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Rhonda McBride

Alaska truly is the Last Frontier of great storytelling. Although I’ve been a reporter in Alaska since 1988, my “to do” list of stories is ever a work in progress.

Stories by Rhonda McBride

  • National

    A visit to Don Young’s office: An Alaska show-and-tell experience

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 21, 7:41

    Congressman Don Young has the largest office of any House member on Capitol Hill, and says he wound up with the extra space after plans for an escalator were scrubbed. So how does Young use that additional room in the Rayburn building? He has 55 animal trophies on the wall, many of them from Africa. […]

  • National

    Mark Begich prepares for transition

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 20, 7:17

    From the scaffolds encrusting the Capitol dome to the politics inside, Congress is definitely going through a period of reconstruction. The Democratic majority in the Senate will soon be history, as will Mark Begich’s time in the Senate. The new Alaska senator, Dan Sullivan, will be sworn in on Tuesday, Jan. 6. He’ll be part […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Chevak carver makes a Byron Mallott doll

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 17, 8:11

    Earl Atchak’s masks and carvings are usually inspired by his life as a hunter and gatherer in Chevak, a village in Southwest Alaska where you can find strips of beluga whale meat hanging on wooden racks or sealskins stretched out to dry. But politics is what prompted Atchak to make an ivory Byron Mallott doll, […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Voter turnout: Alaska ranked third in the nation

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 14, 7:40

    There are lots of stats about Alaska we’d rather not be known for, but here’s one we can be proud of. The New York Times ranked Alaska third in the nation for voter turnout. Maine topped the list with a 59 percent turnout, followed by Wisconsin with almost 57 percent. Alaska’s turnout was a little […]

  • Campaign 2014

    First day of absentee count sees minimal change in Senate, gubernatorial races

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 11, 21:06

    The Alaska Division of Elections hoped to get to 15,000 ballots on the first day of the absentee and questioned ballot count. DOE staffers worked their way through absentee and questioned ballots methodically on Veterans Day — a holiday for most state workers — counting about 15,257 ballots. The DOE’s goal was reached, but the […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Alaska DOE to count absentee and questioned ballots

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 10, 23:43

    It’s been a week since the general election, but with candidates in the races for governor and U.S. Senate not ready to concede, Alaska is still in political limbo. There should be some clarity by the end of Tuesday. The Alaska Division of Elections will begin counting more than 50,000 ballots. The head of the […]

  • State

    Rep. Mike Chenault serves record 4th term as House speaker

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 07, 7:40

    Rep. Mike Chenault is often heard to tell people that he’s not a smart guy — because he never went to college and relies on common sense. Still, no one’s been able to top his record as House speaker, which was set again Thursday night when he was chosen by members of the House Republican […]

  • Local

    Anchorage School District asks lawmakers to inflation-proof funding

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 06, 22:17

    The Anchorage School District invited lawmakers to lunch, prepared by culinary students at the King Career Center, but what it’s after is a bigger slice of the budget pie. The district says it’s staring down another $20 million budget gap, which it blames on a 3 percent inflation rate. If the trend continues, lawmakers were […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Senate majority moves quickly to choose leadership

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 06, 7:11

    The election was barely off the burner, still a cauldron of uncertainty. But members of the state Senate met the next day to firm up their leadership positions for the next session. Sen. Kevin Meyer is the new Senate president.  He’s served in the Legislature for 14 years, most recently as co-chair of the Senate […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Governor’s race a waiting game

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 05, 7:17

    By early Wednesday morning, Bill Walker had a slim lead over Gov. Sean Parnell — a 3,165 vote margin with all precincts reporting. Even so, Walker supporters were ecstatic. They marched through the Egan Center waving signs and chanting: “Make history now. Make history now.” “It feels great,” Walker said. “It feels great to be […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Web extra: Begich, Sullivan weigh in on National Guard scandal

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 03, 22:35

    Sen. Mark Begich says he’s surprised that his Republican challenger, Dan Sullivan, has not discussed the Alaska National Guard scandal in any of the debates or forums they’ve participated in, though Begich says he’s been asked a lot about the controversy on the campaign trail. Begich and his staff became aware of the allegations of […]

  • State

    AFN Day 3: Alaska Federation of Natives endorses Begich, Walker-Mallott

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 25, 21:29

    The Alaska Federation of Natives has only endorsed two political candidates since it formed in 1966. On Saturday, the final day of the 2014 AFN Conference, the list grew by two more. After a prolonged closed-door debate, AFN made endorsements in both the governor and U.S. Senate race. In the end, Sen. Mark Begich came away with […]

  • News

    Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Day 2: Courting the Native vote

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 24, 23:31

    Candidates have traditionally courted the Alaska Native vote at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention. But this election-season ritual has reached a fever pitch this year. Some of that could be due to the formation of the Unity ticket; the merged campaigns of Bill Walker, who was running as an independent candidate for governor, and […]

  • State

    Alaska Federation of Natives Convention: Day 1

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 24, 7:00

    The theme of this year’s Alaska Federation of Natives convention, “Rise as One,” reverberated through its opening day on Thursday, in both big and small ways. AFN organizers say the theme is a call to action. At a noon rally outside the Dena’ina Center in downtown Anchorage, marchers chanted, “Free the four. Free the four.” […]

  • State

    Alaska Federation of Natives convention theme: Rise as One

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 23, 7:12

    Traffic at the airport and Anchorage roads pick up. Restaurants are busy. Hotels are full, a sure sign the state’s largest convention is about to get underway. The warm-up to the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention started Monday with the Elders and Youth Conference. Many of those attendees will also be at AFN. Add thousands […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Public employees union takes Senate candidate Dan Sullivan to task over campaign ad

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 16, 7:51

    Is it a political jab or setting the record straight? In the case of the state’s largest public employees union, it could be both. At a news conference on Wednesday, the Alaska State Employees Association sharply criticized an ad by the Dan Sullivan U.S. Senate campaign. It says the commercial, which touts Sullivan’s work as […]

  • State

    In Nikiski, community weighs in on LNG project

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 14, 23:01

    A recent agreement was reached by three oil companies, a Canadian pipeline company and the state of Alaska to build a liquefied natural gas project. Although it’s far from a done deal, the Kenai Peninsula is gearing up. The project has a price tag of between $45 and $65 billion and would require a treatment […]

  • State

    ExxonMobil lays groundwork for Nikiski LNG plant

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 14, 21:46

    The Alaska Liquified Natural Gas project is more than a pipeline. The project is estimated to cost between $45 and $65 billion and is, in reality, three mega-projects rolled into one: a gas treatment plant on the North Slope, 800 miles of pipeline to Cook Inlet and a liquefaction plant and export facility in Nikiski, […]

  • State

    Survey asks Alaskans about seceding from the US

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 10, 22:11

    While conducting political surveys, researcher Ivan Moore occasionally likes to throw in a wild card — a question or two that voters don’t expect. During a recent poll on a variety of issues, including the Alaska U.S. Senate race and the marijuana ballot measure, Moore asked a sample of 750 adults if they would support […]

  • State

    Shageluk copes alone in early stages of family tragedy

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 09, 7:55

    Update: Troopers have identified the 21-year-old suspect as Everett Semone of Shageluk. He has been arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Semone is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Bethel.  A couple was killed in Shageluk late Tuesday night, and friends and neighbors in the Interior Alaska community say their son is […]