Seen from a distance, a boat pulls a abloated whale that is half-way submerged in water

Dead whales wash up near Unalaska, but pandemic complicates necropsies

The two dead whales that were recently reported included a relatively rare fin whale.
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Alaska Senate president Cathy Giessel loses primary

Roger Holland said he did not think he could definitively say he had won until next week, when election officials count absentee ballots. But he said he felt great late Tuesday.
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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.

Bristol Bay: the not-so-hot COVID-19 hot spot

Bristol Bay Borough is the county with the highest nationally-reported rates of COVID-19 infections per capita in the United States. But the borough hasn’t had a single resident case, and there has been no community spread of the virus.
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Slow harvest so far for commercial fishermen in Upper Cook Inlet

Sockeye salmon in the Russian River, a tributary of the Kenai (Ryan Hagerty/USFWS) Commercial fishermen in Upper Cook...

A person was fatally poisoned by mussels in Dutch Harbor, and now Alaska warns of high toxin levels

A person has died from paralytic shellfish poisoning after eating blue mussels and snails in the Aleutian Island community of Unalaska, state health officials confirmed Wednesday.
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Sitka plans to relocate Baranov statue

About 120 demonstrators gathered to demand removal of the statue.

Caribou heart was ‘a gift,’ says activist after disruption at Sullivan event

An activist brought a caribou heart to protest Sen. Sullivan's support of drilling in the Arctic Refuge.

Bill to hobble development of ANWR and Tongass advances in US House

A House committee approved a bill that would erect barriers to oil development in the Arctic Refuge and logging in the Tongass National Forest.

RavnAir cancels auction for remaining planes, calling rural hub service into question

Four bidders participated in the auction: Anchorage-based Ryan Air; a Southern California-based company called Float Shuttle; Connecticut investment firm Wexford Capital; and a group of Alaskans represented by bankruptcy attorney Cabot Christianson.

Anchorage names bars and restaurants where patrons may have been exposed to COVID-19

The city identified 19 establishments in the municipality, Palmer and Seward where individuals infectious with COVID-19 "spent extended time."

Anchorage struggles to keep up with contact tracing and testing as cases surge

As Anchorage continues to see a sharp uptick in new COVID-19 cases, two important components of the city’s public health resources are maxed out. The city is scrambling to train new contact tracers and expand testing facilities.

Sullivan disparages NYT report that Russia paid Taliban bounties to kill Americans

Sen. Sullivan casts doubt on a New York Times report that Russia paid the Taliban to kill American troops.

Alaska’s economy is headed for an ‘income cliff’ at end of July

Economists say $600 weekly payments to the unemployed are greasing the gears of the local economy. Those payments are set to end in less than a month.

Hilcorp quietly takes over BP’s stakes in Prudhoe Bay and other Alaska oil fields

Hilcorp Alaska announced in a written statement Wednesday morning that it has taken over BP’s interests in the Prudhoe Bay, Milne Point and Point Thompson fields.

State reports 25 new COVID-19 cases Monday, including 1 in Nome-area village

Of the new resident cases, seven are from Anchorage, eight are from the Kenai Peninsula borough, three are from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, two are from the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and one is from the Nome region.

Berkowitz’s office pushes back on AG memo exempting state buildings from mask order

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz's office pushed back on Monday after the state Attorney General attempted to limit the mayor's mask order in state of Alaska buildings and facilities.

LISTEN: Alaska sports advisory council wrestling with how to restart sporting events

The Alaska Sports and Recreation COVID-19 Advisory Council is comprised of three dozen people from a broad range of sports and recreation interests, from athletes to event organizers and backcountry guides.
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage.

Anchorage Assembly passes COVID relief package for small businesses, nonprofits and housing

The Anchorage Assembly unanimously passed a 21.5 million dollar COVID-19 relief package at a meeting Tuesday evening. The package provides a second round of funding for the small business and nonprofit relief program and the rental and mortgage assistance program.