Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, December 5, 2023

A police car marked as Anchorage Police.
An Anchorage police vehicle at a crime scene Nov. 24, 2023. Police say an officer fired at a man who pointed a pepper spray gun at him. (Valerie Lake / Alaska Public Media).

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Tuesday on Alaska News Nightly:

Sen. Sullivan heralds the end of a fellow Republican’s block on military officer promotions. Plus, state officials say staffing shortages, computer upgrades and a federal requirement are contributing to a food stamp backlog. And, when Typhoon Merbok hit the community of Newtok last year, it pushed the village to its limits. 

Reports tonight from:

Wesley Early, Rhonda McBride and Tim Rockey in Anchorage

Tim Ellis in Delta Junction

Dan Bross in Fairbanks

Eric Stone in Juneau

Emily Schwing in Newtok

Liz Ruskin in Washington, D.C.

This episode of Alaska News Nightly is hosted by Wesley Early, with audio engineering from Chris Hyde and producing from Tim Rockey.

Tim Rockey is the producer of Alaska News Nightly and covers education for Alaska Public Media. Reach him at or 907-550-8487. Read more about Tim here

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