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Watch our election night coverage

Alaska Public Media was live from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on election night.
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It’s Election Day in Alaska. Here’s what to know.

It’s Alaska’s first general election under the state’s new ranked choice voting system. Already, thousands of Alaskans have cast their ballots.
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Scenes from Election Day morning in Anchorage

At rush-hour this morning in Anchorage, candidates and their supporters gathered at street corners for last-minute sign waving.
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This Alaska-born bird flew 8,500 miles to Tasmania, and we’re still not totally sure how it did it

Before it was internationally famous, B6 was just another godwit chick in Alaska, where wildlife biologist Dan Ruthrauff with the U.S. Geological Survey found it.
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Got a business idea? Pitch it to Soldotna’s own ‘Shark Tank’

Like the TV show, Spark Soldotna has local entrepreneurs pitch their best business ideas to a slate of local judges, or “sharks.”
Halloween revelers

Ghouls and graphs: Soldotna house tallies 779 trick-or-treaters

Even with a heads-up from the neighbors, Nick Berlon and Nikki Stein got more trick-or-treaters last year than they were expecting — 731. This year, they were ready.
electronic bingo machines

Slot machines are illegal in Alaska. So how is Klawock’s casino in business?

In Klawock, the local tribe is now running more than 20 machines that look an awful lot like the kind of slots you might find on the floor of a Las Vegas casino.
Closest to the camera is a woman in a red blazer, in the middle is a woman in a green suit and furthest from the camera a woman in a black suit. All three stand behind podiums while listening to a question during a political debate.

Alaska U.S. Senate candidates show clear contrast on abortion rights, Supreme Court nominations and gun rights

Incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski, Republican Kelly Tshibaka and Democrat Pat Chesbro appeared together for Debate for the State.
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Watch: Debate for the State with Alaska’s U.S. Senate candidates

In attendance: incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Kelly Tshibaka, both Republicans, and Democrat Pat Chesbro.
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Watch: Debate for the State with Alaska’s U.S. House candidates

Debate for the State 2022 is a collaboration between Alaska Public Media, Alaska’s News Source and KTOO.
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U.S. House candidates talk fish, energy and bipartisanship in televised debate

Candidates for Alaska’s lone U.S. House seat sparred over fish, energy and partisan politics at Wednesday’s Debate for the State.
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Bingo night is back at Juneau’s Filipino Community Hall, and as popular as ever

Regular bingo nights have started up again at the Filipino Community Hall in downtown Juneau after a two-year hiatus. On a recent Thursday evening, the bingo hall was buzzing.
wood stacked outside to look like a face with a beard

In Kenai Peninsula wood-stacking contest, you’re supposed to bribe the judge

People who live in Cooper Landing and Moose Pass take a little extra care when they stockpile their firewood for the winter — because they know they’re going to be judged.

‘Lift your spirit’: Alaska Native dancers dazzle at first Quyana performance at AFN in 3 years

Anticipation was high for the return to Quyana, after two AFN conventions in a row were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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‘Programmed to eat’: Northern pike mauls husky at North Pole gravel pit

A North Pole woman is keeping her dogs away from a neighborhood gravel pit after a northern pike attacked and injured one of them last month.
Alaska Native female veterans

In a first for AFN, opening ceremonies recognize Indigenous women who have served in the military

After the colors were presented Thursday at the Dena'ina Center, five Indigenous women were met with a standing ovation as they exited the hall.
Republican Charlie Pierce, Democrat Les Gara, independent Bill Walker and Republican incumbent Mike Dunleavy

At debate Dunleavy says Alaska is better off now, while opponents paint dire picture

For only the second time time this election season, all four candidates running to be the governor of Alaska participated in a debate Wednesday night.
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Anchorage School District administrators recommend closing 6 elementary schools

Closing all six schools could save the district between $3.5 and 4 million, or around 5% of the district's expected budget deficit.
two renamed Chugach peaks

‘Yuyanq’ Ch’ex’: Chugach peaks get new Dena’ina names

North and South Yuyanq’ Ch’ex peaks, as they’ll be known from here on out, tower 5,000 feet above Turnagain Arm and are popular spots for Southcentral hikers.

Bering Sea king and snow crab seasons canceled amid population declines

For the first time ever, the Bering Sea snow crab fishery will not open for the upcoming season. The Bristol Bay red king crab fishery will also be closed for a second year in a row.