Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO - Juneau


Alaska’s top doctor lays out four ways to reduce COVID-19 exposure

Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said that Alaskans can slow the spread of COVID-19 by minimizing contact with micro-droplets from others in the air.

Protections for Alaskans facing foreclosures, evictions and repossession end on July 1

The protections were put in place as part of the state's coronavirus response plan.

State’s top doctor says bars have been linked to seven outbreaks of COVID-19

Dr Anne Zink reported that there were seven different positive tests in seven different bars over the past weekend.

Alaska’s top doctor urges wearing masks to lawmakers, who ask why the state hasn’t mandated them

Dr Anne Zink acknowledged that there is increasing evidence that masks can help curb the spread of the coronavirus, but she didn't say whether she supported a statewide order that would make wearing face-coverings in public mandatory.

State announces two coronavirus deaths, as active COVID-19 count hits new high

The deaths occurred in early May and were among Juneau residents living out of state.

Alaska records more than 40 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily increase yet

It’s the fourth time in the past month that the state has a new daily high.

Lawsuit seeks to block small business relief, alleging it doesn’t follow approved plan

The lawsuit alleges that changes that Governor Dunleavy made to a relief plan approved by the legislature are unconstitional.

State will mail absentee ballot applications to seniors. Critics say that makes ballot access unequal.

Some lawmakers and advocates have raised concerns that not sending absentee applications to all voters will make it harder for younger and minority voters to send in their ballots. Those demographics tend to vote Democratic.

Anchorage senator to propose bill to make Juneteenth a state holiday

“The events of the past few months and the moment our nation is currently in has shown an urgent need for history to be more thoroughly understood,” said Sen. Elvi Gray-Jackson.

More — but not all — Alaska small businesses to become eligible for grants

Changes loosened the rules, but some businesses still won't qualify for state funding because they received federal funds.

For the first time since 2013, the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend will be less than $1,000

The difference between the $992 and the $1000 that the legislature approved is due to a higher than expected amount being set aside to cover other costs paid for out of the dividend funding.

Thursday update: Alaska has the highest number of active COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started

With 24 new cases reported on Thursday, Alaska has more active cases than it ever has, though hospital and ventilator capacity has also increased.

Dunleavy says he won’t defund police, but thanks protesters for weighing in on injustice

Dunleavy didn’t list specific changes he would advocate, but said he expects ideas to come from conversations between Alaskans.

Alaska Libertarian Party files lawsuit to get on presidential ballot

State law allows parties ballot access if they get 3% of the vote in the most recent statewide general election, but the party contends ballot access should be a constitutional right.

Alaska hospitals fear long-term financial consequences of COVID-19

With health care spending down 60% from May, some hospitals are struggling to survive.

State Supreme Court justices release letter on racial injustice in Alaska

The four justices sitting on the Alaska Supreme Court released a letter on Friday committing themselves to making the court an accessible and impartial forum.

State revises travel mandate, offering testing as alternative to quarantine starting Saturday

The state says that even for travelers who receive a test at the airport, they should take a second test a week to 14 days later.

Dunleavy calls George Floyd’s death “horrific,” thanks Alaskans for peaceful protests

“I’m proud of Alaskans who may not go to the get togethers are still in support of our free speech.”