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 By Larry Persily    News    September 16, 2021 

Legislators pass $1,100 PFD; governor wants more

Not content with the $1,100 Permanent Fund dividend adopted on the final day of the special legislative session that ended Tuesday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy three hours later called lawmakers back for a fourth special session starting Oct. 1 to “get the...

 

Alaska asks for out-of-state help with COVID caseload

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska officials have requested help from more than 470 out-of-state medical personnel in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases across Alaska, even as other states are coping with their own high case counts and hospitalizations....

 

Unable to fly, Eagle River legislator excused from Senate

JUNEAU (AP) – An Eagle River legislator banned from Alaska Airlines for refusing to follow federal law that requires a face mask has been excused from attending state Senate floor sessions until mid-January — at her request. However, Republican...

 
 By Abbey Collins    News    September 16, 2021 

Ketchikan airport plans major renovations; airport work ongoing in Juneau

Travelers flying in or out of Wrangell on Alaska Airlines touch down in either Juneau or Ketchikan as they head north or south. The airports in both cities are set to look a lot different in coming years, amid tens of millions of dollars in planned...

 

Judge orders action to help salmon pass Oregon dams

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take immediate action to improve fish passage at dams in Oregon’s Willamette Basin. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that in a final opinion and order issued last...

 

Alaska aid group will help resettle Afghan refugees

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Dozens of Afghan refugees will be resettled in Alaska over the next six months, a resettlement organization said Monday. Between 50 to 100 refugees will come to Alaska starting later in September, Catholic Social Services Refugee...

 

Dunleavy calls Biden's vaccination order 'divisive'

JUNEAU (AP) - Gov. Mike Dunleavy said President Joe Biden’s push to require millions of U.S. workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is “ill conceived, divisive and un-American.” “At a time in which we are called to work together, forced...

 

Peter Pan Seafood will require its employees to be vaccinated

ANCHORAGE (AP) - A seafood processing company with multiple operations in Alaska and Washington state will require its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. “Our team often works in close quarters and in remote communities with limited...

 

Alaska Airlines says new workers must be vaccinated

Alaska Airlines, and its subsidiary Horizon Air, have joined the list of U.S. airlines taking steps to boost the COVID-19 vaccination rate among employees. Alaska announced last week that all new employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 before...

 

Alaskans can win $49,000 weekly prize for new vaccinations

ANCHORAGE (AP) — State officials are hoping that a weekly lottery prize will encourage more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Alaska Chamber and state officials announced Sept. 2 that they are offering $49,000 each to one newly...

 

Cleanup costs for sunken boat reach $3 million

JUNEAU (AP) — Costs to contain pollution from a ship that sank near Kodiak Island more than 30 years ago have reached about $3 million in the weeks since authorities were notified of an oily sheen from the wreckage, according to the U.S. Coast...

 

Hubbard could be in shipyard by November to add crew quarters

Design plans have been finalized to add crew quarters to the state ferry Hubbard, which hasn’t been in service since it was built a few years ago because its intended routes would go beyond limits for employee working hours. The Alaska Marine Highw...

 

Former Alaska state ferries arrive in Spain

The two unused Alaska fast ferries — which the state sold earlier this year as surplus — have been delivered to the Spanish Island of Ibiza, according to the Diario de Ibiza news website. Diario de Ibiza on Aug. 30 posted several photographs of...

 

Kenai Borough mayor advocates farm animal drug to treat COVID-19

KENAI (AP) – The Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor, who is not a medical professional, has promoted a debunked treatment for COVID-19 that is intended more for farm animals. Mayor Charlie Pierce has publicly backed the use of ivermectin, an...

 

Dunleavy says 'people aren't stupid,' and can make their own vaccination decisions

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Alaska last week reported its highest daily number of resident COVID-19 cases so far this year as health officials struggle to keep pace with testing and contact tracing and hospitals juggle a surge in patients amid staff shortages....

 

Group shuts down effort to recall Dunleavy

JUNEAU (AP) - The campaign aimed at recalling Gov. Mike Dunleavy is closing down, with a gubernatorial election looming next year and the group short of the signatures needed to force a recall vote. The Recall Dunleavy group said that as of Aug. 21...

 

AFN postpones annual convention due to COVID

ANCHORAGE (AP) - The Alaska Federation of Natives has postponed its annual convention because of a rise in COVID-19 cases in the state, the organization said. The convention has traditionally been the largest gathering of Alaska Natives in the...

 

Sitka leases land for cruise ship 'recreation attraction'

SITKA (AP) - The Sitka city assembly has authorized a 20-year lease of land to a Native corporation for a “cultural and recreation attraction” for visitors, particularly cruise ship visitors docking at the nearby Sitka Sound Cruise Terminal. The...

 

Initial report cites low clouds in area of flightseeing crash

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Pilots reported low clouds the morning a sightseeing plane crashed near Ketchikan, killing all six people on board, according to a federal report released Aug. 25. The National Transportation Safety Board released the preliminary...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 26, 2021

State trying hard to solve crew shortage on ferries

The Alaska Marine Highway System is not alone in trying to manage with a crew shortage, nor is it a new problem. But the fear of COVID-19 is making it worse. “We’ve had a slow progression of loss of crew over the years,” John Falvey, the...

 

State reports 5 deaths at Ketchikan Pioneer Home; all COVID cases

JUNEAU (AP) — The state has reported the deaths of five residents of the Pioneer Home in Ketchikan who had tested positive for COVID-19. “In the last week, the Ketchikan Pioneer Home has had five resident deaths and there has been a total of 12...

 

Sitka could see 460,000 cruise ship visitors next year

SITKA (AP) - Sitka could see nearly a half-million cruise ship visitors next year - almost double its previous record - after a new docking agreement was announced with Royal Caribbean Cruise. The...

 
 By Max Graham    News    August 26, 2021

Haines questions 17% population drop in census

The Haines Borough had its largest population decline in history and the largest of any Alaska borough or census area over the past decade, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Haines’ population fell by 17.1% — from 2,508 in 2010 to 2,080 in...

 

Hawaii governor asks travelers to hold off visiting for two months

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii’s governor on Monday asked that visitors and residents reduce travel to the islands to essential business only for the next two months while the state struggles to control COVID-19 as the highly contagious Delta variant...

 

Agents seize fake vaccination cards sent from China at Anchorage airport

ANCHORAGE (AP) - More than 3,000 fake COVID-19 vaccination cards were confiscated at cargo facilities at the Anchorage airport after they had arrived from China, officials said Aug. 19. Officers from...

 

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