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Feds approve $50m pandemic relief for Alaska’s fishing sector

Applications from fishermen will be accepted during a two-month window that opens March 1 with payments could come as early as June.

Scientists say Alaska has recorded 10 cases of coronavirus strain first found in California

The variant, known as B.1.429, was first identified in Alaska in early January and has since been detected nine more times, according to a report released this week by a consortium of scientists assembled by the state to search for new strains.

LISTEN: In Alaska crab boat’s deadly sinking, expert witnesses point to flawed stability calculations

So far, expert witnesses have described serious problems with the boat’s stability report, which is a rating of how stable the vessel is and how much equipment it can bear. And those issues might extend to many other fishing boats around Alaska.

Kaktovik Iñupiat Corp. blames feds for missed ANWR deadline, demands apology

“It was the agency that ran the time out, not KIC,” said the chairman of the corporation.
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Too young to qualify for a COVID-19 shot? Bring an unvaccinated senior with you.

Alaska health officials this week announced a new way people can qualify for a COVID-19 vaccine: Bring an unvaccinated elder with you, and you can get a shot yourself.
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University of Alaska regents give Anchorage hockey and gymnastics teams more time to fundraise

The University of Alaska Board of Regents agreed Thursday to reinstate Anchorage’s hockey and gymnastics teams as long as they reach their fundraising goals by new, extended deadlines.
A man and a woman stand in face masks.

Anchorage hospital workers step up to cuddle Alaska’s tiniest babies

Coronavirus-related restrictions on volunteers left a big hole in the NICU at Alaska’s largest hospital. Then, Providence workers stepped in to the help fill the need.
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Update: Alaska House Republicans name lawmaker who tested positive for COVID-19

Alaska Rep. Mike Cronk tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. He announced the result on Thursday through a press release from the House Republican caucus.
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Electric vehicle charging corridor may be on the road to reality in Alaska Railbelt

The Alaska Energy Authority plans to install between 10 and 14 electric chargers along the railbelt, from Homer and Seward to Fairbanks. Right now, sparsely distributed charging stations make electric vehicles impractical for long drives in Alaska.

Unscathed: These Alaska villages are reaching herd immunity — without a single case of COVID-19

Alaska's unique geography and isolation have helped at least 10 villages record zero cases of COVID-19. The list of communities stretches from Southeast Alaska to the Aleutian Islands to deep in the Interior, and some of them have vaccinated nearly all of their adults.

Low sea ice and warmer oceans impact seabird migration in Western Alaska, research suggests

As Alaska's northern seas warm, the birds who spend their lives on the water are feeling the heat — and it's changing how they feed, move, and breed.
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How the Y-K Delta became one of the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination leaders

Nearly 50% of the region's population has already received at least one dose of vaccine, thanks to creative clinic sites, and a strong delivery infrastructure.
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Anchorage Pacific Islander community brings COVID-19 vaccines to church

A Tuesday vaccine clinic brought 80 vaccines to a Samoan church in Airport Heights, where food and music made for a unique atmosphere.
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Rep. Don Young looks for workaround on Canada cruise ship ban

U.S. Rep. Don Young introduced legislation on Wednesday that aims to allow large cruise ships to return to Alaska this summer.
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Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy tests positive for COVID-19

Alaska's governor was exposed to a person who later tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, but his first test came back negative. He tested positive Wednesday after feeling poorly on Tuesday night.
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After 4 months, Y-K Delta no longer has highest COVID-19 rate in Alaska

The highest case rate in the state is now in the Mat-Su Borough.
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State working to close sale of its fast ferries

Trasmapi, a Mediterranean-based catamaran operator, offered about $4.6 million for the Fairweather and Chenega ferries. But that was less than half the $10 million reserve price set by the state.
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Alaska’s federal allocation of COVID-19 vaccine will nearly double in March

The federal government's monthly shipment of COVID-19 vaccine to Alaska will nearly double in March, rising to 103,000 first doses from the 61,000 allocated to the state in February.

LISTEN: Katie Hurley remembered for charisma, energy and love for Alaska

Hurley was a longtime assistant to territorial Governor Ernest Gruening, the chief clerk at the Alaska Constitutional Convention, and, later, a state legislator, among many other roles.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s chief of staff, Ben Stevens, resigns to become executive at ConocoPhillips

Stevens will become the new vice president of external affairs and transportation at ConocoPhillips Alaska, Dunleavy's office said in a prepared statement.