Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
https://youtu.be/_CdxwPKmFy4 In Southeast Alaska, tourism drives the summer economy. In Skagway, it’s critical. But this year, COVID-19 means tourists are mostly non-existent in the town of around...
Gyms are adapting, but some still face financial strain as Alaskans opt out of indoor exercise.
Alaska had just emerged from recession when the pandemic hit. When will the state’s economy be back to pre-COVID levels?
“This is going to be a slow grind to get back to pre-pandemic levels."
A number of major retailers with locations in Alaska will soon require customers to wear face coverings in stores.
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The census is about understanding the country’s population, but it’s also about money. There are billions of federal dollars at stake. Yet, less than half of Alaskans have responded so far, with the lowest self-response rate of any other state in the country.
The requirement goes into effect on Monday, July 20.
Lots of people generate a lot of waste, and in some areas, that trash is being left behind.
Skagway’s economy depends on cruise tourism. With little money coming in, the city is paying millions of dollars to residents
In Skagway, the city is distributing a large portion of its federal CARES Act funding directly to residents. City officials hope this unique action will save the town.
Home prices have remained surprisingly high during the pandemic, which may be a result of fewer people moving out.
Like many other things in the past few months, Alaska Department of Labor Economist Jenna Luhrs says unemployment numbers were unprecedented.
In a press release Friday morning, Johnsen wrote “After deep reflection as to where I am called to lead a university system through these challenging times, it is clear to me and my family that it is in Alaska.”
But, unlike other periods of significant job loss in Alaska’s history, this one may be short lived.
"Farmers are selling everything they can get slaughtered right now," said Schade."
Fish and Game is planning to make an announcement Friday about whether the fishery will reopen as scheduled on Monday.
In downtown Anchorage, the streets are quiet and parking is ample. Can locals keep the businesses afloat?
While the absence of tourism is noticeable in the heart of the city, some business owners see a silver lining.
As Alaska’s economy begins to reopen, Anchorage officials say the city is facing a childcare shortage
Of the 247 childcare facilities in the municipality, only 141 are open right now.
Restaurants may not be reliable buyers this year, as owners grapple with reduced business amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The city closed playgrounds last month as part of broader efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The company announced the change in a statement Friday. The requirement goes into effect May 11.
On Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, businesses hit hard during last summer’s wildfires are facing another season of uncertainty
As business owners look to this season for some sort of normalcy and a chance to recoup financial losses, they’re facing a new challenge: a global pandemic.