James Brooks

James Brooks

James Brooks is a longtime Alaska reporter, having previously worked at the Anchorage Daily News, Juneau Empire, Kodiak Mirror and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. A graduate of Virginia Tech, he is married to Caitlyn Ellis, owns a house in Juneau and has a small sled dog named Barley. He can be contacted at [email protected]

Legislative committee boosts budget for Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. investigation

By: - August 10, 2022

A committee of the Alaska Legislature voted unanimously on Wednesday to spend another $50,000 on its investigation into the firing of Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. director Angela Rodell, bringing the investigation’s total budget to $150,000. Sen. Natasha von Imhof, R-Anchorage, the chair of the House-Senate Legislative Budget and Audit Committee, said the money is needed […]

Regardless of party or office, Alaska candidates are targeting trawling

By: - August 10, 2022

Republicans, Democrats and independents seeking a variety of elected offices across Alaska appear united by a desire to restrict deep-sea trawling. In candidate questionnaires submitted to the Alaska Beacon, candidates for statewide and legislative races — regardless of party — say the restrictions are the best way to improve salmon returns on the Yukon and […]

Alaska conservatives launch group to encourage ‘yes’ vote on constitutional convention

By: - August 9, 2022

A group of conservative Alaskans, headed by a leading member of the Alaska Republican Party, has formed a new campaign organization intended to encourage Alaskans to call a constitutional convention and allow sweeping changes in the way Alaska runs its government, sets its budget and regulates the lives of its residents. Jim Minnery, president of […]

Sarah Palin speaks and Mary Peltola listens at a March 12 forum of candidates for the U.S. House seat left vacant by the death of Don Young. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Here’s where Alaska’s U.S. House candidates stand on access to abortion

By: - August 8, 2022

With less than two weeks to go before Alaska’s Aug. 16 election, the three candidates seeking to temporarily replace Congressman Don Young in Alaska’s U.S. House seat have made clear their positions on abortion. In campaign events, conversations with reporters and at public forums, Republicans Sarah Palin and Nick Begich say they support the recent […]

Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. posts negative returns for first time since 2012

By: - August 5, 2022

For the first time in a decade, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., source of more than half of Alaska’s general-purpose state revenue, posted negative investment returns for an entire fiscal year. As of June 30, the last day of the just-ended FY22, the fund reported having earned minus-1.32% over the preceding 12 months. The decline […]

A Q&A with Alaska’s state House candidates ahead of the 2022 primary election

By: - August 3, 2022

In this year’s Alaska legislative elections, 99 candidates are competing for all 40 seats in the state House of Representatives. The elections will decide control of the state House, and with it, prospects for conservative and progressive legislation on all subjects. In the Aug. 16 primary election, each voter will pick one candidate for their […]

A Q&A with Alaska’s state Senate candidates ahead of the 2022 primary election

By: - August 2, 2022

In this year’s Alaska legislative elections, 48 candidates are competing for 19 of 20 seats in the state Senate. Because of redistricting, the state Senate seat covering the North Slope, Northwest Arctic Borough and the Seward Peninsula is the only seat not on this year’s ballot. In the Aug. 16 primary election, each voter will […]

Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, speaks on the floor of the Alaska House of Representatives on Monday, May 2, 2022 at the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau. (James Brooks / Alaska Beacon)

Alaska legislator, member of Oath Keepers, faces lawsuit challenging his eligibility for office

By: - August 2, 2022

A former member of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly is challenging the eligibility of Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, for state office. Randall Kowalke, aided by the civil rights law firm Northern Justice Project, filed suit in Anchorage Superior Court on Friday, saying in a legal complaint that Eastman’s membership in the Oath Keepers militia violates the […]

The U.S. Capitol building.

Q&As with Alaska’s 2022 U.S. Senate candidates

By: - August 1, 2022

Nineteen candidates are running for U.S. Senate in Alaska’s Aug. 16 primary election. On this year’s ballot, primary voters will be asked to pick incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski or one of 18 challengers seeking to replace her. The results will be counted through Aug. 31, and the four candidates who have the most votes will […]

Q&As with Alaska’s 2022 governor candidates

By: - August 1, 2022

Ten candidates are running for governor in Alaska’s Aug. 16 primary election. On this year’s ballot, voters will be asked to pick one of those candidates, each of whom is paired with a lieutenant governor candidate. The results will be counted through Aug. 31, and the four candidates who have the most votes will advance […]

Q&As with Alaska’s 2022 U.S. House candidates

By: - August 1, 2022

Twenty-two candidates are running for Alaska’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the Aug. 16 primary election. Three of those 22 are also in the running to complete the term left unfinished by the death of Congressman Don Young earlier this year. On one side of this year’s primary-election ballot are the […]

After joint legislative effort, Alaska updates definition of consent for sexual assault cases

By: - July 29, 2022

Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed a package of public safety-related bills into law Thursday, including a measure that updates Alaska’s definition of sexual assault. The change had been sought for years by victims’ advocates and allows the state to prosecute someone for sexual assault, even if the victim freezes and doesn’t verbally say “no.” Pre-existing law […]