State proposes $100 million loan guarantee program as hundreds of Alaska businesses seek approval for out-of-state workers

Some 600 business entities have filed plans with the state outlining how they'll safely bring out-of-state workers into Alaska to support "critical infrastructure" amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Wednesday.

Number of coronavirus cases in Alaska jumps to 59

The number of known cases increased by 17 from the announcement just a day earlier.

Joining villages across the state, Bristol Bay communities restrict travel to stem disease spread

Newhalen, New Stuyahok, Igiugig and Perryville have all suspended travel for non-community members until further notice.

Alaska courts quieter, but still working, amid coronavirus changes

Alaska’s court system looks very different these days, as judges, attorneys and court staff work under new directives to keep people safe from coronavirus.

Ketchikan infections spread, 3 more cases reported

This transmission electron microscope image shows the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The virus was isolated from a patient in the U.S.,...

Amalga Distillery in Juneau is making hand sanitizer for organizations in need

One Juneau distillery has gone from serving cocktails to serving its community in a different way: making hand sanitizer.

Regional air carriers forced to make cuts, but hoping for federal relief

In the face of community travel restrictions and a drop in demand, some regional air carriers in Alaska say they’re being forced to cut service to communities - and to cut positions from their payroll.

Longtime Petersburg resident, hospitalized in Washington state, has died of coronavirus

A Petersburg man in a Seattle hospital after testing positive with COVID-19 Monday, March 16, his family said.

An Alaskan has died from the coronavirus in Washington state, officials say

The person acquired the disease and died in Washington state, but was an Alaska resident, said Alaska's chief medical officer.

Outrage grows that many Alaska state workers can’t heed the call to stay home

State workers are worried about their exposure, and one union is suing the state.

Quinhagak girl was assaulted and murdered, charges say

Jordan Mark, 18, was charged with murder, sexual abuse of a minor, kidnapping and evidence tampering in her death.

UA chancellors unveil proposals for cutting degree programs

It’s the latest step in a monthslong process to erase degree programs to help close a budget gap driven by cuts to state funding and declining enrollment.

Here’s an alphabetical list of Y-K villages restricting travel to stop the coronavirus

With elders to care for, sparse health care infrastructure, overcrowded homes and limited access to running water, many villages are putting their own restrictions into place.

Alaska Legislature eases unemployment insurance benefit rules, weighs other emergency measures

Both chambers passed a bill, House Bill 308, that would ease access to unemployment insurance benefits for those affected by the pandemic. The measure would eliminate the one-week waiting period for benefits. And it would raise the benefit per dependent, from $25 to $75 per week.

Record number of wolves taken on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast

Trappers reported taking almost as many wolves as had estimated to live on and around Prince of Wales Island. It’s a new record number of wolves — 165 taken in Unit 2 — which includes Prince of Wales and surrounding islands in Southeast Alaska.

Juneau coronavirus patient is in critical care, the first Alaskan hospitalized with the virus

A patient with COVID-19 was currently in the critical care unit at Bartlett Regional Hospital on Tuesday.

Former Lt. Governor named first female president of Alaska Pacific University

Valerie Nurr'araaluk Davidson was state health commissioner under former Gov. Bill Walker and became his lieutenant governor in late 2018.

Ketchikan officials announce two new cases of COVID-19, bringing local total to eight

Officials reiterated the importance of staying home given the exponential growth in coronavirus cases in Ketchikan.

Bush Alaska lawmakers seek extension of REAL ID deadline due to coronavirus concerns

Legislators who represent the bulk of Alaska’s villages are asking the state’s congressional delegation to try to extend the deadline for Alaskans to get REAL ID-compliant identification. The request comes amid concerns over the coronavirus.

Distance-learning lesson plans take shape as Alaska’s students settle in for coronavirus closure

Melin says each of Alaska’s 54 school districts will handle remote education differently.