The State of Alaska Vaccine Task Force has today significantly expanded the criteria for who is eligible to receive state-allocated COVID-19 vaccine. Those newly eligible can now sign up for an open vaccine appointment in their community.

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JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard is searching for an overdue helicopter approximately 66 nautical miles northeast of Kodiak, Alaska, Tuesday.

DHSS today announced two deaths of Alaska residents and 159 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 124 were residents in: Anchorage (39), Wasilla (25), Fairbanks (10), Palmer (10), Kusilvak Census Area (8), Bethel Census Area (7), Petersburg (6), Sitka (3), Chugiak (2), North Pole (2…

Now that vaccinations have started rolling out throughout the States, a central concern for people is making it to their appointment safely. As the virus is still very much a real and transmissible factor, minimizing this risk may be at the forefront of many peoples’ minds while en route to …

Encouraging news about COVID-19 vaccines keeps coming. No unusual safety issues arose during the first month of vaccination, when 13.8 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were administered in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Februar…

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DHSS today announced ten deaths of Alaska residents and 385 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska over the past three days. 349 were residents in: Anchorage (95), Wasilla (83), Palmer (36), Fairbanks (30), Petersburg (27), Chugiak (9), Juneau (7), Bethel Census Area (6), Eagle River …

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Homelessness is a complex issue requiring a multi-faceted approach with no singular answer that will magically solve the issue overnight.

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Within a couple weeks after a first vaccine dose, people are well protected against severe COVID-19, new data suggest. With demand for shots far outpacing supply, that’s sparked a debate among scientists and policy makers: Is it OK to hold off giving the second dose?

DHSS today announced 190 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 149 were residents in: Wasilla (32), Anchorage (31), Fairbanks (23), Cordova (11), Palmer (10), Petersburg (10), Ketchikan (7), North Pole (4), Sutton-Alpine (4), Girdwood (3), Bethel Census Area (2), Chugiak (2), Eagle …

Rep. Mike Cronk (R-Tok) tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday evening. Immediately after receiving the test results, Rep. Cronk began quarantining at his Juneau residence. He is currently experiencing mild symptoms.

This morning, February 24, Governor Mike Dunleavy tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently at home with mild COVID-19 symptoms.

The Alaska Senate today unanimously passed a bill extending access to naloxone, a life-saving opioid overdose reversal drug.

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February 24, 2021 ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) announced today that Alaska will receive 60,760 first doses of state-allocated COVID-19 vaccine for the month of March. Additionally, 32,720 first doses have been allocated to the federal Indian Health S…

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) will be administering federal funding to local communities statewide to assist with COVID-19 testing and vaccine administration. The funding includes a focus on health equity to implement locally driven strategies.

DHSS today announced 58 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 56 were residents in: Anchorage (18), Wasilla (13), Fairbanks (4), Palmer (4), Petersburg (4), Kenai (3), Dillingham (2), and one each in Eagle River, Homer, Juneau, Kodiak, North Pole, Sitka, Sterling and Unalaska.

From the U.S. Attorney's Office:

A plan to open 180,000 acres of state last west of Nenana to agriculture and other development is well along in its planning. Lands being considered cover an area roughly 16 by 20 miles west of the city of Nenana.

In Anchorage, there are lots of rules about what you can do with buildings on your private property. Most make sense, like mandating earthquake-resistant structures and preventing properties from becoming junkyards. But the city’s zoning code still contains regulations that can do more harm …

DHSS today announced one death of an Alaska resident and 346 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska over the past three days. 311 were residents in: Anchorage (74), Wasilla (65), Fairbanks (32), Palmer (22), Juneau (18), Bethel Census Area (16), North Pole (11), Eagle River (7), Ketch…

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Anchorage Assembly Chair Felix Rivera is facing a two-pronged attack as one group claims Rivera failed to uphold his duty as chair by continuing an assembly meeting with more people present than COVID-19 emergency orders allowed and a second group is currently suing Mr. Rivera in his officia…

Some genetic variants inherited from Neandertals may protect against developing severe COVID-19. 

Alaska tourism marketers are launching new promotions to stimulate air travel to Alaska to overcome the newest obstacle to a return to normal for the state’s visitor industry, extended restrictions on cruise ships against using Canadian waters on voyages to Alaska.

Life expectancy in the United States plunged in the first half of 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold.

Forget the fear, the shame, the taboo — it’s time to celebrate your love of the bud in your next special event. 

In partnership with the United Way of Anchorage and national nonprofit organization the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund), Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson announced today the launch of a free Financial Navigator program to help residents navigate critical financial issues r…

DHSS today announced six deaths and 476 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska over the past four days. 427 were residents in: Anchorage (137), Wasilla (100), Palmer (45), Unalaska (31), Fairbanks (22), North Pole (16), Eagle River (10), Kodiak (9), Bethel Census Area (7), Chugiak (6)…

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The administrators behind the Recall Jamie Allard group reached out last week and asked if I'd be interested in a Q&A as they're looking to educate the public and counter the misinformation being spread on social media about the recall effort.

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The Anchorage Police Department and the FBI are investigating two bomb threats. One is at the Dimond Center (800 E Dimond Boulevard) and the second is at the Midtown Mall (600 E Northern Lights Boulevard). As of now both threats are unconfirmed and an investigation is underway.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy declined requests from legislators and health care providers to order a 30-day extension of a state health care emergency declaration that expired late Saturday. 

Alaska Market and Events has agreed to terms with Dimond Center to host the ever-popular Anchorage Market. 

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More than 3.48 million tons of air cargo landed at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) in 2020, a 16 percent increase over record setting volumes in 2019.

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On these quiet, still days, as winter plods on, Alaskans tend to notice any movement outside their windows, such as dancing power wires strung between poles.

Feb. 11, the State of Alaska Vaccine Task Force will open state-allocated COVID-19 vaccine appointments to the next group of Alaskans.

The University of Alaska is back from its near-death experience in spring 2019 when Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s imported budget director, Donna Arduin, pushed a plan to cut slash funding for the university by more than 40 percent, and all in one year.

DHSS today announced one death and 116 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 106 were residents in: Anchorage (32), Bethel Census Area (21), Wasilla (20), Palmer (9), Eagle River (5), Bethel (3), Fairbanks (3), Kusilvak Census Area (2), Sterling (2), and one each in Big Lake, Chugia…

The Alaska Department of Public Safety’s Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit recently released an annual drug report highlighting Alaska’s trends in illegal narcotics trafficking. DPS made the 2020 report public in January, illustrating facts and figures for drug related crimes by region and as …

DHSS today announced 502 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska over the past three days. 428 were residents in: Anchorage (106), Wasilla (73), Palmer (41), Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area (39), Fairbanks (36), Bethel Census Area (34), Eagle River (11), Ketchikan (11), Dillingham (10), Kusi…

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