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Alaska reports far fewer flu cases this season and 2 deaths

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has reported fewer than 100 influenza cases in the state during this flu season, down from close to 400 cases at this time last year.
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Seattle Kraken pro hockey team tries to help Seawolves meet fundraising goal

The future NHL franchise has raised $150,000 for the Seawolves, who are struggling to reach a fundraising goal to keep their program viable.

Anchorage quake Saturday was an aftershock from 2018 temblor

A moderate earthquake centered just 9 miles (14.5 kilometers) northwest of Anchorage shook Alaska’s largest city Saturday.
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Mat-Su Borough applies to host 2024 Arctic Winter Games

Following the decision, the borough said it received a verbal commitment of $2 million from the state to support the bid.
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Alaska hockey, gymnastics seek more time to save programs

The hockey and gymnastics programs at the University of Alaska Anchorage have asked for a fundraising deadline extension to save their programs from elimination.
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Over half of Alaskans 65 and older given vaccine, state says

Alaska public health officials said 58% of residents 65 and older have received a COVID-19 vaccination since distribution efforts began.
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Judge rules against Alaska governor in appointments debate

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy was barred by law from making recess appointments of the same individuals lawmakers had failed to confirm to the posts, a state court judge ruled Thursday.
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Skier injured in bear mauling near Haines released from hospital

Bart Pieciul had surgery on a broken arm and will need a second surgery to remove metal pins implanted by doctors.
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Authorities identify 2 people killed in Wrangell-St. Elias plane crash

Pilot Christopher Maize, 45, of Anchorage and Glennallen and 36-year-old Andrew Broders of Washington state died in the Feb. 4 crash, authorities said.
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Bodies recovered, midair breakup investigated in plane crash

Alaska State Troopers have recovered the bodies of two people who died in the crash of a small plane, which federal investigators said may have broken up in midair.
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Alaska Pioneer Home in Anchorage opens to visitors after long lockdown

Anchorage Pioneer Home welcomed back visitors beginning Wednesday. The largest state-run assisted living facility closed to outsiders in March 2020 to protect its vulnerable residents from the coronavirus.
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No survivors found at site of small plane crash near Chitina

Rescue coordination center personnel responded to the crash site about 13 miles northeast of Chitina.
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Alaska Senate OKs remote voting if needed during pandemic

The Alaska Senate passed a resolution Wednesday intended to allow for remote voting if necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Report: Alaska Attorney General quits after reports of sexual misconduct with 17-year-old

The Anchorage Daily News was preparing an article about allegations that then Attorney General Ed Sniffen had an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old when the Dunleavy administration announced Sniffen's resignation.
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Officials expect no new COVID-19 vaccine eligibility through February

Eligibility criteria for COVID-19 vaccines in Alaska is expected to remain the same through much of February, with a continued focus on vaccinating those 65 and older, a vaccine official said Monday.
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Navy rolls out new strategy for expanding Arctic operations

The U.S. Department of the Navy released details of a new strategy for operations in the Arctic as competition for resources among nations increases in the region.
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Kenai Peninsula one of Alaska’s top areas for virus relief

The amount was second only to the Municipality of Anchorage, where 1,438 businesses received $73 million in state aid.
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Police: Homicides in Anchorage fell nearly in half in 2020

The number of homicides in Alaska’s largest city fell by nearly half in 2020 compared with the previous year, authorities say.
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Anchorage retracts plan to buy hotel for homeless shelter

The city announced the change on Wednesday involving its plan to purchase the Americas Best Value Inn & Suites property because of the “costly repairs and mandatory upgrades” the refurbishment would entail.
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High winds, snow expected in Southcentral storm

Heavy rain, snow and winds up to 90 mph could hit parts of Southcentral Alaska Tuesday and Wednesday