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The Seawolf logo outside of the University of Alaska Anchorage Student Union.

University of Alaska regents give Anchorage hockey and gymnastics teams more time to fundraise

The University of Alaska Board of Regents agreed Thursday to reinstate Anchorage’s hockey and gymnastics teams as long as they reach their fundraising goals by new, extended deadlines.
A man and a woman stand in face masks.

Anchorage hospital workers step up to cuddle Alaska’s tiniest babies

Coronavirus-related restrictions on volunteers left a big hole in the NICU at Alaska’s largest hospital. Then, Providence workers stepped in to the help fill the need.
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Dallas Seavey returns to Iditarod after mysterious scandal rocked his mushing career

This year marks Dallas Seavey’s 12th Iditarod. But it’s the four-time Iditarod champion's first since a dog-doping whodunit turned his mushing career upside down four years ago.
Iditarod musher Aliy Zirkle stands outside at a remote Iditarod checkpoint.

Alaska mushing icon Aliy Zirkle says the 2021 Iditarod will be her last

After more than two decades of competitive mushing, Aliy Zirkle posted a retirement letter on her kennel’s website Thursday evening.

Iditarod cancels 2021 ceremonial start in Anchorage

The sled dog race has called off this year’s 11-mile dash through Anchorage because of coronavirus concerns.
Packages of disposable face masks for sale at a grocery store.

Yes, in some cases, two face masks are better than one, Alaska health experts say

Even though there has been just one confirmed case of a new, more infectious COVID-19 variant in Alaska, health officials say now is the time to upgrade your single-layer cloth mask.

ANWR on hold: Decades-long uncertainty over Arctic refuge drilling continues

When Joe Biden took office, he immediately slammed the brakes on oil drilling in the Arctic refuge. So how did we get here? And, what’s next?
The Seawolf logo outside of the University of Alaska Anchorage Student Union.

UAA ski team has raised funds to save itself, but uncertainty looms for hockey and gymnastics

The University of Alaska Regents gave all three sports an ultimatum in September: Raise enough money to cover two years of operating expenses, or face permanent elimination.

The 2021 Iditarod sled dog race is still on, but will end in Willow

Teams will now travel on a 860-mile loop that starts and ends in the Southcentral community of Willow, instead of heading to Nome.
A woman stands outside of her Anchorage home.

LISTEN: As Alaska’s COVID-19 count spikes, contact tracers bear the strain

The job wasn’t an easy one to begin with, and the surge of infections is increasing the pressure on Alaska’s contact tracers, leading to burnout and turnover.
A nurse wearing a mask, glasses, a hair net and gown stands in a hospital room.

This Anchorage ER nurse is among the growing number of health care workers out sick with COVID-19

For Greer Gehler, an emergency room nurse in Anchorage, it started last Friday with a tickle in her throat.
A public health worker in a tent outside Juneau International Airport bags a freshly collected nasal swab for COVID-19 testing.

Alaska reports a record 13 deaths as spike in coronavirus cases continues

The state on Tuesday reported 13 deaths tied to the coronavirus. It’s the most deaths reported in a single day by the state health department since the pandemic began.

Fur Rondy organizers cancel 2021 championship sled dog race over coronavirus concerns

Organizers announced this week that it’s too risky to hold the sprint races through the city during the coronavirus pandemic. They cited concerns about race requirements and large crowds of spectators.
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Alaska reports 8 COVID-19 deaths as cases surge

Five of the deaths were confirmed to be recent.
Anchorage School District Superintendent Deena Bishop at Huffman Elementary School on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020.

Anchorage School District postpones start of in-person learning

Anchorage School District Superintendent Deena Bishop said she was pushing back the return to in-person learning because of increasing community spread of the coronavirus and rising demand on the city’s medical capacity.
A variety of face masks and face shields displayed on a table at Huffman Elementary School.

‘I hope someone can help us’: ASD’s decision to resume in-person learning faces growing scrutiny

Anchorage School District administrators and the teachers union provide starkly different views of how prepared classrooms are to welcome back students in less than two weeks.

Here’s how one Anchorage elementary school is preparing for in-person learning

Across the Anchorage School District, elementary school teachers and staff are preparing for younger students to return to classrooms on Nov. 16.
A female school nurse directs students in proper handwashing technique

Anchorage School District still plans to resume in-person learning for younger students on Nov. 16

Sunday’s update comes as the number of known coronavirus cases continues to skyrocket in the city, and as the district faces criticism from some for its decision to bring kids back to classrooms given the state of the pandemic.