Nathaniel Herz, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage


Ravn says 30 bidders want to buy at least a piece of the company, but next steps are murky

Five of the bidders are interested in buying Ravn intact. There were also nearly a dozen offers to buy “substantial assets” from Ravn -- not the whole business, but more than $1 million. But the next steps in the process are still murky.

A Mat-Su state House race could reshuffle the Alaska Capitol’s balance of power. Here’s why.

The state House race centers on an incumbent, David Eastman, who’s so polarizing that some lawmakers say he played a big role in blocking his own party from forming a majority in his chamber last year.

U.S. Rep. Don Young downplayed COVID-19 as the “beer virus.” Now he and other Republicans are back to in-person campaign events.

Alaska Republicans have been quicker than Democrats and independents to resume in-person campaigning, at events where many attendees and candidates have foregone masks and social distancing. Both national and in-state polling data show Republicans to be far less concerned about COVID-19 than Democrats.

Have questions about police accountability and use of force in Alaska? We’ve got some answers.

What does data show about police shootings and use of force in Alaska, particularly when it’s used on people of color? What do we know about how officers are disciplined for violating those policies? We ask and answer those questions, and others, about Anchorage police and the Alaska State Troopers.

For Gov. Dunleavy, COVID-19 evokes century-old family loss to the flu in rural Alaska

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy grew up in Pennsylvania. But his wife, Rose, is Inupiaq, raised in the Northwest Alaska village of Noorvik, and her mother once told Dunleavy a story that connects to the state’s traumatizing experience in the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.

Alaska’s fishing communities have plans to contain COVID-19. Now they’ll be put to the test.

Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of fish are still available for harvest, and thousands of workers are set to arrive in coastal Alaska communities from Outside, where infection rates are much higher. But seafood companies, fishermen and local leaders say they’ve set up systems to limit the risk that the visitors could spread infection.

Dunleavy will pick from three Anchorage judges, one attorney to fill Alaska’s open Supreme Court seat

The candidates are three Anchorage Superior Court judges -- Dani Crosby, Jennifer Stuart Henderson and Yvonne Lamoureux -- and Dario Borghesan, who works as a chief assistant attorney general for the Alaska Department of Law in Anchorage.

Thousands of summer workers are headed to Alaska from Outside, where the infection rates are higher

“This is a question about levels of risk that Alaska is willing to tolerate,” said Bryan Fisher, the incident commander for Alaska’s pandemic response.

Anchorage Daily News wins Pulitzer Prize for rural justice investigation

The Anchorage Daily News was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday, for "Lawless," the newspaper's collaborative investigation with ProPublica that revealed shocking inequities in law enforcement between Alaska's rural and urban communities.

A $3 million planeload of PPE for Alaska has landed in Anchorage

The plane is filled with orders of surgical masks, gowns, gloves and face shields that came from six different Chinese manufacturing companies, though tighter-fitting N95 masks couldn’t be obtained, said Heidi Hedberg, Alaska’s public health director.

From her home office yurt, Alaska’s chief medical officer navigates ‘uncharted territory’

Dr. Anne Zink started as an emergency room doctor, but was drawn into health policy after seeing the failures of Alaska's medical system while she was on the job. Now she's become a trusted voice as she appeals to residents to follow stringent social distancing guidelines.

More cash aid from the state makes sense, economists say, but it may not be as simple as another PFD

Some lawmakers, led by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, say the dire, once-in-generations nature of the coronavirus pandemic requires drastic measures in response. And a number of of Alaska economists agree -- though they stress that extra spending from the Permanent Fund should done carefully, and that it comes with trade-offs.

Alaska, Interrupted, Episode 3: Goodbye letters

This week on Alaska, Interrupted: Miriam Aarons was taking serious precautions against COVID-19, wiping down grocery deliveries and only handling mail with gloves. When she tested positive nonetheless, she faced some dark moments, drafting goodbye letters to her children -- but she pulled through with help from her father, a retired doctor.

Some conservatives are pushing to reopen Alaska’s economy. But elected officials, doctors and economists urge caution.

There's building pressure to reopen the economy from political conservatives at both the state and national level. But elected officials and experts describe Alaska's low case count as hard-won and tenuous, and they say that resuming economic activity will have to proceed slowly and carefully.

Alaska is exempting some businesses from health mandates. But it’s keeping their plans secret for now.

More than 700 companies want exemptions to a public health mandate from Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy that quarantined employees coming from out of state work from home for two weeks. But the state has so far refused to release companies' plans publicly, even as municipal leaders press for access.

Biden wins Alaska Democratic presidential primary, claiming 8 of 15 delegates

Saturday's Democratic presidential primary in Alaska was the first since Bernie Sanders announced earlier this week that he was dropping out of the presidential race.

Ravn is $90 million in debt and could be forced to shut down for good, court docs say

RavnAir Group may have obtained a $12 million loan that leaves “some hope that there may still be a rescue,” a company attorney says. But without further relief, he added, the loan will merely give Ravn a “brief runway” to prepare for an “orderly liquidation.”

Alaska attorney general says borough’s bid to seize Ravn’s assets is “counterproductive” and “void”

Attorney General Kevin Clarkson says the North Slope Borough's order seizing RavnAir Group's property is “counterproductive” and complicating the company's ongoing bankruptcy proceedings and could jeopardize investment to help establish substitute service and pay money owed to company employees that were laid off.

Meet the team of Alaskans trying to trace and contain every case of COVID-19

To slow the spread of COVID-19 in Alaska, a team of public health workers tries to track down and monitor all the "close contacts" of each patient. They've sought help from a Hmong translator and even used a grocery store receipt to find two customers who could have been exposed while waiting in line.

Will the oil price crash disrupt the BP-Hilcorp deal? Alaska state regulators want to know.

Hilcorp’s finances and its ability to afford the $5.6 billion purchase from BP have become an increasing area of focus for those following the deal amid a historic crash in the price of oil last month.