Lex Treinen, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage


State reports the largest daily spike in nonresident COVID cases, with 18 positives

A dozen of the 18 nonresident cases were reported in seafood industry workers in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, though it's currently unclear whether they were all at one facility.

After pandemic, advocates say Anchorage’s approach to homelessness won’t ever be the same

Simple changes like having service providers outside the shelters and allowing people to leave their belongings over night have made a huge difference in housing rates and in the humanity of treating homelessness.

Anchorage Assembly votes to extend mayor’s emergency powers

Anchorage Assembly Chair Forrest Dunbar speaking while wearing a cloth mask during a meeting on extending the civil emergency declaration in April. (Via public broadcast) The Anchorage Assembly...

Your questions about unemployment insurance, answered

Will I lose eligibility for Unemployment Insurance because of the early PFD payout? What should I do if my claim isn't being processed? Do I have to go back to work if I'm afraid of catching the coronavirus?

Ice seal research postponed as Bering Strait region looks into unusual deaths

Suspension of research means that scientists will have more difficulty understanding why ice seals have been washing up on shore in unusual numbers over the last several years.

City to stop using Ben Boeke as emergency mass shelter

Organizers praised the success of the shelter and pointed to declining usage as a sign that people were being housed.

Disappointment and money worries for hundreds of vendors after Alaska State Fair cancels

Organizers say that by reorganizing the fair as series of smaller events, they'll be able to mitigate the loss if there is a last-minute cancellation.

Alaska lost 42,000 jobs in April

The job losses are staggering, but not surprising, said a state economist.

How are Alaska malls and small businesses affected by COVID-19 shutdowns? | Alaska Insight

As Alaska moves through phases of reopening its economy, retail stores in Anchorage have been open for more than three weeks now....
Entrance to Anchorage's Providence Hospital emergency room. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Anchorage doctors say patients are waiting to seek care over virus fears. Some have died.

Patient visits dropped by as much as 50% in emergency rooms during the height of the coronavirus fears, which doctors fear has caused unnecessary deaths in patients who aren't seeking the care they need in emergencies.

Inmate at Anchorage Correctional Complex tests positive for the coronavirus

It's the second inmate in Alaska to test positive for the contagious disease.

Fifth nonresident seafood worker tests positive for coronavirus in Alaska

The state also announced that an 11th staff member of Juneau's Lemon Creek Correctional Center has tested positive for the virus.

Initial unemployment insurance claims keep dropping, but economists urge caution

While weekly initial unemployment claims keep falling, there's lots of reasons to think that job loss could be much worse than those numbers suggest.

Reopening for Anchorage bars pencils out better than for restaurants. Many are giving it a go.

Most bars in Anchorage say they are planning on reopening during the first week allowed under the municipality's plan.

Two weeks after Alaska’s first inmate tested positive there’s still no clear answer of how virus got in

Inmates and advocates worry that inmates' health isn't being taken seriously, but the Department of Corrections says that the lack of any further positive cases points to the success of its protocols.

Unemployment benefits for non-traditional workers to be paid starting Friday

The Department of Labor says about 15,000 people have applied for the new program.

After weeks without a fatality Alaska reports 10th coronavirus death

The patient, a man who was at least 80, was admitted into the South Peninsula Hospital last week.

The faithful may now gather in person, but many congregations in Anchorage are keeping it virtual

Only a few churches around Anchorage decided to open up their doors to in-person sermons, despite new regulations that allow for such meetings.

At the Dimond Center, the first big Anchorage mall to reopen, stores are ready but customers are few

At Alaska's largest retail space, businesses have opened again, but getting customers through the doors comes with many challenges.

As spill response enters third week, oil continues to make its way into Port Valdez

Responders say that they have recovered over 50,000 gallons of oily water and made progress in containment, but there is still oil making its way into the port.