Rashah McChesney, KTOO - Juneau

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A person with a mask is seen walking across a road in teh reflection of a bar window

31 Juneau residents test positive for COVID-19 after bar outbreak

The cases result from a single indoor event in late August.
A triangular window into a bar with a sign posted outside about a closure.

Juneau suspends drinking in bars again as COVID-19 cases spike

In an evening emergency public health order, city officials raised the community alert level and mandated that all bars in Juneau must close to indoor service starting Saturday at noon.
Seen from a distance, an oil rig blips above the horizon in an otherwise flat, snowy landscape.

Alaska’s plan to borrow money to pay off oil tax credits blocked by state supreme court

The ruling forces the state of Alaska to find another source to pay for the tax incentives it promised to oil companies.
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The runway lights broke, but Igiugig guided in a child’s medevac plane with headlights

The village’s state-owned airport has had some problems with the runway lights. And when residents went to turn them on to guide the flight in — nothing happened. Usually, this would stop a plane from being able to land. But not this time.
A yellow shuttle waits in a snowy parking lot

Neighbors push back on plans for cold weather shelter for Juneau’s unhoused

The shelter location has moved three times since 2017, and now the city is looking to buy a building miles from town. But some neighbors are afraid of the drug use and crime they say the homeless population will bring.

After calls for transparency, Juneau police department releases its policies and procedures manual

After months of demands, the Juneau Police Department decided to release its manual in order to build public trust.
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Dunleavy announces new health mandates

Dunleavy announced that state employees will be required to wear masks.
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Alaska’s COVID-19 transmission rate leads nation, as 94 people test positive and another dies

The number of people with COVID-19 or suspected of having the disease jumped to a new high.
A woman dressed in a white lab coat stands in front of a table. Another woman with protective gear stands in a dooray befhind her.

Another Alaskan dies as the state announces 78 new COVID-19 cases

The woman who died was in her 50s and had pre-existing conditions according to state health officials. She is the 18th Alaskan to have died with COVID-19.

COVID-19 death linked to Juneau may not be Alaskan after all

The family of a woman who died at a long-term care facility in New Jersey thinks her death with COVID-19 was mis-attributed to Alaska.

A Juneau police officer killed Kelly Stephens last year. Now Stephens’ family is suing

Without the bodycam footage of the incident, the parents of a man shot by police say they haven't been able to understand what happened to their son in his final hour.

Family of Juneau man killed by police say they’re filing a wrongful death lawsuit

A Juneau police officer shot and killed Michael Stephens in late December, but a state investigation found the officer's use of deadly force was justified. Now, the victim's parents are filing a wrongful death lawsuit and asking for reform of Juneau's Police Department.
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Sharp increase in hospitalizations as COVID case tally rises by 20

The number of people currently in the hospital with COVID-19 in Alaska nearly doubled between Monday and Tuesday.

Juneau’s mayor Beth Weldon recovered from COVID-19 this week

During Monday evening’s city assembly meeting, Mayor Beth Weldon said she traveled to the Lower 48 to move her son out of his college dorm. When she came back, she started her 14-day quarantine, and then started to feel sick.
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Twelve new Anchorage cases are at Providence extended care facility

Those infected with the virus are a mix of residents and caregivers at the Providence Transitional Care Center -- a skilled nursing facility in Anchorage. They’re among 27 new Alaskans that state health officials announced had the virus on Sunday.

A seafood worker in Valdez has COVID-19, but state health officials don’t know how he got it

A seafood worker in Valdez has tested positive for COVID-19. But state health officials say they aren’t sure how the man, who works for Peter Pan Seafoods, contracted the virus because he has been in the state for a month, went through quarantine and has not left the city.
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Alaska’s natural gas pipeline plan gets federal environmental approval

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the project to get North Slope natural gas to a facility on the Kenai Peninsula, from where it could be exported to world markets.