Nathaniel Herz, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
In a prepared statement, the Coast Guard said the debris it spotted Tuesday were "consistent with" debris from Teuber's helicopter, though it did not confirm that that was the case.
The story starts with the police chief returning from an out-of-state trip and, instead of quarantining, coaching a wrestling practice. It ends with roughly 10% of Cordova residents in quarantine, school closures and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter aborting a supply mission because some of its crew members were exposed.
The variant, known as B.1.429, was first identified in Alaska in early January and has since been detected nine more times, according to a report released this week by a consortium of scientists assembled by the state to search for new strains.
Alaska health officials this week announced a new way people can qualify for a COVID-19 vaccine: Bring an unvaccinated elder with you, and you can get a shot yourself.
Alaska's unique geography and isolation have helped at least 10 villages record zero cases of COVID-19. The list of communities stretches from Southeast Alaska to the Aleutian Islands to deep in the Interior, and some of them have vaccinated nearly all of their adults.
The federal government's monthly shipment of COVID-19 vaccine to Alaska will nearly double in March, rising to 103,000 first doses from the 61,000 allocated to the state in February.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s chief of staff, Ben Stevens, resigns to become executive at ConocoPhillips
Stevens will become the new vice president of external affairs and transportation at ConocoPhillips Alaska, Dunleavy's office said in a prepared statement.
The nonprofit consortium is an umbrella group that coordinates health care for Alaska Native people and helps run the Anchorage Native hospital. It's also one of the state's largest employers, with more than 3,000 workers.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy is quarantining at his home in Wasilla after one of his close contacts tested positive for COVID-19, the governor's office said in a prepared statement Monday.
The doses were in shipments headed for 21 different providers, and some are having to postpone clinics until the vaccine can arrive next week.
Groups on both sides of the political spectrum collected large sums of cash from entities whose funders weren't identified — at least until after the election. One was telecommunications firm GCI, which gave $100,000 to a group that supported a campaign attacking Democratic and independent candidates.
Alaska's health department has pulled together a group of researchers from the state's public health labs and its university system in hopes of speeding up and expanding its search for more contagious strains of COVID-19.
A story published this weekend by Alaska Public Media has demonstrated the urgency for us to form deeper, direct connections to the Alaska Native community, and to have more Native voices involved in shaping our coverage — not just from the outside of our institution, but from the inside.
Eligibility differences between state and tribal health systems frustrate some Alaskans waiting for vaccines
Anchorage's main tribal health provider is vaccinating employees of its affiliated for-profit company and nonprofit organizations without regard to their race, age or vulnerability — frustrating some of the teachers, people with underlying conditions and others enduring an excruciating wait for shots from state government.
Identifying the strain of a positive COVID-19 test typically takes about five days. But with these particular samples, workers at a Fairbanks lab encountered a string of technical problems that delayed the results.
With February’s shipment of COVID-19 vaccine expected soon, Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration said Monday that it’s replacing its existing leave-a-message approach with a live hotline.
The COVID-19 testing crunch is over. But fewer Alaskans are getting tests — a trend officials want to change.
Supply shortages have relented. And a company built the state’s first commercial testing lab, with the ability to process 20,000 tests a day. Now, there’s a new and different problem: Fewer Alaskans are getting tested.
Alaska health officials say that they’re considering moving teachers up on Alaska’s vaccine list as students head back to classrooms in large numbers.
The Trump administration joined with tribes to get vaccines to rural and Indigenous Alaskans. Here’s how.
After a year of pleading for access to COVID-19 testing and protective equipment, tribal health-care leaders say that a vaccine partnership with the Trump administration has brought good access to doses for rural areas and a measure of relief amid an unrelenting public health crisis.
Alaska officials say they wish they could be analyzing more than the 96 samples they're processing every five days. But the state is being strategic about which specimens are targeted for sequencing, said Jayme Parker, a top scientist at the Fairbanks lab.