Alaska’s budget crisis has state leaders paying new attention to the Alaska Permanent Fund, and doing something that they’ve never done before: Show up at the fund’s Goldbelt Building headquarters for meetings of its board of trustees.
Issues such as family breakdown and suicide have plagued Alaska for years, but now, even in the midst of a fiscal crisis that has led to massive budget deficits, state leaders are looking for new ways to fight those problems, local Native leaders and elders were told Thursday.
Alaska's attempts to sprout an international export business selling seed potatoes have failed to develop into a viable enterprise, and will likely never pay big dividends, a state audit has found. Read more
Alaska's historic moon rocks, collected by Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in 1969, are back in NASA's custody.
Now, Alaska State Museums Curator Bob Banghart says he'd like to see them back in an Alaska museum. Read more
New Southeast legislative districts are driving up campaign costs, especially for some closely watched races that may pit incumbents against each other. Two incumbent state senators will face each other in the fall, Sen. Read more
Opponents of the Coastal Management measure on the August 28 ballot have raised 10 times the amount the Alaska Sea Party has raised to promote the measure, with the state's mining industry far exceeding its oil and gas industry in funding the opposition. Read more
A top state official trying to hold down health care costs says she's happy to have begun a public discussion on the issue.
But Commissioner Becky Hultberg of the Department of Administration is also challenging those who have questioned the proposals. Read more