Mike Dunleavy

For Gov. Dunleavy, COVID-19 evokes century-old family loss to the flu in rural Alaska

Jun 19, 2020

As Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy faced his first set of decisions around the COVID-19 pandemic, a handful of memories swirled in his mind — including a century-old one that was unique to rural Alaska.

Dunleavy grew up in Pennsylvania. But his wife, Rose, is Inupiaq, raised in the Northwest Alaska village of Noorvik, and her mother once told Dunleavy a story that connects to the state’s traumatizing experience in the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.

Group seeking Dunleavy recall isn’t stopping at minimum as it continues to gather signatures

Aug 26, 2019


What do you do when you’ve gathered enough signatures for a recall application?

For the organizers of the campaign to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy, the answer is: Keep going.

While they say the effort passed the minimum under state law, they’re planning to go through early September. Recall Dunleavy campaign chair Meda DeWitt has two words on whether the group considered stopping at the minimum: “No way.”

The board of directors of Cook Inlet Region Incorporated, or CIRI, announced Thursday (Aug. 8, 2019) that they would support the effort to recall Governor Mike Dunleavy.

The Anchorage-based Alaska Native corporation made its announcement in an email message to shareholders and on its website.

Ethan Tyler is the director of corporate affairs for CIRI. He says the Recall Dunleavy campaign outlined four points in their messaging that CIRI supports.

Alaska’s governor announced a 182-line item veto to the state operating budget. Those cuts include more than $2 million for public radio and $600,000 for public television.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy spoke about his cuts to public radio and television during a June 28 news conference in Juneau.

Two tribes and Alaska governor at odds over tribal sovereignty

May 1, 2019

Two tribes say that Gov. Mike Dunleavy and his administration aren’t doing enough to consult with their leaders on big issues facing the state. The previous administration made it state policy to consult with tribal entities on a government-to-government basis, which is standard practice at the federal level. But while Dunleavy acknowledges the policy, he’s unclear about how it would apply.

Zulkosky begins committee work, will lead first tribal affairs special committee

Mar 5, 2019

The legislative session is almost halfway over, and House District 38 Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky is just getting started with her committee work. Along with her committee memberships, she is also overseeing a special committee devoted to tribal affairs that formed for the first time this year.

A proposed budget by Alaska’s governor zeroes out funding for public broadcasting, including more than a half-million dollars to fund public radio in rural parts of the state.

Rural public radio stations stand to lose about $600,000 under Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget.