Kavitha George, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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Kavitha George is the host of Alaska Morning News at Alaska Public Media. She also reports on business, labor and the economy. Reach her at kgeorge@alaskapublic.org.
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As gas prices soar, Alaskans should ‘get used to volatility,’ says one analyst

In Alaska, the average for a gallon of regular gas was $4.73 Monday, according to AAA. That’s up $1 a gallon from just a month ago.

How do mushers afford the Iditarod? Anja Radano says every year it’s a struggle.

Running the Iditarod takes months of preparation, training and a lot of money. While some mushers have major tour businesses and sponsors that help fund their kennels and pay for staff, Radano waits tables to help balance the big bills that come with being a dog musher.
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UAA says it supports the controversial Bragaw-Elmore extension

The University of Alaska Anchorage reaffirmed its support for the newly-revived Bragaw extension project on Friday. Meanwhile, other big employers in the area haven’t weighed in with full support of the highly controversial road.
Gov. Dunleavy stands behind a lectern next to a sign that says "relief for Alaskans"

How a rise in oil prices could impact this year’s PFD

With a recent rise in oil prices, the governor is again pushing for a higher PFD, plus an additional payment to boost last year's PFD. Legislators have other ideas.
A profile shot of a building.

Think you have supply chain woes? Try building in rural Alaska, where prices are high and the season is short.

Every step of the supply chain, from manufacturing to shipping to distribution, has lost any sense of a normal rhythm.
A white man in a red sweater leans over a bar at a restaurant.

An Anchorage restaurant operator says the pandemic is still hitting the industry hard

Uncertainty with staffing and COVID outbreaks are causing daily headaches in the industry, says restaurant operator Jack Lewis.
snow covered park, cars driving on a bend in the road, and a plane flies in front of snowy mountains

State job vacancies lead to unplowed roads and other service gaps

Critical state jobs are going unfilled this year. That’s led to unplowed roads, ferries tied up at dock and slowdowns in the court system.

Anchorage retailers hope for spending rebound fueled by higher wages and ‘revenge shopping’

At Anchorage’s Dimond Mall, some retailers are reporting that sales have surpassed pre-pandemic levels thanks to pent-up demand and supply chain shortages that are vexing online shoppers.
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is seen running alongside the Dalton Highway, next to a small mountain.

Oil prices plunge amid omicron variant concerns

After months of increases and a short plateau, oil prices in Alaska and worldwide have plunged in the last week. A barrel of Alaska North Slope crude was about $71 on Monday, $11 less than the week of Thanksgiving.
A man stands behind and counter and in front of skis.

Supply chain bottlenecks are holding up winter gear in Anchorage

Across Anchorage, with snow covering the ground and temperatures dropping, waitlists for fat-tire bikes and skis are common. The demand for winter outdoor gear is high.
A man in a hat eats dumplings at a table indoors.

How Pel’meni dumplings became a Juneau staple and expanded beyond Southeast Alaska

The restaurant is an Alaska take on a classic Russian comfort food. It started in Juneau and recently expanded to Anchorage.
A white woman and a white teenage boy wearing hiking clothes and smiling on a mountain ridgeline.

Alaska’s vaccine sweepstakes aimed to get more people vaccinated. It’s unclear whether it worked.

The Alaska Chamber gave out nearly $1 million in a vaccine sweepstakes program, but it's unclear how effective the program has been at increasing Alaska's vaccination rate.
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Global supply shortages are driving up Alaska oil prices

Alaska North Slope crude has been trending up for most of 2021. On Tuesday it closed at more than $87 a barrel.

If you signed up for direct deposit, yes, your PFD is coming this week

Alaskans are starting to see $1,114 PFDs hit their bank accounts this week, with some already reporting “pending” deposits scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 14, according to the state Department of Revenue.

Forty-eight unit affordable housing development to open in Spenard next summer

The first phase of Spenard East, a 48-unit development at the corner of 36th Avenue and Spenard Road, will include three buildings arranged around a small park, with a mix of senior and family housing. 

Without citywide mask rules during COVID surge, Anchorage businesses feel the pressure

As COVID-19 case rates in Alaska continue to lead the nation, Alaska’s largest city has no municipal health measures like a mask mandate or gathering restrictions in place. That’s left businesses to navigate which prevention steps to take on their own, which can get complicated for owners trying to weigh the health risks of doing business.
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Alaska’s economic recovery lags behind most states

As of July, Alaska had made up less than half of COVID-related job losses.

Providence CEO backs Anchorage Assembly’s proposed mask mandate

The Chief Executive of Providence Alaska Medical Center says the hospital supports a proposed masking ordinance in Anchorage in a letter to the Assembly sent on Wednesday. The letter also disputed Anchorage mayor Dave Bronson’s claims about hospital capacity and staffing shortages. 

Alaskans have until Friday to apply for pandemic rental assistance

Renters who make 80% or less of area median income for their community are eligible for rental assistance until Friday, Oct. 1.

Here’s when Alaskans can expect to get this year’s PFD

Permanent fund dividends will likely hit Alaskans' bank accounts in the middle of October, says the state Department of Revenue.