California entrepreneurs launched a business to fly over L.A. traffic. Now, they will operate Ravn’s routes.

Float Shuttle was the brainchild of a pair of California entrepreneurs, Tom Hsieh and Arnel Guiang, and it is a wholly different enterprise than the Alaska airlines that face rugged terrain and foul-weather flying. It outbid a team of Alaskans that included Lynden chairman Jim Jansen.

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.

COVID Q&A: What do you need to know if you need a COVID test in Anchorage?

State and municipal health officials have urged Alaskans to get tested for COVID-19 if they start to show symptoms, but the process of getting tested has proved to be challenging and confusing for some. Here are answers to some common questions about testing.
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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.

City gives new warnings about bars and explains why it’s naming them

Patrons of the Blue Fox Cocktail Lounge and Eddie's Sports Bar who visited on July 2 may have been exposed to COVID-19, the Anchorage Office of Emergency Management said late Thursday in a release.

Fewer classroom days, shorter hours and face masks: Anchorage School District announces plan for next month

The state’s largest school district says students will go into classrooms just two days a week when the school year begins next month. It hopes to later have students in the classroom five days.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hospitality industry criticizes decision to release the names of bars and restaurants with COVID-19 cases

The industry argues that it was unfairly singled out and that the announcement created confusion about where people could have been exposed.

Anti-mask mandate campaign gets taken down by GoFundMe

A crowdsourcing campaign to produce ads challenging mainstream advice about using face coverings was removed from the platform for violating its terms of service.

It’s official: Alaska won’t see any large cruise ships this year

Carnival and Royal Caribbean already announced that they wouldn't be sailing to Alaska.