Claire Stremple, KTOO - Juneau
Alaska senator’s fight to regulate ‘forever chemicals’ gets a boost from new federal standards
PFAS compounds, known as “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down in the environment, have been linked to cancer.
Alaska legislators say state AG overstepped with Walgreens letter over abortion pill
Nearly two dozen members of the Alaska House and Senate signed on to a letter to Walgreens CEO Rosalind Taylor.
Department behind Alaska’s food stamp backlog will soon be processing 260K Medicaid reapplications
“What’s important to know is we don’t want anyone to lose health care coverage,” said Deb Etheridge, director of the Division of Public Assistance.
Rural Alaskans will be disproportionately affected by abortion pill lawsuit, say doctors and advocates
Abortion is legal in Alaska, but doctors and advocates say it is not equitable or accessible because of the state’s geography and large rural population.
Alaska joins lawsuit that would take the abortion pill off the market
The pill would be taken off the market if the judge sides with the plaintiffs.
Thousands of Alaskans are still waiting for food stamps as state scrambles for solutions
Even Alaskans who have now gotten their benefits say that the months they went without left them with debt and fears for the future.
At Juneau rally, state workers call for more resources to fix food stamp backlog
The union criticized the state’s plan to hire contract workers to fix the backlog.
Grant offers some Alaskans unconventional but stable housing for a year
An Alaska-specific grant is helping people who are homeless maintain one year of housing — even if it’s alternative housing, like a sailboat.
Juneau’s hospital is losing more than $1M a month
For the first time in Bartlett Regional Hospital’s history, its leaders will have to make major changes to stop the losses.
Alaska’s State Public Assistance director is no longer in her post following news of months-long waits for food stamps
The news comes as the division has been under fire for its failure to issue food stamps and Medicaid benefits in a timely manner.
State workers say chronic understaffing caused food stamp backlog
Many of the thousands of Alaskans who rely on assistance say they’re desperate for relief.
With thousands waiting, state says food stamp backlog won’t improve any time soon
As Alaskans choose between paying bills and buying food, Alaska's health commissioner says a months-long food stamp backlog won't improve any time soon.
Juneau hospice and nursing home closures are the latest symptom of the nation’s nursing shortage
The closure of Catholic Community Services' home and hospice care has forced Juneau patients to visit emergency rooms, in one part of a statewide problem.
No response from state officials as some Alaskans go months without food stamps
The state has not said how many people are waiting for their food stamps, how much longer the estimated wait time is or what is causing the delay.
Nursing shortage leaves Juneau hospice patients with few options until gap is filled
Juneau has been without hospice and home care since mid-September.
Naturalists reveal history of centuries-old spruce that fell during Juneau landslide
The landslide was over in a few seconds, but when Juneau naturalist Steve Merli looked at a slice of the tree — called a cookie — he saw a much longer story.
Juneau’s volunteer workforce not immune to lingering pandemic effects
Some Juneau nonprofits have struggled to find volunteers over the last year. It’s a serious problem for organizations that rely on unpaid staff.
One of Juneau’s oldest food pantries will close this month
Helping Hands is a nonprofit that’s been around for almost four decades. But now it doesn’t have enough cash — or volunteers — to stay open.
Seal hunting regulations on St. Paul Island show a new path for federal marine mammal protection
A partnership between federal scientists and St. Paul Island tribes might guide Alaska’s marine mammals – and those who depend on them – through climate shifts.
In Bethel, a homegrown solution to the state’s nursing shortage
Alaska-trained nurses who intend to work in the state, already filling health roles in Bethel, could help address the state's dire need for nurses.