Lex Treinen, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Lex Treinen covers culture, homelessness, politics and corrections for Alaska Public Media. Reach him at ltreinen@alaskapublic.org.
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Self-employed and out of work? Apply for unemployment anyway, says Department of Labor

The state says that getting denied unemployment insurance is a prerequisite for getting payments for the program that is being set up to help self-employed workers.

Thousands of gallons of oily water recovered from Valdez spill; officials say leak is contained

On Sunday evening, crews reported an oil sheen on the water near the Valdez Marine Terminal’s small boat harbor.

With Cheez-It communion and Zoom, Christians and Jews celebrate holy days in the time of a modern plague

Passover and Holy Week fell on the same time this year, and observers found special resonance in their celebrations during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Sunday update: Alaska reports 15 new coronavirus cases

Three of the cases were reported in the Mat-Su Valley, bringing the statewide total up to 272.

Confused about social services, unemployment or stimulus money? We’ve got you covered.

From food benefits to small business grants, there's a lot of help available. Here's how to get it.

New unemployment benefits are here, but laid-off workers are having trouble getting applications processed

Workers have reported weeks-long delays in getting unemployment insurance claims processed, but state officials say they've been working overtime to process the record number of applications.

Self-employed workers will have to wait at least a month before getting benefits

The state's Department of Labor says it received federal guidance on Sunday about how to administer new unemployment provisions of the CARES Act.

North Slope Borough ‘commandeers’ Ravn’s North Slope assets

The North Slope Borough's Emergency Order states that the move is necessary to continue essential air service to the borough's eight communities after Ravn halted all its operations on Sunday.

Anchorage closes down playgrounds, but says parks and trails will remain open

Anchorage mayor Ethan Berkowitz said that the closure would last "until further notice"

Ravn to end all service, layoff all staff and file for bankruptcy

The decision comes after several other progressive cuts to service around the state.

McLaughlin staff member tests positive for COVID-19 as death count rises

Four Alaskans were also hospitalized, according to the most recent numbers released by the state's Department of Health and Social Services.

‘It’s been not easy’: Three popular Anchorage restaurants announce closures

Snow City, Spenard Roadhouse and South Restaurant all announced they would be ending their take-out service, citing safety concerns related to the coronavirus.

Alaska’s initial unemployment claims smash all-time record

The new numbers double last week's record-setting claims, and reflect a nationwide trend.

Anchorage man who allegedly bought thousands of N95 masks and sold at huge markup faces steep fines

An Alaskan is facing thousands of dollars in fines for alleged price gouging on N95 masks.

Analytics, public health and the gospel: What going online is teaching faith institutions in Alaska

Faith leaders around Alaska say are finding creative ways to balance their role as community creators with important public safety messages.

Third Alaskan dies of COVID-19 as case count rises to 114

The deceased patient was 73 years old and had been admitted to the hospital almost a week ago.

Alaska Airlines Center set to house 150 patients as planners prepare for surge of cases

Anchorage officials say they hope that the former sports center won't need to be used, but that they want to be prepared just in case.

Out of work in Alaska because of the coronavirus? Here’s what you can do now and the help that’s on the way

With unemployment claims skyrocketing around the country, state and federal leaders are scrambling to get bills passed to expand unemployment and other benefits to workers whose jobs have been affected by the crisis.  According to...

Regional air carriers forced to make cuts, but hoping for federal relief

In the face of community travel restrictions and a drop in demand, some regional air carriers in Alaska say they’re being forced to cut service to communities - and to cut positions from their payroll.