Adelyn Baxter, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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Hospitals are filling up thanks to COVID-19

Alaska hospitals are in crisis. The state is setting new records for COVID case numbers and hospitalizations, overwhelming medical facilities and forcing providers to make difficult decisions about who gets an ICU bed and who has to wait. What needs to happen to bring things back to a manageable level?
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2020 Census: How has Alaska’s population changed in the last decade?

https://youtu.be/jWs1QQLkEzc The results of the 2020 U.S. Census paint a picture of shifting demographics throughout the nation and in Alaska. Alaska Public Media’s Adelyn Baxter breaks down the data. Related: 2020 census data is out. Here’s...
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LISTEN: Labor, supply lines and economic outlook

With no more federal relief coming, what do economists see on the horizon for Alaska’s labor shortage? How much did tourism’s return over the summer make up for the last year of deep loss? Was it enough to help businesses survive the winter? How does the pandemic continue to affect supply lines and commerce?

LISTEN: There will be shrooms

For many Alaskans, fall’s cooler temperatures and wet weather signal the peak of mushroom season. Two regional fungus festivals are happening this month, and whether you're a veteran forager or a budding mycologist, there’s so much to learn about and discover in the woods and your own backyard.

As more cases pop up in classes, Alaska health officials urge vaccines for students 12 and older

Children continue to experience milder symptoms and lower hospitalization from COVID-19. But there are still risks to getting the viru.
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LISTEN: Kids and COVID-19 — what do parents need to know?

Students are back in school amid rising COVID-19 cases and community divisions over how to keep them safe.

LISTEN: Housing concerns persist as another pandemic winter approaches

For Alaskans who experience homelessness, the looming colder weather creates additional stress. What are the plans in Anchorage and across Alaska to ensure that residents without stable housing have help?
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LISTEN: Gov. Dunleavy makes his case for constitutional amendments

As the third special legislative session gets underway to work on stabilizing the state budget, Gov. Dunleavy describes why he believes his proposals are the best way forward.

LISTEN: The challenge of child care

With a new surge in COVID cases, how are child care providers balancing the need for safety with parents’ needs to work? 
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LISTEN: Alaska’s fiscal future

In August, legislators will meet yet again in Juneau to discuss lingering questions about this year’s permanent fund dividends and other budget issues. Will a bipartisan working group find a path forward?

LISTEN: Celebrating Disability Pride in Alaska

It’s been 31 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed, and today accommodations for people with cognitive and physical disabilities are a normal part of life. To mark the anniversary of the ADA, July is Disability Pride month -- a time to celebrate progress and raise awareness.

Disability Pride: Celebrating the 31st anniversary of the ADA

To mark the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, July is Disability Pride month. It's a time to celebrate progress and raise awareness.
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LISTEN: Bridging the political divide

Most people want the same basic things for their families and communities. So how can we better communicate across different political beliefs to help solve the problems that face our nation?
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Educators say school is still falling short for Alaska Native students

Alaska Native educators say there's still work to be done to address the loss of language and traditional knowledge that began generations ago.

LISTEN: The future of Native education

Stories of trauma, lost lives and erased connections to culture from the era of Native boarding schools have rippled out globally in recent weeks. Those forced separations ended long ago, but the effects on...
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LISTEN: Confronting the legacy of boarding schools in Alaska

The recent discovery of the remains of more than 200 Indigenous children at a residential school in Canada has prompted discussion, grief and memories of past trauma here in Alaska, where thousands of Native children were sent to boarding schools in and outside the state.
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LISTEN: Shoring up Alaska’s trail infrastructure

Alaska will see an influx of funding for trails and other outdoor infrastructure this year, and it couldn’t be coming at a better time. How will the proposed Alaska Long Trail between Seward and Fairbanks play into that?

LISTEN: Celebrating Pride Month in Alaska

Amid the parades and parties, June is also a time to acknowledge the sacrifices activists made and the struggles people continue to face. What issues still need to be addressed for Alaskans of all identities to feel safe and equal?
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LISTEN: Salvaging a summer cruise season

After a canceled 2020 season, Cruise ships will return to Alaska later this summer. How will communities balance pandemic safety with the pressing need for economic recovery?

Alaskan farmers get creative with growing food sustainably

https://youtu.be/7fOPc3vhtb0 The definition of farming has expanded over time from soil-only planting and harvesting to include farmers that harvest from the sea. Along the coast, kelp farming is seeing growth as a sustainable industry with...