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News coverage from every corner of Alaska from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Ask a Climatologist: Alaska’s spring weather whipsaw

National Weather Service climate researcher Brian Brettschneider, back for our Ask a Climatologist segment, says it's a remarkably quick switch.

Tower could bring cell service to Summit Lake on Seward Highway

The Kenai borough’s planning commission already approved the lease agreement by a unanimous vote. Now, it’s up to the borough assembly to give Vertical Bridge the go-ahead.
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Cooper Landing committee crafts trap setback proposal

Cooper Landing dog owners are hoping to implement setback regulations for trappers traps for fur-bearing animals in order to reduce risks of dogs getting caught.

Arctic research conference to highlight how rural Alaska communities approach energy, climate issues

Kotzebue residents walk out on the sea ice as it starts to break up near shore in early June. (Berett Wilber/Alaska...

Gustavus calls for halt to state construction project after officials find more toxins at city airport

The City of Gustavus is asking the state to press pause on a big, federally funded airport upgrade project as more toxic "forever chemicals" are found at the site.

Alaska development authority signs land access agreement with Native corporation for Ambler Road project

State development corporation AIDEA signed an agreement with Doyon, the state's largest landowner, to conduct surveys and studies on its land for the Ambler Road project.
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Peninsula lawmakers introduce bill to block vaccination requirements

Legislators from the Kenai are working to bar businesses and organizations from using vaccination status as a factor in determining employment and access to public areas, services, or benefits.
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Peninsula lawmakers introduce bill to block vaccination requirements

Alaska’s proposed bill would also block businesses and public entities from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access public areas, services or benefits. That includes public schools and University of Alaska campuses.
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Portable, Sitka-built ‘mini homes’ could help with Southeast Alaska’s housing crunch

A new “mini-home” project is working to tackle a housing shortage in Yakutat by building the houses in Sitka where costs are lower and then shipping them. The construction company behind the project hopes its idea spreads.
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Indigenous creators hope to share history, cultural art forms through first-ever Tlingit opera

The first Tlingit opera is in production. It's about the Tlingit-Russian wars in Southeast Alaska at the start of the 19th century,...
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SpaceX considers Alaska-based stations to improve worldwide internet satellite network

An aerospace and technology company is considering building key parts of a satellite network in Alaska — including Ketchikan, Nome and Fairbanks — that, according to the company, could help improve internet access across the globe.

Young, Murkowski aim to shape Biden’s infrastructure bill

Infrastructure bills are good for Alaska, they say, but they want changes to the Biden proposal.
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Biden administration freezes Alaska mineral development orders, veteran allotments

The department said it wants to review “defects” in the public land orders regarding requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act.
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Bike shortage keeps Alaskan cyclists from hitting the road

Disruptions from factory closures in China and high demand for bicycles means that new bicycles are hard to come by.

High court takes up case on virus relief funding for Alaska Native Corporations

The question raised in the case set for oral arguments Monday is whether the corporations are tribes for purposes of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which defines “tribes” under a 1975 law meant to strengthen their abilities to govern themselves.
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Alaska to offer vaccines to visitors as part of plan to boost tourism

State officials acknowledged that the U.S.’s relatively high vaccination rate compared with other countries could make Alaska’s offer attractive internationally.
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Here’s how small airlines in Alaska are surviving the pandemic travel slow-down | Alaska Insight

https://youtu.be/I6QdijNawtY Air travel came to a halt last year as the pandemic caused closures across the country....
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Dunleavy administration withdraws DMV privatization plan

The Dunleavy administration is no longer seeking private vendors to replace six state-run Division of Motor Vehicles offices, which the administration originally proposed as a cost-saving measure.
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LISTEN: Anchorage sets vaccination target to ‘do it for summer’

Acting Anchorage Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson announced this week a target vaccination rate for when residents can expect the remaining restrictions to become advisories rather than mandates, on things like the size of indoor gatherings.
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Mekoryuk likely first Alaska community to reach 100% vaccination against COVID-19

The community has had less than 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and no one has died from the virus.