Nathaniel Herz, Alaska's Energy Desk - Anchorage


Alaska’s quarantine order has helped thwart COVID-19 but devastated tourism. Will Dunleavy keep it?

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.

Alaska could be empty of tourists this summer. For residents, there’s an upside.

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.

Campaign to recall GOP Gov. Dunleavy can go on the ballot, Alaska Supreme Court rules

The decision by the five justices, with a partial dissent by Justice Craig Stowers, was announced in a two-page order Friday afternoon.

Alaska Native leader and former Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott dies at 77

Byron Mallott, the Alaska Native leader who served as lieutenant governor under former Gov. Bill Walker, died unexpectedly at age 77.

Coronavirus toll on Alaska oil industry grows by 300 as Doyon Drilling announces layoffs

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.”

Alaska, Interrupted, Episode 4: From the yurt

This week's Alaska, Interrupted episode features the state's chief medical officer, Dr. Anne Zink, who’s the closest thing Alaska has to a pandemic folk hero.

Alyeska imposes 10% cut to North Slope production as COVID-19 hammers oil demand

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.

Alaska, Interrupted: Life on lockdown, with kids and a job

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.

Dozens of Alaska villages to lose air service as Ravn announces huge cuts

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.

Saturday update: Alaska COVID-19 case count jumps by 17, to 102

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 administration ‘strongly advises’ against non-essential air travel as pressure builds

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.

What are your questions about the coronavirus in Alaska? What do you want us to know?

Gathering information is a little more tricky when we're practicing appropriate social distancing. So we're hoping you'll talk to us.

Alaska COVID-19 count jumps to 9 cases, with patients in Anchorage, Seward

Two of the new cases were in Anchorage and one was 75 miles south in the Kenai Peninsula town of Seward.

Anchorage bar, restaurant closure throws thousands of workers into limbo

“Decisions were made politically that they had their reasons for. But for us, it was a complete blindside,” said Jack Lewis, who co-owns and runs seven different Anchorage area eating places. “Nobody really was prepared for it, or saw it coming.”

The firefighters called to Alaska’s first COVID-19 case were quarantined. Officials say that won’t happen again.

The firefighters, who responded to a 911 call about the case last week, took standard measures to protect against infectious disease. But at the time, federal and other guidance about the best specific measures to protect against the coronavirus was not entirely settled.

Alaska’s chief justice shuts down all new jury trials

Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Joel Bolger on Sunday ordered that all new jury trials be suspended, building on a directive last week that had led to the suspension of trials in half of the state's judicial districts out of concern over the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Most Alaska villages lack road access and hospitals. Here’s how they’ll fight the coronavirus.

Since most cases of COVID-19 don’t cause serious illness, officials hope that most sick people can stay at home and monitor their symptoms. But they've also developed plans to move people to regional hubs or the Anchorage tribal hospital if necessary, and to provide alternative housing if the sick person poses risks to elders.

LISTEN: This Anchorage skier flew 3,000 miles to his first World Cup race. Now he has to quarantine.

Ski racer Forrest Mahlen flew two days across the country, from Anchorage to Quebec City, for his World Cup debut. The coronavirus canceled it, and now he's headed back to Anchorage to quarantine himself because of his exposure to athletes from Europe.