Katie Anastas, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
Four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King says he took 30 minutes to think about it and then said yes.
The region only has one state-certified avalanche specialist, who is also responsible for Seward Highway.
This year’s Junior Native Youth Olympic Games are virtual, with nearly 300 participants sending in videos of themselves competing in the events.
As Washington state considers a new fuel tax, Alaska legislators prepare to retaliate. Also, authorities are investigating after a police officer shot at a man and struck two trailer homes in Juneau. And how telehealth companies and state legislation could improve access to birth control in Alaska.
In Alaska, only 25% of kids aged 5 to 11 have received at least one shot. Nationally, 31% have.
State epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin shared data that shows COVID infections carry much greater risk for heart problems than vaccinations.
“A lot of people like to consult Dr. Google,” said an Anchorage pediatrician. “That can cause a lot of problems.”
The new contract for teachers includes salary increases and more opportunities for teachers to move across the pay scale.
Superintendent Deena Bishop said the change follows a rapid drop in COVID cases in the state and the widespread availability of vaccines.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy makes another push for higher permanent fund dividends. A bill to provide state recognition of tribes passes the House, but faces a more difficult path in the state Senate. A Bethel-raised Yup'ik musician receives national awards.
Alaska’s downward trend follows other states' declines in case counts.