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A ship in the water

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, March 3, 2022

Lawmakers propose relief checks for Alaskans as fuel costs rise. Also, Gov. Mike Dunleavy announces plans for the state to divest from Russia. And the owner of a Mexican restaurant in Anchorage celebrates 50 years of business.
Slushy and watery roads near a gas station.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Washington changes course on a new gas tax. A COVID-positive Iditarod musher gets a four-time champion to take his place.

Nic Petit taps Jeff King for last-minute takeover of his Iditarod team after positive COVID test

Four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King says he took 30 minutes to think about it and then said yes.

Hatcher Pass Road to remain closed for at least 2 more weeks

The region only has one state-certified avalanche specialist, who is also responsible for Seward Highway.
a moose

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Tensions with Russia hit Alaska’s economy. Also, a charter boat crew saves a man clinging to ice in Cook Inlet. And aggressive moose are putting Iditarod mushers on high alert.
A few dozen people pose for a group photograph holding signs in support of Ukraine

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, February 28, 2022

Alaska senators say boosting local industries could help push back against Russia. Also, opponents to the Ambler Road raise concerns as the state seeks public comment. And new efforts to prevent suicide among Alaska's soldiers.
A black and white dog lying in the mountins in the background

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, February 25, 2022

Alaskans with ties to Ukraine react to Russia's invasion. Also, a man shot at by Juneau police tells his side of the story. And one dog's journey from a shelter to the Iditarod.

‘You’re all on the same team’: Junior Native Youth Olympics bring Alaskan kids together

This year’s Junior Native Youth Olympic Games are virtual, with nearly 300 participants sending in videos of themselves competing in the events.
downtown Juneau seen from across the water at sunrise

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, February 24, 2022

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.
A teenager gets his first vaccine shot from a man with a red mask on

Pediatricians say misinformation is a barrier to kids getting vaccinated

In Alaska, only 25% of kids aged 5 to 11 have received at least one shot. Nationally, 31% have.
Green and purple aurora light up the dark sky.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Alaska's congressional delegation reacts to a setback on permission for the Ambler road. Legislators file bills targeting public school curricula. And a former Fairbanks resident studies the aurora from afar.
a nurse administers a vaccine to a patient

As COVID numbers drop, state health officials continue to urge vaccination

State epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin shared data that shows COVID infections carry much greater risk for heart problems than vaccinations.
A girl flexes her muscle with bandaid

Alaska kids’ COVID vaccination rates remain low. Pediatricians say misinformation is the challenge.

“A lot of people like to consult Dr. Google,” said an Anchorage pediatrician. “That can cause a lot of problems.”

Anchorage School Board approves contracts with district’s teachers, support personnel

The new contract for teachers includes salary increases and more opportunities for teachers to move across the pay scale.
A woman in a red jacket stands at a podium in a meeting room

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Sen. Lisa Murkowski addresses state lawmakers. Also, how the foster care system can disproportionately impact Alaska Native families. And COVID-19 has made overcrowding in rural Alaska housing even more of a challenge.
A boy in a mask gets a shot.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, February 21, 2022

State legislators consider bills that would rewrite the Permanent Fund Dividend formula. Also, a six-year legal battle over PFD fraud comes to a close. And pediatricians address misinformation about kids' COVID vaccines.
A man sorts fish

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, February 18, 2022

Lawmakers discuss fisheries disasters and how soon money could get to fishermen. The state's largest school district makes masking optional.
A bulletin board in teacher Katie McDaniel’s kindergarten classroom at Huffman Elementary School. The signs remind students to wear a mask, use hand sanitizer and stay home if they’re sick.

Anchorage School District to make masking optional on Feb. 28

Superintendent Deena Bishop said the change follows a rapid drop in COVID cases in the state and the widespread availability of vaccines.
A walrus with big tusks rests on sea ice.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, February 17, 2022

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.
A woman receives a nasal swab Covid test outside of the Denali Federal Credit Union Operations Center.

‘A steep downward trajectory’: Alaska sees 50% drop in reported COVID cases this week

Alaska’s downward trend follows other states' declines in case counts.