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Hear how Alaskans are coping with coronavirus on our new podcast, Alaska Interrupted

In Alaska Interrupted, we hope to share the stories of regular people and offer listeners a measure of solidarity during a tough, lonely time.

Resident of 90-bed Fairbanks center for seniors and rehab tests positive for COVID-19

Foundation Health Partners, which operates the 90-bed Denali Center, said it believes the resident caught the disease from a staff member who also tested positive. After learning of the resident's positive test Friday and consulting with state epidemiologists, the center tested every resident and staff member for COVID-19.

Coronavirus fears fuel assault on Bering Sea fishing boat, federal prosecutors charge

Maurice Young was a housekeeper and galley assistant on the 235-foot SeaFreeze America. A day before the assault, the victim -- a processor on the ship -- criticized Young “for serving food without gloves,” prosecutors said in a court filing.

Anchorage officials: We need your COVID-19 protective gear, including homemade masks, ‘immediately’

Anchorage officials are again asking people, businesses and medical providers to donate protective equipment "immediately," including homemade masks. Despite community donations so far, Anchorage continues to face a shortage of personal protective equipment, the city says.

Alaska health officials still want you to go outside. Just keep your distance and no snot rockets.

“I don’t think there should be any risk, as long as people are adhering to the social distancing,” said Dr. Joe McLaughlin, the state epidemiologist. "It’s really important that people stay healthy and stay fit."

State proposes $100 million loan guarantee program as hundreds of Alaska businesses seek approval for out-of-state workers

Some 600 business entities have filed plans with the state outlining how they'll safely bring out-of-state workers into Alaska to support "critical infrastructure" amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Wednesday.

Alaska leaders have taken drastic measures to slow the coronavirus. The ‘$1 million question’ is whether they’re enough.

As the coronavirus inflicts huge damage on the state and national economy, there’s increasing discussion about how far public health mandates should go, and how long they can be sustained. At the same time, doctors and some community leaders are pushing even more aggressive social distancing measures, and limits on travel.

Anchorage mayor joins calls for travel restrictions as questions of authority linger

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said he’s waiting to hear from city attorneys about whether he has the authority to adopt such restrictions himself, when it comes to the state-run Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Some Alaskans still struggling to access coronavirus testing, even if providers think they might have it

Mitchel Howell had trouble breathing. Then he woke up with a sore throat, and then he came down with a fever. He says his medical provider told him he was a "suspected confirmed” case of the coronavirus. But then Howell was sent home without a test.

Dunleavy has signed an emergency declaration due to ‘slow-moving storm’ of coronavirus spread

Anticipating that the coronavirus will spread to Alaska, the governor signed an emergency disaster declaration Wednesday to free up additional resources to help fight the virus

LISTEN: This Anchorage resident’s elderly parents were stuck on the coronavirus cruise

Imagine this: Your parents are in their 80s. They both have chronic health conditions. And they're stuck on a cruise ship with people who have the coronavirus -- and they can't get off. For Anchorage resident Erin Jackson, that was reality.

If you need to be tested for coronavirus in Alaska, it’s likely free

Here's a little bit of good news about coronavirus in Alaska: If you need to be tested, it's likely free.

Amid national crunch, Alaska’s coronavirus test supply is adequate, officials say

There's a national testing crunch right now for the coronavirus as the number of cases rise, with Vice President Mike Pence acknowledging that there aren't enough to meet demand

Alaska Supreme Court chief justice recuses himself from Gov. Dunleavy’s recall case

Chief Justice Joel Bolger said he has made "public statements that could suggest a strong disagreement with the governor's conduct on some very fundamental issues affecting the judicial branch, conduct that forms part of the basis for the recall petition under consideration."

Alaska state rep wants to name new icebreaker ‘Polar Bear’

An Alaska state representative wants the federal government to name one of its new polar icebreakers the Polar Bear.

New consultant to Alaska Gov. Dunleavy has ties to national conservative figures Pence, Bachmann

Mary Vought, who worked for Pence when he was a member of Congress, is being paid $4,000 a month. She grew up in Alaska and once had Sarah Palin's father as a substitute middle school teacher.

The operators of the flight crashed last week, killing 5, had 3 other incidents in 2019

Yute Commuter Service, whose plane crashed and killed five people last week, including the pilot, is owned by a family whose aircraft were involved in several incidents last year.

Judge lifts hold on Recall Dunleavy campaign, saying order he issued 24 hours earlier was “inadvertent”

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth, in his second reversal in as many days, has revoked an order pausing the campaign to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, saying he'd issued it accidentally.

LISTEN: A Washington Post correspondent talks about reporting on climate change on Alaska’s North Slope

The Washington Post made the Alaska North Slope village of Nuiqsut front page news earlier this month, under a provocative headline: "Alaska's warming, but can't quit big oil." We talked with the reporter who wrote the story.

LISTEN: Sadie Maubet Bjornsen is perhaps the best cross country skier in the world. She lives in Anchorage.

For a couple days earlier this winter, Anchorage was the hometown of the best cross-country skier in the world, Sadie Maubet Bjornsen, an Anchorage resident who trains with the Alaska Pacific University program, joined us last week to talk about her season so far.