Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Sitka Pioneer Home resident Nancy Ricketts meets for coffee with friends in a local cafe. At 94, Ricketts says she carefully budgeted in order to live in the Pioneer Home — including selling her house. She testified that increased financial stress on residents will jeopardize their health, and ultimately cost the state more. “The state will have to pay to keep us here, or throw us out on the street,” she said. “A loss of independence is the most horrible thing I can think of.” (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

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Tuesday on Alaska News Nightly:

State officials prepare for the annual influx of seasonal workers. And, Pioneer Home rates fall after doubling for some residents last year. Plus: historic news clippings show how Alaska experienced the 1918 Spanish Flu.

Reports tonight from:

  • Andrew Kitchenman, Jacob Resneck and Pablo Peña in Juneau
  • Tegan Hanlon and Nat Herz in Anchorage
  • Eric Stone in Ketchikan