Mayowa Aina, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The Biden administration suspends oil leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And, anyone visiting Alaska now has access to a COVID-19 vaccine. Plus, Kotzebue's elementary school changes its curriculum to connect students to their culture.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, May 31, 2021

An Unalaska soldier killed during World War II finally receives a marker for his grave. And, remembering state legislator and indigenous rights advocate Albert Kookesh. Plus, "Curious Alaska" aims to answer Alaskan's quirkier questions.
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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 28, 2021

Alaska's senators split on whether to establish a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. And, commercial fishermen in Alaska are frustrated by the CDC's mask policies. Plus, Juneau Drag performers host their first in-person, unmasked show in over a year.

How Anchorage high school yearbooks documented a pandemic year

From screenshots of Zoom classes to requesting student selfies, these two yearbook staffs got creative to capture an unusual year.
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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, May 27, 2021

With a new agreement, Alaska’s port towns are a step closer to welcoming back big cruise ships. And, two Anchorage organizations, including a Jewish museum, find swastika stickers on their buildings. Plus, a high school wrestler from Haines wins back to back state championships.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Alaska legislators debate the pros and cons of overspending from the state's Permanent Fund. And, after nearly dying when his boat capsized, a fisherman passes away from cancer just a few months later. Plus, an audit of Anchorage municipal employees' spending finds some … questionable purchases.
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ASD will get $112.5M in federal aid. They want to know how to spend it.

The district must use at least 20% of the money to address learning loss. That leaves nearly $90 million dollars to be spent.
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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Sen. Murkowski says she supports a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. And, kids in Juneau share their reasons for getting vaccinated. Plus, Anchorage residents could have a clear view of the ‘super flower blood moon.’

‘Thankful for everything they’ve done’: Anchorage students turn health workers’ selfies into art

An Anchorage high school art teacher started the project to honor and celebrate essential workers on the frontline of the pandemic.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 14, 2021

The Anchorage School District is apologizing after students were prevented from wearing cultural regalia to their graduations. And, travelers planning trips to Alaska this summer are finding it difficult - and expensive - to rent a car. Plus, band kids in Wrangell play together again for the first time in over a year.

Anchorage School District to reexamine policy after students prevented from wearing cultural regalia at graduation

One student chose not to attend her graduation entirely after her regalia notification was denied. Another student’s sealskin cap was taken moments before joining his peers on graduation day.
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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, May 13, 2021

The U.S. Senate passes a bill that could allow cruise ships to return to Alaska ports this summer. And, a conversation with the former Alaska journalist behind the true crime series "Sasquatch." Plus, an ice jam causes flooding and evacuations in Buckland.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Alaska pediatricians see intense interest as a COVID-19 vaccine is approved for kids as young as 12. And, illegal gambling in Facebook groups catches on across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Plus, Angoon leaders hope a new visitor center funded by COVID relief will grow their tourism industry.
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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Alaska lawmakers take a step toward finalizing the state budget. And, Anchorage developers transform a building with a colorful past. Plus, Skagway locals create an e-commerce website just for Alaska businesses.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, May 10, 2021

The Pfizer vaccine gets the green light for 12-15 years old, and shots could start later this week. And, new CDC rules could allow a short Alaska cruise season but small towns are not popping champagne corks just yet. Plus, what happened to those disappearing Instagram posts about missing and murdered Indigenous people?
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Bartlett High School seniors reach top of their class by leaning on ten years of friendship

A trio of friends will share the honor of addressing their class as salutatorian and co-valedictorians. The friends say their accomplishment has been 10 years in the making.
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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 7, 2021

Congressman Don Young hopes an antique political strategy will help fund infrastructure projects in the state. And, could this summer in Alaska include more organized events? Plus, Alaskans get into this year's Bird Sighting Contest.
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Anchorage elementary teacher selected as 2021 Alaska Teacher of the Year

Kelly Shrein was recognized for her efforts to stay in touch with students including driving by their homes and moving with them to the next grade level.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Economists push back on the idea that enhanced unemployment benefits are to blame for a worker shortage. And, a survey shows some Alaskans don't think COVID-19 is serious. Plus, Denali National Park officials are expecting an influx of visitors this year.