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Alaska’s geography poses unique challenge in getting COVID-19 vaccine, treatments to rural areas

Vaccines and a new antibody treatment hold promise in fighting COVID-19. But health-care providers face unique challenges in distributing those medicines across Alaska, with its hundreds of communities that lack road access and hospitals.
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Initiative to overhaul Alaska elections jumps to narrow lead after Thursday’s ballot counts

It’s not certain that the roughly 30,000 remaining uncounted ballots will follow the same trends as the ones counted Thursday. But if they do, the election initiative would win by thousands of votes.
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Alaska Rep. Don Young, 87, says he’s been diagnosed with COVID-19

Congressman Don Young has been diagnosed with coronavirus. At 87, Young is the oldest member of the U.S. House of Representatives and faces an elevated risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
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Trailing legislative Democrats pull ahead in Alaska ballot count; Sullivan, Young keep seats

But the races for president and Congress appear increasingly locked up by the Republican candidates.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy backs Trump after claims of election theft, as other Republicans congratulate Biden

Top Alaska Republicans have split on President Donald Trump’s claims that the election was stolen, with U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and U.S. Rep. Don Young both congratulating Democrat Joe Biden on his apparent victory while Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he’s standing by Trump for now.
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Here’s why Alaska is the slowest in the nation when it comes to vote counting

Questions, confusion and speculation about Alaska’s vote-counting process are erupting this week as state officials wait to count more than 100,000 absentee and other ballots until next week -- long after other U.S. states count the vast majority of their votes.
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Alaska counted less than half of all ballots on Election Night. Now the waiting starts.

Usually on Alaska’s Election Night, the big story is the votes that are counted. But in a year unlike any other, Tuesday’s big story was about the votes that still remained to be counted.
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Mysterious mailer boosts Alaska’s third party U.S. Senate candidate at Sullivan’s expense

John Wayne Howe, a Fairbanks machinist, finished a distant third in last month’s New York Times poll of the race. But it appears that allies of Al Gross, the Democratic Party-endorsed independent, are now trying to boost him among conservative-leaning voters at Sullivan’s expense.
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On masks, Alaska Gov. Dunleavy tells local leaders to use power they say they don’t have

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has resisted imposing a mask mandate and maintains that such decisions are best made by local governments. But municipal officials in pockets of the state where COVID-19 is spreading fastest say they lack the legal power to require mask-wearing.

In tele-rally, Trump calls on Alaska ‘patriots’ to vote Young, Sullivan

In his remarks, Trump called Young and Sullivan “two very special people” and asked “every patriot in Alaska” to get out and vote for them.
A photo of Jack Roderick.

Friends mourn Jack Roderick, who helped build Anchorage government

Roderick packed what seems like three different lives into his 94 years: military service, college football, truck driving, a law practice, the Peace Corps in India, publishing an oil industry newsletter and serving as mayor of the Greater Anchorage Area Borough.

Rematch: This Alaska legislative race could make or break the next House speaker

Lance Pruitt, the East Anchorage Republican, could become the next speaker of the Alaska House when the state Legislature convenes in Juneau next year. But first, Pruitt, the leader of the House GOP minority, has to win re-election.

Federal officials: Emails threatening Alaska voters to “vote for Trump” came from Iran

The Iranian government was behind the barrage of emails Tuesday that threatened Alaska voters in more than a dozen communities to “vote for Trump or else,” the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Emails sent to Alaskans on Tuesday warned them to “vote for Trump or else”

Several Alaskans in communities across the state posted screenshots of the emails early Tuesday, and news reports from Florida indicated that the same messages were sent to some voters there.
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After allegations against manager, Gross campaign says it has ‘gold standard’ harassment policy

We asked each Alaska Congressional campaign how they're handling issues of sexual harassment, and how they’re protecting workers in jobs that are notorious for their long hours, stressful working conditions and loose boundaries between the personal and professional.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy

After 3 aides test positive, Alaska Gov. Dunleavy says he’s negative and will test again

"I'm going in probably tomorrow for another test — I anticipate it's a negative," the governor said in a brief phone interview Thursday morning.

Alaska GOP Gov. Dunleavy says he’ll vote no on oil-tax increase, election overhaul initiatives

Dunleavy said he thinks issues of taxation are better handled by state lawmakers than through the initiative process. And he says the proposed election overhaul is too complicated.
Mayor Ethan Berkowitz at a COVID-19 press conference in Anchorage in March.

With ‘moral authority’ compromised in a pandemic, Anchorage mayor steps away

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz resigned Tuesday, a day after the married mayor acknowledged what he described as a consensual, inappropriate messaging relationship with a television anchor.
Anchorage city officials announce Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s resignation on Oct. 13, 2020.

Anchorage Mayor Berkowitz has resigned

Berkowitz made his announcement at Tuesday evening's Assembly meeting, where members were set to consider a request to extend the mayor's emergency powers to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

After Dunleavy administration loses recall case in court, judge orders payment of $190,000 legal bill

The ruling can be appealed to the Alaska Supreme Court. It comes after Dunleavy's administration, at the advice of former Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, refused to certify the recall campaign's application, saying it did not meet legal requirements.