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State confirms 16 COVID-19 infections at McLaughlin Youth Center

That includes 12 young Alaskans at the youth detention center and four staff members.
Flowers of different colors in front of the beige Anchorage Pioneer Home buildgin

Anchorage Pioneer Home resident with COVID-19 dies

The death comes as the Pioneer Home works to contain a cluster of infections among a vulnerable population.
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NTSB: Alaska lawmaker killed in midair crash did not have required medical certificate

The federal agency says Rep. Gary Knopp was denied a medical certificate in June 2012 because of vision problems. It released the information as part of its investigation into the fatal crash that killed Knopp and six others.
The Student Union sign at the University of Alaska Anchorage .

UAA starts fall semester with nearly all classes online, fewer students in dorms

UAA Chancellor Cathy Sandeen made the decision back in May to hold most classes online this fall. She said it was an easy choice to make given how the coronavirus spreads.
Michael Bauzon, a teacher and dean of student affairs at Lumen Christi High School, takes students' temperatures outside.

Fever checks and small groups: Anchorage private school students are returning to classrooms

While the coronavirus has pushed the Anchorage School District to start the year online on Thursday, small private schools in the state’s largest city are pressing ahead with plans for in-person classes.

UAA proposes cutting hockey, gymnastics and skiing

The teams would be eliminated next school year, and the move would save the university about $2.5 million annually.

DNA tests show brown bear killed near Hope was not responsible for fatal mauling

Fish and Game believes a female brown bear attacked Daniel Schilling while he was clearing a brushy trail behind his cabin, and a black bear later encountered his body.
Nurses wear PPE at Providence Hospital in Anchorage

Fighting COVID-19 at home and in Alaska’s largest hospital | Alaska Insight

The number of coronavirus infections in Alaska is growing. And as the disease continues its spread across the state, it’s impacting more and more Alaskans.
A woman dressed in a white lab coat stands in front of a table. Another woman with protective gear stands in a dooray befhind her.

A sign Anchorage mandates are working, state forecasts a decline in new coronavirus infections

But health officials caution that the forecast could easily change depending on how Alaskans behave.
Flowers of different colors in front of the beige Anchorage Pioneer Home buildgin

Eight more COVID-19 cases found at Anchorage Pioneer Home

Another seven elders and one staff member are infected with the coronavirus, the state health department says.
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.
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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.