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's @lruskin on Twitter. She welcomes your news tips at lruskin (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  | About Liz
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First Lady visits Anchorage. Her message: Get vaccinated

"I'm asking all of you, who are listening right now, to choose to get vaccinated," said First Lady Jill Biden.
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Canada announces border to open Aug. 9 for vaccinated Americans

Travel must upload proof of vaccination and show a recent negative COVID test.

Sen. Murkowski and Sec. Granholm announce energy grants for Alaska Native communities

The grants range from $2m to add solar to Noatak's grid, down to small grants to replace furnaces and lights

This lawsuit stands between Alaskans and a new ranked choice election system

Alaskans are set to elect candidates in a new way, leaving political parties with less power. But a legal challenge could derail RCV.

‘Micro units’: Covenant House launches $5M project to build mini apartments

Each 250 square-foot unit is designed for one person, to bridge the gap between shelter and solo apartment.

Alaska Native corporations win tribal CARES Act case. Both sides say it wasn’t just the money.

The Supreme Court ruled Alaska Native Corporations are eligible for $8 billion in tribal CARES Act fund. For tribes, the case was emotional.

Murkowski: Infrastructure deal would benefit Alaska

One line-item in particular could breathe new life into the Alaska Marine Highway System: "$7.5 billion to fund low carbon and electric buses and ferries."
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Dunleavy jabs at Biden to open border so Americans can drive to Alaska

"The Biden Administration MUST do more to open this route through Canada,” the governor recently tweeted.

Haaland orders investigation of suffering and burials at BIA boarding schools

“I come from ancestors who endured the horrors of Indian boarding school," Interior secretary said.

Nice try, pollock: How Alaska’s most prolific fish almost won the state’s ranked choice mock election

The humble pollock was, for a few hours, the frontrunner in the state's mock election. Alaskans smelled a rat.
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Pebble: Appeals Court revives case challenging EPA’s removal of watershed protection

In an opinion released Thursday, the panel said EPA could remove the protection adopted by the Obama administration "only when an 'unacceptable adverse effect' on specified resources was not 'likely.'”

Murkowski pins Haaland down on Arctic Refuge

Sen.Murkowski got tough with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland at a hearing Wednesday.
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Voting rights bill seems doomed in Senate, without Murkowski on board

Lisa Murkowski is the most likely Senate Republican to be on board. She’s not.
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Davidson named as president of Alaska’s largest tribal health organization

Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson is the new president of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, one of the state's largest employers. She previously was working as its acting president.

Pentagon ponders where to build new Ted Stevens Arctic Center. Alaska? Maybe.

The Pentagon is considering three cities for the center, named for the late Sen. Ted Stevens.
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White House moves to re-impose Roadless Rule for Tongass

The Biden administration appears poised to reinstate a rule dating back to the Clinton White House that prohibits new roads in the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska.

‘That’s the law’: Murkowski confronts BLM nominee about ANWR

Sen. Murkowski presses the nominee to head the BLM to agree that she must hold a second lease sale in the Arctic Refuge.
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Canada might loosen border in early July — but no word yet on ending the recreational travel ban to Alaska

The tourism ban is likely to continue past June 21, when the current rules expire.
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Pedro Bay shareholders accept $19M deal that would thwart efforts to mine Pebble deposit

The Alaska Native village corporation is selling conservation easements to save salmon habitat and preclude industrial development.
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Trump accuses Murkowski of killing ANWR; ‘I will be there to campaign against her!’ he vows

Donald Trump says Sen. Murkowski is responsible for the Biden administration's suspension of drilling leases in the Arctic Refuge.