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.

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.

Tlingit cultural items could be headed back to Alaska

The items, which currently sit at the museum of the University of Maine, could be returned to Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, under a federal law that allows for the removal of such objects.

LISTEN: With the death of George Floyd, America comes face to face with persisting racism

The killing of George Floyd by a white police officer is just the latest version of a story heard way too often in America. Eric Gardner, Breanna Taylor and Aumaud Arbery are just a few of the Black lives that have been cut short due to the entrenched, systemic racism persistent in American culture.

Checking in with state economists as Alaska reopens | Alaska Insight

More than a third of Alaskan workers have applied for unemployment in the last 2 months. With so many Alaskans out of work, how will small businesses survive a summer with little to no tourism? Will CARES Act funding be enough to keep small businesses going?

LISTEN: The first step to genocide is dehumanization. How do stop it before it starts?

The Rawandan Genocide, the Holocaust, and the ongoing plight of the Rohingya people, are just a few examples of the human capacity to persecute others for being different than ourselves.

LISTEN: As parents head back to work, childcare providers are struggling to meet demand

Alaskans are heading back to work. But many daycare centers and camps are closed. Those that are open are operating under new rules and with limited capacity. How will camps and child care centers make sure they keep kids safe? And how will parents cope if they can't find childcare?

Balancing municipal budgets during COVID-19 | Alaska Insight

COVID-19 has put a strain on small Alaska communities who rely on seasonal income to stay afloat. What can and should the state do to keep municipal governments strong?

“We don’t even know how to do it”: How distance education works without internet

Doing schoolwork at home is tough, especially in rural villages where internet is limited and access to teachers requires a phone call. But that’s what many students have been forced to do during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kwethluk man broke into VPO building, took guns in evidence locker, fired at officers, troopers say

Police say the man, when asked why he was shooting, said he'd "seen it in a movie"

The challenges of distance education | Alaska Insight

In mid March, students went on spring break, but widespread concern over the coronavirus meant they could not return to their classrooms for the remainder of the spring semester.

LISTEN: A psychologist joins us to discuss the keys to healthy aging

Can an old dog learn new tricks? In his book, "Our Wisdom Years," psychologist Dr. Garfield makes the case that as we enter our 60s, 70s and 80s, we are actually entering into a “developmental stage.”

New homegrown VPSO graduates headed to Bering Straits region, but vacancies remain

Eight communities in the Bering Strait region still lack VPSOs.

Stabilizing Alaska’s economy after COVID-19 | Alaska Insight

https://youtu.be/kmlY-EarhWs Alaska lawmakers have said they need to approve the governor’s plan for sending out federal...

Re-opening Alaska’s economy | Alaska Insight

https://youtu.be/FlAJOeuTnik Governor Mike Dunleavy began allowing businesses to reopen this week after more than...

LISTEN: An hour of gratitude and compassion amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Prentiss Pemberton is opening up the phone lines for you to share stories of grace and compassion over the last 2 months.

On Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, businesses hit hard during last summer’s wildfires are facing another season of uncertainty

As business owners look to this season for some sort of normalcy and a chance to recoup financial losses, they’re facing a new challenge: a global pandemic.

Take a break from pandemic stress with Alaska artists | Alaska Insight

https://youtu.be/lAOFALj0hwg Social isolation and sheltering in place have disrupted our daily lives, leaving many people...

LISTEN: Dr. Anne Zink and Gov. Mike Dunleavy discuss reopening the economy on Talk of Alaska

Reopening Alaska's economy is something some Alaskans desperately want while others urge caution as the coronavirus pandemic continues. THow will this work in practice and how do we know it isn’t too soon?

Working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in rural Alaska | Alaska Insight

Limited or no road access means many rural Alaska communities face challenges in delivering health care. With the...