Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage


Anchorage School Board renames East High after late state Sen. Bettye Davis

The Anchorage School Board voted unanimously late last night to rename the school — one of the nation’s most diverse— the Bettye Davis East Anchorage High School.
A person gets tested for coronavirus.

‘People have gotten a little bit lax’: Coronavirus cases projected to double in Anchorage every 25 days

Coronavirus cases are again on the rise in Alaska, and many of the infections are centered in Anchorage, which recently set a new record-high daily case count.
An empty hallway in an elementary school

Anchorage School District plans to reopen classrooms for younger students next month

Anchorage School District Superintendent Deena Bishop acknowledged the high number of coronavirus cases, but said keeping kids out of classrooms is having too grave an impact on mental health.

COVID-19 concerns prompt cancellation of fall high school state championships

The Alaska School Activities Association announced the decision to cancel events on Tuesday citing a rising number of coronavirus infections in Anchorage and other parts of the state.

Most Eagle River High School sports resume after district investigates party

After a weekend of testing and contact tracing, the district gave five programs at Eagle River the go-ahead to resume activities Monday including flag football, gymnastics and drama, debate and forensics.

Anchorage Schools Superintendent: ‘COVID is killing our children in more ways than one’

Anchorage School District Superintendent Deena Bishop provided a bleak assessment of online learning at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
A teacher sits at her desk in a classroom full of tables and chairs but no students

It’s official: Anchorage School District postpones start of in-person classes

Anchorage Schools Superintendent Deena Bishop had mentioned earlier this week that a rapid increase in COVID infections would likely delay bringing kids back to classrooms.

Anchorage School District superintendent expects to postpone start of in-person classes

Anchorage Schools Superintendent Deena Bishop said she'll likely push back the return to in-person schooling because of a surge of COVID-19 infections in the city.
a person wearing a mask teaching students

‘It has exceeded my expectations’: Here’s what in-person school looks like in Mat-Su

By-and-large, students, teachers and administrators are happy to be back in schools, even if it means wearing uncomfortable masks.

Fish and Game is looking for a black bear that followed and charged people in Anchorage park

The repeated run-ins with the bear were part of the reason that one children's camp decided to move out of Russian Jack to another park.
Class desks in front of clear windows with alternated yellow and blue tints

After 18 months of negotiations, Mat-Su School District and teachers union reach tentative contract agreement

Union members still need to approve the contract, and so does the Mat-Su School Board.
A woman in a white suit holds a blue surgical mask.

Why does Alaska have the country’s lowest COVID-19 death rate? Doctors explain.

Doctors say early, aggressive restrictions have helped keep the number of deaths in Alaska tied to COVID-19 low. But, they caution, the numbers can change quickly and it is not time to let your guard down.

Race officials say the 2021 Iditarod is still on

The Iditarod says it will work with an infectious disease epidemiologist to develop a plan for holding the 1,000-mile race during the coronavirus.
The Seawolf logo outside of the University of Alaska Anchorage Student Union.

Regents: If UAA skiing, hockey and gymnastics want to stay, they need to raise money

University of Alaska regents say the teams and their supporters will have to raise two years of operating expenses by February to save sports.
Athletes, alumni and coaches from the University of Alaska Anchorage ski team gathered alongside community members on Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Hilltop Ski Area to save skiing. They listened to alumni talk about the impact the sport has had on the community.

UAA coaches, athletes fight to save skiing, hockey and gymnastics

Student athletes, coaches and other community members are pleading with university leaders for more time. They say they can find a way to cut costs, raise revenue and save the sports.

Anchorage high school sports OK’d to tackle games next week

That applies to cross country, swimming, diving, tennis, volleyball, gymnastics, football, flag football and cheerleading.

After troubled rollout, state extends deadline for new food aid program for Alaska children

Under the pandemic-EBT program, tens of thousands of Alaska school-aged children are eligible for hundreds of dollars to help pay for groceries.
Words on a building red building that say "Brother Francis Shelter. 1021 E. 3rd Ave."

City is ‘cautiously optimistic’ it has a handle on COVID-19 outbreak at Anchorage shelter

Municipal Manager Bill Falsey says that, so far, test results don't indicate widespread COVID-19 infection at Anchorage shelters outside of Brother Francis.

Mat-Su elementary student tests positive for COVID-19

The school district says the student is in 3rd grade at Machetanz Elementary and did not attend school Thursday.