Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

A for sale sign in front of a white house.

Is Alaska’s pandemic housing market burning out or getting hotter?

It's a seller's market: homes are going fast and at high prices. But experts say they're not seeing the warning signs of a housing bubble.

As summer approaches, Alaska’s tourism industry prepares to welcome independent travelers

State and federal leaders have been trying to find ways to bring large ships back to the state this year. But summer is right around the corner.

McCoy makes history, with appointment to Acting Chief of the Anchorage Police Department

McCoy says his top priority is building and earning trust within the community.
The bow of a white cruise ship

LISTEN: As summer approaches, Alaska leaders are making continued efforts to salvage cruise tourism

Hope for big ships at some point this summer is not lost yet, but the outlook is bleak. Leaders in Alaska and Washington D.C. are attempting to find solutions.

Financial needs linger among Alaskans, a year after the start of the pandemic shocked the state’s economy

Needs have settled down after the early spike, but many Alaskans are still dealing with the financial impacts of the pandemic, which are expected to linger in the months ahead.

LISTEN: Economic Impact Payments are beginning to hit bank accounts. Here’s what you need to know.

The American Rescue Plan, which includes another round of federal relief money for Americans impacted by the pandemic.
A for sale sign in front of a white house.

Alaska’s pandemic housing boom driven by interest rates, tight inventory and shifting attitudes

The housing market’s upswing doesn’t account for thousands of Alaskans who are struggling to make ends meet.

LISTEN: What another summer without cruise ships could mean for Alaska’s economy

Alaska lost 27,000 jobs in 2020. And, while the whole state suffered, regions that depend on tourism were hit especially hard.

To face 2020 head-on, one Anchorage tour company branched out

In the last year, employees at Salmon Berry Tours delivered groceries, plants and Christmas Trees. They also took on a new role in Hatcher Pass.

Three killed in avalanche on Bear Mountain near Chugiak while ascending a technical route

Alaska State Troopers are warning of avalanche danger around Bear Mountain in Chugiak, after three people were reportedly killed in a slide there this week.

Alaska Permanent Fund Corp, with millions of dollars in GameStop shares, eyes stock surge warily

CEO Angela Rodell says the organization recently held slightly over 168,000 shares in GameStop, but that number changes daily.

Anchorage restaurant grants to feed hungry create a ‘win-win-win’

The Restaurant Rescue program, aims to help keep restaurants busy, while feeding residents in need.
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is seen running alongside the Dalton Highway, next to a small mountain.

After a year of dramatic lows, Alaska sees modest climb in oil prices

Right now, West Texas Intermediate, Brent and Alaska North Slope Crude are all selling for over $50 per barrel.
Signs in a window announce covid closures

LISTEN: Alaska jobs expected to slowly return in 2021

Alaska is expected to add jobs in 2021, but at a slow pace.

As COVID-19 canceled live events, Anchorage residents went analog

"They want comics to read or graphic novels or they want to play a role playing game just to get away from the real world for a few hours."
A view of Anchorage's skyline from the sea

LISTEN: Looking back on a year of historic job loss in Alaska

Economists were expecting to see modest job growth in 2020. Instead, the state lost around 27,000 jobs.

Without tourists or in-person markets, 2020 has been hard on Alaska artists

Artists in the state are trying to adapt by moving business online. But some artists say they’re making a fraction of normal sales.