Politics

With a little over a week until the Anchorage mayoral election, candidates Ethan Berkowitz and Amy Demboski sparred in their first head-to-head debate Monday over the Knik Arm bridge project, labor contracts and gay rights legislation.


Devin Kelly
The Monday debate hosted by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce featured three mini-debates between the candidates. The topics were the Knik Arm bridge project, labor contracts and gay rights legislation. Devin Kelly
Unable to pass a budget it could pay for, the Alaska Legislature on Monday decided to adjourn. Minutes later, Gov. Bill Walker issued a proclamation calling lawmakers back into special session Tuesday to pass a "fully funded" budget.Pat Forgey
The budget approved by the Alaska Legislature Monday would drain a $1.3 billion account set aside to provide school districts some measure of financial stability.Dermot Cole
The Alaska Senate has voted to accept a budget proposal that, without the support of House Democrats, could leave state government partially funded.Associated Press

Talkeetna fills with more than 100,000 water-drinking, toilet-flushing tourists and climbers every summer, but locals say they're the ones getting stuck with the bill now that the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is proposing major rate hikes to operate and repair the community's aging sewer-water system. 

Zaz Hollander
The state legislative session continued its run into overtime after a vote was delayed on a state spending plan Sunday.Becky Bohrer
Legislative leaders proposed using about $1.1 billion in forward-funding for education for the fiscal year beginning July 1 to help cover this year's deficit. To fund education for next year, the committee proposed $950.5 million in general funds and $157 million from an in-state gas pipeline fund.Becky Bohrer | Associated Press
The mystery of Alaska's Wade Hampton Census Area may be solved, but the controversy is just beginning over the area named for a slave-owning Civil War general who never came to Alaska.Lisa Demer
Like the 600 pages that were released by court order just before the November election, the 4,000-plus pages released Friday shed little light on how allegations of sexual assault and misconduct were handled.Mark Thiessen | Associated Press