Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media

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Alaska leaders fly to D.C. to press for Willow project

The ConocoPhillips project is opposed by environmental advocates but supported by Alaska's political and business establishment.
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Juneau update: James Brooks does the math on school funding and Alaska Permanent Fund dividends

The Legislature has had 45 days to get its arms around the problems. Next up: search for solutions, says Alaska Beacon reporter James Brooks.
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Anchorage VA clinic named for pioneering female Army colonel

Mary Louise Rasmuson was head of the Women's Army Corps. She later married Anchorage banker Elmer Rasmuson and moved to Alaska.
Anchorage Fire Department responders with shovels near a collapsed roof.

Anchorage officials say ice accumulation may have contributed to fatal roof collapse

Acting Anchorage Building Official Ross Noffsinger said the weight of the ice overloaded a portion of the roof.
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Murkowski delivers ‘tough love’ address to Alaska Legislature

U.S. Sen. Murkowski urged legislators to have a vision, "think big" and not rely solely on federal money.
Snow, ice and icicles overflow the roof and gutters of a house.

Should you shovel your roof now? Here’s why you might want to.

For most homeowners, the load isn't the problem.
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In homecoming address to state legislators, Peltola praises the ‘Alaska model’ of bipartisanship

Bipartisanship is U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola's motto, and her first address to the Alaska Legislature was on-brand.
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Launch of campaign to repeal ranked choice voting draws a crowd in Anchorage

A few hundred people met at a south Anchorage church Thursday night to kick off a signature drive aiming to get rid of ranked choice voting and go back to the way Alaska used to elect candidates.
An aerial view of one of the exploration pads and wells that ConocoPhillips drilled during the 2018 exploration season at its Willow prospect.

Biden administration can’t have it both ways by shrinking Willow project, Murkowski warns

Alaska’s U.S. senators say half measures won’t suffice as they push for ConocoPhillips’ drilling proposal in the western Arctic.
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Peltola’s hire of former Republican legislator sparks outrage among some Alaska progressives

“I was outraged, I got to tell you," says one devoted Democrat. But former Alaska Sen. Tom Begich says Josh Revak was an ally to Democrats.
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Sen. Sullivan stresses economic promise of Willow drilling project and military spending in annual address to Legislature

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan on Tuesday urged state lawmakers to support the Willow project, ConocoPhillips’ big Arctic drilling proposal.
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When committee devolves to ‘bickering,’ Alaska congresswoman takes her exit

U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola says she’s seen too much inflammatory rhetoric and too little action.
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Federal decisions on Pebble Mine and the Willow drilling project aren’t the final word

Alaska Public Media's Liz Ruskin discusses what's next for the proposed Pebble Mine and the Willow drilling project.

Congresswoman Peltola hires Josh Revak, a Republican former rival, to run her Alaska office

“We may have different party affiliations, but the job is about serving all Alaskans,” Revak said
A map of the Willow development on Alaska's North Slope

BLM proposes allowing ConocoPhillips to drill most of its Arctic Willow project

A final decision is expected in 30 days. The Interior Department still has "substantial concerns."

This is no refuge: Arctic drilling foes have a challenge rallying against Willow project

The ConocoPhillips project hasn't risen to ANWR-level controversy. Opponents say it's harder to fight drilling in a National Petroleum Reserve.
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Feds award $285M for Alaska ferries. But to get it, the state needs to put up money, too.

Gov. Dunleavy has cut state funding for ferries and reduced the fleet. Sen. Murkowski says, "Let's not mess this up."
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Peltola, following in Don Young’s footsteps again, wins seat on House Transportation committee

The panel has jurisdiction over the Coast Guard, air travel and other areas of importance to Alaska.
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Peltola says wrong date on her congressional bio is likely a reporting error she made decades ago

"It's really embarrassing, and I think it's probably my error," says Congresswoman Peltola.
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Signature drive begins to rid Alaska of ranked choice voting

Organizers have a year to collect 27,000 signatures to put ranked choice voting on the 2024 ballot for repeal.