State medical officer encourages Alaskans to wear homemade masks

The number of Alaskans diagnosed with COVID-19 had grown to 147, up from 143 cases a day earlier.

Additional Pogo workers have tested positive for COVID-19, mine company won’t say how many

Northern Star Resources would not say how many workers at the mine have tested positive. A company spokesperson said Tuesday that it’s “a small number.”

Zink to Alaskans: ‘It’s no time to let your guard down.’

Zink said that the state must go 28 days without a community case to say it doesn’t have community spread. That’s far from happening.

There are new health rules for fishermen arriving in Bristol Bay, but critics say there are loopholes

The president of the regional health corporation and local tribes say the Dunleavy administration's plan is unrealistic considering the realities of the looming commercial fishing season.

Birch pollen count breaks ‘world record’ in Fairbanks

After a cold winter and spring, high temperatures around the Interior prompted birch tree buds to burst, sending record-setting levels of pollen into the air.
A sign reads "Welcome to UAS" at the University of Alaska Southeast’s Juneau campus.

Facing ‘immediate and significant financial headwinds,’ UA regents to consider controversial merger

The coronavirus has cut deep into the finances of the already-strained public university system. One proposal to reduce spending: Merge the University of Alaska Southeast into one, or both, of the other two universities.

Alaska plans to more than triple its workforce of COVID-19 contact detectives

The state of Alaska is boosting its workforce of COVID-19 detectives, known as "contact tracers," to 500 from 150, and it's purchased new software to better share data and keep it secure.

Your questions about unemployment insurance, answered

Will I lose eligibility for Unemployment Insurance because of the early PFD payout? What should I do if my claim isn't being processed? Do I have to go back to work if I'm afraid of catching the coronavirus?

Want $1,000? Just show that you need it, says Skagway assembly

The city voted to distribute $1.4 million directly to Skagway residents, while another $1.5 million will go to other programs.

Action on Palmer police chief’s protest-inducing statements still pending

Two weeks, one protest and one city council meeting later, and the city of Palmer has made no decision yet on how to handle statements by its police chief calling the Black Lives Matter movement a "hate group" and questioning the honesty of sexual assault victims.

Ravn says 30 bidders want to buy at least a piece of the company, but next steps are murky

Five of the bidders are interested in buying Ravn intact. There were also nearly a dozen offers to buy “substantial assets” from Ravn -- not the whole business, but more than $1 million. But the next steps in the process are still murky.

Bethel to offer free hotel quarantine to travelers headed from Anchorage to villages

The city manager says Bethel is in a unique position since all traffic to smaller villages goes through town.

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.

Toddlers strut their maklaks online as Northwest Alaska’s baby pageant goes virtual

The Northwest Alaska beauty contest aims to showcase traditional Inupiaq sewing - and the babies who wear the items.

Coronavirus hurting Alaska attempt to reduce tuberculosis

There have been 38 cases of tuberculosis in the state so far this year.

Pebble Mine to clear environmental review this week, but is it ‘practicable’?

The Pebble Mine becomes a step closer to reality this week but legal questions remain.

LISTEN: We’re celebrating 50 years of public radio in Alaska. Share your stories with us.

Public radio came to Alaska in 1970, providing a vital link between rural communities at a time when there were none. How was Alaska’s public radio network built?

Ravn hopes to relaunch service to rural hubs in September

The company that bought Ravn's core assets initially hoped to relaunch operations around this time, but the new owners now say that they hope to resume flying in another month, in mid-September.

LISTEN: Teen vaping doesn’t start in high school. It starts in middle school.

Coverage of the growing problem of teenage vaping has, for the most part, been focused on high school students. But according to the American Journal of Public Health, about 29% of lifetime smokers are first introduced to nicotine products between age 12 and 14.

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