Statewide News

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

Alaska’s COVID-19 cases rise, worries grow over hospital capacity

Alaska has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases over the last week, including five deaths last Friday. Daily case counts had been hovering in the upper double digits earlier this month, but have been above a hundred cases a day for the last six days.

Washington senator says Congress should block Pebble’s permit

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell says she’ll support a bill to block a permit for the Pebble Mine. She also wants an investigation into whether Pebble’s CEO lied to Congress.
A blocky school house with a circular logo.

Denali Borough COVID-19 spikes shuts down in-person school

Five cases of COVID-19 were reported last week.
The sign outside the federal courthouse in Anchorage along 7th Avenue with the museum in the background

Indictment: Drug conspiracy that sent kilos of heroin, meth to Alaska led to Anchorage man’s murder

The indictment names Jordan "Two-3" Shanholtzer, 33, as their leader and Matthew "Matt Matt" Moi, 35, as the trigger man in the murder, both described as formerly from Anchorage.
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Bear in Denali National Park euthanized over safety concerns

The bear had entered buildings and food caches, according to National Park Service officials.

An initiative proposes to overhaul Alaska’s elections. But not everyone thinks they’re broken.

The initiative’s drafters argue that Alaska’s election system punishes bipartisanship and rewards partisan loyalty. And they’re proposing an overhaul, but they face opposition from those who say the state's elections work just fine.
Three relatively small windmills turn above small, one-story homes. Green grass in the foreground and thick fog in the background .

COVID-19 cases send Gambell into lockdown

A VPSO is patrolling the community to limit contact between residents.
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State announces four new COVID-19 deaths over weekend

10 deaths were announced by the state since Friday, though most aren't considered 'recent' and were found through data review.
A fat brown bear's bust

Haines mourns death of Speedy, the ‘Bearoness of the Chilkoot’

The bear was known to wait for people to pass by on the roadside in what appeared to be an attempt to let them pass.
A purple fold-out sign with the words "Full Capacity". Behind it, a man in a tan jacket descends a ramp

City racing to move people into housing as fall temps fill shelters

Managers of the emergency mass shelter at the Sullivan Arena fear that some have already been forced to sleep on the street because of limited capacity.
Shell’s Polar Pioneer leaving Dutch Harbor on Oct. 12, heading for Washington state. (Photo by John Ryan, KUCB - Unalaska)

Shell seeks Alaska lease extension, but no plans to return

The company applied for an extension of its lease holdings in order to make the leases more attractive to a potential buyer, not to develop it them itself.
A green school bus with shattered windows on a trailer bed with about six people standing in front of it wearing face coverings.

“Into The Wild” bus back in Fairbanks

Historic Bus 142 has returned to Fairbanks where it first served as part of the city's public transit system in the 1940s.
Three panels of painted animals, one with a jelly fish, the middle with a humbpack whal getting ready to breach, and the third of two birds in a nest .

‘The Gentle Tarot’: Unalaska artist creates uniquely Alaskan tarot deck

An Unalaska artist is putting together a tarot deck filled with Alaskan-themed imamges of humpback whales, grizzly bears, and cormorants.
Blue ticket counters with the logo "Yute Air"'

Former Yute Commuter Services business manager sued for embezzlement

Yute Commuter Service is suing its former business manager for allegedly embezzling company funds to pay for personal expenses, pay raises and bonuses.
A rocky beach with rocks covered in thick black oil. Spruc trees in bacground.

Alaska regulators seek more money for oil spill fund

Alaska environmental regulators are seeking additional money for the state’s oil spill response fund amid a review of requirements for petroleum producers and shippers.
A roll of "I voted" stickers with the blue alaska flag nexxt to secrecy folders

Absentee ballot lawsuit will not be heard before election

The decision likely eliminates the possibility a judge will require the state to send absentee ballot request forms to all voters before November
Senator Dan Sullivan speaking to the media

‘Pebble Tapes’ prompt Sullivan to raise volume on his opposition to the mine

"No Pebble Mine," Sen. Sullivan wrote on Twitter, after Pebble CEO was caught on tape saying the senator would stay in his corner and be quiet.
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Tribes win decision to exclude Alaska Native corporations from $8B coronavirus fund

A federal appeals court says Alaska Native corporations can't receive a share of the $8 billion coronavirus fund Congress created for tribes.
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Kodiak’s decades-old Tsunami siren system gets a new song

The sirens are being replaced one-by-one and will offer new sounds and features.