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A man with tatooed arms gets a vaccine while giving a shaka symbol

Anchorage Pacific Islander community brings COVID-19 vaccines to church

A Tuesday vaccine clinic brought 80 vaccines to a Samoan church in Airport Heights, where food and music made for a unique atmosphere.
Red billowy objexxt with blue rods latching onto them

Alaska reports first case of rare COVID-19 variant that could evade antibodies

Alaska is one of five state to have reported cases of the P.1 variant, which likely originated in Brazil.
A public health worker in a tent outside Juneau International Airport bags a freshly collected nasal swab for COVID-19 testing.

‘We have many reasons to be optimistic’: Daily COVID-19 cases in Alaska hit 5-month low

Hospitalizations have also dropped to their lowest levels since July, with 33 Alaskans being treated with confirmed COVID-19 cases.
A dog team in snowy low sprice trees

Chatanika musher Dan Kaduce races to win experimental Summit Quest 300

Organizers put in place a new rule that required about 50% more rest at checkpoints than usual in hopes of achieving better dog health.
A woman pets her dogs next to a truck

Rookie mushers ready to break trail on 300-mile Yukon Summit Quest

Despite the smaller footprint of a shortened Yukon Quest race this year, organizers and mushers are optimistic that they can weather this year’s challenges and resume the 1,000-mile race in 2022.
A man holsds a reddish dog in front of a log house

After dog death and ban, Hugh Neff tunes out critics in return to Quest

It’s been three years since longtime musher Hugh Neff last competed in the Yukon Quest, but the 53-year-old said he’s as motivated as ever to race.
a person administers a vaccine to another person

Alaska to broaden COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

Alaskans with underlying health conditions who are as young as 50 will be able to receive the shots, along with teachers, workers congregate settings, such as shelters, and COVID-19 response workers of any age.
A white man gets his nose swabbed by a person in blue latex gloves

With early testing and high ceilings, Sullivan homeless shelter keeps COVID-19 from spreading

While some shelters in other states have become hotbeds for COVID-19 spread, the Sullivan shelter has managed to keep any cases from turning into larger outbreaks.
a person prepares a syringe to deliver a vaccine to another person

Hundreds of Anchorage residents could have COVID-19 vaccine appointments canceled

The city's health department said that about 500 residents didn't meet the current eligibility criteria for getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
A Samoan womann with baloons in the background wearing a mask

Alaska’s Pacific Islanders are being hit hard by COVID-19. But they aren’t getting vaccinated.

Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians were about 10 times more likely to die of COVID-19, but 10 times less likely to be vaccinated.
The entrance of a police building

Funding for Anchorage police body cameras to appear in April municipal election

Funding for police body cameras has been pushed by local civil rights groups who say body and vehicle cameras will lead to greater police accountability.
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The state’s vaccine website is improving. Here’s how to make the most of it.

Alaska has the highest rate of COVID-19 vaccinations in the country, but many Alaskans who qualify for the vaccine still haven’t been able to get one because of trouble navigating the state’s website.
A doctor hols a vaccine syringe

24 Alaskans die of COVID-19 as state’s vaccination rate tops nation

Only one of the deaths reported Wednesday was considered recent.
The Robert B. Atwood building and neighbors in downtown Anchorage.

Several state buildings close due to fears of violence before inauguration

Last week, the FBI warned about the potential for violence before the inauguration of Joe Biden, though police departments in Anchorage and Juneau have said they are not aware of any specific threats.
An alpine ski team posing on a mouontain

Alpine ski team officially rejoins UA Anchorage athletics program

The men's hockey team and the women's gymnastics teams still haven't raised the money needed to continue their programs before a February deadline.
A white woman speaks in front of a blue backgrond

Pitney to serve as interim University of Alaska President until 2022

Pitney, a former budget director for Gov. Bill Walker, took over as the university system’s president in August after the previous president stepped down.
A nurse wearing a face sheild pokes a person

Poll: Nearly half of Alaska Republicans won’t get COVID-19 vaccine

A statewide poll from late November shows that 45% of Alaskans who identify as Republicans said they won’t get the COVID-19 vaccine when they become eligible. That’s compared with just 13% of Democrats.
A white man at a podium next to an american flag

Anchorage police chief says department is being ‘proactive’ about potential violent protests

But he said there are currently no specific threats of violence in advance of the inauguration of Joe Biden next week.
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Dimond Center in Anchorage to close Sunday in response to planned ‘armed protest’

A nationwide rally shared among far-right groups in the last days of Donald Trump's presidency listed the Dimond Center address as the site of the Alaska rally.
Goose Creek Prison. Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

‘I don’t want to die from this’: 40% of incarcerated Alaskans contract COVID-19 despite visitation bans

Advocates, inmates, and families are frustrated about what they see as an inadequate and opaque response from the Department of Corrections.