Katie Anastas, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
Outreach about vaccines is currently targeted to gay and bisexual men and transgender people, but monkeypox can spread during any prolonged skin-to-skin contact.
If a COVID outbreak occurs within a class, sports team or set of classrooms, district leaders could add additional mitigation measures. Those could include a mask requirement, limited visitor access or a temporary classroom closure.
The Anchorage Assembly wants to know how the city's former health director was hired with a fraudulent resume. Republican candidates in the special election are competing for the same pool of voters. Dipnetting brings crowds and their trash to Kenai Peninsula beaches, and volunteers are cleaning up.
Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson launches an investigation into the hiring of the former health director. Also, a new report looks at possible causes of the 2020 plane crash that killed a Soldotna representative and six others. And Denali National Park gets some mid-summer snowfall.
The Anchorage School District only has enough drivers to serve 7,000 students out of the 20,000 that use the bus.
An investigation shows Anchorage's former health director lied about his education and military experience. Also, federal officials hope to expand broadband access throughout the state. And a rural school district is making it easier for local people to become teachers.
Cruise passengers say Holland America is sending them home on state ferries if they get COVID. Also, inflation and low salmon runs are leaving Yukon River families hungry. And Anchorage schools compete with fast food restaurants as they struggle to hire cafeteria workers.
District leaders say they’re competing with restaurants and grocery stores for a small pool of food service workers.
Advocates demand that Anchorage police officers carry the opioid overdose reversing medication Narcan. Indigenous leaders respond after parents sue over a school's use of tribal values. And tourists find a time capsule from 2006 near Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier.
Superintendent Jharrett Bryantt says the district is currently 75 bus drivers short.
Homeless advocates worry as outdoor deaths increase in Anchorage. Community leaders in Southeast say the lack of affordable housing is contributing to a labor shortage. And a 17-year-old stops in Unalaska during his quest to become youngest person to fly solo around the world.
The Ukrainian Student Support fund will help students who've resettled in Alaska pay for tuition, textbooks and other expenses at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Federal funding is set to boost Internet access in rural Alaska. Without the state's Ocean Rangers program, Glacier Bay National Park turns to independent inspectors. And the Anchorage Assembly now has a process to remove a mayor for a breach of public trust.
The Knik Cultural Charter School will offer in-person learning, a homeschool program and a blended option. The Knik Tribe has spent the last three years planning the school with the help of a federal grant.
Health officials announce Alaska's first case of monkeypox. Ranchers near Delta Junction look for answers after one of their cows was found killed. And as countries around the world look for alternatives to Russian oil, could Alaska could be a source of liquefied natural gas?
School districts struggle to hire teachers ahead of the new school year. Also, a new contract for Alaska Airlines workers could make them the highest paid employees in their part of the industry. And for the first time, European green crabs have been found alive in Alaska.
The Salvation Army took over efforts to connect campers to housing and other services last week and prioritized moving families into more permanent shelter. The youngest child at the camp last week was two days old.