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COVID-19 outbreak at Goose Creek prison grows

The state has reported 110 cases at the facility, which is the state's largest prison.
Screenshot of Louis DeJoy with the insignia of the Postal Service behind him.

Postmaster general considers bringing budget axe down on Alaska’s Bypass Mail

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy says he’s considering cutting Alaska’s bypass mail program to save money.

In Newtok and Mertarvik, nothing gets in the way of basketball

Sinking permafrost has caused basketball hoops to tilt and fall in Newtok, but kids are still finding ways to play their favorite sport.

Environment, anthropology, and family VHS videos inspire Kenai musician

Nelson Kempf was one of 24 Alaskan artists to recieve a $7,500 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation and he says he'll use it to make a uniquely Alaskan album.

Valdez becomes latest Alaska community to pass mask mandate

The community has reported just two resident cases but council members expressed concern about limited healthcare capacity in the town of about 4,000.

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.

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.

Tlingit cultural items could be headed back to Alaska

The items, which currently sit at the museum of the University of Maine, could be returned to Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, under a federal law that allows for the removal of such objects.

LISTEN: With the death of George Floyd, America comes face to face with persisting racism

The killing of George Floyd by a white police officer is just the latest version of a story heard way too often in America. Eric Gardner, Breanna Taylor and Aumaud Arbery are just a few of the Black lives that have been cut short due to the entrenched, systemic racism persistent in American culture.

LISTEN: The first step to genocide is dehumanization. How do stop it before it starts?

The Rawandan Genocide, the Holocaust, and the ongoing plight of the Rohingya people, are just a few examples of the human capacity to persecute others for being different than ourselves.

LISTEN: As parents head back to work, childcare providers are struggling to meet demand

Alaskans are heading back to work. But many daycare centers and camps are closed. Those that are open are operating under new rules and with limited capacity. How will camps and child care centers make sure they keep kids safe? And how will parents cope if they can't find childcare?

“We don’t even know how to do it”: How distance education works without internet

Doing schoolwork at home is tough, especially in rural villages where internet is limited and access to teachers requires a phone call. But that’s what many students have been forced to do during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kwethluk man broke into VPO building, took guns in evidence locker, fired at officers, troopers say

Police say the man, when asked why he was shooting, said he'd "seen it in a movie"

LISTEN: A psychologist joins us to discuss the keys to healthy aging

Can an old dog learn new tricks? In his book, "Our Wisdom Years," psychologist Dr. Garfield makes the case that as we enter our 60s, 70s and 80s, we are actually entering into a “developmental stage.”

New homegrown VPSO graduates headed to Bering Straits region, but vacancies remain

Eight communities in the Bering Strait region still lack VPSOs.

LISTEN: An hour of gratitude and compassion amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Prentiss Pemberton is opening up the phone lines for you to share stories of grace and compassion over the last 2 months.

On Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, businesses hit hard during last summer’s wildfires are facing another season of uncertainty

As business owners look to this season for some sort of normalcy and a chance to recoup financial losses, they’re facing a new challenge: a global pandemic.

LISTEN: Dr. Anne Zink and Gov. Mike Dunleavy discuss reopening the economy on Talk of Alaska

Reopening Alaska's economy is something some Alaskans desperately want while others urge caution as the coronavirus pandemic continues. THow will this work in practice and how do we know it isn’t too soon?

Working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in rural Alaska | Alaska Insight

Limited or no road access means many rural Alaska communities face challenges in delivering health care. With the...

LISTEN: We’re still getting questions about COVID-19. We invited two doctors back to answer them.

Alaskans have been under orders to shelter-in-place to stop the spread of the coronavirus. But many still have questions about how coronavirus spreads. So we invited to two doctors to answer them.