Nathaniel Herz, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
The special session will now begin August 16 instead of August 2, according to an announcement by Dunleavy’s office this week.
“What I do is my business, and what the individual does is their business,” Bronson said. “I’m not here to tell people to wear masks or get vaccinated. My focus as a government leader is to provide the absolute best information that’s available.”
The last time case counts were this high, Anchorage’s city government had a mask mandate, and Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration required COVID testing for visitors. But even as cases spike again, officials aren't reinstating those measures, citing the vaccine's availability.
Randall has been living in Canada, but grew up in Anchorage. She won the U.S.A.'s first cross country ski gold medal in South Korea in 2018 for the women's team sprint.
Alaska’s rare COVID breakthrough cases are far less worrisome than stalled vaccination rate, experts say
State officials have released a new report of hundreds of cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated people. But those numbers represent a tiny fraction of the 15,000 cases in the similarly-sized unvaccinated population.
Sami Graham's appointment is prompting objections to her confirmation from those who say its leader needs specific experience. Graham’s predecessor in the $120,000-a-year job, Mary Jo Torgeson, had masters degrees in library science and public administration.
Vaccination rates vary widely across the state, meaning that the virus presents different risks in each place. But public health officials are still hitting on some consistent messages statewide — namely, that the shots remain the best weapon against the virus.
Brett Huber, a former top aide to Alaska GOP Gov. Mike Dunleavy, has returned to the governor's office after running last year's campaign against the ballot measure that instituted ranked choice voting and other overhauls to the state's election system.
Officials say that delta’s fast-growing share of the samples analyzed in Alaska tracks with what’s happening across the country, as the substantially more-contagious strain crowds out others.
Anchorage's yearly cyber-insurance premium is set to rise to $200,000, from $50,000 under the expiring policy. The city's broker inquired with 33 different insurance companies and only its existing Bermuda-based insurer was willing to offer a quote.
While Dave Bronson downplayed COVID-19 on the campaign trail, questioned the existence of the pandemic and hasn't been vaccinated, Anchorage’s new health director says the virus is a very serious threat, and that he’s a “firm believer” in vaccines.
Rob McKinney, chief executive of Ravn Alaska, speaks in a now-hidden YouTube video in which he announces the company's aim to launch service to Asia and the Lower 48. (Screenshot)
There doesn’t appear to be any methodical tracking of mosquito populations in the region. But two insect experts said they seem to be worse than usual this year, perhaps thanks to snowmelt.
Mark Breunig now works for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His departure came as the state spent nearly $500,000 to address a cyberattack on the Department of Health and Social Services.
"Pruitt's testimony before the commission was unconvincing and appeared to be self-serving," the watchdogs wrote in a 12-page order this week. "At best, his reporting and attempted compliance with the law was haphazard. At worst, he engaged in deliberate non-reporting."
State officials have revealed few details about the attacks -- particularly the one that targeted the health department. While there are still many unanswered questions, here’s what we know — and what we don’t.
“When there is a dispute between branches of government, we need the courts to step in,” Attorney General Treg Taylor said in a prepared statement.
Up to now, mayor-elect Dave Bronson's transition team was relying on volunteer labor and donated supplies. Members even brought in printers from home.
Email records: Little contact between Alaska Gov. Dunleavy’s former aide and oil company that hired him
Interest groups and some Alaska lawmakers have been scrutinizing Stevens’ move from state service to the private sector, saying the quick transition between them raises questions about whether Stevens is complying with state ethics laws.