Rashah McChesney, KTOO - Juneau


As the state lifts restrictions, some Juneau bars and restaurants aren’t rushing to reopen

The City and Borough of Juneau has opted out of reopening public facilities for now, and many business owners in Juneau say that while the COVID-19 closures have devastated their businesses, they’re not rushing to open their doors, either.

‘Half-melted boots and buckets’: Juneau campers fight wildfire until help arrives

Onlookers estimated the fire spread to about 15 acres as officials and volunteers tried to contain it.

Alaska’s confirmed COVID-19 cases climbed for six weeks. On Friday, they stopped.

After 41 straight days of climbing COVID-19 infection numbers, the state of Alaska reported no new confirmed cases of the virus on Friday.

Saturday update: Five new cases of COVID-19, plus new racial data on positives

Officials reported no new deaths or hospitalizations. And so far, 9,655 tests have been done for the virus in the state.

2 more staffers at Lemon Creek Correctional Center test positive for COVID-19

The two new confirmed cases bring the total number of Covid-positive staff members at Juneau's jail to 6, but officials say that no inmates have tested positive.

Saturday update: 11 new COVID-19 cases in Alaska, including 9 in Anchorage

Eleven more Alaskans were diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday. The newly diagnosed Alaskans are nine people from Anchorage, and one each from the Matanuska Susitna Borough and Prince of Wales island.

State requests providers delay elective abortions because of COVID-19 pandemic

State officials put out a list on Tuesday that clarifies which procedures are classified as “elective” and guidance on how long they could be delayed, ranging from weeks to months. Abortion is on that list.

State reports 13 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths

Two more Alaskans have died of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to five.   That’s according to the latest figures from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.   In a prepared statement, the organization that runs...

State suspends certain fees and fines through mid-May to ease economic pressure on Alaskans

The number of Alaskans diagnosed with COVID-19 grew to 157 by Friday, no new deaths were reported.

After RavnAir’s exit, North Slope Borough announces partnership with Ryan Air

A rural Alaska air carrier has agreed to step in and fly into North Slope communities that RavnAir said today it will no longer be able to serve.

State medical officer encourages Alaskans to wear homemade masks

The number of Alaskans diagnosed with COVID-19 had grown to 147, up from 143 cases a day earlier.

As number of COVID-19 cases grows, Alaska officials warn of a limited healthcare system

State officials pleaded with Alaskans on Thursday to stay home to avoid overrunning the health care system, but they did not go as far as ordering residents to shelter in place.

State reports additional COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 21

Seven new cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in five communities, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services said Saturday.

Without clear guidance, child care providers make tough choices on whether to close or stay open

Even though hundreds of thousands of Alaska schoolchildren have been sent home until May, the state put out a memo on Tuesday recommending that child care facilities stay open “if they can safely do so.”

Anchorage airman is among those who have tested positive for COVID-19

The airman is one of the state’s nine confirmed cases of the virus.

Alaska shippers, store owners say ‘panic-buying’ isn’t necessary, but long lines and empty shelves persist

But store owners statewide say that while the coronavirus-induced panic-buying is straining their supplies, they’re confident nothing is going to disrupt their shipments. Overbuying is unnecessary, but not everybody is listening.

Alaska Capitol will close to the public

Lawmakers voted today to close the State Capitol to the public to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Alaska Folk Festival canceled for first time in 46-year history

After an emergency meeting on Thursday the Alaska Folk Festival’s Board of Directors has cancelled the event.

Juneau school closed as student awaits virus test results

Sayéik Gastineau Community School will be closed Friday, Mar. 13. School officials were notified on Thursday that a student was tested for “multiple viruses.” They are still waiting for the results.

Former state lawmaker hired by the Alaska Department of Revenue

Eagle River Republican Anna MacKinnon left the state Legislature in 2018, and now works as an assistant to the revenue commissioner.