The Alaska State Council on the Arts closed its doors Monday, making Alaska the only state without an arts council. Gov. Mike Dunleavy used a line-item budget veto to eliminate the council’s funding of $2.8 million. Alaska lawmakers fell short last week in attempts to override the vetoes.
Fireworks shows have been canceled in Anchorage, Eagle River and Wrangell due to extreme dry weather. Juneau’s public fireworks show will still take place as planned on Wednesday night, according to Juneau officials.
Under a proposed rewrite of state crime laws, Alaska legislators would require the courts to review for a federal database system records dating to 1981 for individuals who have been involuntarily committed and would be restricted from owning firearms.