Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska grew to 133 by Tuesday, with two more Alaskans hospitalized.
The case count rose to 69 by Thursday, up from 59 a day before.
It’s the latest step in a monthslong process to erase degree programs to help close a budget gap driven by cuts to state funding and declining enrollment.
‘There’s sunshine again’: Thousands of meals delivered daily to Anchorage students as coronavirus closes classrooms
On Friday, the Anchorage School District handed out more than 18,000 free meals to Anchorage students.
About 120 students will ride out at least part of spring semester, if not all of it, on a nearly empty campus in the middle of Anchorage.
Thousands of Alaska parents are in a tailspin as they scramble to find care for their kids during the global coronavirus pandemic that has closed public schools across the state.
Nearly three hours after the news conference, the state announced two new cases of COVID-19 in the Fairbanks area
Along with the coronavirus, students and staff at the University of Alaska Anchorage are also facing budget uncertainty and the possibility that their degree programs may cease to exist.
In some ways, the Iditarod may be the ultimate form of social distancing. Teams travel hundreds of miles through remote, rural Alaska. But, along the way, they also stop at small communities that serve as race checkpoints. And some of those communities are concerned.
The University of Alaska system is extending spring break, moving most classes online and canceling events amid the threat of coronavirus. It's also asking students to leave on-campus dorms for the rest of the semester.
While the teams race to the finish line, we’re featuring a sled dog a day on our Iditapod podcast.
Sean Underwood got the surprise of a lifetime last week. The 28-year-old musher found out four days before the start of the 2020 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that he'd be competing in the event. Long-time musher and four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King had to drop out of the race at the very last minute, and tapped Sean, one of his dog handlers, to fill in.
Four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King tapped Underwood, a 28-year-old from Atlanta, to take over his sled dog team after he had emergency surgery.
Race commentators said two-time Iditarod finisher Zoya DeNure was having health issues. Her husband, John Schandelmeier, is taking over the sled dog team.
The 32-year-old Bethel musher is on the trail with most of his sled dog team from last year, and he’s gunning for another victory.
Iditarod race marshal Mark Nordman said the word for this year’s race may be “patience” as teams navigate deep snow along much of the trail.
‘None of us wants to do this’: UAA leaders recommend eliminating degree programs to shrink budget gap
UAA is proposing to cut degree programs to save money and shrink budget gaps.
The food and gear drop is part of the massive web of logistics to prepare for the annual 1,000-mile sled dog race.
It follows tense state budget battles and accreditation issues for the Anchorage university, and adds additional financial loss to a system that’s already cash-strapped and stressed.