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Dunleavy told the crowd that his first experience as governor has been watching “what Alaskans are all about — people helping each other” in response to the earthquake.

Kathryn Dodge, just one vote behind Bart LeBon in the race for House District 1, met Wednesday’s deadline to file with the Alaska Supreme Court — thus extending a protracted battle for control of the state House of Representatives.
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage.

Two-term Assembly member Amy Demboski of the Eagle River-Chugiak district resigned from her seat Monday to serve as a deputy chief of staff in the Dunleavy administration. Her seat will be filled with an interim appointment made by sitting Assembly members, then go up for a regular vote in April's municipal elections.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski says disaster funds for Alaska will likely be included early next year in a bill with aid for the victims of the California wildfires. "So Alaska is not alone in this," she said.

Ben Stevens, the former Alaska Senate president once investigated for corruption by federal authorities, has landed a job with Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration. He’ll be a policy advisor, focusing on fishing, legislation and transportation.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has announced Amanda Price, Nancy Dahlstrom and Kevin Clarkson as the newest additions to his cabinet.

The deadline to legally contest the outcome of the pivotal House District 1 election is Wednesday. Republican Bart LeBon leads Democrat Kathryn Dodge by one vote.

Here’s a look inside the Alaska Department of Transportation as it changed hands in the midst of its earthquake response.

When Alaska Congressman Don Young thinks of the 41st president, he remembers a nice guy who could be fierce with a racquet.

Fog prevented Mike Dunleavy from being sworn in as governor in Noorvik. But that didn’t stop the community from celebrating.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has tapped Doug Vincent-Lang to be the acting head of Fish and Game. The announcement came Monday afternoon just hours after Dunleavy was sworn in.

The Alaska Office of Information Technology is going through the process of updating the state website, which means websites you could access last week may not be available now.

Mike Dunleavy won an electoral majority in 6 of 132 precincts with an Alaska Native majority. One was Hoonah, where the Republican’s promise of full Permanent Fund dividends apparently resonated with voters.

Former state lawmaker Bettye Davis has passed away at the age of 80.

More people are expected to attend the inauguration event than live in the community of Noorvik.

The recount in the pivotal House District 1 race has ended, and the new count favors Bart LeBon by one vote. A LeBon victory would mean Republican control of the Alaska House of Representatives.

Unlike other members of the cabinet, the education commissioner is not directly appointed by the governor. Instead, the choice is made by the Alaska Board of Education. The governor confirms the board’s pick.

If Congress grants President Trump $5 billion for border security, it may come at the expense of a top Alaska priority — a polar icebreaker. 

Some contributors asked for refunds after the Mississippi senator seemed to make light of lynching. But Sen. Lisa Murkowski made a maximum campaign contribution.

The Senate majority has identified “passing a responsible budget, on-time,” as its top priority.