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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 26, 2020

State releases two new health mandates in response to COVID-19 spread

Governor Mike Dunleavy announced two new statewide health mandates Monday, March 23, in response to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in Alaska. These are the ninth and tenth health mandates the state...

 

Coronavirus update:

Two new cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been identified in Fairbanks, bringing the total known cases in Alaska to three. Conditions and guidance regarding COVID-19 is changing by the...

 

Bill requiring coverage of telehealth services signed into law

JUNEAU – Today, a bill that requires state regulated private health insurers to cover telehealth services was signed into law by the governor. Rep. Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage) sponsored House Bill...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    March 12, 2020

Alaska governor seeks to assert calm over virus concerns

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, seeking to assert calm concerning the new coronavirus threat, said Monday he sees the fall in oil prices as a ``momentary issue’’ that with the stock market will work itself out. The virus has af...

 

Lawmakers vote to give Alaska Marine Highway System a lifeline

Today, Alaska’s ferries are one step closer to receiving badly needed funds. Members of the budget subcommittee working on the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities’ budget voted to add $18.7 million into the AMHS budget. Rep....

 

Study: Substance misuse cost Alaska about $3.5 billion

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Substance misuse in Alaska has cost the state about $3.5 billion in 2018 in resulting health care, productivity loss, criminal justice, traffic accidents and other services, a yearlong study said. The McDowell Group, contracte...

 

Groups give notice they will sue to protect beluga whales

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Two environmental groups gave formal notice Friday that they will sue to protect endangered Alaska beluga whales from problems caused by oil and gas operations. The...

 

ACLU urges Alaskans to contact governor for immigration help

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska has encouraged residents with immigration problems to contact Gov. Mike Dunleavy after he asked the president to aid his...

 

New thalattosaur species discovered near Kake

Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have identified a new species of thalattosaur, a marine reptile that lived more than 200 million years ago. The new species, Gunakadeit joseeae, is...

 

M/V Matanuska sailings canceled due to ongoing mechanical issue Vessel requires inspection and repair in shipyard before returning to service

(JUNEAU, Alaska) – The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) is cancelling sailings on the M/V Matanuska through Sunday, March 1. New issues with the reduction gear system have been identified and... Full story

 

Jury summonses by email in Alaska

When Alaskans are summoned for jury service, they fill out and return a questionnaire that allows court personnel to qualify, defer, or excuse them from service. After historically sending these...

 

Sitka mulls joining tiny house movement

SITKA, Alaska (AP) – Sitka is considering getting into the tiny home movement. The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports the Sitka Planning Commission got its first look Wednesday at how city code could be amended to make room for tiny houses, specifically...

 

Officials: Six of Alaska's 11 ferries will be out of service

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – More than half of Alaska’s ferries will be out of service amid a lack of funds to repair the vessels, transportation officials said. The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced this week that the A...

 

Free to a good home: 1 newspaper

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Free to a good home: One newspaper. Not a single edition of a paper but the entire newspaper.Publisher Larry Persily is willing to give away The Skagway News to the right...

 

Alaska Delegation Pays Tribute to Senator Ted Stevens

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, today joined in celebrating the life and legacy of the late Senator Ted Stevens and his contrib... Full story

 

Alaska Native convention passes climate change declaration

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Federation of Natives convention approved a declaration of a climate change emergency after a dispute over climate change and resource development, news organizations reported. Delegates to the group’s...

 

Alaska Airlines scales back miles partnership with American

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Airlines and American Airlines will scale back their mileage plan partnership early next year. Alaska Airlines mileage plan members will not be able to earn miles on American Airlines international flights beginning...

 

Alaska Supreme Court to hear youths' climate change lawsuit

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit that claims state policy on fossil fuels is harming the constitutional right of young Alaskans to a safe climate. Sixteen Alaska youths in 2017 sued the st...

 

Report says federal agency lost $600M on Tongass forest

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service has lost nearly $600 million through its management of Tongass National Forest in Alaska, according to a new report. The study by the nonpartisan group Taxpayers for Common Sense calculated the losses...

 

Alaska Native leader Peratrovich commemorated on $1 coin

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A young Alaska Native woman left an impression on Alaska's territorial Senate in 1945, delivering a speech that led to the passage of the nation's first anti-discrimination...

 

New monitors aim to help detect landslides in Alaska town

SITKA, Alaska (AP) – New technology distributed in an Alaska community is expected to help detect and study conditions that lead to landslides, a researcher said. The landslide detection system in Sitka will monitor soil moisture levels and help...

 

Yellow cedar trees denied for US threatened species listing

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A federal agency has rejected an iconic Alaska tree for listing as a threatened species due to climate warming. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday that...

 

Alaska alcohol control board takes step to oust director

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s alcohol regulatory board has voted to oust its director, though the law also gives the state’s marijuana regulatory board a say. The boards share Erika McConnell as director. The Marijuana Control Board this...

 

United States Coast Guard suspends part of Alaska tour company boat fleet

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -Most boats from a southeast Alaska tour company that were inspected this week in Juneau and Sitka have been taken out of service for corrective action. The U.S. Coast Guard suspen...

 

Russian retraces historic route to Sitka

SITKA, Alaska (AP) – Russian adventurer Anatoly Kazakevich sailed into town on a double-hulled inflatable sailboat Monday morning, completing the last leg of an 8,000-mile journey to Sitka from the Siberian city of Irkutsk. Kazakevich and his...

 

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