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 News    June 17, 2021 

Juneau education leaders OK credit change amid pandemic

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) —Graduating seniors in Juneau will be allowed to earn half a credit less than prior graduating classes under a change adopted this week that was billed as a way to acknowledge the impact the pandemic has had on learning. Under...

 
 News    June 17, 2021 

Alaska Senate delays action on proposed spending plan

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Senate delayed action on a state spending package Tuesday, as lawmakers evaluated their options for getting needed votes on a budget and completing their work ahead of a Friday special session deadline. The budget...

 
 News    June 17, 2021 

US will revisit Trump-era decision for Alaska rainforest

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The federal government announced plans Friday to “repeal or replace” a decision by the Trump administration last fall to lift restrictions on logging and road building in a southeast Alaska rainforest that provides...

 
 News    June 17, 2021 

Bear attacks, injures sleeping campers in south Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Wildlife officials in Alaska have said two campers were attacked by a bear this weekend while they were sleeping in a tent in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Jeff Selinger said...

 

Alaska governor urges lawmakers to act on dividend plan

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Monday urged lawmakers to act on his proposal to place in the state constitution a new formula for the annual check residents receive from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund as the current special...

 

Proposed conservation plans could affect Alaska mine project

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An agreement announced Tuesday between an Alaska Native village corporation and conservationists would restrict development on lands in the Bristol Bay region where a mine developer has proposed a road, a move that could...

 

Legislature and Anchorage both lift face mask requirement

The Anchorage Assembly voted last Friday to immediately revoke the city’s mask mandate. On the same day, legislative leaders voted to make mask-wearing optional at the state Capitol — and then shed their own face coverings after the vote. The...

 

Vocational schooling can mean higher-paying jobs

Many students believe that the next natural step after graduating from high school is to go off to college. Secondary education has become such a common transition that many parents begin saving for college tuition as soon as their children are...

 

Navigating tech choices for school use

Technology is essential in the daily lives of students. Whether it’s kids learning their ABC’s or graduate students pursuing advanced degrees, technology has transformed the way lessons are taught and learned. Statistics support the notion that...

 

Graduation garb explained

Graduates, especially college graduates, wear some unique and impressive duds for their graduation ceremonies. Caps, gowns, tassels, and hoods all can be seen parading down the center aisle before making proud appearances at diploma presentations....

 

AK children 12 and up could soon get virus vaccinations

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska public health officials hope to begin vaccinating children 12 and up against COVID-19 as early as Wednesday. Parents were permitted Monday to sign up their children for appointments after the U.S. Food and Drug...

 

Over 20 COVID-19 cases linked to Alaska wrestling tournament

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A COVID-19 outbreak at a high school wrestling tournament held in April is linked to more than 20 infections in five communities across southeast Alaska, according to health officials. Ketchikan High School hosted the...

 

Alaska children 12 and up could soon get virus vaccinations

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska public health officials hope to begin vaccinating children 12 and up against COVID-19 as early as Wednesday. Parents were permitted Monday to sign up their children for appointments after the U.S. Food and Drug...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

AK Legislature sends COVID-19 response bill to governor

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers have agreed to retroactively extend the state’s COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration as part of an effort to maintain state eligibility for food assistance benefits and other federal aid dollars. The meas...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Alaska ends COVID-19 disaster status, says state in recovery

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Friday ended the state’s COVID-19 disaster declaration, saying the state is in such a good position he doesn’t need emergency powers bestowed by the Legislature. “Alaska is in the...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

State court discovers cyber threat, disconnects from internet

JUNEAU (AP) - The Alaska Court System has temporarily disconnected most of its operations from the internet after a cybersecurity threat on Saturday, including shutting down its website and removing the ability to look up court records. The threat...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Tugboat deemed derelict sunk in waters off southeast Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A derelict tugboat that the U.S. Coast Guard says had been abandoned has been sunk in waters off southeast Alaska. The Coast Guard, in a news release, said the 107-foot tugboat called the Lumberman was sunk in more than 8,400...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Group envisions tiny home community for homeless in Sitka

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An advocacy group is evaluating the use of tiny homes to provide housing for people who are homeless in the southeast Alaska city of Sitka. Gayle Young, co-founder of the Sitka Homeless Coalition, said there are few...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Alaska woman says feds searched home for Pelosi's laptop

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal agents served a search warrant at a boutique resort in Homer, Alaska, saying they were looking for a laptop stolen from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, one of the...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Census: Alaska's population grew by 3.3% in the last decade

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s population grew by 23,160 people, or 3.3%, in the last decade, according to the first numbers released Monday for the 2020 Census. Overall, the U.S. had a 7.4% growth over that same time, which the U.S. Census...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Alaska's favorite guessing game ends

NENANA, Alaska (AP) — The ice has gone out on the Tanana River, ending the annual Nenana Ice Classic, one of Alaska’s most famous guessing games. Ice classic manager Cherrie Forness said the game ended at 12:50 p.m. Friday when the ice shifted an...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Bill requiring tribes' recognition passes through committees

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A bill moving through the Legislature would require state recognition of Alaska’s 229 federally recognized tribes. Supporters say the measure is needed to encourage better collaboration and consultation between the state...

 

Alaska settles for $85K with former state employee

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has agreed to settle for $85,000 with a former state employee whose application was rejected because she supported the recall of Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy. The out-of-court settlement was announced Monday by the...

 

USCG decommissions storied cutter in Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has decommissioned a ship whose home port was in Alaska after almost 50 years in service. The cutter Douglas Munro was decommissioned in a ceremony in Kodiak on Saturday. The ship was commissioned in 1971...

 

Contract awarded for federal port facility in Ketchikan

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency announced Wednesday it has awarded a contract to rebuild its port facility in Ketchikan, work state leaders called overdue. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it awarded an $18.8 million...

 

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