Government & Politics

Remnants of sea ice float off the beach in Utqiagvik on July 19, 2018. Sea ice loss is one of the most obvious climate change impacts affecting people across international borders. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Climate change impacts in Alaska reach across borders, challenging Indigenous groups

BY: - June 16, 2022

Marine mammals, fish, birds and sea ice know no political boundaries, and nor do the impacts to them of climate change. That leaves the Indigenous people of Alaska and their relatives and neighbors on opposite sides of national borders with some extra challenges when they try to respond to the rapid changes in their environment, […]

Palin, Begich, Gross and Peltola will advance in special U.S. House election

BY: - June 15, 2022

The four finalists for Alaska’s special U.S. House election have been decided. Based on results tallied through Wednesday evening, Republicans Sarah Palin and Nick Begich III, independent candidate Al Gross and Democratic candidate Mary Peltola will be the options for Alaska’s first ranked-choice election on Aug. 16. The winner of that election will fill the […]

Sylvester Byrd Jr. logs into work using his cellphone on June 14, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska. Byrd supports a proposal to increase access to computers in Alaska prisons to help with reentry. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska Department of Corrections wants people in prison to have tablets to aid reentry

BY: - June 15, 2022

In his 26 years of being incarcerated, Sylvester Byrd Jr. never had access to the internet. “I went to prison in 1995, like, right as the internet started.” When he got out in 2021, Byrd said he felt like he had missed “the whole entire thing.” Byrd was lucky to have a “phenomenal support network” […]

Dunleavy names new trustee to Alaska Permanent Fund board

BY: - June 14, 2022

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has named private equity investor and philanthropist Gabrielle Rubenstein to the board in charge of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation. Rubenstein will replace longtime board member Bill Moran as one of four public members of the six-person board, which is the governing body for the corporation that invests Alaska’s $77.8 billion Permanent […]

Alaska DNR commissioner is third cabinet official to quit in two months

BY: - June 14, 2022

Corri Feige, the head of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, will resign June 30, she told Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Monday. The decision was made public Tuesday morning. Feige is the third member of Dunleavy’s cabinet to announce their resignation in the past two months. Education Commissioner Michael Johnson announced his resignation last month, […]

Palin, Begich, Gross and Peltola lead in special U.S. House election

BY: - June 11, 2022

Former Republican Gov. Sarah Palin is leading the early results in Alaska’s special primary election for U.S. House. Palin, who had about 30% of the vote counted by 10:40 p.m. Saturday, was followed by Republican Nick Begich III with 19%, third is independent Al Gross at 12% and Democratic candidate Mary Peltola at 7%. Additional […]

U.S. House candidates await the end of Alaska’s first statewide election by mail

BY: - June 10, 2022

The special primary election to temporarily replace Alaska Congressman Don Young is coming to a quiet end.  As of Thursday, more than 121,000 votes had been received for Alaska’s first-ever statewide election, a turnout on par with the total number of votes in several of recent Alaska’s traditional primary elections. Though voting will continue in […]

A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate is named after Bruce Snodgrass, seen hiking in the Alaska Range in 2015. Snodgrass was 22 when he died in October of 2021 of a fentanyl overdose; Bruce's Law would boost awareness of fentanyl's dangers. (Photo provided by Sandy Snodgrass)

Bruce’s Law, named for Anchorage overdose victim, seeks to increase fentanyl awareness

BY: - June 10, 2022

A bill named for fentanyl-overdose victim Bruce Snodgrass, a 22-year-old from Anchorage, aims to boost awareness about the lethality of the synthetic opioid and how other illicit drugs are often laced with it.

Alaska senator faces civil trial after blocking a constituent on Facebook

BY: - June 9, 2022

An Anchorage Superior Court judge is considering when and if it is legal for a state legislator to ban a constituent from the lawmaker’s legislative Facebook page. On Wednesday afternoon, Judge Thomas Matthews heard oral arguments in a lawsuit brought by an Eagle River woman against Sen. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River. After hearing arguments, Matthews […]

A voter holds a ballot above a postal collection box, May 16, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/Alaska Beacon)

For some Alaskans, it may be too late to vote without extra steps

BY: - June 8, 2022

Election day is Saturday for the special primary that will be the first step in temporarily replacing Congressman Don Young, who died in March. More than 119,000 people have already voted in what will be Alaska’s first statewide election by mail, but given the short time left to vote, Alaskans who haven’t yet mailed their […]

Alaska’s state education commissioner is resigning, effective June 30

BY: - June 8, 2022

Commissioner Michael Johnson, head of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, will resign June 30, he said during a Wednesday meeting of Alaska’s state school board. “Anybody who knows me knows I’ve been pondering this for months and months,” he said, citing the needs of his family, including children entering high school. “It’s […]

Whalebones stand in an arch on the beach at Utqiagvik, Alaska, the nation's fartest-north community. The whalebones and traditional boats, seen here on July 19, 2018, are reprenstatives of Inupiat culture. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

International Indigenous organization publishes protocols for ethical engagement in the Arctic

BY: - June 8, 2022

As more scientists, policymakers, industrial developers and mariners head north into the warming and melting Arctic, the region’s Indigenous people have developed standards for how the visitors should operate respectfully and collaboratively. The Inuit Circumpolar Council, representing Inuit people from Greenland to Chukotka in the Russian Far East, last week released a set of protocols […]