Kenai Assembly passes Second Amendment ‘sanctuary’ ordinance

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved an ordinance Tuesday night that reaffirms its support for Americans’ right to bear arms.
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Alaska pediatricians agree with national org, encourage in-person school this fall

They say it's important to consider the risks of keeping children out of school; schools can and should reopen where it's safe to do so.

Scientists hope to find what water quality like without cruise ships

The data will provide a baseline for ensuing years once the cruise industry starts back up.

PSP levels in shellfish samples near Unalaska test dangerously high

A recent report showed some of the highest ever recorded levels of PSP toxins in butter clams taken from the Alaska Peninsula community of King Cove in June

Mask mandate fails in Ketchikan

At issue in the vote was a $500 fine for people caught without masks.
A gray whale carcass was found near Wrangell Island. (Photo courtesy and of Ceona Koch)

Another gray whale found dead in Cook Inlet, scientists still aren’t sure what’s causing the die-off

A gray whale stranded in Twentymile River near Girdwood over Memorial Day weekend was reported dead in Cook Inlet earlier this month. The young male whale was first spotted by boaters a mile upstream from the Seward Highway bridge on May 25.

Southern California commuter service, Float Shuttle, will buy core Ravn assets for $8 million

Float Shuttle is buying nine of the Dash-8 planes and two of the federal operating certificates that Ravn's airlines, Corvus and PenAir, once used to fly passengers from Anchorage to the Aleutian Islands, the Kenai Peninsula and an array of other rural Alaska destinations.

F/V Knot Crazy sinks in Nushagak Bay

Nobody was hurt or injured, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

State gives Italian oil giant six more months to make $2.7M rent payment on Alaska leases

It’s the third such extension granted by DNR in the past three months. The department cited the coronavirus pandemic’s dire impacts as the reason to give companies more time to pay.

Why Alaska’s COVID-19 airport screening lines might be skipped or unstaffed

A nurse consultant with the Division of Public Health says that testers will often leave their posts if there are no out-of-state flights scheduled to arrive.

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.

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.

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.