Two men stand in front of a truck.

Unvaccinated City of Bethel employees say they won’t get the vaccine and are looking for new jobs

When the vaccine mandate took effect, the city had 17 unvaccinated employees. Since then, two of those employees quit, one got a religious exemption 10 got vaccinated and the rest are on administrative leave.
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Officials warn of plateau as Alaska reports 964 new resident COVID cases

Cases have increased by an average of 8% in the last week, but they are still lower than the record highs at the end of September.
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Alaskan Latinos discuss culture and an upcoming documentary during Hispanic Heritage Month | Alaska Insight

0 Hispanics make up a growing share of the population in Alaska, and their stories are intertwined with the state's culture. How has life changed...
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It’s official: Anchorage records its first snowfall of the season

While some parts of Anchorage received more than 14 inches of snow in late September, the weather service's measuring station near the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport got barely a trace. And that's where official weather measurements are taken. So, Thursday will technically be counted as Anchorage's first snowfall of the season.
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Anchorage Assembly will decide tonight whether to override Bronson’s veto of masking measure

The Assembly's meeting is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Assembly Chambers at Loussac Library.
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Toyostoves are scarce this year. That’s bad news for keeping homes in rural Alaska warm.

Step into any home in rural Alaska and there’s a good chance that a Toyostove is what’s keeping it warm. Toyostoves are heaters that run efficiently on stove oil. But the supply of Toyostoves in Alaska is running low, and it’s yet another symptom of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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First Alaska Native woman trooper, now retired, reflects on two decades in law enforcement

Anne Sears' 22-year career in law enforcement took her all over the state — from Southeast, to Southcentral, the Interior and, eventually, back to Northwest Alaska, where she's from.

Clem Tillion, Alaska’s original ‘fish czar,’ dies at 96

A towering figure in the worlds of Alaska fisheries and politics — and in the intersection between the two — Tillion, 96, died Wednesday morning at his home in Halibut Cove.
Two crew men shovel a deck full of fish on board a large boat

Tribal, commercial fishing groups call for drastic reductions in trawl salmon bycatch

Fisheries managers allow whitefish trawlers to inadvertently scoop up halibut, crab and salmon in their nets. The bycatch rate is relatively low, but because the trawlers catch so much of their target species, the unintended harvest adds up.
A person in a hard hat and jacket looks into the distance at fire coming from a tall cylinder.

U.S. households will pay more to heat their homes this winter, officials say

Nearly half of all U.S. households heat their homes with natural gas. A new report from the Energy Information Administration says they can expect to pay 30% more on average this winter.
A man in a troopers uniform shakes another man's hand while getting a diploma.

Soldotna trooper arrested for sexual abuse of a minor

Troopers say 39-year-old Benjamin Strachan had been working for the department since June 2020.
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Bronson vetoes Anchorage mask mandate

In his veto, Bronson wrote that the Assembly “openly displayed their scorn for the public process” by passing an emergency ordinance without public testimony.
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Alaska reports over 1,220 COVID cases, 204 hospitalizations on Wednesday

The state's chief medical officer said the single day jump in COVID cases was a result of analyzing a batch of new results, and doesn't represent a trend.
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2 men rescued after their boat overturns in Southwest Alaska

“I had to make a quick decision to go get them before the storm hit,” said Kongiganak Search and Rescue member Roderick Phillip. “I don't know if they would have survived a second storm.”

Alaska could see another La Niña winter, but early season snow and temps don’t mean much

That's according to National Weather Service climate researcher Brian Brettschneider, back for our Ask a Climatologist segment.
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Two Alaska GOP senators test positive for COVID-19

Two Alaska state senators have tested positive for COVID-19 and a third was not feeling well and awaiting test results, Senate President Peter Micciche said Tuesday.

Anchorage Assembly to hire a lawyer for help with ‘separation of powers’ at Loussac

y chair Suzanne LaFrance, describes several instances where members of the mayor’s staff were “asserting control over the Loussac Library grounds.”
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Anchorage Assembly approves emergency mask mandate

The order approved by the Aassembly takes effect immediately. It mandates that people wear masks in indoor public places and in communal spaces. Those exempted from the masking rules include children under age of 5, people in police custody, people participating in sports, people at church and Mayor Dave Bronson’s administration.
A man in an orange shirt lifts up his sleeve to get a shot.

Breakthrough infections might not be a big transmission risk. Here’s the evidence.

Are vaccinated people who get COVID as likely to spread the infection as unvaccinated people? Scientists don't think so.

Alaska reports 16 recent COVID deaths, 475 new infections

State health officials have said it’s possible Alaska’s massive surge in cases is leveling off after recording record numbers of infections and hospitalizations last month and in early October. Infection numbers, however, are sill high. The state continues to have the nation's highest rate of COVID cases.