Katie Anastas, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Katie Anastas, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
a man standing in front of a school

Mask debates, staff shortages stress Anchorage teachers as omicron spreads

School districts around the country are debating mask mandates, COVID testing requirements, and whether schools should move to remote learning as omicron spreads. In Anchorage, student and staff absences are increasing, and teachers are frustrated. 
A ferry at a dock.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Anchorage hospitals try to cope as Alaska notches record-breaking COVID case counts. Also, how sporadic winter ferry service is impacting Southeast communities. And Ketchikan reacts to the Alaska Board of Fisheries moving their March meeting to Anchorage.
a man in an orange jacket behind a team of sled dogs

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, January 11, 2022

How the omicron variant could impact hospitals. Also, the winner of the Copper Basin 300 reflects on the sled dog race. And collapsed roofs and flooding follow rain and snow in Juneau.
An aerial view of cars snaking through a snowy parking lot.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, January 10, 2022

Anchorage residents spend hours waiting for COVID tests as case numbers increase. Also, why some residents of the Interior oppose a new highway construction project. And how Russian Orthodox parishioners in Bristol Bay celebrated Christmas.
A person in a blue hospital gown reaches in the driver's window of a silver hatchback in a snowy parking lot next to a conex

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, January 7, 2022

How the state health department is looking at Alaska's new peak in COVID cases. Why more than 700 ballots were rejected in Juneau's municipal election. And what a baby beluga rescue taught scientists about the species.
A person wearing a mask

Mat-Su schools prepare to reopen Monday after storm damage

The district said power outages and cold temperatures led to water line breaks, boiler failures, broken sprinkler systems and other maintenance issues. But on Friday, Superintendent Randy Trani said the district is on track to fully reopen on Monday.
a Covid-19 swab specialist in medical gown, face mask, and face shield prepares to swab a traveler

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, January 6, 2022

As omicron hits Alaska, concern shifts to hospital staffing levels. COVID outbreaks and snowy weather have shut down some schools.
Three students play with a ball outside.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, January 5, 2022

University of Alaska students sue the state government over scholarship funds. Also, friends and state leaders remember philanthropist Ed Rasmuson. And riverbank erosion puts a Napakiak school at the top of the state's construction list.
A small plane is flipped upside down.

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, January 4, 2022

A commission recommends higher salaries but lower overall compensation for state lawmakers. Also, residents of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough assess the damage from the weekend's storm. And how economists are looking at "churn" in the state labor market.
A semitruck is overturned

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, January 3, 2022

High winds cause widespread power outages and other damage in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Also, Alaskans describe travel nightmares, stuck in the lower 48 with no available flights home for several days. And a shortage of ammunition leaves some Alaska hunters pointing fingers.
A sign outside says: Closed for the rest of the day at this site.

COVID testing locations in Anchorage closed as Mat-Su weather keeps staff home

The powerful winds in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough kept some health care workers at home Monday, leading to the temporary closure of three COVID-19 testing sites in the Anchorage area as cases surge.
totem poles

Hydaburg residents have running water again after days without

Hydaburg residents have running water again after a snowstorm and freezing rain caused parts of the Southeast community’s water system to freeze last week.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, December 31, 2021

Searchers find a New Stuyahok man alive after he spent a night stranded outside. Also, how COVID-19 testing is changing as the omicron variant spreads.
A test with a blue line.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, December 30, 2021

At-home test kits are in demand as COVID cases rise and drive-thru testing sites fill up. Also, a ballot initiative to win state recognition for Alaska's tribes.

University of Alaska Anchorage to begin semester without change in COVID protocols

For now, the University of Alaska Anchorage will continue with existing COVID-19 protocols when students return from winter break on Monday.
a fireworks show at night.

Live performances and outdoor activities planned for Anchorage New Year’s Eve celebration

Anchorage will ring in the New Year with a fireworks display and outdoor activities on Friday night. The event is outdoors, and masks are optional. The Anchorage Health Department will be distributing free, at-home COVID-19 tests.
Bags at an airport and people in line.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Record-setting high and low temperatures over the holiday weekend. Also, Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer will not seek reelection. And a look at the future of the Alaska Marine Highway System.
Snowy grocery store with empty parking lot

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Record-setting high and low temperatures over the holiday weekend. Also, Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer will not seek reelection. And a look at the future of the Alaska Marine Highway System.