Lex Treinen, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage


Inmate at Goose Creek Correctional tests positive for coronavirus

It is the first inmate of Alaska's correctional system to have a positive test, but only four have been conducted in the Wasilla facility.

Restaurants can open, but doing it safely is complicated, owners say, and many are taking it slow

The risks are high. Logistics are complicated. Rules and best practices are unclear. Safety gear is in short supply. Rushing it, they say, doesn't seem wise.

Alaska is reopening the economy, but Anchorage protesters took to the streets anyway

City and state officials announced they were relaxing regulations on businesses, but hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Anchorage in their vehicles on Wednesday anyway for an event meant push lawmakers to speed up the reopening of the economy.

‘A lot of strange haircuts’: Alaskans are getting shaggy, creative and desperate

Many Alaskans have lowered their standards for their haircuts or gotten creative during the state-mandated closure of hair salons.

Dunleavy outlines steps for cautious reopening of the economy

Governor Mike Dunleavy said Monday that the state will announce later this week dates for opening hair and nail salons, restaurants, and retail businesses with added protocols to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

Clean-up crews run into difficulties in Valdez as spill grows

Over a week after the spill started, responders say that oil is still seeping into the water at a rocky beach near the Valdez Marine Terminal's Small Boat Harbor.

Sunday update: Encouraging numbers as Alaska coronavirus cases creep up

Five new cases were reported on Saturday, the eleventh day of five or fewer cases

North Slope Borough backs out of deal with Ravn, reaffirms right to commandeer assets in emergency

The borough said that negotiations with Ravn were "not fruitful" and that it would rescind itself from an agreement in principle to pay the company $110,000 per month to rent its hangar in Utqiagvik.

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.

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.