Kavitha George, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Kavitha George is Alaska Public Media’s climate change reporter. Reach her at kgeorge@alaskapublic.org.
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As cases rise, Anchorage restricts gatherings, capacity in Anchorage bars and restaurants

With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Anchorage, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz released new orders on Wednesday to reinstate some limitations on bars, restaurants and other gathering spaces. The new orders go into effect at 8 a.m. on Friday.
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What are the city’s plans after controversial building purchases in Anchorage? Here’s what we know.

On Tuesday, the Anchorage Assembly will hold its fourth day of a public hearing on the city’s controversial plan to revamp homelessness services. Many people who testified in person so far have raised concerns about the planning process and proximity of the facilities to Midtown neighborhoods.
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Public health officials warn Anchorage is getting closer to max health care capacity

Anchorage health officials say the continuing rise in COVID-19 cases in the city is threatening the city’s health capacity. At a news conference on Friday, Public Health Division Manager Christy Lawton said at the current rate of new cases, the predicted time until Anchorage exceeds its ICU bed capacity has been cut in half, from 20 weeks to 10 weeks.
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Assembly extends testimony on property purchase into next week

Community members in opposition accused the assembly of trying to force the plan through with little community input and few details about how the facilities would be operated. Safety concerns were also frequently mentioned.

Assembly postpones vote on property purchase for treatment and homelessness resource facilities

The purchase of the four properties drew dozens of opponents, who said that having homelessness services in their neighborhoods would bring crime and lower property values.
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Assembly to vote on city purchase of 4 properties to provide homelessness resources

The Anchorage Assembly is expected to decide Tuesday whether to move forward with a plan to purchase four properties to turn into homelessness resource facilities. The properties, located in Downtown, Midtown and Spenard will help to distribute homeless care to more parts of the city.

Municipality breaks ground on new central transfer station

The Municipality of Anchorage broke ground on a new central transfer station in midtown on Thursday. The new facility, slated to be completed by 2023, will replace the aging disposal facility across the street.

Alaska reports single-day coronavirus high as Anchorage struggles with contact tracing

51 Alaska residents tested positive for the coronavirus throughout the day on Thursday.

COVID Q&A: What do you need to know if you need a COVID test in Anchorage?

State and municipal health officials have urged Alaskans to get tested for COVID-19 if they start to show symptoms, but the process of getting tested has proved to be challenging and confusing for some. Here are answers to some common questions about testing.
A gray whale carcass was found near Wrangell Island. (Photo courtesy and of Ceona Koch)

Another gray whale found dead in Cook Inlet, scientists still aren’t sure what’s causing the die-off

A gray whale stranded in Twentymile River near Girdwood over Memorial Day weekend was reported dead in Cook Inlet earlier this month. The young male whale was first spotted by boaters a mile upstream from the Seward Highway bridge on May 25.

Anchorage names bars and restaurants where patrons may have been exposed to COVID-19

The city identified 19 establishments in the municipality, Palmer and Seward where individuals infectious with COVID-19 "spent extended time."

Anchorage struggles to keep up with contact tracing and testing as cases surge

As Anchorage continues to see a sharp uptick in new COVID-19 cases, two important components of the city’s public health resources are maxed out. The city is scrambling to train new contact tracers and expand testing facilities.

Berkowitz’s office pushes back on AG memo exempting state buildings from mask order

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz's office pushed back on Monday after the state Attorney General attempted to limit the mayor's mask order in state of Alaska buildings and facilities.

AG Kevin Clarkson contradicts Berkowitz mask order for state buildings

Hours after Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced an order requiring people to wear face coverings in indoor, public spaces, including workplaces, on Friday, Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson released a memorandum declaring an exception for State buildings.

Anchorage mayor to require masks in indoor, public spaces starting Monday

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced a new face mask order Friday for Anchorage that will apply to public spaces like restaurants, stores and public transit.
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage.

Anchorage Assembly passes COVID relief package for small businesses, nonprofits and housing

The Anchorage Assembly unanimously passed a 21.5 million dollar COVID-19 relief package at a meeting Tuesday evening. The package provides a second round of funding for the small business and nonprofit relief program and the rental and mortgage assistance program.

People entering Alaska by land and sea must follow the state’s travel policy. Here are the rules.

Travelers taking a car or boat into Alaska will have similar rules to those taking a flight, though ferry travel has stricter requirements.