For years, the Alaska Supreme Court has stymied conservatives’ efforts to limit state-funded abortion. On Friday, GOP Gov. Mike Dunleavy employed a new tactic: He vetoed $335,000 from the Supreme Court’s budget, in a move that critics say threatens the judiciary’s independence.
Scientists aren’t calling climate change or declining sea ice the smoking gun yet. But they’ve seen enough other events that have come along with Arctic warming, like sea bird die-offs, that they’re asking questions.
Researchers are trying to determine the cause of a gray whale die-off along the West Coast, including Alaska. And they’re looking at whether recent warming trends in the Arctic, and reduced sea ice, have affected their prey.
People who work with released prisoners say the best way to combat crime is enhancing access to programs that target mental health problems and drug addiction — not increasing prison terms.
Clark Penney’s company, Penney Capital, was hired to help a Dunleavy administration initiative to bring new businesses to Alaska and expand existing ones. Officials justified the no-bid contract by citing its urgency and Penney’s experience working with wealthy investors.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has introduced 25 bills this year, and none of those have passed the House or Senate. But his allies say Dunleavy can still declare victory without passage of specific bills or initiatives.