Jennifer Pemberton, Alaska's Energy Desk - Juneau

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Another record-breaking day for COVID-19 in Alaska: 745 new infections reported Saturday

Hospitals across the state all expressed concern about the state’s health care system’s ability to handle the skyrocketing number of COVID-19 cases.
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Uncruise says Wilderness Adventurer did not have COVID-19 on board after all

The passenger who tested positive for coronavirus aboard the only cruise ship to sail in Alaska during the pandemic does not have COVID-19, according to the ship’s operator.
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Everyone got tested, but Alaska’s only cruise this year still came back with COVID-19 on board

According to Uncruise CEO Dan Blanchard, all passengers were required to get tested for COVID-19 up to five days before traveling to Alaska and boarding the boat.
The Wilderness Adventurer, an UnCruise small ship, docked in Juneau

First cruise ship to sail during pandemic turned back to Juneau with COVID-19 case

The first and only cruise ship to sail in Southeast Alaska during the pandemic reported a positive case of COVID-19 on board Tuesday.
The Wilderness Adventurer, an Uncruise Adventures boat, tied up in Juneau on July 31, 2020.

The first Alaska cruise of the COVID-19 pandemic is underway

The line that's running the ship is called - ironically - UnCruise.

Residents urged to prepare as glacial dam release prompts flood warning in Juneau

Glacial dam releases — known as a jökulhlaups — have become annual events in Juneau in recent years due to warming temperatures and the retreat of the Mendenhall Glacier. The latest one has prompted a flood warning for the Mendenhall Lake and River.

Alaska sees largest single day spike in COVID-19 cases

According to a press release from the Department of Health and Social Services, the new cases were discovered in eight communities: 12 in Anchorage, four in Wasilla, three in Eagle River, three in Kenai, two in Homer and one each in Soldotna, the Kenai Peninsula Borough and Anchor Point.

In Kaktovik, sea ice loss means a boom in polar bear tourism

That’s when outsiders started showing up in Kaktovik: tourists, who wanted to see polar bears before they went extinct.

The Visitors | The Big Thaw: Ep. 4

As polar bears lose their habitat in the Arctic, they have no choice but to come to shore and try to live part of their lives on land.

Winter rain is compromising baby muskoxen in western Alaska

A new paper shows how warmer ocean temperatures are impacting animals on land in addition to those that depend on sea ice. Listen now

Scientists propose plan to help refreeze melting Arctic

The Arctic could see its first ice-free summer as soon as 2030 as the region continues to warm faster than the rest of the planet. Some scientists think we’ve reached a point of no return, where no amount of reducing carbon emissions will save the Arctic, and a small group of scientists think it’s time for an intervention to help Mother Nature out. Listen now

Seeing the value of the forest in the trees: Chugach enters California’s carbon market

Instead of harvesting their forests for timber, the Chugach Alaska Corporation is selling an innovative new forest product: the carbon stored in the trees. Listen now

The lure of John McPhee’s “Coming into the Country,” 40 years later

“Coming into the Country,” John McPhee’s book about Alaska, was published in 1977, introducing readers across the country to a wild place, less than 20 years into its statehood. The book quickly became a best-seller and is still popular with tourists and Alaska residents alike. Listen now

49 Voices: John Borg of Eagle

This week on 49 Voices, we're doing something a little different. John Borg was the mayor and postmaster of Eagle, Alaska, in 1976 when author John McPhee came through to research for his best-selling book Coming into the Country. For 40 years now, readers come into Eagle every summer asking about the characters they met in the book. John Borg shared his thoughts with Alaska’s Energy Desk about what it’s like to host these literary tourists. Listen now