Enrollment in neighborhood schools drops statewide, leaders say budget crisis is on the way

The number of students enrolled in neighborhood schools statewide decreased by 13%, and the number of students in homeschool programs nearly doubled.
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Representative-elect Patkotak says he opposes joining a caucus that seeks cuts to certain rural Alaska programs

Patkotak's position will make it much harder for a majority conservative Republican caucus to form.

LISTEN: Governor’s office slow to act in addressing attorney general’s misconduct

The victim in a misconduct scandal that caused former Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson to resign in August says the governor’s office knew for months prior to the resignation about inappropriate texts Clarkson sent the woman.
A row of cares lines up and a medical worker in a blue suit stands by at a window

Anchorage opens pop-up COVID-19 testing sites, encourages everyone to get tested

The city is setting up pop up testing sites over the next several weeks.
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Anchorage Assembly urges Dunleavy and Alaska’s delegation to do more to fight COVID-19

In a nonbinding resolution, the Anchorage Assembly voted 9-1 to ask Gov. Mike Dunleavy to implement a statewide mask mandate.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The Anchorage Daily News learns more about what Alaska officials knew of the former attorney general's misconduct. And, the electric school bus in Tok survives a cold snap earlier this month. Plus, Pollock move north, threatening Alaska's billion dollar industry.
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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Governor Dunleavy issues several health orders under a new disaster declaration. And, a Sitka science teacher wins one of the highest honors in her field by featuring traditional knowledge. Plus, the Anchorage Assembly extends the city's emergency declaration.

Conservation groups sue US to halt oil project in Alaska

A coalition of conservation groups are asking a judge to stop the project, arguing that officials underestimated the plan’s harm to local wildlife in their environmental assessment.
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St. Paul Island has no confirmed cases of COVID-19, but the community isn’t letting down its guard

The island has the largest population of Unangan people in the world, and community leaders say they are doing everything they can to protect them.
Goose Creek Prison. Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

Alaska prison outbreaks continue to grow

The Goose Creek Correctional Center now has 204 cases, all of which are active, according to a spokesperson for the Department of Corrections.

Fur Rondy organizers cancel 2021 championship sled dog race over coronavirus concerns

Organizers announced this week that it’s too risky to hold the sprint races through the city during the coronavirus pandemic. They cited concerns about race requirements and large crowds of spectators.
An Alaska Native man in a baseball cap sits at a voting booth

Alaska will have a new election system: Voters pass Ballot Measure 2

After Tuesday’s count, the more than 3,000-vote advantage that yes votes have appears to be too large to be overcome by the ballots that are left to count.

New cargo project is latest proposal for booming Anchorage airport

A firm led by the former top investment officer at the Alaska Permanent Fund is eyeing what could grow into a $500 million project to support the booming cargo shipping industry at Anchorage’s international airport.
An aerial view of a beluga and a baby beluga in gray water

Environmental groups say Pebble could threaten the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale

Conservationists are raising concerns about adding yet another stressor to an already endangered whale population — the proposed Pebble Mine.
A white man with a mustache and beard speaks at a podidum with a state of Alaska seal

New health orders add testing and quarantine mandates for some in-state travel

One order requires any traveler from the road system to rural communities to quarantine until they have a negative test result.

LISTEN: A COVID-19 vaccine is on the horizon, but Alaska faces unique challenges

There will be challenges with getting a COVID-19 vaccine to people, especially in rural areas like those in Alaska.
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Anchorage School District projects $15 million loss due to lowered student enrollment

The district’s annual financial report shows many families have left the district for statewide homeschool and private school programs.
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage.

Anchorage Assembly extends emergency declaration a sixth time

The Anchorage Assembly on Monday voted to extend the city’s emergency declaration for the sixth time, until January 15, 2021. The first declaration went into effect in March, with periodic votes to extend. In recent months COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed and hospital staffing has been increasingly strained.
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Y-K health center recommends month-long lockdown for region

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s health corporation warns that the region’s rising COVID-19 surge could soon overwhelm the local health care system.
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Alaska governor defends virus approach amid criticism on all sides

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is walking the line between those who think he’s not doing enough to address rising case counts to those who think he’s been overreaching in his approach.