Katie Kangas operates a bed-and-breakfast in Ruby, Alaska. On the morning of October 15, she turned to look out her picture window, toward the cabin next door. She was waiting for her client to switch the light on, at which point she would step out and deliver his breakfast.

As we head into the colder months, we also head toward flu season. Especially given the impact of COVID-19 this year, reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like the flu, is critical. Below are answers to common questions asked about how to tell the difference between the flu and COVID-19:

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For most Anchorage residents, the scandal that ultimately took down the city’s mayor began a week ago last Friday when local TV anchor Maria Athens posted a bizarre Facebook promo for an expose on that night’s broadcast that promised to prove Mayor Ethan Berkowitz had been posting nude photo…

A recent study by Evergreen Economics comparing COVID-19 cases, hospitalization, and deaths between seven geographically large and predominantly rural states found that Alaska has fared better so far during the COVID-19 pandemic than our peer states.

On October 4, three scientists published "The Great Barrington Declaration," a statement named for the Massachusetts town in which they met.

DHSS today announced one death and 220 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 218 are residents in: Anchorage (99), Fairbanks (17), Utqiaġvik (13), Wasilla (13), North Pole (10), Bethel Census Area (9), Eagle River (8), Juneau (8), Bethel (7), Kodiak (5), Kotzebue (4), Palmer (4), Ch…

Alaska labor unions are split over the oil tax initiative pending on the November state election ballot.

DHSS today announced one death and 155 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 153 are residents in: Anchorage (71), Bethel Census Area (16), Fairbanks (16), Bethel (10), Wasilla (9), Eagle River (5), North Pole (4), Juneau (3), Chugiak (2), Ketchikan (2), Kotzebue (2), Northwest Arct…

It’s sad, and while I want to respect the Mayor’s privacy, I also feel like it’s a bias, and I might not have been as kind to so someone who I expected more from. It’s so unexpected and it escalated so quickly. I am curious as to whether anyone knows more but it also feels so deeply personal…

A new communications satellite dedicated to Alaska is set for its launch next summer. It will provide affordable broadband service across the state, said Chuck Schumann, CEO of Alaska-based Pacific DataPort Inc.

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Today, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz issued the following statement:

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Maria Athens, the News Link Alaska Anchor who posted a video accusing Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz of posting X-rated photos on an underage girls website, and which was first reported on by The Blue Alaskan and Anchorage Press, was released from jail on Sunday according to publicly availa…

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When looking at the election this year, especially as it relates to the state House, there is a lot of excitement within the Alaska Republican Party over getting a Republican lead majority in the state House. This excitement is based on a belief that somehow such a majority will make better …

My husband recently passed away. He was a wonderful person and we had twelve great years together. He was also very, very organized. His death was an accident but everything was in order. He even left a note in a sealed envelope for his lawyer to present to me. It was one last love letter, D…

One of the best-kept secrets of this --- or any --- Alaska election season is the  incredible amount of information that Alaska voters have in making their decision  as to whether to retain or remove judges in office. It is not an exaggeration to say  that there is more, and better, informat…

DHSS today announced 197 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 191 are residents in: Anchorage (98), Fairbanks (42), Eagle River (8), Kotzebue (6), Palmer (6), Utqiaġvik (6), North Pole (5), Wasilla (4), Bethel Census Area (3), Juneau (3), Chugiak (2), Kusilvak Census Area (2) and o…

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DHSS today announced 232 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 230 are residents in 29 communities: Anchorage (128), Fairbanks (24), Eagle River (11), Wasilla (8), North Pole (7), Palmer (7), Kenai (6), Bethel (4), Juneau (4), Homer (3), Kotzebue (3), Chugiak (2), Dillingham (2), Fr…

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A lawsuit was filed against the Anchorage Police Department and the Municipality of Anchorage today alleging the discrimination of Anchorage police officers on the basis of color, race and ethnicity.

DHSS today announced one death and 116 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 116 are residents in 14 communities: Anchorage (56), Fairbanks (28), Nome Census Area (12), North Pole (5), Seward (3), Chugiak (2), Juneau (2), Kotzebue (2), and one each in Bethel, Big Lake, Eagle River, …

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After the Republican rout of party moderates in the August primary elections conservative legislators, mainly from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, could control both the House and Senate in the next Legislature.

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Control of the United States Senate may come down to the results in Alaska, where Senator Dan Sullivan (R) is facing a serious challenge from Dr. Al Gross. In recent days, the race has centered on $500 billion of gold and other precious metals hidden deep in Southwest Alaska. 

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has confirmed 28 new COVID-19 cases – nine residents and 19 staff members – at the Fairbanks Pioneer Home since Sept. 21. Prior to that date, there have been six other cases – one resident and five staff members – all of whom have be…

In the four days since revealing he had COVID-19, President Donald Trump has been treated with three experimental drugs to bring the infection under control: monoclonal antibodies, the antiviral remdesivir and the steroid dexamethasone.

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. has ordered a 25 percent reduction of Trans Alaska Pipeline throughput by beginning Saturday, Oct. 3. State officials were informed of the decision Oct. 1.

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Most Alaskans, and I was one of them, were satisfied getting our COVID-19 numbers from the DHSS dashboard, and tuning in for a press conference when we thought it was necessary.We've all been repeating the mantra instilled in us over the past several months that we must follow science, socia…

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President Donald Trump tweeted late Thursday night that both he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. Only hours before, Trump had tweeted that he and the First Lady would begin the quarantine process after aide Hope Hicks had tested positive for the virus. 

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Update: WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a lawsuit against Brown Paper Tickets Wednesday afternoon, reporting 583 complaints received for a total of $6.75 million owed nationwide.

The former CEO of the Pebble Mine bragged about leading a group that helped defeat nine Republican incumbent legislators in the primary election.

DHSS today announced 120 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 118 are residents in 17 communities: Anchorage (59), Fairbanks (12), Wasilla (11), Palmer (8), Utqiaġvik (7), Eagle River (6), Kotzebue (2), Northwest Arctic Borough (2), Sitka (2), Soldotna (2), and one each in Aleutian…

Over half believe people traveling interstate should be forced to quarantine for 14 days.40% of respondents do not believe they will spend Thanksgiving with extended family due to social distancing regulations.55% believe all domestic interstate travelers should be forced to quarantine for 1…

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As an emergency department physician, it saddens me, but I have come to terms with the fact that some people get awful cancers. Or that car accidents can change a person’s life in a split second and trampolines cause the craziest fractures. What I have not been able to come to terms with is …

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An ambitious project to build a 1,700-mile rail link from Alberta to Alaska, and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in particular, is set to receive its first federal government approval.

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DHSS today announced 117 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 115 are residents in 16 communities: Anchorage (77), Fairbanks (12), Bethel (3), Chugiak (3), Eagle River (3), North Pole (3), Juneau (2), Nome Census Area (2), Sitka (2), Wasilla (2) and one each in Denali Borough, Gird…

Local manufacturing businesses and jobs have experienced a resurgence in recent years that needs to continue for our state’s livelihood and connection to the global economy.

DHSS today announced 116 new people identified with COVID-19. No new nonresident cases were reported. 116 Alaska resident cases were reported in 21 communities and in an unknown location: Anchorage (62), Fairbanks (20), Utqiaġvik (5), Eagle River (3), Juneau (3), Bethel (2), Denali Borough (…

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Worried about the virus? It may be seeping silently around us in ways we haven’t thought of.

The Brazilian city of Manaus was hit hard by COVID-19. At the peak of its epidemic in late spring, the city of over 2 million people had 4.5 times as many deaths as expected for that time of year. Hospitals and cemeteries struggled to keep up, and mass graves were dug to bury the dead. But t…

DHSS today announced six deaths and 128 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 127 are residents in 17 communities: Anchorage (68), Fairbanks (22), North Pole (9), Juneau (6), Chugiak (3), Nome Census Area (3), Utqiaġvik (3), Bethel Census Area (2), Eagle River (2), Kotzebue (2), and…

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The executives of the Pebble Mine project are probably in the mea culpa mode right about now, down on their knees telling Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Sen. Dan Sullivan, Gov. Mike Dunleavy and the leaders of the Alaska Republican Party that they didn’t really mean all of that stuff they said on secr…

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday they are looking into what officials described as “inaccuracies and falsehoods” in information provided to the corps by Pebble Partnership Ltd., or PLP, during the corps’ review of the company’s application for permits for a large gold, copper and mo…

DHSS today announced 50 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 46 are residents in 9 communities: Anchorage (31), Northwest Arctic Borough (4), Fairbanks (3), Wasilla (3), and one each in Aleutians West Census Area, Eagle River, Kodiak, Kotzebue, and Palmer.

 The Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) is looking for design submissions for Alaska Face Mask Design contest. Children and students can design their own Alaskan face mask, send it in, and their design could be one of four chosen to be printed on face masks, which will be distributed across Alask…

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The specter of a “twindemic” — two epidemics at the same time — looms as cold and flu season is set to start in October in the Northern Hemisphere. No one can predict what will happen when flu meets COVID-19, but public health officials are urging people to prepare for the worst.In this case…

Conservation groups and Alaska Natives have ramped up their campaign to persuade major oil and gas companies not to bid in a lease sale planned for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by the Trump administration.

DHSS today announced 112 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 108 are residents in fourteen communities: Anchorage (68), Fairbanks (9), Wasilla (6), Palmer (5), Utqiaġvik (5), Eagle River (3) , North Pole (3), Bristol Bay/Lake & Peninsula boroughs (2), Sitka (2), and one each i…

Three years since his release from prison, Talalelei ‘TJ’ Edwards keeps his regular appointments with his parole officer, is gainfully employed on the North Slope, and maintains strong ties to his community. There is no practical reason for Edwards to believe he’ll ever be sent back to priso…

DHSS today announced 113 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 109 are residents in twenty communities: Anchorage (48), Juneau (14), Fairbanks (11), Utqiaġvik (7), Wasilla (6), North Pole (4), Northwest Arctic Borough (4), Douglas (2), Palmer (2), and one each in Delta Junction, Dil…