Lex Treinen, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
A Tuesday vaccine clinic brought 80 vaccines to a Samoan church in Airport Heights, where food and music made for a unique atmosphere.
Alaska is one of five state to have reported cases of the P.1 variant, which likely originated in Brazil.
Hospitalizations have also dropped to their lowest levels since July, with 33 Alaskans being treated with confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Organizers put in place a new rule that required about 50% more rest at checkpoints than usual in hopes of achieving better dog health.
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.
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.
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.
The city's health department said that about 500 residents didn't meet the current eligibility criteria for getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians were about 10 times more likely to die of COVID-19, but 10 times less likely to be vaccinated.
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.
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.
Only one of the deaths reported Wednesday was considered recent.
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.
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.
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 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.
But he said there are currently no specific threats of violence in advance of the inauguration of Joe Biden next week.
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.
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