Mayowa Aina, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
Gov. Mike Dunleavy and other state leaders share steps the state is taking to try to reduce the recent surge in coronavirus cases. And, Southeast Alaska subsistence users react to the "Roadless Rule" rollback. And, UA researchers look to sewage for information about the coronavirus.
Anchorage officials issue a public health advisory but no further restrictions, pleading with residents to adhere to safety precautions as coronavirus cases continue to surge. And, calls for lockdowns as the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta sees some of the highest infection rates in the country. Plus, after seven months, Juneau’s residential substance abuse treatment facility will reopen.
The Anchorage School District's tutoring program is targeting children who most need in-person instruction, and testing out its protocols for when more students return to classrooms in November.
Between early voting and absentee ballots - what will Election night in Alaska look like this year? And, state health officials warn of an overwhelmed healthcare system if coronavirus cases continue to surge. Plus, scientists think there was a massive glacial dam release recently in Southeast Alaska.
Senator Murkowski votes "yes" to confirm the president's Supreme Court pick- Amy Coney Barrett. And, trump goes on the stump for Alaska's Republican congressional candidates. Plus, a decision by the state's high court on a legal dispute over Tlingit artifacts.
Some people exposed to COVID-19 are refusing to quarantine or cooperate with contact tracers. And, many Alaskans continue to wait for extended unemployment payments approved two months ago. Plus, a fan of Anchorage takeout takes it upon himself to share the love.
In Anchorage, where coronavirus cases are surging, parents and teachers push back on school reopening. And, Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta officials say the number of COVID tests returning positive is dangerously high. Plus, a film about intentional acts of kindness features a Congolese family's arrival to Alaska.
Alaskans line up to cast their ballots as early in-person voting begins. And, lack of running water is linked to covid-19 outbreaks in some Alaska communities. Plus, a new animated series works to attract a modern audience to Alaska Native stories.
A judge rules the Governor's vetoes of court system funding over abortion rulings were unconstitutional. And, Native youth are concerned that climate change is nearly absent from the AFN convention agenda. Plus, more bears show up in Haines this year looking for food.
The state will relax some restrictions on travel in and out of Alaska starting tonight. And, the bizarre string of events that led to Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz's resignation. Plus, the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention kicked off with a focus on political leadership.
Lawyers argue Alaskans shouldn't need a witness to sign their ballot during a pandemic. And, needy Alaska communities get connected with fishermen unable to sell their fish. Plus, scientists say climate change is leading sea urchins to devour reefs in the Aleutian Islands.
Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan says he's impressed with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. And, an Anchorage homeless woman's photo sparks a conversation about mental health. Plus, thinning sea ice leads to more bowhead whales killed by orcas.
A coronavirus pause on jury trials for six months and counting leaves some Alaskans waiting for their day in court. And, inmates in Juneau say programming has been limited too much during the pandemic. Plus, weak salmon runs this year threaten the dog mushing along the Yukon.
The Trump administration plans to rollback the long-debated Roadless Rule. And, Bethel leaders focus on incentives rather than enforcement-- in getting residents tested for Covid-19. Plus, wildlife officials in Anchorage are looking for a bear that charged some young campers- and then ran.