Tag: coronavirus

The blue Kriner's Diner sign in Anchorage. 

Judge orders Kriner’s Diner to stop dine-in service

Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth said the city demonstrated that indoor dining exacerbates the risk of spreading the coronavirus. "A property interest cannot outweigh a person's interest in life," he wrote in his decision.
Joshua Easterly, operations manager at Alaska Club East, uses a disinfectant fogger to clear the gym.

As gyms adapt to operate during a pandemic, some are struggling to get users back inside

Gyms are adapting, but some still face financial strain as Alaskans opt out of indoor exercise.
“Shin-chi’s Canoe” by Nicola Campbell, “Not My Girl” and “When I Was Eight” both by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, and “My Name is SEEPEETZA” by Shirley Sterling will be available in fourth grade classrooms and elementary school libraries. (KTOO file photo)

Alaska families: Can we follow you as kids return to school?

Alaska is about to start a very unusual school year. And as we cover schools reopening this fall, we’d like to follow some of you through this transition.
Samantha Wells, owner of Little Dipper Diner, talks with assistant manager Frankie Henley at the restaurant on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020.

Anchorage takes second diner to court over emergency order violation

The city is asking a judge to order Little Dipper Diner to shut down dine-in service immediately. It filed the paperwork, seeking a temporary injunction, in state court in Anchorage on Thursday.
Flowers of different colors in front of the beige Anchorage Pioneer Home buildgin

4 COVID-19 cases at Anchorage Pioneer Home

Three residents and one employee at the Anchorage Pioneer Home have tested positive for the coronavirus.
An aerial view of OBI Seafoods showing a blue-roofed processing plant jutting out into the water from a green island.

OBI Seafoods confirms COVID-19 outbreak at remote Kodiak Island processing plant

A total of 37 people have tested positive for COVID-19 at the plant.
Melissa Hutchinson is a waitress and the dayshift supervisor at Gwennie's Old Alaska Restaurant. She's standing behind the bar at the Anchorage restaurant.

‘We’re all angry’: Anchorage restaurants lay off workers and shut down dine-in, while others defy order

Restaurants across Anchorage are having to make tough decisions as they quickly respond to the latest restrictions from Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz.
Fish fillets slide down a stainless steel slide in a processing pllant as a worker inspects in the background.

26 new fisheries-related cases of COVID-19 in Kodiak

The cases were reported in a "remote area of the borough" and the alert level of the island remains at a 'green' status.

Some doctors say the state’s COVID-19 dashboard doesn’t tell the full story

The state's hospital capacity has remained at 'green' levels throughout the pandemic, but some are raising concerns about what those numbers don't show.
A photograph of the Juneau School District offices.

Juneau’s school year to start with no in-person classes

The Juneau School District offices. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO) The Juneau School District will begin on Aug. 24...

Travel ban in Unalakleet after two cases detected in one week

This latest case is a resident of Unalakleet unlike the first one which was identified as a non-resident of the community over the weekend.
Andy Kriner stands outside Kriners Diner, wearing an apron and a blue t-shirt

City orders Kriner’s Diner to close its dining room, owner won’t oblige

The Berkowitz administration upped the stakes in a stand-off over an Anchorage restaurant that refused to shut down as required by a recent emergency order meant to slow the spread of coronavirus.
The Alaska Airlines check-in counter at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Alaska Airlines says 331 Anchorage employees may face layoffs as part of sweeping job cuts

The airline says a total of 4,200 of its workers may be laid off on Oct. 1, the day after the federal payroll support program is set to end.
Puddles in front of a log cabin, Mountain Village's office building in 2018

Mountain Village closes its doors to nonresidents

The Lower Yukon community of Mountain Village is shutting its doors to nearby nonresidents unless they have permission to enter from the tribe.
A barge filled with containers departs from the Alaska Marine Lines dock in downtown Juneau.

COVID-19 hasn’t interrupted Alaska’s resupply lifeline from Pacific NW, and woe if it does

Alaskans depend on a marine cargo lifeline from the Pacific Northwest for the majority of their goods. What happens if that stops?

Alaska reports another COVID-19 death and 80 new infections

The Anchorage man was in his 70s. He’s the 25th Alaskan whose death is linked to the infectious disease.

Two Conoco employees on the North Slope test positive for COVID-19

The two workers who tested positive for COVID-19 were flown to Anchorage from the Alpine oil field, near Nuiqsut.

Mat-Su school district tightens up precautions

The Mat-Su School District says it is reducing the number of classes secondary school student will take per week, as well as moving Fridays to online learning.

Anchorage shuts down bars, restaurants for indoor service

Bars and nightclubs will be closed to dine-in service. Emergency Order 15 also limits indoor gatherings to 15 people and outdoor gatherings with food and drinks to 25 people. Outdoor gatherings without food and drinks are limited to 50 people.