Mayowa Aina, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
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.
From screenshots of Zoom classes to requesting student selfies, these two yearbook staffs got creative to capture an unusual year.
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 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.
The district must use at least 20% of the money to address learning loss. That leaves nearly $90 million dollars to be spent.
An Anchorage high school art teacher started the project to honor and celebrate essential workers on the frontline of the pandemic.
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.
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 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.
Parnell, a Republican, served as governor from 2009 to 2014.
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?
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.
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.
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.