A helicopter descends towards a big ship on a sunny day

When mission was threatened by quarantine, these Coast Guard newbies stepped up

This summer, the COVID-19 pandemic threatened to scuttle the Alaska patrol of a U.S. Coast Guard cutter when over 10% of the crew was put in quarantine. But some young crewmembers stepped up to save the mission.

Alaska DEC has the power to veto Pebble Mine. Document suggests to mine foes DEC won’t use it.

A state agency has an opportunity to veto the Pebble Mine. But newly revealed meeting notes suggest a done deal.
A woman dressed in a white lab coat stands in front of a table. Another woman with protective gear stands in a dooray befhind her.

Hospital officials warn of ‘dire’ staffing situation ahead of holiday

Among the concerns: if an outbreak hits the strained elder-care system, hospitals would have to take in more patients.
A cruise ship seen from behind

The US government wants everyone to avoid cruise travel during COVID-19 pandemic

The CDC issued its strongest recommendation against cruise ship travel, but it hasn't issued a ban as it did at the beginning of the pandemic.

With winter storms on the way, avalanche forecasters in Southcentral warn of dangerous conditions through the weekend

Forecasters are warning of dangerous avalanche conditions in the mountains around Southcentral Alaska.
A public health worker in a tent outside Juneau International Airport bags a freshly collected nasal swab for COVID-19 testing.

Alaska reports a record 13 deaths as surge in coronavirus cases continues

The state on Tuesday reported 13 deaths tied to the coronavirus. It’s the most deaths reported in a single day by the state health department since the pandemic began.
Goose Creek Prison. Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

Goose Creek prison COVID-19 outbreak grows

Nearly 300 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Tuesday.
Four students stand over a table with a teacher in a blue sweater standing on the other side

Sitka science teacher wins prestigious national teaching award

Mt. Edgecumbe High School’s Chohla Moll was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
A four story concrete building

Heavily Republican incoming class of Alaska legislators prepares for next session

Only one of the newly elected members of the Alaska Legislature is a Democrat.
Caribou graze on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, with snowcapped peaks of the Brooks Range as a backdrop. (USFWS)

The Trump administration is moving to sell leases in ANWR, but will anyone show up for a sale?

Oil and gas companies aren’t talking publicly about whether they’d bid. But one industry analyst says she’d expect interest in a lease sale to be “lukewarm.”

Anchorage police investigate four homicides over three-day span

Four people died in Anchorage homicides from Thursday to Saturday, the deadliest stretch of 2020, a year marked by fewer homicides than usual, according to police.
Cooked turkey on top of a cutting board, next to trays of orange and white platters of food.

For pandemic Thanksgiving, a growing group of Anchorage restaurants are cooking

Amid months of uncertainty and pandemic disruptions, Anchorage restaurant owners say demand for Thanksgiving dinner to-go has been an unexpected boost for business.
a person stands just outside a restaurant window

Hard-hit Anchorage restaurants prepare for more restrictions

As COVID-19 cases soar in Anchorage, restaurants are bracing for the possibility of another shutdown. Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson said this week that she had no immediate plans for new emergency mandates, but noted the city may need to take action soon.
Signs in a window announce covid closures

Economists try to see what’s ahead for Alaska’s pandemic recession

And some parts of the state have felt the impacts of the downturn more than others. Interior Alaska has had a boost from the military. The Anchorage region has been buoyed by growth in the Mat-Su. But it’s a different story in Southeast.
In a black and white photo, two white men talk seated at a table

Veteran lawmaker Jay Kerttula remembered as mentor, statesman and father

Alaska state flags were lowered to half-mast Friday in honor of Jalmar “Jay” Kerttula, the only state legislator to serve as both senate president and speaker of the house.
A public health worker in a tent outside Juneau International Airport bags a freshly collected nasal swab for COVID-19 testing.

Alaska inmate dies with COVID-19; cases still on the rise ahead of the holidays

The number Alaskans diagnosed with the coronavirus grew by almost 1,200 over the weekend and the state reported its first inmate death linked to the virus, as the surge of infection in the state continues.
gasline trail

LISTEN: Norwegian concept of frifluftsliv offers insight to coping with pandemic

Skiing on the Gasline Trail in Chugach State Park. (Paul Twardock) There's a Norwegian term for deliberately embracing...
A barge filled with containers departs from the Alaska Marine Lines dock in downtown Juneau.

Consumer prices expected to rise as barge rates increase

Alaska Marine Lines, a subsidiary of global shipping giant Lynden, posted a notice to customers Tuesday saying prices would rise 5% on all its routes including Southeast Alaska, the Aleutian Islands and Prince William Sound.
A white woman with a striped tank top gets a bandaid put on her should

Alaska’s geography poses unique challenge in getting COVID-19 vaccine, treatments to rural areas

Vaccines and a new antibody treatment hold promise in fighting COVID-19. But health-care providers face unique challenges in distributing those medicines across Alaska, with its hundreds of communities that lack road access and hospitals.
An aerial view of evergreen trees with a mountain ridge in the background.

University eyes future gravel mine in Matanuska Greenbelt, drawing ire from trail users

Officials at the cash-strapped university say they need to know how much the land is worth, and whether excavating gravel could provide a stream of revenue.