Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Wood Bison Spurs Species Debate

Are Wood bison and Plains bison two different subspecies, or are they the same subspecies? That's a question that is raising some questions of it's own, now that a University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher has co-authored a paper that could affect the threatened designation of Alaska's Wood Bison.

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House, Senate Agree on State’s Operating Budget

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau 17 days into the special legislative session – and the House and Senate Wednesday finally agreed on the...

Wetlands Plan Update Causes Concern

Some community members are concerned about proposed changes to the Anchorage Municipal Wetlands Management Plan. They say it weakens protections for vital areas. The plan's update has been in the works for nearly four years.

New Program Will Ease Healthcare Access for Mexican-Americans in Alaska

Ventana means “window” in the Spanish language, and on Monday, a window opened up in Alaska for Mexicans in our state to receive improved health care through a Mexican government program called Ventanilla de Salud.

Young’s Comments Draw Sharp Response

Opponents to Don Young’s bid for another term in Congress are responding to statements the Congressman made last week in which he said the...

Great Land Trust Planning To Buy Top Of Bodenburg Butte

The Great Land Trust plans to buy the top of Bodenburg Butte in Palmer. Download Audio

2018 Primary Election Coverage

Alaska Public Media's coverage of the 2018 Primary Election.

Chugiak Homeowners Fight Monofil Plan

Residents of Chugiak are fighting a plan to fill a natural gully with debris from area building demolition sites . The so-called inert monofil plan must pass muster before Anchorage's planning commission before it is reviewed by the Anchorage Municipal Assembly. A Muni planning commission hearing slated for Monday, Oct. 7 could either stall the project, or move it one step closer to reality

Legislation Allows Pre-2008 Canadian Polar Bear Trophies Into U.S.

The U.S. House passed a bill Wednesday that included a provision allowing some 41 American sport hunters to bring polar bear trophies home from Canada. Download Audio

In Years Prior To Investigation, Chaplains And Parnell Aide Submitted Guard Complaints To Governor’s Top Staff

Parnell's former military affairs advisor says that when she reached out to the about complaints about the Guard, she was directed to involve the leadership the complaints concerned. She was also told that the Administration had already addressed these types of allegations. Download Audio

Public Comment Sought For Cooper Landing Bypass

The state department of transportation released its first draft of a plan to reroute the Sterling Highway around Cooper Landing. Download Audio

Anchorage Legislators consider ways to cut capital costs

Before heading to Juneau, Anchorage Legislators are listening to community input on ways to cut state spending. Download Audio

Murkowski Announces Write-In Campaign

Ending weeks of speculation, Senator Lisa Murkowski announced her plans to run as a write-in candidate after conceding to Republican candidate...

Legislation Introduced To Protect ‘Public Interest Litigants’

Three Democrats in the Alaska Senate introduced legislation Wednesday that seeks to protect the rights of those who sue the state about issues in the public interest. The proposed Pebble Mine is at the heart of the proposed legislation. Download Audio

Activists say ‘keep it in ground’; Jewell calls it simplistic

Hundreds of environmental groups are uniting under a new banner to curtail greenhouse gas emissions. It’s called: “Keep it in the ground.” They’re asking President Obama to stop new petroleum leases on public lands. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell rejected the idea in a meeting with reporters today. Download Audio

Panel Discussion Addresses Effects Of British Columbia Mines

Over the weekend, the Western Mining Action Network held a panel discussion in Anchorage on the development of large scale mines in British Columbia that could impact the Taku, Stikine and Unuk rivers. All are prolific salmon producers for Alaska. Chris Zimmer is the Alaska Rivers without Borders campaign director. He says there are a number of mines proposed for BC and two of the most concerning are the Tulsequah Chief mine and the much larger Kerr Suphurets Mitchell or KSM prospect which is half the size of the Pebble mine proposal and 50 times larger than Tulsequah. Download Audio

AFN Endorses Begich After Hearing From Senate Candidates

Candidate for U.S. Senate Dan Sullivan and incumbent Mark Begich met on-stage at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage Friday. AFN delegates voted Saturday to endorse Begich for re-election. An endorsement of Bill Walker for governor and Byron Mallot for lieutenant governor was also announced.

National podcaster discusses data and Alaska political climate

National political podcast host Jody Avirgan and his wife recently visited Juneau, marking Alaska as the 50th state to which he's traveled. Listen now

Murkowski balks at funding source in highway bill

The deadline for renewing the nation’s highway programs is nine days away. Leaders in the Senate this week negotiated a bill that would fund highways for the next six years. But it would require selling off $9 billion of crude oil that’s stashed in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Download Audio

Walker, Begich supporters eye withdrawal deadline

It’s nearly unprecedented for conservative and Republican candidates to share less of the vote than former Gov. Sean Parnell had four years ago. Listen now