Jeff Chen, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
https://youtu.be/bqE1Xk6h7e4 Caring for someone with memory loss can be exhausting both physically and emotionally. The number of people with Alzheimer’s or dementia in Alaska is set to almost double by 2030. Given the growing need,...
Roughly 200 people attended the rush hour reproductive rights rally Tuesday in the wake of the release of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that suggests justices are poised to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Alaska experienced a nearly 70% increase in the number of drug overdose deaths between 2020 and 2021, according to preliminary data from the state health department. That means 245 Alaskans died from an overdose in 2021, including Anchorage resident Bruce Snodgrass. Alaska Public Media’s Jeff Chen brings us a story of his mother who wants to make sure her son is more than a statistic.
We’ve been publishing a “dog of the day” during the Iditarod. Here’s a round-up of who we’ve met so far.
“Nice to be in Eskimo country!” said Iñupiaq musher Ryan Redington. He said his mother was born and raised in Unalakleet, and it’s been nice to visit with the community.
The trail and the non-trail looked exactly the same on the way into McGrath. The only way to tell the difference: When they stepped off the trail, they sank into hip-deep snow.
One musher has regrets. Another is focused on canine appetite. And a third is relieved to have survived the "spiciest" trail.
Hugh Neff said his 54-year-old arms were exhausted by the constant bumping. “I’ve taken a few Tylenols, let’s say,” he said.
For his first-place arrival, Burmeister won a pair of locally-made musher mitts and a musher hat.
Here’s what some of the first Iditarod mushers remember about the early years of the 1,000-mile race
A couple hundred people packed into the basement of Settlers Bay Lodge last week to commemorate the earlier years of the Iditarod.
Finger Lake is about 125 miles into the 1,000-mile race.
As one race fan put it, the Iditarod felt back to "normal-ish."
In Alaska, only 25% of kids aged 5 to 11 have received at least one shot. Nationally, 31% have.
Overcrowding is a perennial problem in rural Alaska, but the Covid-19 pandemic has made living with it harder. Cramped conditions offer little space to work from home, conduct virtual schooling, or quarantine, and put many multigenerational households at increased risk of infection. Tackling the problem isn’t easy, but, as Erin McKinstry reports for Alaska Public Media, federal COVID funds are offering some relief in the Bering Straits Region.
A camouflaged Santa whirled into Buckland on a funny-looking sleigh this year. As part of its annual Operation Santa Claus, the Alaska National Guard delivered 261 presents to the community in northwest Alaska on December 14. Santa says he'll drop off 360 gifts to Chevak after the holidays and once weather conditions allow.
Alaska is working on its next big effort to promote agriculture -- a large-scale land auction in the Interior.
Here's how these Alaskans are confronting intergenerational traumas with different ways of healing.
As Alaska leads the nation in Covid case rates, school districts are struggling to keep staff and students safe with in-person learning. What information do parents and guardians need to help keep their families safe?
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