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Anchorage, amid a coronavirus surge that’s stressing hospitals, scales back testing hours

The company that runs Anchorage’s municipal coronavirus testing sites is scaling back its hours this week, even as the city continues to see some of the nation’s highest rates of COVID-19 transmission in the country.

Canadian company explores potential gold mine near Donlin

The mine project is called “Flat Gold.” It consists of 92,000 acres of land located in Flat, between Holy Cross and McGrath, 25 miles north of the Donlin Gold project.
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For some Alaskans, getting vaccinated is a simple choice. For others, like this Anchorage pastor, it’s complicated.

William Tauanu’u knows the danger of COVID-19 and believes the vaccine is effective. But he’s also concerned by reports from friends and family about side effects of the COVID vaccine, which has led him to cancel three appointments to get the shot.
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In new cybersecurity incident, Alaska seafood agency hit by ‘nefarious third party’

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, which operates separate computer systems from the state’s executive branch, discovered the activity in August, said Jeremy Woodrow, the institute’s executive director.
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Anchorage’s multi-million-dollar testing, vaccination contracts in limbo as Bronson administration considers its options

Officials from Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson’s administration say they’re examining their options for continuing the city’s COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs as key contracts are set to expire at the end of the month.

Healing together: Alaskans share experiences overcoming trauma

Here's how these Alaskans are confronting intergenerational traumas with different ways of healing.
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Alaska Native Medical Center third hospital to move to crisis standards for care

ANMC is the third hospital in the state to announce crisis standards in response to a surge of COVID-19 patients. It says it isn't rationing care at this point, but that could be a concern if COVID hospitalizations keep rising.
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Months later, details of Alaska cyberattacks remain a closely held secret

After getting hacked in May, the Alaska health department, along with state technology officials, continue to wage an intense fight to preserve the secrecy of records that could help Alaskans better understand what happened.
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Yukon-Kuskokwim hospital operating under crisis standards of care

It issued a written statement on Wednesday saying that the corporation is operating at capacity and has adopted new clinical guidelines for dispensing care.
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As critics question CDC’s booster decision, Alaska providers welcome added protection amid nation’s worst COVID surge

While the CDC's decision to allow boosters for at-risk workers set off criticism from some, Alaska providers said it fit with the demands and risks they’re taking on in the middle of the nation’s most intense, delta variant-driven surge.

Alaskans discuss trauma and intergenerational healing | Alaska Insight – Oct 1

Individuals and communities in Alaska have come to recognize that trauma-informed practices can help strengthen relationships and work toward overcoming the negative impacts of structural racism and colonization.

For people who got the J&J vaccine, some doctors are advising boosters ASAP

The Johnson & Johnson booster is a big issue because people who received that vaccine may need a booster more urgently than those who received the Pfizer or Moderna, according to some experts.
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Children born in 2020 will experience up to 7 times more extreme climate events

With the current rate of global warming and national policies that fail to make necessary cuts in heat-trapping pollution, climate events such as heat waves will continue to rise in frequency, intensity and duration, scientists say. That leaves children of younger generations facing a "severe threat" to their safety, according to the study's authors.
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Judge rejects Bering Sea seafood companies’ request to block penalties for alleged violations of federal shipping law

The seafood companies said U.S. Customs and Border Protection had threatened them and other businesses in their supply chain with penalties exceeding $300 million.
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Alaska reports 10 more resident COVID deaths

The ten deaths have occured since August.
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New Sullivan Arena shelter managers say they’re trying to change the tone for clients

Clients at the Sullivan Arena shelter say there's fewer visible security guards, which makes the atmosphere more relaxed.
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Alaska Redistricting Board’s series of road shows begins this week

The state board in charge of redrawing Alaska’s legislative districts is kicking off a series of open house-style public hearings on proposed maps on Monday in Juneau.
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Diagnosed with end-stage cancer, Hobo Jim thanks his fans for their support

James Varsos, best known to Alaska and the world as Hobo Jim, said his cancer is untreatable and that doctors told him he has three to six months to live.
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White House steps up work on what to do about thawing Arctic

The White House said Friday it is reactivating the Arctic Executive Steering Committee, which coordinates domestic regulations and works with other Arctic nations. It also is adding six new members to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, including two Indigenous Alaskans.
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Denali Borough to require masking in schools

Opponents of the mask requirement include Tri-Valley Fire Department Chief Rob Graham, who suggested the pandemic may be overblown and that proponents of masking are "getting paid with COVID dollars."