Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media
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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
Man in suit at a microphone. name plate on desk says "Mr. Tommy P. Beaudreau"

Ex-Alaskan to become No. 2 at Department of Interior

Tommy Beaudreau, whose family moved to Alaska for his dad's oil field job in 1979, says he understands Alaska's reliance on energy development despite his difference of opinion with Alaska's senators over development.
Senator Lisa Murkowski speaking at the August 26, 2020, opening ceremony for the Operation Lady Justice Task Force Cold Case Office in Anchorage, Alaska. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)

Murkowski breaks with GOP 12 times to confirm Biden nominees

With votes for Democratic appointees, Sen. Murkowski cements her reputation as a centrist.

Tribes and ANCs present grammar puzzle to Supreme Court, with $530 million at stake

The CARES Act case turns on a definition that specifically includes ANCs as tribes and then seemingly excludes them in the very same sentence.

Young, Murkowski aim to shape Biden’s infrastructure bill

Infrastructure bills are good for Alaska, they say, but they want changes to the Biden proposal.
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Rep. Young breaks with GOP colleagues in supporting Puerto Rico statehood

Among many Republicans, statehood for Puerto Rico is viewed as a threat. Congressman Young has been a champion for decades.
The cruise ship Noordam brought close to 2,000 passengers to Haines on Sept. 20, 2017. It and other ships carried more than 1 million passengers this summer, helping increase the region’s tourism economy. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

Alaska delegation tries multi-pronged effort to save part of cruise season

The congressional delegation sees two impediments keeping cruise ships from coming to Alaska this summer: The CDC and the Canada problem.
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Young, Murkowski have doubts about scope of Biden’s infrastructure proposal

Rep. Don Young, no stranger to big infrastructure bills, was one of the GOP lawmakers invited to discuss Biden's $2 trillion plan.
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Interior Department chooses Native woman for top Alaska advisor

Interior today named Raina Thiele, a veteran of the Obama White House, to be top advisor on Alaska issues

‘Green bank’ for sustainable energy projects finds favor with Dunleavy and Young

Gov. Mike Dunleavy recently introduced a bill to create a state "green bank," which would give finance renewable energy projects in Alaska.
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Dunleavy’s $70m cut to UA could cost the state $130m in federal pandemic funds

The American Rescue Plan has a lot of money for schools. But Alaska may not be able to collect its full share, due to pre-pandemic cuts to the university.
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Biden admin nixes plan to sell National Archives building in Seattle

In a win for Alaska tribes, the Biden Administration has cancelled the sale of a National Archives building in Seattle, citing a lack of tribal consultation.

CARES Act flooded Alaska tribes with cash for pandemic programs. Now they’re bracing for a bigger deluge.

When Bethel's tribe got $13 million in CARES Act money, the chief accountant went to his boss's office: “He had a piece of paper in one hand, and he was clutching his chest in his other.”
a two-lane road and big snow-covered mountains

Canada border remains closed, even to the vaccinated

You're vaccinated. Great. Here's why Canada still isn't going to let you in for non-essential travel.

Dunleavy tells feds Alaska is taking over management of 800,000 miles of river

Gov. Dunleavy says he's exerting the state's right to control submerged lands under navigable lakes and rivers.
soldiers in white uniforms hold a tow rope. They are in bunny boots strapped to skis

Army wants to find snow-loving soldiers as it commits to ‘Arctic dominance’

The Army says it will revive its "atrophied" Arctic skills, in part by recruiting soldiers who want to be in Alaska.

Domestic violence bill passes US House with program to expand tribal powers in 5 Alaska villages

Five Alaska tribes would get gain power to prosecute violent crime in villages if VAWA bill becomes law.
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Wasilla man arrested, charged with participating in U.S. Capitol siege

The FBI says it has arrested Anchorage resident Aaron James Mileur after people in his Facebook circle told authorities he had posted videos and photos of himself inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 siege.

Alaska GOP censures Murkowski for defying Trump and vows to work for her defeat

Sen. Murkowski says the party's ability to stop her re-election is doubtful.

Haaland confirmed to lead Interior; Alaska senators vote yes

Both of Alaska's U.S. Senators joined Democrats in voting to confirm Deb Haaland as Interior secretary Monday.

Sen. Sullivan votes to advance Haaland nomination

The vote was just procedural but it clears the way for a final vote Monday.