Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media

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People are outside installing a water and sewer line.

Feds send $440M for water projects in Alaska villages

“It's 10 times the amount of Indian Health Service funding that we had been historically getting,” said Charissa Williar of ANTHC.
Mountains and ocean from a plane window

Aviation experts say infrastructure gaps contribute to Alaska’s air fatality rate

Despite improvements, Alaska aviation safety still lags the rest of the country.
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APOC staff recommends fines for opponents of Alaska’s ranked choice voting

Investigators say those trying to repeal Alaska's voting system routed a $90,000 political contribution through a church group, among other alleged violations of campaign laws.

Peltola steps into Don Young’s shoes for charity fishing invitational, where motives converge

Supporting the cause is just one reason the well-connected pay thousands of dollars to fish with a Congress member.
A river with jagged granite bluffs

Haaland cancels leases in Alaska’s Arctic Refuge: ‘Climate change is the crisis of our lifetime’

“With today’s action, no one will have rights to drill in one of the most sensitive landscapes on Earth,” said Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.

Peltola, nearing one year in office, touts her support for Willow and other energy projects

As a Democrat running for re-election in an oil-producing state, she’s setting herself apart from the mainstream of her party on energy.
Two men push a giant pumpkin on a forklift.

It’s not a record but Dale Marshall shows why he’s the undisputed giant of Alaska’s pumpkin patch

Dale Marshall of Anchorage rolled up at the Alaska State Fair pumpkin weigh-in with two colossal gourds on a flatbed.
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It’s August. A VIP is here to tell you where your federal infrastructure dollars are going.

The White House infrastructure coordinator is among a string of federal appointees who came to Alaska this month to announce big-dollar projects.
people stand on the dock of a large boat as it approaches a glacier

Annual visitor spending near Alaska’s national parks: $1.2B

Alaska's national parks saw 2 million visitors last year. Their spending is down from the pre-pandemic high of $1.5 billion.
A man in a suit. Behind him, out of focus, is a large ship.

On Alaska visit, Buttigieg touts funding boost to help salmon cross the road

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is surprised to find fish transit is part of his portfolio but says it's beneficial for fishing communities.
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg talks port challenges with Anchorage officials

The port is in the midst of a massive modernization project, projected to cost $1.6 billion, much of it coming from the federal agency Pete Buttigieg leads.
the Willow project

U.N. rapporteurs and Patagonia take Willow opposition to new level

U.N. Human Rights Commission appointees want to file a brief in lawsuit over Arctic drilling project.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to visit Alaska next week

The secretary of Transportation will visit Kotzebue, Anchorage and Juneau next week, his office announced.
a walrus rests its head on a person wearing a green jacket

Baby walrus, rescued from Arctic tundra, receives 24-hour cuddle care at Alaska SeaLife Center

A wayward walrus calf, just one month old, was rescued from the North Slope.
A woman sitting in a coffee shop with a red and blue jacket on.

Peltola is a GOP target. She’s stepped up her campaign fundraising.

“This will be one of the most competitive races in the country," says a National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman.
A large Trump flag waves in front of the U.S. Capitol

Murkowski says evidence shows Trump ‘played a key role’ in Jan. 6 riot

Murkowski says "clear evidence" showed Trump tried to overturn the election, and it's only gotten stronger.
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U.S. Senate passes bill with $168M for JBER runway extension and other military projects

A 5.2% pay raise and provisions to help Alaska Native Corporations win defense contracts are also in the bill.

State asks U.S. Supreme Court to reverse EPA’s veto of Pebble Mine

The EPA “confiscated state property and created a de facto national park," the state argues.
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Why sockeye flourish and chinook fail in Alaska’s changing climate

Scientists say they have clues to help explain this tale of two salmon.

Murkowski says she’d choose Manchin over Biden, and says Trump ‘should be done’

Sens. Joe Manchin and Lisa Murkowski are centrists and allies, particularly on energy issues.