Coronavirus shutters Southeast Alaska geoduck clam fishery

The coronavirus that emerged in late 2019 has infected more than 60,000 people, mostly in China. Though there haven’t been any confirmed cases in Alaska, geoduck clam fishermen are feeling ripple effects.

Is your Alaska doctor as worried about coronavirus as you are? Maybe not.

There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Alaska. The state is testing more patients everyday and medical experts say the virus is likely to be discovered in the state soon. At local clinics and hospitals, doctors are fielding lots of questions. Many say they're counseling patients to take COVID-19 seriously, but not to panic.

Anchorage suspends restaurant dining, bar service

Mayor Berkowitz has banned dine-in service for food and drink at restaurants, bars and breweries. The order also closes gyms, bingo halls and theaters, and it bans gatherings of more than 50 people.

State Senate approves $1,000 stimulus checks

The Alaska Senate passed the state budget on Monday, including a $1,000 economic stimulus payment to everyone who received a permanent fund dividend last year.

Business bruised by COVID-19? SBA may have a $10,000 grant for you.

The Small Business Administration will provide $10,000 "loan advances" to companies hurt by the coronavirus. But you don’t have to be a traditional company, and you don't have to pay it back.

Alaska rolls out plan to use hotels, dorms to quarantine health care workers and homeless families

The new mandate gives the state access to federal funding to help pay for the temporary housing if it's needed.

At the Dimond Center, the first big Anchorage mall to reopen, stores are ready but customers are few

At Alaska's largest retail space, businesses have opened again, but getting customers through the doors comes with many challenges.

Anchorage transitional care center reports 5 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 17

It's the largest reported cluster of coronavirus cases at a single facility in Alaska.

State offering rent and mortgage relief for Alaskans struggling during COVID-19 pandemic

In an effort to keep Alaskans in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state housing authority is offering assistance with mortgage and rent payments.

Girdwood gathering leads to 5 COVID cases and concerns of more to come

Five individuals tested positive, but other attendees are showing symptoms of COVID-19. Officials say further spread is likely.

State announces two coronavirus deaths, as active COVID-19 count hits new high

The deaths occurred in early May and were among Juneau residents living out of state.

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.
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Alaska’s COVID-19 transmission rate leads nation, as 94 people test positive and another dies

The number of people with COVID-19 or suspected of having the disease jumped to a new high.

Gov. Dunleavy names first two members to high-stakes Redistricting Board

The board is charged with rewriting the legislative boundaries based on federal census results.
A microscopic black and white image of a syphilis bacteria, which appears as a cork screw shape coming out of a flat surface.

COVID-19 hampers state response to syphilis outbreak

The state just reported the largest number of syphilus cases ever in the state with 250 people infected.

Ft. Richardson Paratrooper Dies in Afghanistan

Army officials are reporting a paratrooper from Fort Richardson died in the Bermal District of Paktika, Afghanistan on Wednesday afternoon. Twenty five-year old...

BP announces sale of midtown Anchorage building

BP announced Monday that it’s selling its midtown Anchorage building. In a statement, the company says the sale will “reduce costs and free up capital, allowing BP to focus on its core business.” BP will become a tenant in the building rather than the owner, in what the statement describes as a “real estate transaction.” Download Audio

AK: Bear Aware

For naturalist Steve Merli, bear education isn’t just about staying alive. The way he sees it, knowing how to behave in bear country allows Alaskans to explore wilderness more deeply. Merli works with Discovery Southeast, a Juneau organization that connects kids with nature programs. Earlier this month, KTOO’s Lisa Phu joined campers for a lesson that had some questioning their assumptions about bear encounters. Download Audio