Anchorage officials: We need your COVID-19 protective gear, including homemade masks, ‘immediately’

Anchorage officials are again asking people, businesses and medical providers to donate protective equipment "immediately," including homemade masks. Despite community donations so far, Anchorage continues to face a shortage of personal protective equipment, the city says.

LISTEN: Petersburg mom lost her sense of smell. Days later, she tested positive for COVID-19

For Megan Litster, the only symptom was a loss of her sense of smell.

More cash aid from the state makes sense, economists say, but it may not be as simple as another PFD

Some lawmakers, led by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, say the dire, once-in-generations nature of the coronavirus pandemic requires drastic measures in response. And a number of of Alaska economists agree -- though they stress that extra spending from the Permanent Fund should done carefully, and that it comes with trade-offs.

As the state lifts restrictions, some Juneau bars and restaurants aren’t rushing to reopen

The City and Borough of Juneau has opted out of reopening public facilities for now, and many business owners in Juneau say that while the COVID-19 closures have devastated their businesses, they’re not rushing to open their doors, either.

A seafood worker in Valdez has COVID-19, but state health officials don’t know how he got it

A seafood worker in Valdez has tested positive for COVID-19. But state health officials say they aren’t sure how the man, who works for Peter Pan Seafoods, contracted the virus because he has been in the state for a month, went through quarantine and has not left the city.

Patient at Anchorage transitional care center is Alaska’s latest coronavirus death

The Providence Transitional Care Center in East Anchorage is the site of the state’s largest coronavirus outbreak.

Amidst calls for police reform, Anchorage School District opts to keep School Resource Officer program

The program is used across the country and stations local police officers in public schools.

A Mat-Su state House race could reshuffle the Alaska Capitol’s balance of power. Here’s why.

The state House race centers on an incumbent, David Eastman, who’s so polarizing that some lawmakers say he played a big role in blocking his own party from forming a majority in his chamber last year.

How Providence workers fought to contain ‘lightning speed’ coronavirus at site of Alaska’s largest outbreak

Two health care workers from the Providence Transitional Care Center in Anchorage share their stories.

Alaska’s daily COVID-19 count surpassed 100 for the first time on Sunday

The state reported 116 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. It’s the largest single-day increase and the first time the state has seen over 100 cases in one day.
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What are the city’s plans after controversial building purchases in Anchorage? Here’s what we know.

On Tuesday, the Anchorage Assembly will hold its fourth day of a public hearing on the city’s controversial plan to revamp homelessness services. Many people who testified in person so far have raised concerns about the planning process and proximity of the facilities to Midtown neighborhoods.

Another 21 employees at Juneau seafood processor test positive for COVID-19

That brings the total number of employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 at the plant to 61.
The community of Ambler along the Kobuk river as seen from the air

Environmental groups sue Trump administration over approval of Ambler Road

Nine environmental groups are suing the Trump administration for approving the 211-mile Ambler Road project.
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Alaska Natives, Pacific Islanders have a disproportionate number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations

Alaskans of Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander ethnicity make up 4% of the cases in the state, while they’re only 1% of the population.

Man Files Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against Boy Scouts of Alaska, America

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage An Anchorage man filed a lawsuit today alleging he was sexually abused by his former Boy Scout leader....

Alaskans pack Anchorage hearing to testify on proposed state budget cuts

The vast majority of the people who testified during a House Finance Committee hearing Sunday spoke out in opposition to Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget proposal.

Hilcorp Drilling Platform Catches Fire In Cook Inlet

Four people were safely evacuated from a drilling platform in Cook Inlet that caught fire Thursday morning. Download Audio

Permafrost Carbon Takes A Trip to Davy Jones’ Locker

It’s been widely accepted in the science community that melting permafrost means more carbon in the atmosphere. But a new study has identified a quirk in that process. Download Audio

Alaska health plans save big sending patients south for surgery

More and more Alaskans are heading Outside for major elective surgeries. Flying to the Lower 48 for things like knee and hip replacements can save patients and their health plans tens of thousands of dollars. Health care experts hope the practice will help put pressure on Alaska prices for those surgeries. And there is some evidence the strategy is working. Download Audio

3 dead in Hageland plane crash en route to Togiak

A Cessna 208 caravan was traveling from Quinhagak to Togiak with two Hageland pilots and one passenger on board when it crashed. An emergency locator signal was received just before 1:30. Two state troopers in Dillingham took a helicopter to the scene shortly after. Listen Now