Alaska has one of the smallest populations in the US.  With only 735,000 Alaska is the third least populated state. However, the votes being casted today may weigh heavier than imagined.  KDLG’s Thea Card has more.

It may seem backwards but a research group is reporting that the voters in states with the smaller populations actually have the most power.  Spokesperson for WalletHub, the research group that conducted the study, Jill Gonzales says the process was mathematical. 

After six head-to-head debates, incumbent Democrat Mark Begich and Republican challenger Dan Sullivan took a few minutes for solo interviews Friday.

A Run Down of the 2014 Election Ballot Measures

Oct 30, 2014

DILLINGHAM-- Tuesday is Election Day and there are three measures on this year’s ballot.  

Thea Card

Election Day is approaching and with that comes the final surge from politicians to earn your vote.  However, there are others out there that don’t care who you vote for—they just want you to vote.  

You may have seen her huddled up around a small card table with flyers and stickers, inside grocery stores with a friendly smile.  You’re on your way to pick up some eggs you keep forgetting and at the entrance you’re greeted by…

“Hi guys have you voted yet?”

Arctic Circle 2014

This weekend is the Arctic Circle 2014 conference in Iceland.  The annual event was created to increase the Arctic dialogue.  US Senator Lisa Murkowski will be attending with the new Arctic Representative from the US Admiral Robert Papp.  

Fiscal Challenges in Alaska

Oct 17, 2014
Alaska Common Ground

Several prominent economists, business leaders, and former state government leaders gathered in Anchorage earlier this month to discuss Alaska’s fiscal future. Among them was economist Gunnar Knapp who outlined the fiscal challenges facing the State of Alaska. KDLG’s Mike Mason listened in and filed this report.

U.S. Senator Mark Begich is in the midst of a campaign for reelection. The race is being closely watched as it could determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. On Tuesday Senator Begich answered questions on Alaska Public Media’s “Talk of Alaska” program. KDLG’s Mike Mason listened in and filed this report.


Last week the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals struck down same-sex marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho.  Because of that ruling, US District Court Judge Timothy Burgess found that the same-sex marriage ban was a violation of both due process and equal protection under the 14th amendment.  

A vocal critic of the current administration of Alaska Governor Sean Parnell plans to introduce legislation next year to strengthen the Alaska Public Records Act. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Mark Begich Campaign

Deborah Bonito, wife of US Senator Mark Begich, was in Dillingham on Saturday to help with last minute registration for residents.

While Senator Begich runs for another term in office, his wife is not staying idle.  As the pair are on the campaign trail, they are also taking care of their son, Jacob.  To say that Deborah Bonito is busy during campaign season would be a serious understatement.  This summer alone she’s been to Angoon, Sitka, Metlakatla and Klawock.  Bonito says although she’s not running for office, she does have a role to play in the campaign. 

Don Young and Forrest Dunbar Debate in Kodiak

Oct 2, 2014

A large number of fisheries related issues were addressed during Wednesday night’s debate in Kodiak between long-time Congressman Don Young and his challenger Forrest Dunbar. KDLG’s Mike Mason listened in and filed this report.

Alaska Split On Ballot Measure Two

Oct 1, 2014

November will bring the election that decides whether Alaska makes marijuana legal or not.  However, this controversial measure is not going to be as clear cut as some might wish.

There are opposing thoughts on both sides of the aisle, and lots of personal opinions, anecdotes as well as studies with hard facts to back either side up.

Bella Hammond Endorses Senator Begich

Sep 30, 2014

A prominent Alaska Native elder in the Bristol Bay region has come out publicly in support of Senator Mark Begich for another term in Congress. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

The names of the independent candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor in Alaska will remain on the ballot for the November General Election. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Jason Sear

Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell met with representatives from around the state in Kodiak this month to discuss ballot proposal four, which would prohibit mining projects if harmful to wild salmon in fisheries reserves.