Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage


Alaska reports 6 new coronavirus cases following prior day’s spike

The latest cases include five Alaskans: two from the Kenai Peninsula Borough, two from the Anchorage area and one from Juneau.

Facing ‘immediate and significant financial headwinds,’ UA regents to consider controversial merger

The coronavirus has cut deep into the finances of the already-strained public university system. One proposal to reduce spending: Merge the University of Alaska Southeast into one, or both, of the other two universities.

6 tips from Alaska medical experts about minimizing your risk as the state reopens

The coronavirus is like a bear in the woods. Seriously, says a doctor at UAA, you’ve got to be prepared.

Mat-Su school board rescinds vote to remove ‘Catch-22’ and 4 other books from English classes

The school board won't decide until next year which books will appear on the reading list for high school English electives.

‘We’re open’: Alaska businesses can operate at full capacity on Friday, Dunleavy says

It’s the governor’s latest major lift of coronavirus-related restrictions. Previously, certain businesses could only operate at 25% to 50% capacity.

These three Alaska weddings were derailed by the pandemic. Here’s what the couples did next.

They planned for months. Then everything changed. Here are their stories of rushing to the courthouse for paperwork, trying on wedding dresses by Zoom and moving their first dances from ballrooms to living rooms.

After hours of public comment, Mat-Su school board’s vote to rescind book removal is pushed to later this month

The school board will now decide later in May whether to rescind its vote to remove the books, including “The Great Gatsby,” “Catch-22” and “Invisible Man.”

As COVID-19 restrictions send more Alaskans outside, Fish and Game warns about bears

Anchorage area wildlife biologist Dave Battle said Fish and Game started to get a few calls about bear sightings in early April, and in the past week, “it’s really ramped up.”

What it’s like to graduate from UAA during a global pandemic

There are no caps, no gowns. And walking across the stage to get a diploma? Forget about it.

As Anchorage hair salons prepare to reopen, some owners wish they had more notice

Across the city, and the state, salon owners are figuring out when and how to safely reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. It's a complicated calculus and the risks are high.

‘Putting the company almost on life support’: Cruise ship cuts devastate Alaska tourism

Alaska had planned for a record-number of cruise ship passengers this year. Then came the pandemic. Now, across cruise lines, at least 360 sailings to Alaska have been called off so far.

Princess and Holland America cancel most of their Alaska cruises, won’t open lodges this summer

The announcements serve another blow to Alaska’s economy, and mean the loss of thousands of seasonal jobs.

Alaska COVID-19 update: A ninth death, eight new cases and 13 more recoveries

By the end of the day Monday, a total of 285 Alaskans had been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 98 had recovered from the disease.

Alaska rolls out plan to use hotels, dorms to quarantine health care workers and homeless families

The new mandate gives the state access to federal funding to help pay for the temporary housing if it's needed.

Some Anchorage hotels are transforming from tourist havens to quarantine sites

Other hotels have decided to close, and many have laid off a bulk of their employees.

Alaska sees its largest one-day spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases, total grows to 213

The state reported no new coronavirus-related deaths or hospitalizations.

Coming together at a distance: Alaskans, we want to hear your stories about acts of kindness

We’d like to have Alaskans share their stories on the public radio network about how their community is coming together, even as we stay at least 6 feet apart.

Alaska’s new, Florida-based virtual school is not sitting well with some educators

The state has entered into a $525,000 contract with Florida Virtual School, and the head of the statewide teachers’ union does not support it.

‘This is a nightmare now’: Iditarod musher recounts helicopter rescue from flooded trail

What Matthew Failor did not know when he left White Mountain with two other mushers was the relentless wind was pushing ocean water onto the trail ahead.