Katie Anastas, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
Republican Tara Sweeney says her campaign will not sue over elections officials' decision that she cannot advance to the special U.S. House election. Also, firefighters, aircraft and other resources are heading north to Alaska's wildfires. And after three years without service, Alaskans board a ferry to British Columbia.
Most drive-up COVID testing sites in Anchorage are set to close by June 30 as demand drops and funding runs out. The few sites that will stay open aren’t offering testing to uninsured Alaskans.
District leaders say summer school is an opportunity to gain math and reading skills — and to boost students’ confidence — after two years of the pandemic.
Anchorage will celebrate Juneteenth with two days of activities in Delaney Park. The event will feature guest speakers, a pageant, music, dance performances and food vendors.
Ballot rejections in the special election are most frequent in rural Alaska. Also, evacuees in Bethel prepare to return to St. Mary's after the fire. And the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Board approves a policy that prevents transgender girls from competing on girls’ sports teams.
The vote followed nearly two hours of public testimony from local parents, students, teachers and community members. More people spoke against the ban than for it, but the testimony was close to evenly split.
Scientists draw a direct link between climate change and the state's largest wildfire. Also, people leaving the state's largest homeless shelter have few places to go next. And sportfisheries in Cook Inlet close as king salmon populations suffer.
As a first generation college student herself, Janelle Vanasse wants the university to be “an oasis” for Alaska Native and rural students.
The act aims to improve student reading outcomes across the state by third grade. Some rural legislators are skeptical about the bill’s requirements for school districts.
The state is reviewing whether it’s legal for families to use homeschool funds to pay for private school. Also, Anchorage plans to close its main homeless shelter by the end of the month. Today is Walter Harper Day, and a group wants to honor the first person to set foot atop North America's highest peak.
A special election candidate loans hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaign. Also, foster children get support in their lawsuit over the state using their social security benefits. The Anchorage Assembly wants answers from the mayor about working conditions at the library.