Data suggests opioid-related overdose deaths in Alaska down

Health 02/07/19, 18:24

Preliminary numbers released by the state indicate the number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Alaska fell between 2017 and 2018.Andy Jones, director of the state Office of Substance Misuse and Addiction Prevention, told a Senate committee Thursday that this suggests steps being taken to address opioid abuse are working."Something's working," ...

Life is slowly settling down in Alaska after major quake

U.S. 12/01/18, 23:10

Life is slowly settling down in Alaska following a powerful earthquake that rattled buildings, disrupted power and caused heavy damage to the only highway that goes north of Anchorage.A dump truck and excavator work on a temporary fix of an off ramp that collapsed after an earthquake on Friday, Nov. ...

Dunleavy taps Feige to be Alaska Natural Resources head

Business 11/14/18, 21:28

Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy on Wednesday named a former director of Alaska's Division of Oil and Gas to be his Natural Resources commissioner.Dunleavy announced his selection of Corri Feige during a Resource Development Council conference in Anchorage in which he repeated that Alaska would be "open for business" under his administration.Dunleavy ...

Alaska Native summit to bring fluent speakers together

U.S. 11/09/18, 17:16

An upcoming summit will bring together the last remaining speakers of three indigenous languages of Alaska, organizers said Friday.Nearly 70 speakers of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian are expected to attend the three-day event in Juneau that begins Nov. 13, according to Sealaska Heritage Institute officials. The institute has counted 133 ...

Davidson has long history of fighting for Native issues

Health 10/20/18, 09:46

Valerie Davidson, the state's new lieutenant governor and the first Alaska Native woman to hold higher office in Alaska, has fought for Alaska Native social issues for decades.Now 51, the Yup'ik from Southwest Alaska was an 18-year-old college student when she made national headlines in 1985.She silenced an Anchorage meeting ...

Alaska’s independent governor drops re-election bid

Politics 10/20/18, 00:43

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has dropped his re-election bid, shortly after the sudden resignation of his lieutenant governor over what Walker described as an inappropriate overture toward a woman.Alaska first lady Donna Walker, left, blows kisses to the crowd and Gov. Bill Walker reacts at the Alaska Federation of Natives ...

Alaska governor’s campaign moving ahead ‘a day at a time’

Politics 10/18/18, 12:07

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said Thursday his re-election campaign is moving ahead but is taking it "a day at a time" after being rocked this week by the abrupt resignation of Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.Mallott resigned Tuesday over what Walker has described as an inappropriate overture to a woman. Mallott ...

Resignation shakes up Alaska’s governor’s race

Politics 10/17/18, 01:35

In a stunning October surprise, Alaska's lieutenant governor resigned Tuesday for making unspecified "inappropriate comments," imperiling the re-election hopes of Gov. Bill Walker, a man with whom he shared a brother-like bond.Walker, who has been locked in a tough re-election fight with Democrat Mark Begich and Republican Mike Dunleavy, had ...

Alaska lieutenant governor resigns over comments

Politics 10/16/18, 20:15

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott resigned Tuesday over unspecified inappropriate comments, complicating what was already a difficult re-election fight for Gov. Bill Walker.Mallott, in his resignation letter, said his decision was "compelled by inappropriate comments I made that placed a person whom I respect and revere in a position of ...

Future of Alaska oil check program weighs on governor’s race

U.S. 10/04/18, 00:24

For decades, Alaska residents have shared in the state's oil wealth. They eagerly anticipated the reveal of the annual check's amount and dreamed about how they'd use their portion.But more recently, the excitement has been muted as Gov. Bill Walker and state legislators have capped the payout in response to ...

Summaries of the governor’s races on the ballot in 36 states

U.S. 09/23/18, 10:24

Governor's races are on the ballot this November in 36 states. The most competitive races are expected to be in states where Republicans now hold the job. Summaries of each race:ALABAMARepublican Kay Ivey is being challenged by the mayor of Tuscaloosa, Democrat Walter Maddox, who is seeking to be the ...

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