News Minute: Here is the latest Alaska news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. AKDT
AKIAK, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska community has lost buildings due to erosion along the banks of its river. KYUK-AM reported Wednesday that residents of Akiak awoke Monday to find that smokehouses built along the Kuskokwim River fell into the water along with stretches of the riverbank in southwest Alaska. The city administrator says the community 42 miles northeast of Bethel lost between 75 and 100 feet of the riverbank. The official says there are now homes in "imminent danger" of falling into the river.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Alaska Native officials have criticized the state for backing out of negotiations over the Alaska Tribal Child Welfare Compact. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Thursday that the Alaska Federation of Natives and state tribal officials blamed Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration in a May 17 statement for the breakdown of negotiations over funding. The 2017 compact enables tribes to manage services for Alaska Native children who may be placed in foster homes.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - House lawmakers heard angry reactions to a bill that would pay residents a full Alaska Permanent Fund dividend this year but seek to change the dividend formula going forward. The House Finance Committee bill is seen as an attempt to break a logjam that has stymied the Legislature. There has been no apparent progress this special session toward finalizing a state budget, with the dividend a major stumbling block.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A fishing boat captain who dumped sandblast waste into southeast Alaska waters in 2017 was ordered to pay $10,000 and perform 40 hours of community service. Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old Brannon Finney of Bellingham, Washington, dumped waste to avoid a $1,460 disposal fee. U.S. Magistrate Judge Matthew Scoble on Wednesday also ordered 18 months of probation for Finney and a public apology.
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