Lisa Murkowski and Sarah Palin Survive Primary Battles, but a Democrat Breaks Through

The independent streak of Alaskan voters played a part in both races as Ms. Palin’s attempt at a political comeback could be threatened.

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Lisa Murkowski and Kelly Tshibaka Advance in Alaska’s Senate Contest

Two other candidates, still to be determined, will also move on to the general election in November under a new ranked-choice system.

#alaska, #democratic-party, #elections-senate, #murkowski-lisa, #primaries-and-caucuses, #ranked-choice-voting, #republican-party, #tshibaka-kelly, #united-states-politics-and-government

Sarah Palin Is Ahead in Special Election to Fill House Seat in Alaska

Mary Peltola, a Democrat, and Nick Begich III, a Republican from Alaska’s most prominent Democratic political dynasty, advanced along with the former governor.

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In Alaska, Sarah Palin’s Political Comeback Stirs Debate Among Voters

As Ms. Palin seeks the state’s lone House seat in elections on Tuesday, voters appeared torn on whether she remained committed to them or had abandoned them for national fame.

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Bill J. Allen, Alaska Businessman at the Center of Scandal, Dies at 85

He was one of the state’s most powerful figures, but his extensive corruption schemes brought him down — and took several politicians with him.

#alaska, #allen-bill-j, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #deaths-obituaries, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #stevens-ted, #veco-corp

Can Lisa Murkowski Fend Off Kelly Tshibaka in Alaska?

Supporters of the senator hope that the state’s unique nonpartisan primary system will help her, but allies of Tshibaka, a Trump-backed challenger, see a path to victory.

#alaska, #elections-senate, #internal-sub-only-nl, #murkowski-lisa, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #tshibaka-kelly, #united-states-politics-and-government

How to Protect Bristol Bay’s Salmon for the Long Haul

E.P.A. action, legislation and land conservation together can permanently protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay, the salmon and a way of life.

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Biden Administration Offers an Offshore Drilling Plan. Likely Backers: Very Few.

The five-year plan for America’s coastal waters, required by law, risks angering both the fossil fuel industry and environmentalists.

#air-pollution, #alaska, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #gulf-of-mexico, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #offshore-drilling-and-exploration, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

Sarah Palin Leads Primary Race for Alaska’s Special Election

The top four candidates will advance to an August vote to finish the term of Representative Don Young, who died in March.

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What Trump Doesn’t Understand About Alaska

The state’s unusual politics should help Lisa Murkowski resist the wrath of the MAGA faithful.

#alaska, #elections-senate, #murkowski-lisa, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #tshibaka-kelly, #united-states-politics-and-government

In Alaska, the Race to Succeed Don Young Is Raucous and Crowded

Four dozen candidates, including Sarah Palin and Santa Claus, are facing a complex election schedule to follow the man who represented Alaska for 49 years.

#alaska, #elections-house-of-representatives, #endorsements, #palin-sarah, #primaries-and-caucuses, #ranked-choice-voting, #united-states-politics-and-government, #young-don

Alaska’s Environmental Battles Are Huge. Here’s Why.

Sometimes, the disputes are like the state itself: huge. Here’s why.

#alaska, #carter-jimmy, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #internal-storyline-no, #internal-sub-only-nl, #pebble-mine-bristol-bay-alaska

A Proposed Road in Alaska Threatens Anilca Protections

The legal battle over the gravel route could gut an environmental law that the 39th president called one of his highest achievements.

#alaska, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #izembek-national-wildlife-refuge-and-wilderness, #land-use-policies, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves

A Family Measures Milestones on an Alaskan Cycling Trip

In the shadow of the iconic Denali peak in Alaska, a family bikes over the next rise and into the great unknown.

#alaska, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #children-and-childhood, #denali-national-park-alaska, #parenting, #travel-and-vacations

Biden Administration Cancels Oil Drilling Sales in Alaska and Gulf of Mexico

Republicans link the move to rising gas prices while the administration said it was a result of conflicting legal opinions and a lack of interest among bidders.

#alaska, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #gulf-of-mexico, #natural-gas, #offshore-drilling-and-exploration, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

The Sunday Read: ‘It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives.’

Three friends set out on a sea-kayaking trip through Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, having a good time, when tragedy struck.

#alaska, #audio-neutral-informative, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores

Will Alaskans Welcome Sarah Palin’s Political Comeback?

Charles Homans, a New York Times reporter who lived in Alaska during Palin’s ascent, reflects on the state’s astonishing political transformation.

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Alaska Man Who Threatened to Kill U.S. Senators Gets Nearly 3 Years in Prison

Prosecutors said that Jay Allen Johnson left 17 threatening and expletive-laden voicemails over five months for Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both of Alaska.

#alaska, #jay-allen-johnson, #justice-department, #murkowski-lisa, #sullivan-dan, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #united-states-capitol-police

Donors Pledge $41 Million to Monitor Thawing Arctic Permafrost

The six-year effort by climate scientists and policy experts aims to fill gaps in knowledge about planet-warming emissions and help affected communities in Alaska.

#alaska, #belfer-center-for-science-and-international-affairs, #carbon-dioxide, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #methane, #permafrost, #philanthropy, #scott-mackenzie

Sarah Palin Announces She’s Running for Congress in Alaska

Ms. Palin released a statement on Friday that she was entering the race to replace Representative Don Young, who died last month.

#alaska, #palin-sarah, #republican-party, #young-don

Jackson Vote Poses a Political Dilemma for Murkowski

The Alaska Republican is facing a difficult re-election race in which she is under attack by former President Donald J. Trump and the right. Could a vote for President Biden’s nominee save her?

#alaska, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #collins-susan-m, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #graham-lindsey, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #murkowski-lisa, #primaries-and-caucuses, #senate, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #tshibaka-kelly, #united-states-politics-and-government

Don Young of Alaska, the House Dean, Leaves an Earmark Legacy

The Alaska Republican lay in state on Tuesday in the Capitol, where he was renowned for his virtuosity with earmarking federal money for his state.

#alaska, #alaska-natives, #earmarks-finance, #federal-aid-us, #federal-budget-us, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #trans-alaska-pipeline-system, #united-states-politics-and-government, #young-don

How the US Military is Preparing for an Arctic Future With Eyes on Russia

As climate change opens up the Arctic for transit and exploration, Russia has increasingly militarized the region. The U.S. is preparing a more aggressive presence of its own.

#alaska, #arctic-council, #arctic-regions, #defense-and-military-forces, #ships-and-shipping, #sullivan-daniel-a-1951, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Don Young, Alaska Congressman Who Was Dean of the House, Dies at 88

Mr. Young, who was first elected in 1973, during the Nixon administration, became the longest-serving Republican in House history in 2019.

#alaska, #deaths-obituaries, #house-of-representatives, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #young-don

The Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker Is Armed to the Teeth

The diminutive predator is a terrible swimmer but thrives in the intertidal zone thanks to odd evolutionary adaptation.

#alaska, #armor, #bering-sea, #canada, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #teeth-and-dentistry, #washington-state, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Other Places Should Do What Alaska Did to Its Elections

Reforms on how we vote offer hope in mitigating the forces of extremism in our politics.

#alaska, #democratic-party, #murkowski-lisa, #politics-and-government, #primaries-and-caucuses, #ranked-choice-voting, #republican-party, #senate, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

A Moose Hunting Class Is Teaching Students About Food

A small group of Alaskan middle-schoolers get a hands-on lesson in hunting and processing food from the land.

#alaska, #butchers-and-butchering, #education-k-12, #food, #hunting-and-trapping, #meat, #moose

Fierce Windstorms Batter Alaska as Thousands Lose Power

Tens of thousands of people lost electricity this week, while the wind chill dipped to 35 degrees below zero.

#alaska, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #weather, #wind

Helping to Reveal a Still-Shuttered World

Our weekly photo essay series offered readers a glimpse of distant places and cultures that, for a second straight year, remained largely inaccessible.

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5.9-Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Parts of Alaska

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries after the earthquake, whose epicenter was about 135 miles southwest of Anchorage, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

#alaska, #anchorage-alaska, #earthquakes, #united-states-geological-survey

Climate Change Is Thawing Arctic Alaska

The landscape resembles frozen spinach left out on the kitchen counter too long.

#alaska, #arctic-regions, #carbon-dioxide, #caribou, #gates-of-the-arctic-national-park-alaska, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #rivers, #weather, #wilderness-areas

Doctor Charged With False Report to Summon Helicopter on Denali

Federal prosecutors said the climber called rescuers to say that two other people on the mountain, the tallest in North America, were having a medical emergency. But it was a ruse.

#alaska, #anchorage-daily-news, #helicopters, #mountaineering, #national-park-service, #north-america, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #rescues, #united-states, #utah

Murkowski Announces Re-election Bid, Setting up Clash With Trump

Of the seven Republicans who found former President Donald J. Trump guilty in his second impeachment trial, the Alaska senator is the only one facing re-election this year.

#alaska, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #elections-senate, #mcconnell-mitch, #murkowski-lisa, #scott-richard-l, #trump-donald-j, #tshibaka-kelly, #united-states-politics-and-government

This Is Where the States Want Billions in Infrastructure Funding Spent

The plan finally approved on Friday will address transportation, water, broadband, energy and public safety needs that have been building for years, sometimes decades.

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Indigenous Foods Are Part of the Healing Plan at One Alaskan Hospital

In a state hit hard by Covid, seal soup, caribou stew and other traditional dishes are prepared for patients who are often hundreds of miles from home.

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Alaska Governor orders state agencies to ignore federal vaccine mandates

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy (R-AK) speaks at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 16, 2020.

Enlarge / Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy (R-AK) speaks at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 16, 2020. (credit: Getty | Jim Watson)

Though the state of Alaska currently has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases in the country, Governor Mike Dunleavy is focusing on fighting federal vaccine mandates.

Dunleavy signed an administrative order Tuesday that prohibits all state agencies from participating in or assisting with federal vaccine mandates for employers. The order also tasks the state’s attorney general with reviewing all federal vaccine mandates and looking for ways to challenge them in court.

Last week, Alaska also joined nine other states in filing a lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors. And in an opinion piece published Monday on a far-right political website, Dunleavy vowed that Alaska would also take legal action against an upcoming rule by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration to compel companies with 100 or more employees to require vaccination or regular testing. White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said Wednesday that the rule will be coming in a matter of days.

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#alaska, #covid-19, #infectious-disease, #public-health, #science, #vaccine-mandates

As Earth Warms, Human History Is Melting Away

Climate change is revealing long-frozen artifacts and animals to archaeologists. But the window for study is slender and shrinking.

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10 Republican-led States Sue Over Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

The lawsuit is being led by Missouri’s attorney general, Eric Schmitt, and the attorney general of Nebraska, Doug Peterson.

#alaska, #arkansas, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #iowa, #missouri, #nebraska, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #vaccination-and-immunization

Chuck Bundrant, Pacific Fisheries’ ‘Henry Ford,’ Dies at 79

In 1961 he arrived in Seattle with no job, no skills and $80. Over the next 60 years, he built a seafood empire and transformed the industry.

#alaska, #bundrant-chuck, #deaths-obituaries, #fast-food-industry, #fishing-commercial, #pollock-fish, #seafood, #trident-seafoods

Fat Bear Week Winner: Otis Takes Title for 4th Time

The brown bear was named the winner of the annual contest in which people vote for their favorite chunky bear at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

#alaska, #bears, #fat-bear-week, #hibernation, #katmai-national-park-alaska, #weight

In Alaska’s Covid Crisis, Doctors Must Decide Who Lives and Who Dies

Amid the nation’s worst Covid-19 outbreak, patients are trapped in remote communities and doctors are prioritizing treatment based on who is most likely to survive.

#alaska, #anchorage-alaska, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #providence-alaska-medical-center, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources

Unraveling the Mysteries Hidden in Vast Glacier Caves

A group of scientists and adventure athletes are venturing into icy labyrinths to study their relationships with glacial melting and climate change.

#alaska, #caves-and-caverns, #geography, #geology, #glaciers, #global-warming, #greenland, #ice, #mount-everest, #mountaineering, #nepal, #svalbard-and-jan-mayen-norway

Barred From Flying Over Mask Dispute, Lawmaker Asks to Be Excused From Senate

Lora Reinbold, a Republican state senator from Alaska, was captured on video in April arguing with employees at Juneau International Airport about mask rules.

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Biden Administration Moves to Protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay

The bay, home to a key sockeye salmon fishery, sits atop a massive gold and copper deposit, pitting environmentalists against mining companies.

#alaska, #bristol-bay-alaska, #clean-water-act, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #gold, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #pebble-mine-bristol-bay-alaska, #salmon

Court Blocks a Vast Alaskan Drilling Project, Citing Climate Dangers

The multibillion-dollar ConocoPhillips plan, known as Willow, was approved under the Trump administration and then legally supported by the Biden administration.

#alaska, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-land-management, #conocophillips, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Plane Crash in Alaska Kills 6 People

Five of the six people on the small aircraft had been traveling on a Holland America Line cruise, the company said in a statement.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #alaska, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #federal-aviation-administration, #helicopters, #holland-america-line, #juneau-alaska, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #united-states-coast-guard

Astra targets first commercial orbital launch for August 27

Astra’s last test launch went better than expected, nearly achieving orbit — kind of a stretch goal for that specific mission. The company at the time said that it would only need to tweak software to reach an orbital destination, and now we know when it’s going to get the chance to prove it: Astra revealed a launch window today of August 27 for its first ever commercial orbital launch, a demonstration mission for the U.S. Space Force.

The contract Astra has with the Space Force also includes a second launch, set for sometime later this year, with the exact schedule for that launch yet to be finalized.

The payload that Astra’s rocket will carry for the Space Force will be a test spacecraft flown for the agency’s Space Test Program. The launch will take place from Astra’s spaceport in Kodiak, Alaska, which is where it has flown its test missions previously.

While the launch window officially opens at 1 PM PT on August 27, it will remain open all the way through Saturday, September 11, and Astra could easily shift the launch within that window based on weather conditions and other factors.

Astra, which become a publicly traded company at the start of July through a SPAC merger, builds it own launch vehicles at its factory in Alameda, California. The launch provider is targeting cheap, high-volume, low mass launches as its milieu, offering more flexible services relative to SpaceX, and a cost advantage when compared to Rocket Lab.

#aerospace, #alaska, #astra, #california, #kodiak, #launch-vehicle, #outer-space, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-lab, #space, #spaceflight, #spaceport, #spacex, #tc, #u-s-space-force

A Grizzly Bear Terrorized a Man for Days in Alaska. The Coast Guard Saw His SOS.

Down to his last rounds of ammunition, with bruises and a leg injury, the unidentified man was rescued by a helicopter crew that just happened by.

#alaska, #bears, #helicopters, #pilots, #rescues, #united-states-coast-guard

Infrastructure, Surfside, Giuliani: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

#alaska, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #canada, #florida, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Touring Alaska in an R.V.

For a photographer based in Juneau, two Alaskan roads — the Glenn Highway and the Richardson Highway — formed the backbone of a stunning late-spring road trip.

#alaska, #automobiles, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #mines-and-mining, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #recreational-vehicles, #travel-and-vacations