Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
Joe Gerace is in his first full week leading the Anchorage Health Department as the city's health care workers contend with a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Carin Kircher of Valdez won $49,000 in cash while Kodiak student Ethan Benton received a $49,000 scholarship.
Anchorage Fire Chief Doug Schrage says the department’s overtime budget is roughly $3.5 million. “To date, we've spent $3.2 million," Schrage said. "We expect by the end of September we will have exhausted our overtime budget.”
Now, parents are still notified when their child is a close contact of a positive case in school. But if their child isn't showing symptoms, quarantine is not longer a requirement. Instead, parents can decide whether they want their child to remain in class, quarantine or test for the virus.
Organizers behind the recall say Assembly member Meg Zaletel disobeyed a municipal health mandate when she participated in an Assembly meeting in August 2020. Zaletel described the recall effort as a waste of taxpayer dollars.
Bronson said that the municipality, which has more than 100 employees, would not follow the president’s mandate and that he would not require Anchorage businesses to follow it either.
The Anchorage Economic Revitalization and Diversification Advisory Committee is chaired by Mike Robbins and tasked with getting the city's economy back on track.
The Anchorage School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to commemorate the district’s first Black teacher and principal by adding her name to her community‘s elementary school.
Anchorage police have identified the officer whose weapon discharged and struck another officer Friday night as Ryan Nigh, a three-year veteran of the department.
The study found that the ugruk hunting season is ending an average of 26 days earlier than normal.
The three-day event was scheduled for October 21-23 in Anchorage. But AFN President Julie Kitka said in a statement Tuesday, “the high-risk factors of holding a 5,000-person indoor meeting, with delegates coming in from across Alaska, make an in-person October gathering out of the question.”
Locals in Kotzebue showed a mix of excitement and concern over the weekend in response to reports that a rare polar bear was spotted in the area.
Clusters of COVID-19 infections have also led to recent lockdowns in the Western Alaska community of Stebbins and in Metlakatla in Southeast Alaska.
These Minnesotans were having a great canoe trip with their toddler in Northwest Alaska. Then the rain clouds rolled in.
Last month, Kotzebue had its wettest month on record with more than five inches of total precipitation. As rain drenched Northwest Alaska, a small group from Minnesota floated the Noatak River in a canoe, with a toddler in tow.
A Kotzebue couple has been arrested and charged with two dozen felonies for allegedly assaulting children in their care, according to court documents.
As part of the pageant, Madison showcased her traditional Iñupiaq dancing, while drummers played along.
Officials say the Kodiak-based helicopter crew was flying from Kotzebue to Nome when they saw an SOS sign on top of a shack near a remote mining camp.
Cloudy skies and a light drizzle didn’t dampen the spirits of residents of Kotzebue on the Fourth of July as hundreds gathered across town to celebrate. This year’s celebration brought back some of the exciting in-person events that had been canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.