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Hard-hit Anchorage restaurants prepare for more restrictions

As COVID-19 cases soar in Anchorage, restaurants are bracing for the possibility of another shutdown. Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson said this week that she had no immediate plans for new emergency mandates, but noted the city may need to take action soon.
Signs in a window announce covid closures

Economists try to see what’s ahead for Alaska’s pandemic recession

And some parts of the state have felt the impacts of the downturn more than others. Interior Alaska has had a boost from the military. The Anchorage region has been buoyed by growth in the Mat-Su. But it’s a different story in Southeast.
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LISTEN: Norwegian concept of frifluftsliv offers insight to coping with pandemic

Skiing on the Gasline Trail in Chugach State Park. (Paul Twardock) There's a Norwegian term for deliberately embracing...
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Tlingit artist from Juneau designs stamp for US Postal Service

The artwork of a Tlingit artist from Juneau will be featured on a new postage stamp set for distribution next year.
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Alaska agency says it’s neutral on Pebble Mine. Internal documents tell a different story.

Text messages and meeting notes suggest DNR is working to help the mine get a federal permit
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Why a majority Republican caucus isn’t certain in Alaska legislature, despite conservative wins

Newly elected Republicans have been talking about how they will organize as election results are finalized, but their narrow majorities in both houses and some stark policy disagreements mean a caucus is far from certain.
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After a summer of pandemic disruptions and poor salmon runs, Alaska fishermen await more federal relief money

Government relief money has helped fishermen, and the state is finalizing a plan for how to spend another $50 million in federal dollars for the industry.

Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer seeks initiative audit to calm election questions

Meyer said the only reason he’s seeking an audit is because “so many people think our Dominion machines are faulty, corrupt and easily manipulated, and I think a lot of this is misinformation that’s coming from the national level.”
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Shipwrecked in storm, retired fisherman gets unexpected rescue in Southeast Alaska

70-year-old Kurt Broderson was floating in a survival suit in waves the size of houses when Coast Guard rescuers arrived to save him. He says the event changed his life.
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ConocoPhillips Alaska plans to restart drilling on the North Slope this year

Tor the first time since its fields were brought online, Prudhoe Bay, Kuparuk River and Alpine have no rigs running in them. But, the plan is to have rigs working on two of those fields by the end of 2021.

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.

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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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.