Kavitha George, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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Kavitha George is the host of Alaska Morning News at Alaska Public Media. She also reports on business, labor and the economy. Reach her at kgeorge@alaskapublic.org.
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The last remaining private bidder in last year’s ANWR lease sale pulls out

Knik Arm Services says it doesn’t want to wait out legal battles over development in the refuge.

Incumbents Murkowski and Dunleavy leading in Alaska primaries

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has a narrow lead over Kelly Tshibaka. Gov. Mike Dunleavy leads his next closest challenger by 20 points.

Sweeney files as official write-in candidate in special US House race

Republican Tara Sweeney finished fifth in the June special primary, just below the cut-off to appear on the special general election ballot.
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3 well-funded conservatives are running for Alaska governor. 1 will likely not survive the primary.

Next week’s primary election is going to pare the list of 10 gubernatorial candidates to four, and it’s unlikely that Wasilla Rep. Christopher Kurka and Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce can both survive.
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Alaska confirms second case of monkeypox

The case count is expected to rise “steadily." However, for the general public, the risk of getting monkeypox remains relatively low.
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Alaska Airlines workers to vote on a new contract that could put them among the highest paid airline workers in the industry

IAMAW represents around 5,300 Alaska Airlines reservations and customer service agents, ramp workers and other employees. About 900 of those workers are spread out across Alaska.
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No cases of monkeypox in Alaska yet, but health officials are readying for the disease’s arrival

“We're expecting our first case any day now,” said Alaska state epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin.
A woman in a pink jacket holds a plastic bag in front of produce shelves at a grocery store.

Alaskans are rethinking their spending habits as record inflation hits the state

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics measured Anchorage and Mat-Su consumer prices up more than 12% from a year ago. It’s one of the highest jumps in the nation.
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What do high oil prices mean for Alaska’s economy? We asked an economist.

After a long period of uncertainty in the industry, oil prices have topped $100 for months.
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Federal infrastructure dollars will fund an Alaska railroad bridge replacement, with more to come

A $3.1 million grant to help fund a railroad bridge replacement is the start of a "once in a generation" opportunity for infrastructure improvements in Alaska.
A man in a blue shirt puts gas in his car.

Alaskans are rethinking their driving habits this summer as gas prices tick higher

Alaskans are paying around two dollars more per gallon than this time last year, and there’s no clear end in sight.
An Alaska Airlines flight comes in for a landing at the Juneau International Airport.

Flying to the Lower 48 this summer? It’ll cost you. A lot.

A round trip ticket from Anchorage to Seattle in July will easily put you out $1,000.
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Amid a housing crisis, a new downtown Anchorage development could be a model for public-private partnerships

Block 96 could serve as a model for other downtown housing developments. With the city’s housing crunch, developers say it’s desperately needed.
A tall snowy mountain, its peak peaking out through the clouds.

Rangers search for solo climber on Denali

Matthias Rimml is the first registered climber to attempt Denali this season, and is alone on the upper part of the mountain, according to the National Park Service.
A man, woman and dog pose in front of mountains in the fall.

It’s getting even harder to find a house in Anchorage. A local economist shares her struggle.

Hannah Hennighausen and her partner have been outbid every time they've put an offer on a house. Most recently the winning bid offered all cash and waived all contingencies, which Hennighausen says is becoming more common.
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Woman hit and killed by train while walking dogs near Bird Point

The railroad says the woman was walking with another woman and four dogs along the tracks, near a curve.
A man sits behind a table covered in ivory earrings for sale.

Artisans returning to Cama-i say it’s a ‘breath of fresh air’

Not having the festival the last few years was tough on vendors, especially as the pandemic made it more difficult to get materials. The return feels like a relief.
A young man dances seated while several dancers stand behind him on a stage.

Chefornak dancers honor loved ones at this year’s Cama-i Dance Festival

The Cama-i Dance Festival returned to Bethel last weekend after two years on hiatus due to the pandemic. For dancers from the village of Chefornak, it was a chance to finally honor loved ones lost over the last few years with neighbors from around the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
A woman in a green jacket and a blue and white shoulder bag knocks at a door

Alaska is the only state to see a decline in median income in 5-year census survey

It was also the only state to see poverty levels stay about the same — all other states saw declines.