Nathaniel Herz, Alaska's Energy Desk - Anchorage
The state of Alaska is boosting its workforce of COVID-19 detectives, known as "contact tracers," to 500 from 150, and it's purchased new software to better share data and keep it secure.
How do Alaska leaders know it’s safe to reopen the economy? It’s all about data – but it’s complicated.
Officials and experts say that decision-making around the reopening can be complicated and hard for the public to follow. There’s no single measurement that reflects the state’s overall progress in fighting the coronavirus, nor is there specific, centralized guidance from the federal government.
As Governor Mike Dunleavy’s administration contends with a huge budget deficit and a big windfall of federal coronavirus relief money, it has no timeline for fixing the broken portal that Alaskans once used to examine how state cash is spent.
Juneau flight service declares Ravn “dead” and bids to save Southwest Alaska flights from disappearance
Alaska Seaplanes says it has put in a bid to buy PenAir from its bankrupt owners to save the Southwest Alaska airline’s operating certificate, saying it could disappear in a few weeks.
Dunleavy's quarantine mandate has been credited with helping to keep Alaska's COVID-19 case count the lowest of any state's, and it was set to expire Tuesday. The extension will run two weeks from that date, Dunleavy said at a news conference Friday.
Public health experts have credited measures like Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy's two-week quarantine order for travelers with holding the COVID-19 case count below every other state in the country. But the order is set to expire Tuesday, and Dunleavy hasn't said what he'll do next.
For Alaskans, a summer without tourists could translate into resident discounts, busy fishing holes transformed into blissful calm, open roads normally clogged with RVs, and cruise destinations with no ships in sight.
Military helicopters, tankers and jets will do COVID-19 flyovers from Arctic to Southeast Alaska this week
An array of military aircraft, from helicopters to F-22 fighters, aim to celebrate COVID-19 responders and essential workers this week by conducting flyovers in Alaska communities from Kotzebue, north of the Arctic Circle, to Ketchikan at the state's southeastern corner.
The decision by the five justices, with a partial dissent by Justice Craig Stowers, was announced in a two-page order Friday afternoon.
Byron Mallott, the Alaska Native leader who served as lieutenant governor under former Gov. Bill Walker, died unexpectedly at age 77.
Doyon Drilling, a subsidiary of the Interior Alaska Native regional corporation Doyon Ltd., said in a notice to the state that the layoffs are expected to be permanent “until the crisis is over and the industry recovers.”
The trans-Alaska pipeline runs alongside the Dalton Highway near the Toolik Field Station, in the North Slope Borough. (Rashah McChesney/Alaska's Energy Desk) The company that runs the trans-Alaska...
Alaska has relaxed in-state travel rules and set new protocols for childcare, fitness and other businesses
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has relaxed the ban on residents’ in-state travel and other things, with limits, as part of an array of revised health mandates unveiled this week, aimed at cautiously reviving the economy.
Julia O’Malley is holding down her high-pressure job as an editor at Alaska’s Energy Desk, while stuck in her house with her two young boys. And while dealing with all the anxiety that comes with a global pandemic.
Alaska's largest rural air carrier, RavnAir Group, says it's cutting its service by 90 percent amid a coronavirus-driven crash in revenue -- a move that could leave dozens of rural villages without passenger air service and no other reliable link to the road system.
Alaska has confirmed 102 cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday afternoon, up from 85 the day before, the Department of Health and Social Services said.
Dunleavy's administration has released a "strong advisory" that Alaskans "cease non-essential out of state personal, business, and medical travel now." It's also strongly advising against non-essential, long-distance travel inside the state.
Gathering information is a little more tricky when we're practicing appropriate social distancing. So we're hoping you'll talk to us.
Two of the new cases were in Anchorage and one was 75 miles south in the Kenai Peninsula town of Seward.