Lex Treinen, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage


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

Shawn Idom provides a hair cut at his barbershop Hair Science on February 22, 2020. Barbershops are among the non-essential businesses ordered to close in Gov. Dunleavy's (Mayowa Aina/Alaska Public Media)

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.

Medical supply donations have kept testing going in Anchorage – but for how much longer?

Donations are keeping testing afloat and helping to bolster emergency supply stocks.

Alaska telecom companies say they’re staying on top of internet demand

GCI’s modeling showed a surge of internet traffic around spring break, when the virus was expected to hit. It did just that, but the company said that so far, the spike isn’t as severe as some feared.

Alaska unemployment claims skyrocket after coronavirus shuts down restaurants

Days after restaurant and bar closures began around Alaska, more workers are looking for state support in the form of unemployment insurance.

Water and power will not be shut off during city emergency, Anchorage mayor says

The Municipality of Anchorage said customers’ water and power will not be shut off for nonpayment for the remainder of the city’s disaster declaration.

Alyeska Resort closes mountain operations, Hilltop closes lodge

A day after saying on social media that it would keep ski runs open, Alyeska Resort announced that it would be closing its mountain operations for the remainder of the winter season.

Musher Brent Sass wins 1,000-mile Yukon Quest

The athletic 40-year-old said he spent most of the last stretch of the race pushing and kicking with all his might.