Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, October 14, 2021

A white polar bear seems to sniff for a scent on the wind as it stands on gravel near a shoreline.
A polar bear on Barter Island, near Kaktovik. (Lisa Hupp/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

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Thursday on Alaska News Nightly:

Alaska’s decline in COVID-19 cases stalls. Also, former Anchorage Assembly members weigh in on the current, fraught mask debate. And the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service begins its next review of polar bears’ status under the Endangered Species Act.

Reports tonight from:

Lex Treinen, Wesley Early and Nat Herz in Anchorage
Sabine Poux in Kenai
Dan Bross in Fairbanks
and Andrew Kitchenman in Juneau

Alaska News Nightly is hosted by Casey Grove, produced by Annie Feidt, with audio engineering by Toben Shelby.

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