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Tegan Hanlon is the deputy digital editor at Alaska Public Media. Reach her at thanlon@alaskapublic.org.
A woman stands near a blue river, wearing a sweatshirt with her hands in her pockets.

After her daughter’s death by suicide at JBER, a mother presses military for reform

Carey Harris Stickford is telling the story of her daughter’s death to highlight what she sees as major lapses in the military’s response. And she wants changes to how the military handles sexual assault investigations, mental health and harassment of LGBTQ troops.
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Katmai visitor has minor injuries after ‘swatted’ by bear

It’s the first time a bear has made physical contact with one of the park’s visitors since 2018.
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More than 1,300 vaccine doses given at Alaska airports; half of eligible residents fully vaccinated

So far, many of the people opting to get a shot at one of the airports are Alaskans.

LISTEN: Supply shortages are rippling across Alaska. Here’s why.

Alaska's economy is crawling out of the coronavirus pandemic. And it looks a lot different now than it did 16 months ago. There are thousands of vacant jobs. Home prices are surging. And, there are some serious supply shortages.
A sort of blurry image from a video shows a black bear on the side of a wooded trail.

‘Stop running!’: How this black bear diverted an Anchorage marathon

UAA's assistant athletics director ended up hopping on his bike and leading marathon runners around the black bear sow.

Summer camp is back in session in Alaska, and demand is high

But holding summer camp this year isn’t without challenges: Many programs spent months writing and rewriting protocols to keep up with the evolving pandemic. And some, like Camp Fire Alaska, the state’s largest child care provider, are struggling with staffing.
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UAA gymnastics meets fundraising goal, OK’d to compete next season

But the work isn’t over. The gymnastics team will have to raise another $444,000 by next June to be reinstated for good.
A tall snowy mountain, its peak peaking out through the clouds.

Climber in critical condition after falling almost 1,000 feet on Denali

Climbers at the 17,200-foot high camp on Denali’s West Buttress route witnessed the “un-roped mountaineer take an almost 1,000-foot tumbling fall” from Denali Pass around 6 p.m. Monday.
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Coronavirus pandemic leads to boom in Alaska backyard poultry sales

A growing number of Alaskans are raising their own backyard flocks. It’s a trend that gained big momentum over the past year as people spent more time at home during the pandemic.
An Alaska native teen with a black mask getting vaccinated

Alaskans ages 12 to 15 could get COVID-19 vaccine as early as Wednesday

The federal Food and Drug Administration on Monday authorized use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for the age group. Now, the state is waiting for approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before it starts vaccinating children ages 12 to 15.
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Survey: Here’s why some Alaskans are hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Some said they don’t think COVID-19 is that serious, while others had concerns about vaccine safety and side effects.

Eagle River man, charged in woman’s disappearance, was filmed carrying a body to his car

A surveillance camera captured Eddie Thomas Jr. carrying a body to his car in Eagle River days before his ex-girlfriend was found dead at the base of a cliff near Eklutna Lake Road, according to a newly-filed charging document.
A person gets tested for coronavirus.

State reports small number of ‘breakthrough’ COVID-19 cases in fully-vaccinated Alaskans

State health officials reported that one-tenth of 1% of vaccinated Alaskans tested positive for COVID-19 in February and March, and most did not have symptoms.
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This Anchorage piñata maker is crafting giant COVID germs for smashing

The orders for coronavirus piñatas have helped fill a slow spot for Carolina Tolladay Vidal's business, with Alaskans eager to get their hands on a version of the germ they can easily destroy.
A man with tatooed arms gets a vaccine while giving a shaka symbol

You’re vaccinated for COVID-19. Now what can you do?

Alaska doctors share tips for navigating indoor gatherings, going out to dinner, traveling and more.
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Cases are rising again, but Alaska’s rate of vaccination is slowing

Anchorage COVID-19 vaccinations are starting to plateau, while case numbers are rising. And that has the city’s epidemiologist worried.
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ASD superintendent and former governor among 8 finalists to lead University of Alaska Anchorage

The three Alaskans in the running to serve as leader of the state’s largest university are Anchorage School District Superintendent Deena Bishop, former Gov. Sean Parnell and Pearl Brower, former president of Iḷisaġvik College in Utqiaġvik.

‘The most difficult year’: How the coronavirus pandemic changed one Anchorage city block

The Anchorage block has restaurants, a retail shop, office space and vacant storefronts. Together, they provide a view of how businesses have struggled, especially in the city's downtown core, as a multi-year recession glided into a pandemic.

Alaskans: Today is the deadline to file for your 2021 Permanent Fund dividend

If you’re filing online, the deadline is 11:59 p.m. Alaska time Wednesday. You can also mail your application, or drop it off at a PFD office in Anchorage, Fairbanks or Juneau.
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COVID-19 vaccines may soon come to Alaska’s busiest airports

The state’s top doctor says she wants to make it as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated, and offering single-dose shots at airports could be a key piece of the puzzle.