Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media
Liz Ruskin covers Alaska issues in Washington as the network's D.C. correspondent. She was born in Anchorage and is a West High grad. She has degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia. She previously worked at the Homer News, the Anchorage Daily News and the Washington bureau of McClatchy Newspapers. She also freelanced for several years from the U.K. and Japan, in print and radio. Liz has been APRN’s Washington, D.C. correspondent since October 2013. She welcomes your news tips at lruskin (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  | About Liz

Alaska remote diesel generators win exemption from pollution rule

The exemption would allow remote Alaska utilities to emit more particulate pollution than power plants elsewhere.

Seattle council votes to withhold business from oil companies that explore Arctic Refuge

Seattle skyline (Photo by Bryce Edwards via Flickr) The Seattle City Council voted Monday to avoid doing business with any company that that leases land in Arctic National...

US House votes to block drilling in Arctic Refuge; bill unlikely to become law

Two hundred and twenty-five members voted to block oil development in the refuge, while 193 voted against the bill.

Rural Alaska clinics depend on broadband. What happens when it goes out?

In rural Alaska, broadband is vital for health care delivery, but an outage sends clinics back in time.

Playing characters from Anchorage’s past gets complicated when relatives are in the audience

In Anchorage, barely a hundred years old, the dead aren't so long departed, and public performances of "Stories in the Cemetery" often draw relatives of portrayed Alaskans.

Lawsuit claims Cook Inlet exploration would diminish endangered belugas

Two environmental groups are suing the Trump administration for its decision allowing Hilcorp to disturb beluga whales as it explores Cook Inlet for offshore oil and gas.

Alaska AG joins Supreme Court brief saying transgender bias isn’t illegal

Alaska has joined more than a dozen other states asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the rights of a Michigan funeral home that fired an employee...

Dunleavy sends letter encouraging potential Pebble investor

Officially, Gov. Dunleavy is neutral on the Pebble mine. But a letter he wrote to a potential investor in the controversial project calls his neutrality into question.

Will EPA veto Pebble? Boss of agency says it’s not his call

During a recent trip to Alaska, the head of the EPA spoke on several topics, but he said nothing about the hottest topic involving the EPA and Alaska: the proposed Pebble Mine.

Pentagon scraps Fort Greely missile plan

The Pentagon is canceling a project to improve its ground-based missile interceptors, most of which are housed at Fort Greely in the Interior of Alaska.

Alaskan Joe Balash resigns as assistant secretary of Interior

Joe Balash is one of the highest placed Alaskans in the Trump administration.

This August is extremely abnormal, and fire likes it

Usually by August, peak fire season has passed. But fire and climate experts say conditions in Southcentral Alaska were nearly perfect for fire this weekend, from the sky to the dry forest floor.

Enviros say new rules weaken Endangered Species Act. Interior says they enhance it.

The Interior Department announced Monday that it has finalized new rules for carrying out the Endangered Species Act. Sec. David Bernhardt describes the changes as improvements. Environmental groups say the new regulations weaken the Endangered Species Act.

Russian nuclear power plant afloat in Arctic causes anxiety across Bering Strait

Russia has produced the world's first floating nuclear power plant. A barge mounted with nuclear reactors is expected to begin traversing the Arctic this month, bound for the Chukotka Peninsula. Across the Bering Strait, Alaskans are worried about radiation, though one Arctic security expert also sees room for optimism.

New Izembek land swap? New lawsuit, too.

The Wilderness Society and eight other environmental groups have filed a new lawsuit to block a road in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. For nearby King Cove, it's the latest in a long series of legal and political hurdles, dating back decades.

Conduct of Denali Commission staffer draws scrutiny

The Denali Commission is awaiting results of an investigation into the conduct of one of its staff members.

Politico: Science ‘trampled’ as Interior hurries toward ANWR lease sale

The magazine Politico has obtained leaked documents suggesting the Department of Interior has altered the work of at least two agency scientists as it presses to finish the environmental reviews on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Sockeye salmon like these tend to use many different parts of the Bristol Bay watershed during their adolescence, according to a recent study. (CREDIT JASON CHING / UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON)

This time, EPA decision has Pebble mine developers cheering

The EPA has thrown out a proposal launched during the Obama administration that some called a "pre-emptive" veto of the mine. It's a procedural decision that has bad implications for mine opponents.

‘Tired of playing defense’: GOP claims the environment issue. But climate change? Not so much.

President Trump and Republicans in Congress want you to know: Republicans care about the environment, too. That was the message from events this month, at the White House and the U.S. Capitol. But climate change wasn't high on the Republican list.

It’s back: Interior signs new land swap for King Cove road

Alaska Public Media has obtained a copy of the new agreement, signed earlier this month by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and the CEO of King Cove Corporation.