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Mary Peltola makes history as Alaska’s first woman and Indigenous representative
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Mary Peltola makes history as Alaska’s first woman and Indigenous representative

Rep. Mary Peltola is still pinching herself after being sworn in as the newest member of Congress on Tuesday evening. "The reality has been sinking in more and more each day," the Alaska Democrat told CBS News after winning a special election this summer to complete the term of the late Republican Congressman Don Young.  Peltola flipped the seat that had been held for Republicans for the first time in nearly five decades after beating 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Nick Begich III, whose uncle and grandfather previously represented the state. She is also the first Alaska Native to serve in Congress and the first female representative elected to the state's sole, at-large district. Donning snow boot...
Alaska’s Unusual House Primary Draws Palin, Santa, 46 Others | Political News
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Alaska’s Unusual House Primary Draws Palin, Santa, 46 Others | Political News

By BECKY BOHRER, Associated PressJUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska voters are facing an election unlike any they’ve seen, with 48 candidates running to succeed the man who had held the state's only U.S. House seat for 49 years.While some of the candidates in this week's special primary have name recognition, including Sarah Palin and Santa Claus — yes, Santa Claus — many are relative unknowns or political novices — a fishing guide, a contractor, a gold miner who went to prison for allegedly threatening federal land managers.The huge number of candidates and the short timeline for holding the election after Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young's death on March 18 has some voters overwhelmed and scrambling to learn more about their options. This will be the first election under a system approved by vot...
Biden administration cancels Alaska oil and gas lease sale
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Biden administration cancels Alaska oil and gas lease sale

The Biden administration has canceled one of the most high-profile oil and gas lease opportunities pending before the Interior Department. The decision, which halts the potential to drill for oil in over 1 million acres in the Cook Inlet in Alaska, comes at a challenging political moment, when gas prices are hitting painful new highs.In a statement shared first with CBS News, the Department of the Interior cited a "lack of industry interest in leasing in the area" for the decision to "not move forward" with the Cook Inlet lease sale. The department also halted two leases under consideration for the Gulf of Mexico region because of "conflicting court rulings that impacted work on these proposed lease sales."The Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has previously c...
Star of ‘The Bear Whisperer’ Accused of Illegal Bear Kill | Entertainment News
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Star of ‘The Bear Whisperer’ Accused of Illegal Bear Kill | Entertainment News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man who stars on a TV show called “The Bear Whisperer” has been accused of illegally killing a black bear in Alaska's Kenai Fjords National Park and lying about where it was killed.The U.S. Attorney's Office filed misdemeanor charges last Friday against Harvey Neil Anthony of Maine and Nature Productions Inc. Anthony goes by the name of Blaine Anthony in the television series he also produces, the Anchorage Daily News reported.An online court records system did not show an attorney listed for Anthony. There was no immediate response to an email seeking comment sent to Nature Productions Inc. on Thursday by The Associated Press. The charging documents said Anthony is the company's sole shareholder.Hunting is prohibited in the park, which is at the edge of the Kena...
Biden administration cancels Alaska oil and gas lease sale
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Biden administration cancels Alaska oil and gas lease sale

The Biden administration has canceled one of the most high-profile oil and gas lease opportunities pending before the Interior Department. The decision, which halts the potential to drill for oil in over 1 million acres in the Cook Inlet in Alaska, comes at a challenging political moment, when gas prices are hitting painful new highs.In a statement shared first with CBS News, the Department of the Interior cited a "lack of industry interest in leasing in the area" for the decision to "not move forward" with the Cook Inlet lease sale. The department also halted two leases under consideration for the Gulf of Mexico region because of "conflicting court rulings that impacted work on these proposed lease sales."Federal law requires the Department of the Interior to stick to a five-year ...