Kavitha George, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Kavitha George is Alaska Public Media's statewide affairs reporter. Reach her at kgeorge@alaskapublic.org.
the Willow project

Conservation groups sue to block Biden-approved Willow oil project on Alaska’s North Slope

A day after President Biden approved the controversial North Slope oil development, opponents sought to stop it from moving forward.
Supporters wave signs on a bridge on a sunny day. Many are wearing tie dyed shirts and rainbow colors.

Alaska House Democrats introduce legislation to protect LGBTQ Alaskans from discrimination 

On Wednesday, the state’s first-ever out, queer lawmakers sponsored a bill in the Alaska House to enshrine anti-discrimination protections in law. For LGBTQ Alaskans, it’s long overdue.
a woman sits at a desk

Senate bill aims to address state employment crisis with a better retirement system

SB 88 would return public employees to a pension plan that would guarantee set payments upon retirement.
Thousands of walrus crowd a foggy beach near a small hut.

A year after Russia invaded Ukraine, a walrus discovery is caught up in geopolitics

Russian and American scientists have been cut off from collaborating for a year, and Arctic research is suffering.
The Bartlett High School class of 2022 commencement.

Alaska lawmakers work to lower barriers to eligibility for in-state scholarships

The Alaska Performance Scholarship reported its lowest eligibility rate ever last year.
Seen from a hill, a snow-covered landscape almost completely obscured by low, dense fog.

Not everybody’s on board with a Fairbanks utility’s deal to source North Slope natural gas

Interior Gas Utility signed a historic 20-year contract with Hilcorp, but some experts are concerned it wasn’t the best option for Interior residents.
the Alaska State Capitol

Alaska House majority forms to the right of the Senate’s

The House is finally organized and both chambers are diving into their agendas for the session.
a woman in a black dress talks into a microphone

Alaska House elects a speaker, Republican Rep. Cathy Tilton

With Tilton at the helm, the House can make committee assignments and begin other legislative business this session.
Alaska House floor

Days before legislative session starts, Alaska House is again without a coalition

Without being organized, the House can’t move ahead with most legislative business when the session starts on Tuesday
A four story concrete building

Alaska joins more than a dozen states banning TikTok on state devices

Gov. Mike Dunleavy cited security and privacy concerns regarding use of the app.
A man in a hat pushes a snow blower spraying snow.

December was Anchorage’s wettest and second snowiest on record

Climatologist Rick Thoman says climate change is driving this more extreme winter snowfall.
People hold signs in front of a snowy dumpster in a cold, foggy parking lot

Eagle River High School Green Club works to recycle holiday leftovers

Green Club partnered with the city's Solid Waste Services to set up a cardboard dumpster on campus, where the community can bring their flattened boxes and paper to recycle. 

Should I shovel my roof? (And answers to 7 other questions on Anchorage’s snowpocalypse) 

With more than 40 inches of snow in less than two weeks, there’s a lot to dig into.

Respiratory virus cases are filling hospital beds in Alaska

At the same time, the state is seeing a shortage of amoxicillin.
A blonde woman in a blazer smiles at the camera.

Nancy Dahlstrom has spent most of her 20-year political career out of the spotlight. Now she’s second in command.

Dahlstrom said she’s committed to upholding the policies of the election system set in law. Even so, she expressed reservations about the current ranked choice voting system.

Utqiagvik reaches record high 40˚F in December

The lack of winter sea ice is keeping temperatures warm. Climatologist Rick Thoman says it's a "very clear climate change signal."

Alaska certifies November election results

The closest race is House District 15, where Republican incumbent Tom McKay leads Democrat Denny Wells by just seven votes.

‘You will not see a repeat of 2019’: Looking back at Dunleavy’s first term and what’s to come

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is the first Republican governor in Alaska to be reelected in more than 40 years. But observers say his second term won't repeat much of his first.
am an speaks into a microphone

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy is reelected to second term

Gov. Mike Dunleavy won a second term outright, with 50.3% of the vote.