Today, Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson announced that on May 21, Emergency Order 13v5 (EO-13v5) will be revoked, removing the requirement for mandatory masking throughout the Municipality of Anchorage. This change comes as a result of updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control …

Things seemed quiet in the state capitol last week despite the Legislature’s adjournment just days away. It may be a lull before the storm, though. 

OVERVIEW – 82 new cases | 0 deaths | 38 hospitalizations | Statewide alert level: high | 46.7% of Alaskans vaccinatedTAKE ACTION – Choosing to get vaccinated is the single most important action you can take to protect yourself and your community and to reopen our economy. Learn more about th…

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The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for distribution to children aged 12-15 and appointments are now available!  

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Writing about campaign disclosures isn’t sexy, but how a campaign deals with its reporting can paint a colorful picture about the candidate running for office and about the candidate’s campaign as a whole.

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Two weeks ago, Anchorage Police Department Deputy Chief Ken McCoy was promoted to Acting Chief by Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson upon the early retirement of Chief Justin Doll.

University of Alaska President Pat Pitney announced today that she has selected former Alaska Governor Sean Parnell to serve as the next chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage. Parnell succeeds UAA Interim Chancellor Bruce Schultz and will assume his new position on June 12, 2021. 

OVERVIEW – 62 new cases | 2 deaths | 42 hospitalizations | Statewide alert level: high | 46.1% of Alaskans vaccinated

The Alaska Court System says that they have begun the remediation phase of recovering from a cyberattack that left malware on its network.

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The Instagram account of the Dunbar campaign has been made private by the campaign after being followed by “thousands of suspicious bots,” according to Anchorage Mayoral Candidate Forrest Dunbar, who made the announcement on social media earlier this afternoon.

Fresh out of college, Mason Stansfield already had a pretty good idea of what he wanted to do next in life.

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The Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) has fined the Bronson campaign $500 for what it says is a late filing of their 7 Day Campaign Disclosure Report that was due on May 4 but which the campaign filed a day late on May 5, 2021.In a letter sent to the campaign on May 5, APOC gives the B…

JUNEAU – The House of Representatives today passed a bill that allows the Department of Fish and Game to collect funds that are vital to the successful operation of Alaska's sportfish hatcheries and facilities.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has taken another poke at new Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Native American to hold the post.

OVERVIEW – 92 new cases | 1 death | 53 hospitalizations | Statewide alert level: high| 47.9% of Alaskans vaccinated

Spenard will have its own Vaccination Pop-up site at ‘Koots parking lot on May 6 and 27 from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm. You can walk in or make an appointment .

One year and 88 days before President Nixon signed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act into law, I was born in Fairbanks Alaska, part Inupiaq and part mixed Caucasian heritage.

OVERVIEW – 102 new cases | 0 deaths | 55 hospitalizations | Statewide alert level: high | 45.2% of Alaskans vaccinated

Seagulls swoop and dive, crying in the salty air. The waves of Nushagak Bay crash on sandbars and rocky shores. Machines rattle the warehouses on the cannery side of the village “where the beach flattened and the boardwalks grew tall.”

Alaska Native corporations’ and tribes’ economic and political power have advanced in tandem over the last fifty years. This progress could not have occurred without a strong federal statutory framework or without extraordinary leadership by state legislators in the ‘Bush Caucus.’ Today, the…

Each year on this date, labor unions, other advocacy groups and family members mark Workers Memorial Day in recognition of lives lost on the job. In 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, 5,333 workers died of traumatic injury or sudden illness. It’s as if the entire populat…

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When COVID-19 cases once again began rising in the United States this spring, it may have felt like déjà vu, a repeat of the early months of the pandemic. While cases are now starting to drop in many, but not all, of the hot spots, the country is still seeing upwards of 50,000 new cases a da…

OVERVIEW – 271 new cases | 1 death | 61 hospitalizations | Statewide alert level: high | 43.8% of Alaskans vaccinated

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On April 27, 2021, an Anchorage grand jury indicted 34-year-old Michael Allen Moore on nine counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree and six counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the third degree.  All charges are designated as domestic violence. 

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I, John Nasalook Tetpon, was born and raised in Shaktoolik, a small village of about 130 lnupiat people located on the shores of Norton Sound. That day, January 5, 1943, was said to be bitterly cold, with a stiff north wind blowing hard against the lightly insulated house we called home. Our…

Billy Idol has just been confirmed for the AT&T Concert Series at the 2021 Alaska State Fair, bringing the total number of confirmed acts to eight. The platinum-selling punk pioneer will take the ConocoPhillips Borealis Theatre stage on Saturday, September 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale …

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At an April 16 press conference Governor Dunleavy announced that, beginning June 1, the State of Alaska will be giving free COVID-19 vaccines to all national and international tourists that come to Alaska through any of four major Alaskan airports. We are not talking about a program supporte…

OVERVIEW – 161 new cases | 0 deaths | 49 hospitalizations | Statewide alert level: high | 43.5% of Alaskans vaccinated

A bill giving formal state recognition to Alaska Native tribes is moving through the Legislature. House Bill 123, sponsored by Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky, D-Bethel was voted out of the House State Affairs Committee April 22 after moving earlier from the House Special Committee on Tribal Affairs.

Today, an Anchorage grand jury indicted Anchorage massage therapist Jason Karpinski for two counts of Sexual Assault in the First Degree and eight counts of Sexual Assault in the Second Degree. The charges arise from in-home and in-office massages that Mr. Karpinski offered under the guise o…

OVERVIEW – 138 new cases | 0 deaths | 40 hospitalizations | Statewide alert level: high | 42.5% of Alaskans vaccinated

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In 1995, President Bill Clinton issued a formal apology to the indigenous people of north and central Alaska used in the U.S. military’s iodine studies between 1955 and 1957. The purpose of the experiments was to find out what made Alaska Natives so well conditioned to live and thrive in ext…

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The Rural Alaska Students in One-Health Research (RASOR) program started its second year in 2021 ready to tackle new challenges. Ten Southeast Alaska students from Metlakatla, Petersburg, Sitka, and Craig and three Mt. Edgecumbe students from Unalakleet, Huslia, and Tyonek joined this year. …

The Alaska Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2 Spirit Relatives working group comprised of the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center, Data for Indigenous Justice, Native Movement, Native Peoples Action with the Alaska Native Justice Center and So…

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For more than a year now, scientists have been racing to understand how the mysterious new virus that causes COVID-19 damages not only our bodies, but also our brains.

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Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released congressional apportionment and population counts for every state, including Alaska.Population totals from the 2020 Census determine how many seats each state gets in Congress.  

Stuart Ravn, 33, of Anchorage was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of more than 5,744 unique images and videos of child pornography on his computer. 

A fungus reportedly found on all continents where amphibians live is also impacting frogs and salamanders on the Tongass and Chugach National Forests.

Since announcing his run for Mayor, Anchorage Assemblyman Forrest Dunbar has been subjected to a campaign of hate. In recent weeks, that hate has prominently manifested itself in the form of dozens of vandalized campaign signs across the municipality.

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A local high school student is spending countless hours every week preparing emergency packs filled with feminine hygiene products and dropping them off at nurse’s offices across the district.

There are about three and a half weeks left in the 2021 legislative session and the pace is quickening in Juneau.

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Tyonek Tribal Conservation District (TTCD) is proud to announce that Dr. Laurie Stuart has accepted the position of Executive Director. Dr. Stuart was chosen from a field of qualified applicants to join TTCD in its mission to conserve, enhance, and encourage the wise use of the natural resou…

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Born and raised in Unalakleet, a small northern Inupiaq community, Nick Hanson was not unlike most Alaskan rural kids. Growing up in a remote village of just 750 people inaccessible by road, he struggled to stay busy and find purpose after high school – a place he had once found success comp…

OVERVIEW – 143 new cases | 0 deaths | 44 hospitalizations | Statewide alert level: high | 41.9% of Alaskans vaccinated