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Samantha Wells, owner of Little Dipper Diner, talks with assistant manager Frankie Henley at the restaurant on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020.

Anchorage takes second diner to court over emergency order violation

The city is asking a judge to order Little Dipper Diner to shut down dine-in service immediately. It filed the paperwork, seeking a temporary injunction, in state court in Anchorage on Thursday.

Fish and Game kills 4 bears near Hope as it investigates fatal mauling

The agency says it will analyze DNA samples taken from the four bears to see if they match samples collected at the site of the attack.
The Alaska Airlines check-in counter at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Alaska Airlines says 331 Anchorage employees may face layoffs as part of sweeping job cuts

The airline says a total of 4,200 of its workers may be laid off on Oct. 1, the day after the federal payroll support program is set to end.

Alaska reports another COVID-19 death and 80 new infections

The Anchorage man was in his 70s. He’s the 25th Alaskan whose death is linked to the infectious disease.
(Creative Commons photo by Matt’ Johnson)

Kenai legislator and local pilot among 7 killed in midair plane crash

Seven people died after two planes collided midair near Soldotna on Friday, according to Alaska State Troopers. All were confirmed dead on scene except for one person that succumbed to injuries during transport to the local hospital, troopers said.

When it comes to COVID-19, Alaska just had its worst week yet

State health officials predict the number of COVID-19 infections will double every 23 days if people don't take more preventative measures.

As extra unemployment runs out, Food Bank of Alaska braces for elevated need to grow

The food bank estimates that the need for food assistance is up about 75% statewide compared to last year.

Anchorage School District postpones start of fall sports until at least Aug. 5

The announcement comes as the Anchorage mayor reinstates limitations on bars, restaurants and other businesses.

Anchorage Schools superintendent says ‘high probability’ students will attend all classes online next month

COVID-19 cases are surging in the Municipality of Anchorage, prompting the state’s largest school district to likely pivot to a “high risk” plan for schools.
Seattle-based American Seafoods

COVID-19 outbreaks among seafood workers help push Alaska’s one-day case count to new record high

Also, over the past several days, three Anchorage restaurants and a local bar have announced infections and temporary closures.

Alaska Psychiatric Institute has its first COVID-19 case

The employee became sick last Wednesday and took a COVID-19 test.

Legislative finance director named University of Alaska interim president

Pat Pitney is the director of the Legislative Finance Division and a former vice chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has also worked as the state budget director under former Gov. Bill Walker.

COVID-19 infections in Alaska are on the rise among younger adults

The trend is apparent in other states too where cases are rapidly rising, and public health officials are pleading with younger people to wear masks and social distance.

Number of active COVID-19 infections among Alaskans now tops 900

State health officials on Monday reported 71 new coronavirus infections: 60 Alaskans and 11 non-residents.

Here are the five finalists for UA interim president

The finalists include two current university chancellors and the director of the state’s Division of Legislative Finance.

State reports another death as active COVID-19 infections again reach new high

The report of another death follows a recent spike in Alaska’s number of new COVID-19 infections, and warnings from Anchorage city officials that its system for investigating cases has maxed out.

How Providence workers fought to contain ‘lightning speed’ coronavirus at site of Alaska’s largest outbreak

Two health care workers from the Providence Transitional Care Center in Anchorage share their stories.

State recommends COVID-19 testing for recent visitors to two Seward bars

The state says people who visited Seward Alehouse and Yukon Bar in late June may have been exposed to the infectious disease.

Anchorage mayor says he may issue mask mandate soon if increase in COVID-19 cases continues

The announcement comes as the number of COVID-19 infections in Alaska continues to climb, and as people clash over wearing masks. Some businesses are requiring face coverings, but there’s currently no city-wide or statewide mandate.