Mayowa Aina, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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Many Anchorage teachers say they don’t want to return to classrooms

Overwhelmingly, public testimony during the meeting came from district teachers who expressed concerns about social distancing, cleaning supplies, and class sizes.
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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Pebble CEO Tom Collier resigns amid blowback from secret recordings. And, Anchorage teachers express concern over reopening plans. Plus, an Anchorage bear breaks into the Alaska Zoo and kills an alpaca.
Child wears mask while other children swing on swing set

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Senator Lisa Murkowski says she can't rule out voting on a Supreme Court nominee. And, how is in-person schooling going in the Mat-Su school district? Plus, checking in on winter snow predictions.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, September 21, 2020

Pebble Mine executives were caught on tape saying Alaska's senators aren't an obstacle to the project. And, one of the state's largest glaciers is melting so fast it could create a new body of water. Plus, Alaskans across the state mourn Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
A woman speaks to someone in a wheelchair. On the back of the wheelchair is a sign that reads, "I'll take dangerous freedom over peaceful tyranny!"

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, September 18, 2020

Alaska Senator Murkowski declares her intention to wait until after the election to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died today. And, a Facebook group called "Save Anchorage" has grown into a political force. Plus, Anchorage families react to the school district's in-person learning plan.
A teacher sits at her desk in a classroom full of tables and chairs but no students

Excitement and betrayal: families and teachers react to Anchorage plan to return to classrooms

As families await more details from the district, they’re trying to figure out what this plan means for them.
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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, September 17, 2020

Dr. Anne Zink discusses the past six months of the pandemic and what's to come. And, more than a quarter of Alaska communities haven't claimed their share of the state's federal pandemic aid. Plus, a new trail project puts young Anchorage residents to work.
A line of elementary children line up and walk down the hallway out to recess in the winter

Anchorage School District outlines plans for return to school buildings

The youngest children will return first, in mid-October. Middle school children will return in November and high school students will return in early 2021
A Kanye sign next to two other political signs with a sign for Espresso Expressions in the background

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Teachers in the Mat-Su school district inch toward a strike. And, the U.S. Forest Service attempts a new version of a timber sale that was halted by a federal court. Plus, who in Anchorage is campaigning for a Kanye West presidency?
An empty hallway in an elementary school with a black arrow sticker on the floor pointing in one direction that says "one way"

Palmer High School temporarily closed after single confirmed COVID-19 case

The district will provide an update on the length of the closure Tuesday evening.
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After 18 months of negotiations, Mat-Su teachers move closer to a strike

All members of the Mat-Su teachers union are eligible to vote over the next few days on whether to go on strike. The district will have 72-hours notice before a strike takes place.
Man sits next to sign that reads "Let me see her!!"

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, September 14, 2020

Alaska leaders talk about what they've learned about COVID, six months into the Pandemic. And, a Kodiak man camps outside of Anchorage’s Providence Hospital in hopes of seeing his daughter in the intensive care unit. Plus, the pandemic forces a village in Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to fight a fire on its own.
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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, September 11, 2020

Alaska tribes go to court to exclude Alaska Native Corporations from CARES Act relief funds. And, a rare animal surprises Bristol Bay residents. Plus, an Anchorage woman commemorates 9/11.
A teacher sits at her desk in a classroom full of tables and chairs but no students

When will the Anchorage School District reopen to students? Possibly mid-October, district says

Superintendent Deena Bishop says the decreasing number of covid cases in the city is a good sign for resuming in person learning.
A woman in a classroom smiles and gives two thumbs up to the camera on her laptop

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, September 10, 2020

The woman propositioned by former Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallot, tells her story to the Anchorage Daily News. And, Senator Lisa Murkowski on reports that President Trump downplayed the danger of the pandemic. Plus, the Anchorage School District moves to get kids back into classrooms.
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With ‘baskets of love’ Anchorage woman marks 17th year of 9/11 memorial project

Donna Baker has become a familiar face at fire stations across the city with her annual appreciation effort.
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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

A federal judge blocks a request to require an absentee ballot application be sent to every Alaskan voter. And, the oil industry isn't worried about several lawsuits over drilling in ANWR and the NPR-A. Plus, Juneau struggles to find a place for its cold weather homeless shelter.
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Anchorage School District principals to administrators: ‘We’re fed up.’

Anchorage School District principals expressed frustration and dissatisfaction about the way the school year has started at the ASD School Board meeting Tuesday.
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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

What can we learn about how Alaskans are experiencing unemployment? And, a new podcast with a familiar voice explores climate change solutions in the U.S and beyond. Plus, competitive video gaming grows at University of Alaska Fairbanks.

State health officials prepare for COVID-19 vaccine in coming months, despite ‘unlikely’ timeline

The federal government says states should prepare for a vaccine to be available by the end of October but top advisors say that timeline is 'extremely unlikely.'