With international travel restrictions, burgeoning Arctic tourism season is canceled

It's the first time since the 90s that Nome hasn't seen a cruise ship over the summer.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Pediatricians in Alaska weigh-in on school reopening. And, Juneau residents gather to support local and national police. Plus, wildfire managers think this year's fire season will remain pretty quiet.

RavnAir cancels auction for remaining planes, calling rural hub service into question

Four bidders participated in the auction: Anchorage-based Ryan Air; a Southern California-based company called Float Shuttle; Connecticut investment firm Wexford Capital; and a group of Alaskans represented by bankruptcy attorney Cabot Christianson.

NovaGold sues research firm for report on Donlin Gold mine

After the short-selling firm J Capital Research released a report suggesting the Donlin Gold mine was too expensive to build, NovaGold's stock price dropped, but since then its prices have rebounded.

Alaska reports 49 new COVID-19 cases and new case at Fairbanks prison

The state also reduced the number of inpatient beds available, which it says more accurately represents the number of inpatient beds that can be used for COVID-19 patients.

Valdez becomes latest Alaska community to pass mask mandate

The community has reported just two resident cases but council members expressed concern about limited healthcare capacity in the town of about 4,000.

‘Potent storm’ could bring over an inch of rain to some parts of Southcentral today

Anchorage's hillside and the northern Kenai Peninsula are expected to be the hardest hit.

Alaska’s top doctor lays out four ways to reduce COVID-19 exposure

Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said that Alaskans can slow the spread of COVID-19 by minimizing contact with micro-droplets from others in the air.

Rocket’s red glare injures three in Sitka fireworks mishap

A pyrotechnician said that there was a malfunction during the finale, which “for reasons unknown” launched more quickly than planned.

Wealthy and well-connected Alaska firms among those gaining most from PPP

The SBA has released the names of Alaska companies that scored the largest share of Alaska's $1.2 billion in PPP funds.

Southeast lawmaker is counting on the $5 billion Alaska squirreled away this year for future dividends

The constitutionally-protected portion of the Alaska Permanent Fund got a nearly $5 billion boost as the fiscal year drew to a close last month.

Gambell rations fuel as it awaits fuel barge and line repair

Residents are only allowed to use two gallons of fuel per day due to a leaky fuel line and a fuel barge that didn't arrive last summer.

One small cruise line cancels Alaska sailings, others hope to salvage some of the season

American Cruise Lines canceled its season due to the recent COVID-19 spike across the nation, but some businesses are hoping that other small cruise lines can help buffer some of the loss caused by the major cruise lines' cancellations.

Skagway residents got Permanent Fund dividends and city stimulus checks in the same week

The city's plan was to keep people spending money despite a devastated tourism season. Some residents say it's working.

Taku River turns cold, runs fast after glacial dam release in the Juneau Icefield

This glacial dam release, or jökulhlaup, was relatively small, but there could be more this summer.

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Anchorage bar owners push back against being publicly named in connection with positive COVID cases. And, is Alaska's airport screening process working? Plus, what can testing for COVID-19 antibodies show?

Ravn sells off dozens of small planes to Alaska companies

The bankrupt RavnAir group sold off dozens of its small planes to three Alaska aviation companies in a Tuesday auction, but Ravn's largest planes and most valuable airline operating certificates won't be sold until Wednesday.

Judge halts virus relief funding for Alaska Native corporations

Several tribes are appealing a ruling that said that Alaska Native Corporations are eligible for a share of the $8 billion in CARES Act funding designated for tribes.

State reports another death as active COVID-19 infections again reach new high

The report of another death follows a recent spike in Alaska’s number of new COVID-19 infections, and warnings from Anchorage city officials that its system for investigating cases has maxed out.
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