transportation of handguns unconstitutional.

Elizabeth Roman
Senate poised for PFD debate: $1,600 or $3,000?

Senate poised for PFD debate: $1,600 or $3,000?

The Senate will consider a Senate Bill 1002, which proposes a $1,600 Permanent Fund dividend this fall.

Steve Quinn
Federal judge fines Carnival $20M for continued environmental violations

Federal judge fines Carnival $20M for continued environmental violations

Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Alaska's Attorney General sent letters to a federal judge asking her to consider the economic impacts to U.S. ports when handing down punishment.

Steve Quinn
Alcohol may be factor in fatal Angoon rollover, troopers say

Alcohol may be factor in fatal Angoon rollover, troopers say

Alaska State Troopers say alcohol appears to be a factor in an Angoon vehicle collision that killed one person.

Angela Krenzien
Taquan pilot was new to carrier before deadly crash near Metlakatla, says NTSB report

Taquan pilot was new to carrier before deadly crash near Metlakatla, says NTSB report

The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report Friday on the May 20 Taquan Air floatplane crash that killed both people onboard near Metlakatla.

Angela Krenzien
First-ever extreme drought recorded in Southeast Alaska

First-ever extreme drought recorded in Southeast Alaska

Southeast Alaska experiences first extreme drought since monitoring began in 2000.

Aaron Morrison
Taquan Air expected to resume passenger flight service Wednesday

Taquan Air expected to resume passenger flight service Wednesday

Taquan Air plans to resume its passenger service Wednesday, according to the FAA.

Megan Mazurek
NTSB report: Taquan pilot recalls moments leading up to Southeast Alaska collision

NTSB report: Taquan pilot recalls moments leading up to Southeast Alaska collision

A preliminary accident report released by the NTSB details the moments from the surviving pilot's point of view that led to the Southeast Alaska flightseeing plane collision that left six people dead and 10 others injured last week.

Elizabeth Roman
Passenger, pilot killed in Metlakatla floatplane crash identified

Passenger, pilot killed in Metlakatla floatplane crash identified

Police identify the pilot and passenger who died after their plane crashed into waters near Metlakatla Monday.

KTVA Web Staff
2 dead after Taquan Air plane crash in waters near Metlakatla

2 dead after Taquan Air plane crash in waters near Metlakatla

Two people died Monday afternoon after their plane crashed in waters near Metlakatla, a week after another deadly crash in nearby Ketchikan involving the same operator.

Felon caught with gun at Juneau airport gets federal time

Felon caught with gun at Juneau airport gets federal time

A Washington man arrested with illegal drugs, thousands of dollars and a loaded gun last year at Juneau’s airport has been ordered to serve nearly two years in federal prison.

KTVA Web Staff
'Always our pilot': Mom recounts giving birth on board Randy Sullivan's plane

'Always our pilot': Mom recounts giving birth on board Randy Sullivan's plane

After Ketchikan pilot Randy Sullivan passed away following a midair collision, friends are remembering the impact he had on their lives.

Megan Mazurek
Community mourns Randy Sullivan, pilot who died in Ketchikan collision

Community mourns Randy Sullivan, pilot who died in Ketchikan collision

Randy Sullivan died after his plane was involved in a midair collision near Ketchikan.

Elizabeth Roman
Alaska unemployment rate holds steady at 6.5 percent

Alaska unemployment rate holds steady at 6.5 percent

Alaska's unemployment rate remained steady at 6.5 percent last month. Federal labor statistics show that rate has held since August. 

Associated Press
1 wrecked plane recovered in deadly Ketchikan midair collision

1 wrecked plane recovered in deadly Ketchikan midair collision

Authorities have recovered one of the two planes which collided in midair near Ketchikan on Monday leaving six people dead and 10 others injured, National Transportation Safety Board officials said.

Bryan Dunagan
6 confirmed dead; investigation continues into 2 plane collision in Southeast Alaska

6 confirmed dead; investigation continues into 2 plane collision in Southeast Alaska

Six people have been confirmed dead following a Monday crash involving two flightseeing planes in Southeast Alaska.

KTVA Web Staff
Taquan Air safety record shows air tour danger in Southeast Alaska

Taquan Air safety record shows air tour danger in Southeast Alaska

A search of a National Transportation Safety Board database found that Taquan Air has been involved in five other aircraft accidents in Alaska since 1992, two of which were fatal.

Shannon Ballard
4 dead, 2 missing: Search continues after midair collision near Ketchikan

4 dead, 2 missing: Search continues after midair collision near Ketchikan

Two planes carrying a total of 16 people crashed into waters near Ketchikan Monday afternoon, with U.S. Coast Guardsmen responding to the area to conduct rescue efforts.

KTVA Web Staff
Clock ticking on lawmakers with crime bill, PFD undecided

Clock ticking on lawmakers with crime bill, PFD undecided

Lawmakers have until Wednesday to adjourn.

Steve Quinn
State studies Juneau air for possible effects from ships

State studies Juneau air for possible effects from ships

State officials are documenting air quality in Juneau to determine if harmful pollutants are showing up from cruise ships or other sources.

Associated Press
Coast Guard rescues 5 Alaska fishermen from life raft

Coast Guard rescues 5 Alaska fishermen from life raft

A Coast Guard helicopter plucked five commercial fishermen from a life raft after their fishing boat ran aground in southeast Alaska.

Associated Press
Crime bills inching forward in House and Senate

Crime bills inching forward in House and Senate

Public safety was a priority for Gov. Mike Dunleavy and many lawmakers, and their bills are approaching the finish line with just over a week left in session.

Steve Quinn
Photos: Juneau's first cruise ship of 2019 arrives

Photos: Juneau's first cruise ship of 2019 arrives

Early Sunday morning, the Ruby Princess pulled into downtown with more than 3,000 passengers who began exploring the capital city.

Steve Quinn

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