Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media
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Liz Ruskin is the Washington, D.C., correspondent at Alaska Public Media. Reach her at lruskin@alaskapublic.org. Read more about Liz here.
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Rep. Peltola’s staff turnover is the 2nd highest in the U.S. House

Her chief of staff calls it a reflection of her special election and transition, but political adversaries say it could indicate trouble.

‘We will sink your navy’: Sen. Sullivan advocates more aggressive stance to deter Iran

Sen. Dan Sullivan later said the U.S. should threaten to sink only Iran's spy ships — not the whole navy.

In speech to Alaska Legislature, Murkowski shows she’s outside Trump’s grip on GOP

Murkowski lauded Rep. Peltola, a Democrat, and urged legislators to put Alaska before party. She later endorsed Nikki Haley for president.
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Sullivan votes for Ukraine aid bill, saying the money will boost America’s industrial base

Sullivan says it will fight authoritarian aggression globally and rev up America’s capacity to make weapons, ammunition and war ships.
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Defying Trump’s opposition, Murkowski votes yes on foreign aid-border bill; Sullivan says it falls short

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was among four Republicans to vote to advance the bill, which did not come close to the 60 needed.
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Nikki Haley campaign announces its Alaska team

The team is led by Republican campaign consultant Art Hackney, the statewide co-chair.

Willow opponents try again, this time in a U.S. appeals court, to block ConocoPhillips oil development in Alaska

At the 9th Circuit, opponents of the Arctic drilling endeavor said the government didn't fully consider climate impacts before approving it.
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In this Anchorage Facebook group, they find ‘Olive the Things,’ plus a nicer view of humanity

At 19,000-people strong, the group can help you find everything from a hedgehog to a plumber. Sometimes “Olives” go above and beyond.
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Dahlstrom’s campaign account gets a boost from allies of U.S. House speaker

Dahlstrom raised $200,000 in a little more than six weeks. She announced in November that she’s challenging Democratic Congresswoman Mary Peltola.
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Alaska is back on the Pentagon’s radar, Sullivan says

"We have a very significant military buildup going on in our state," Sen. Dan Sullivan said on Alaska Public Media's "Talk of Alaska."
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Congress averts a shutdown until at least March, and Alaska’s delegation votes for the bipartisan stop-gap

Rep. Mary Peltola says a handful of "wrecking balls" can derail the House, but she hopes Speaker Johnson keeps his job.
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How a Supreme Court case about herring fishermen could upend federal regulation, on land and sea

An Alaska sustainable fisheries advocate calls it an "attempt to dismantle federal agencies and their authority to manage resources."

Supreme Court puts an end to Alaska governor’s lawsuit over union dues. The fight over how he paid for it lives on.

Gov. Dunleavy wanted to make it harder to deduct dues from union members' paychecks. The U.S. justices decline to hear the case.

Alaska Airlines jet that had a cabin wall blowout made 3 recent Alaska-Hawaii flights

The blowout resonates among Alaskans, who fly more than average Americans and rely heavily on Alaska Airlines.
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Anchorage Museum makes admission free for Indigenous Alaskans

“I think it's really a celebration of our place, of who we are," says director Julie Decker. No proof of identity is required.
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Alaska campaign finance watchdog hits ranked choice voting foes with nearly $95K in fines

Art Mathias and affiliated groups violated campaign laws, regulators say. But they dismissed similar complaints in a separate case.

Tribes organize ‘First Indigenous Sovereign Habitat Tribal Conservation District’ from Bering Sea to Interior Alaska

38 tribes would like to co-manage land near their villages, to have their say over federal acreage that's been in land-use limbo since 1971.
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A lawsuit challenging Trump’s eligibility for the Alaska ballot hasn’t advanced

A second state has disqualified Trump from the ballot. A lawsuit challenging Trump's eligibility in Alaska is stuck at step 1.
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Cold-weather pay exists for some Alaska-based military members, but most Air Force personnel aren’t eligible

The Army pays soldiers extra for Alaska duty. Only a few far-flung airmen get hardship pay for their service in the 49th state.
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Whatever happened to ‘Arctic pay’ for the military?

In 2022, Congress authorized cold weather incentive pay for the military. A year later, no one has received the Arctic pay bonus.