JUNEAU (AP) — A conservative freshman state legislator announced plans Monday to run for governor in Alaska, joining a field that includes Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a former governor and a former state lawmaker.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The state of Alaska will end extended unemployment benefits because more people are employed, and an expert says it should not have an impact on the consumer market.

JUNEAU — Job numbers in Alaska were up last month compared to October 2020 but still below pre-pandemic levels for most industries, the state labor department reported Friday.

WASHINGTON — For two decades, Republicans and Democrats have fought over whether to ban roads on more than 9 million acres of Alaska's Tongass National Forest. Now, the Biden administration aims to settle the question once and for all.

JUNEAU (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday it is extending through May a timeline to decide how or whether to proceed with proposed restrictions on mining in Alaska's Bristol Bay region, which is known for its salmon runs.

ANCHORAGE — Volcano scientists issued an alert Wednesday, warning that a cloud of ash — from an eruption more than century ago — was headed toward Alaska's Kodiak Island.

JUNEAU — Members of the Biden administration on Wednesday launched a series of events aimed at exploring the Arctic's potential to act as a "living laboratory of clean energy innovation."

JUNEAU — A fast-growing area north of Anchorage known as a hotbed of conservatism gained the most population since the 2010 Census and will keep the same number of seats in the Alaska Legislature under a new map of state political boundaries that some critics say short-changes the area.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska doctors plan to ask the State Medical Board to investigate concerns about the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and treatments by other physicians.

JUNEAU — Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska announced Friday she will run for reelection in 2022, setting up a race against a primary challenger endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The leader of Alaska's hospital association cited a recent decline in hospitalizations related to COVID-19 as a possible turning point following a prolonged period in which resources at health care facilities in the state were stretched thin.

JUNEAU (AP) — Wildlife officials have announced a one-month trapping season for wolves on and near southeast Alaska's Prince of Wales Island despite concerns conservationists have raised about the population.

ANCHORAGE — A Utah doctor is accused of lying about ill patients in his climbing party to get a high-altitude government helicopter to rescue him off the tallest mountain in North America after a failed summit and of destroying evidence.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska's largest airport saw a big jump in summer passengers compared to the 2020 season, when the pandemic kept many people at home.

JUNEAU (AP) — A divided Alaska Redistricting Board voted Tuesday on House district pairings for Senate seats for the Anchorage area that one member said would leave open the board to "an unfortunate and very easily winnable argument of partisan gerrymandering."

ANCHORAGE — Authorities have released the name of the man shot and killed as he exited a grocery store in Fairbanks as the prosecutor said he is considering additional charges against the alleged shooter.

FAIRBANKS (AP) — Authorities said Monday that a gunman who killed a man outside of an Alaska grocery store over the weekend didn't break stride as he continued inside and sprayed gunfire across the store, wounding one other person.

JUNEAU (AP) — The U.S. Department of Interior said the first two federal land allotments to Alaska Native Vietnam War-era veterans have been finalized.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A weather system dumped heavy rains in parts of south-central Alaska over the past week, damaging roads in the ski community of Girdwood.

JUNEAU (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter late Thursday rescued seven people who had been iced in since last week at a cabin about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of the Yukon River community of Emmonak in western Alaska, the Alaska State Troopers reported.

JUNEAU (AP) — Programs run by tribal and local governments are seeking to help child care providers in Juneau but challenges remain even with higher wages and bonuses the programs make possible.

JUNEAU — An Alaska state corporation that was the main bidder in an oil and gas lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year said it is suing federal officials over what it calls improper actions that are preventing lease activities.

JUNEAU (AP) — A draft opinion prepared by Alaska Public Offices Commission staff proposes imposing campaign contribution limits in the place of some of the caps that were struck down by a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year.

JUNEAU (AP) — Kelly Tshibaka, who is running for the Alaska U.S. Senate seat held by fellow Republican Lisa Murkowski, announced plans Wednesday for a fundraiser hosted by former President Donald Trump.

JUNEAU — A state court judge has granted a request to allow advanced practice clinicians in Alaska to provide medication abortion while an underlying legal case proceeds.

JUNEAU — The braking system on a plane carrying 42 people that overran a runway at an Alaska airport in 2019, killing one, was compromised by anti-skid sensors that were not correctly wired, the National Transportation Safety Board determined Tuesday.

GIRDWOOD — A powerful, historic storm has walloped southern Alaska for days, unloading extreme amounts of precipitation and overwhelming its infrastructure in some areas.

SITKA (AP) — Twelve bears have been killed in Sitka this year, including four last week, that were deemed dangers to life and property, the Daily Sitka Sentinel reported.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Eleven states filed lawsuits Friday to stop President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors, arguing that the requirement violates federal law.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Twenty-one Republican state attorneys general sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Wednesday saying they think his COVID-19 vaccination mandate for federal contractors "stands on shaky legal ground," is confusing to contractors and could exacerbate supply-chain problems.

JUNEAU — The Alaska Legislature is in special session but it's quiet at the Capitol, where many legislative offices have been dark, floor sessions in some cases have lasted seconds and little progress has been made toward resolving the state's fiscal issues.

JUNEAU (AP) — An open container citation issued to an Alaska state lawmaker has been dismissed because the trooper who issued the citation is no longer in state employment after being accused of sexual abuse of a minor.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Seeking a 26th term in the U.S. House, Alaska's lone representative will face a challenger in 2022 with strong name recognition in the state.

JUNEAU (AP) — Officials at museums across Alaska have condemned repeated acts of antisemitic vandalism this year targeting the Alaska Jewish Museum in Anchorage.

ANCHORAGE — A woman known for 37 years only as Horseshoe Harriet, one of dozen or so victims of a notorious Alaska serial killer, has been identified through genetic genealogy and a DNA match, authorities said Friday.

SOLDOTNA (AP) — An expansion project that will provide 400 new plots at the Soldotna city cemetery is nearing completion, officials said.

DENALI NATIONAL PARK — Denali National Park has just one road in and out. And each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors fill the park's trademark buses for tours, hoping for a glimpse of a wolf or a brown bear in the shadow of North America's highest peak.

ANCHORAGE — A magistrate has ruled that there is probable cause for a case to continue against a man accused of threatening to kill Alaska's two U.S. senators in profanity-filled voicemails left on their office phones.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — An Alabama man accused of using pepper spray and throwing a metal rod at law enforcement protecting the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection has been arrested in Alaska, according to court documents filed in federal court.

PALMER — About 100 miles northeast of Anchorage, off a two-lane highway and nestled between two mountain ranges, the Matanuska Glacier, a 27-mile-long expanse of white and blue ice, offers a jaw-dropping view. The ice rises low against the landscape, a winding blanket of curves and edges.

JUNEAU (AP) — The longest-serving Republican in the U.S. House is appearing in a new round of ads urging Alaskans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski reported bringing in nearly $1.1 million during the last fundraising quarter, though the Republican has yet to formally announce any re-election plans.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The governing body of Alaska's largest city has overridden the mayor's veto of an emergency order instituting a mask mandate for 60 days.

An Alaska GOP lawmaker banned from flying on the state's leading airline for refusing to wear a mask, and therefore unable to travel to and from the state capital, has now tested positive for the coronavirus, she said.

U.S. aviation regulators are planning a significant overhaul of safety measures in Alaska to address the state's persistently high accident rate.