With an additional 15,200 votes counted, Republican Senate candidate Dan Sullivan and independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker maintained their election leads.
Removing the sales tax exemptions from local churches and nonprofits could bring in up to $300,000 a year, city finance officials say.
Communities statewide can keep alcohol out using the local option, and may use a similar tool to keep marijuana, a drug soon to be legal in Alaska, out as well.
Pope Francis has asked Chad Zielinski—an active military chaplain at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks—to lead the nation’s northernmost diocese.
Despite the huge storm’s potential to break Alaska weather records, forecasters in Nome say it’s unlikely to cause severe weather in Norton Sound.
Voters in western Alaska bucked state trends in some races, but gave more decisive returns in others.
Polls across Alaska closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday and while results are still unofficial the big winners appear to be Walker, Sullivan and marijuana.
Voters will decide on state lawmakers, governor, a U.S. Senator, Alaska’s only U.S. House rep, and on three ballot initiatives ranging from marijuana to minimum wage.
As the U.S. outlines priorities for its time as chair of the international Arctic Council, some Alaska Native groups say there’s not enough focus on indigenous rights, while state lawmakers call for a greater emphasis on jobs.
Challenged in court since 2008, a new draft environmental assessment upholds the Chukchi leases and increases the estimate to more than four billion barrels of recoverable oil.