Lex Treinen, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Lex Treinen covers culture, homelessness, politics and corrections for Alaska Public Media. Reach him at ltreinen@alaskapublic.org.

Anchorage Assembly to consider ordinance banning conversion therapy

Opponents argue that the ordinance would curtail family rights and religious freedom.

Seafood processor outbreaks drive coronavirus count to one-day high

Alaska again set a one-day record for new coronavirus cases, with 231 reported on Sunday, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard.  Of those, 158 were in residents of Anchorage, where a seafood processing plant reported...
A worker leaves some class doors

COVID-19 case shuts down Atwood Building in downtown Anchorage

Part of the building was closed down last weekend for cleaning after another positive case.
A school beneath a snow-covered mountain

Mat-Su school district charts its own path to reopening

The district says it intends to open at 'green' status, regardless of the number of cases in the borough.
A front counter with signs about COVID-19

CHARR asks for restaurant mandates, hoping to slow restaurant and bar related COVID spread

A large Alaska hospitality group is asking Gov. Mike Dunleavy to implement binding, statewide mandates on the restaurant and bar industry, instead of its current recommendations, which are voluntary.  In an open letter to Dunleavy,...
People in gloves and smocks take the bones out of fish.

Alaska has another record-high COVID-19 count with dozens of cases among seafood workers

36 new cases were reported among nonresident seafood workers in the West Aleutians Census Area, as well as 26 cases at a Juneau processor.
Providence Medical Center

As data lags, hospitals say surge in COVID-19 patients has already started

Emergency rooms say they've seen an increase in patients with COVID-19 symptoms, but delays in testing and reporting means that the state's numbers could be several days behind.
The Best Western Golden Lion Hotel

Second day of hearings on property purchases for homeless services ends without vote

Opposition to the plan has come largely from the Geneva Woods neighborhood, next to which the city intends to set up a drug and alcohol treatment center.

With pushback from both sides, Wasilla High looks to re-work Native American warrior logo

The logo was redesigned just a few years ago, but the issue has now taken on a political tone.

Valdez becomes latest Alaska community to pass mask mandate

The community has reported just two resident cases but council members expressed concern about limited healthcare capacity in the town of about 4,000.

‘Potent storm’ could bring over an inch of rain to some parts of Southcentral today

Anchorage's hillside and the northern Kenai Peninsula are expected to be the hardest hit.

Hospitality industry criticizes decision to release the names of bars and restaurants with COVID-19 cases

The industry argues that it was unfairly singled out and that the announcement created confusion about where people could have been exposed.

Anti-mask mandate campaign gets taken down by GoFundMe

A crowdsourcing campaign to produce ads challenging mainstream advice about using face coverings was removed from the platform for violating its terms of service.

Siberian fires bring smoke to Southcentral, Eastern Alaska

The wildfires have burned over four million acres of Siberian forests and have reached the highest latitude of any fires recorded.

As it prepares for holiday crowds amid COVID-19 outbreak, Seward council votes for restrictions

The city council voted to limit seating capacity in buildings, require face masks in public buildings, and limit campground space.

COVID Q&A: What are the legal and medical barriers to wearing a mask under Anchorage’s new mandate?

One area of confusion has been how customers need to prove a disability that might prevent them from wearing a mask to a store owner.

Most agree on the story of Captain Cook’s time in Cook Inlet, they differ on how to tell it

During the Cook expedition's short time on shore in Cook Inlet an artist aboard managed to paint a Dena'ina man. Another member of the party shot and killed a dog traded by the Natives.