JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska had 24,100 fewer jobs in December than a year earlier amid ongoing economic repercussions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the state labor department reported Friday.

JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed checks of nearly $5,000 to residents as part of an effort aimed at reviving the state's pandemic-stunted economy, with the money to come from Alaska's oil wealth fund.

JUNEAU — President Joe Biden's administration announced plans Wednesday for a temporary moratorium on oil and gas leasing in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after the Trump administration issued leases in a part of the refuge considered sacred by the Indigenous Gwich'in.

JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate organized a Republican majority as the new legislative session got underway Tuesday, with Soldotna Republican Peter Micciche elected Senate president.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Organizers of an attempt to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy have reinvigorated the effort now that more people are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, prompting the push for a final 22,000 signatures to force a recall election for the first-term Republican.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A grant program established to help restaurants struggling under the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic is reaping rewards for the businesses and those consuming their goods.

JUNEAU — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday said it has issued leases covering nearly 685 square miles (1,770 square kilometers) in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in a move denounced by critics in the waning hours of the Trump administration.

JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Clyde "Ed" Sniffen attorney general Monday, a role that Sniffen, a longtime state Department of Law attorney, has held in an acting capacity following the resignation of Kevin Clarkson.

JUNEAU — Alaska lawmakers convene Tuesday amid economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and a near decadelong run of budget deficits. Reserve money is depleted, and tough decisions are ahead on how to use the state's nest-egg oil-wealth fund.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A petition to recall the chair of the Anchorage Assembly for failing to cancel an August meeting because of pandemic emergency regulations is scheduled be put to district voters on the April ballot.

BETHEL (AP) — An Alaska video store that held on for years longer than most of its contemporaries has succumbed to economic pressure and rolled the final credits on its 35-year story.

ANCHORAGE — The University of Alaska Board of Regents has reinstated the university alpine ski team after the program raised enough money to save itself from elimination.

JUNEAU (AP) — A proposal to split the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services into two organizations has been criticized by health care workers, social service organizations and tribal governments.

JUNEAU (AP) — About 80 Alaska National Guard members volunteered to provide assistance for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, the guard said Friday.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Anchorage Assembly is expected to consider an ordinance proposing a formal government relationship between the municipality and the Native Village of Eklutna.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Teachers are among the groups urging state officials to speed up their eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine after Alaska's allocation for the month quickly depleted.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Data from the Alaska Department of Corrections show that more than 40% of the people incarcerated in Alaska have been infected with the coronavirus.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Health officials in Anchorage said appointments for residents to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine filled up in a matter of hours this past week, leading to frustration for people still trying to sign up as vaccination clinics were planned throughout this past w…

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A city corporation in Alaska has partnered with a local real estate developer to build a $6.2 million apartment housing complex in downtown Anchorage, officials said.

JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said the state will appeal the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' rejection of a key permit for a proposed copper and gold mine in a region that supports the world's largest sockeye salmon runs.

JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday ruled against Republican Minority Leader Lance Pruitt's bid for a new election after a recount showed he lost his state House seat by 11 votes.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Friday that President Donald Trump should resign, making her the first Republican senator to say he should leave office as backlash grows against his goading of violent supporters who stormed the Capitol.

JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court should order a new election in a state House race lost by Republican Minority Leader Lance Pruitt, his attorney argues, saying state election officials did not properly act in changing a polling location.

JUNEAU — The U.S. government held its first-ever oil and gas lease sale Wednesday for Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an event critics labeled as a bust with major oil companies staying on the sidelines and a state corporation emerging as the main bidder.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Don Young of Alaska issued a call for bipartisanship among his congressional colleagues while giving the oath of office to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

JUNEAU — A U.S. judge on Tuesday refused to halt an oil and gas lease sale for Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that was pushed by the Trump administration in its final days.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Officials with the scaled-back Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday announced another change for the 2021 competition.

JUNEAU — Attorneys for Alaska are asking a judge to strike down provisions of law dealing with government appointments amid a dispute between Gov. Mike Dunleavy and lawmakers who did not meet to consider his picks for his Cabinet, boards and commissions.

SEATTLE — Washington, Oregon, more than two dozen Native American and Alaska Native tribes and cultural groups from the Northwest are suing the federal government to stop the sale of the National Archives building in Seattle, a plan that would force the relocation of millions of invaluable h…

JUNEAU (AP) — Attorneys for conservation groups asked a U.S. judge Monday to halt the issuance of oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ahead of a planned sale this week.

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JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has said it allocated $3.2 million in federal coronavirus relief aid to hire two public relations firms based in Anchorage to help with coronavirus communications across the state.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The company behind a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska faces lawsuits from investors claiming it misled shareholders who have seen an 85% drop in stock value since the summer.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Health officials in Alaska are still determining who will receive the coronavirus vaccine and when because the number of available doses remains limited.

KODIAK (AP) — The Coast Guard has said it responded to a report of an oil spill from one of its own ships off the coast of Alaska.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Twenty-two tribal, environmental, fishing and tourism organizations are suing the Trump administration to block a decision that halted development restrictions in parts of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.