Katie Anastas, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

A girl in a pink shirt and mask gets a shot

Alaskans under age 5 can now get COVID vaccines

In Anchorage, vaccines are available at Fairweather’s Tikahtnu Commons clinic and a pop-up clinic in Fairview every day for the rest of the month.
An Alaska state ferry waiting at a dock

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, June 22, 2022

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.

As drive-through testing sites close, Alaska begins ‘privatizing COVID’

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.

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, June 21, 2022

A federal fisheries council declines action on salmon bycatch. And after weeks of heated debate, a drag queen leads story time at the Ketchikan library.

In this Anchorage summer school classroom, ‘academic confidence’ is the goal

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.
two people smile and wave in dresses

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, June 20, 2022

A federal fisheries council declines action on salmon bycatch. And after weeks of heated debate, a drag queen leads story time at the Ketchikan library.
buildings stand in front of a snowy mountain range

Two days of activities planned for Juneteenth in Anchorage

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.
People in line wiht a bunch of bags on the grounds

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, June 17, 2022

Fire crews in the Interior are on standby as the weather forecast calls for thunderstorms. Also, St. Mary's residents are staying cautious as the threat of the fire decreases. And high gas prices aren't stopping RV-ers from visiting Alaska.
two people voting

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, June 16, 2022

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.

Mat-Su school board approves policy banning transgender athletes from girls’ sports

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.
boats on the shore

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, June 15, 2022

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.
a boat on the water

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, June 14, 2022

The search is on for housing before Alaska’s largest homeless shelter closes. Also, as a tundra fire burns, a nearby village could lose running water. And a Norwegian cruise line visits Southeast for the first time.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, June 13, 2022

Dozens of wildfires burn in Western Alaska, sending smoke across the state. Also, lodge owners fight a proposed hundred-mile road to an area with mining potential. And Alaskans have lost millions of dollars to online scammers this year.
A white biulding with an american flag waving next to a stairway and ramp

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, June 10, 2022

Residents evacuate as a tundra fire continues to spread near St. Mary's. Also, tenants in Anchorage face rising rent costs. And the regional director for the federal health department says things here are just different.

Former Mt. Edgecumbe superintendent becomes new Alaska Pacific University president

As a first generation college student herself, Janelle Vanasse wants the university to be “an oasis” for Alaska Native and rural students.
The side of a parked fire truck

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, June 9, 2022

Residents of St. Mary's prepare to evacuate as a tundra fire continues to burn. Also, the state prepares to distribute COVID vaccines for young children. And inflation drives up grocery bills in rural Alaska.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Fires spread in Southwest Alaska as hot, dry weather continues. As some legislators celebrate the Alaska Reads Act, others worry about rural school districts. And cruise passengers take to social media to share information on COVID outbreaks.

Gov. Dunleavy, lawmakers celebrate passage of Alaska Reads Act

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.
a person walks by a large tent

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, June 7, 2022

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 placard that says Judy Eledge in front of a Municipality logo

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, June 6, 2022

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.