Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Tegan Hanlon is the digital managing editor at Alaska Public Media. Reach her at thanlon@alaskapublic.org or 907-550-8447. Read more about Tegan here.

‘Putting the company almost on life support’: Cruise ship cuts devastate Alaska tourism

Alaska had planned for a record-number of cruise ship passengers this year. Then came the pandemic. Now, across cruise lines, at least 360 sailings to Alaska have been called off so far.

Princess and Holland America cancel most of their Alaska cruises, won’t open lodges this summer

The announcements serve another blow to Alaska’s economy, and mean the loss of thousands of seasonal jobs.

Alaska COVID-19 update: A ninth death, eight new cases and 13 more recoveries

By the end of the day Monday, a total of 285 Alaskans had been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 98 had recovered from the disease.

Alaska rolls out plan to use hotels, dorms to quarantine health care workers and homeless families

The new mandate gives the state access to federal funding to help pay for the temporary housing if it's needed.

Some Anchorage hotels are transforming from tourist havens to quarantine sites

Other hotels have decided to close, and many have laid off a bulk of their employees.

Alaska sees its largest one-day spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases, total grows to 213

The state reported no new coronavirus-related deaths or hospitalizations.

Coming together at a distance: Alaskans, we want to hear your stories about acts of kindness

We’d like to have Alaskans share their stories on the public radio network about how their community is coming together, even as we stay at least 6 feet apart.

Alaska’s new, Florida-based virtual school is not sitting well with some educators

The state has entered into a $525,000 contract with Florida Virtual School, and the head of the statewide teachers’ union does not support it.

‘This is a nightmare now’: Iditarod musher recounts helicopter rescue from flooded trail

What Matthew Failor did not know when he left White Mountain with two other mushers was the relentless wind was pushing ocean water onto the trail ahead.

Alaska’s confirmed COVID-19 cases grow by 14, two more hospitalized

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska grew to 133 by Tuesday, with two more Alaskans hospitalized.

Alaska health department confirms 10 new COVID-19 cases

The case count rose to 69 by Thursday, up from 59 a day before.

Number of coronavirus cases in Alaska jumps to 59

The number of known cases increased by 17 from the announcement just a day earlier.
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UA chancellors unveil proposals for cutting degree programs

It’s the latest step in a monthslong process to erase degree programs to help close a budget gap driven by cuts to state funding and declining enrollment.

‘There’s sunshine again’: Thousands of meals delivered daily to Anchorage students as coronavirus closes classrooms

On Friday, the Anchorage School District handed out more than 18,000 free meals to Anchorage students.

Hundreds of UAA students quickly move out of dorms, while some prepare to hunker down on campus

About 120 students will ride out at least part of spring semester, if not all of it, on a nearly empty campus in the middle of Anchorage.

Anchorage families scramble to work and care for children with school closures keeping kids home

Thousands of Alaska parents are in a tailspin as they scramble to find care for their kids during the global coronavirus pandemic that has closed public schools across the state.

Governor orders closure of Alaska’s state-operated libraries, archives and museums

Nearly three hours after the news conference, the state announced two new cases of COVID-19 in the Fairbanks area

It’s not just coronavirus concerns at UAA, there’s also worry over degree program cuts

Along with the coronavirus, students and staff at the University of Alaska Anchorage are also facing budget uncertainty and the possibility that their degree programs may cease to exist.
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While the coronavirus sidelines other sports, the Iditarod mushes on

In some ways, the Iditarod may be the ultimate form of social distancing. Teams travel hundreds of miles through remote, rural Alaska. But, along the way, they also stop at small communities that serve as race checkpoints. And some of those communities are concerned.
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Coronavirus forces University of Alaska to move classes online, extend spring break

The University of Alaska system is extending spring break, moving most classes online and canceling events amid the threat of coronavirus. It's also asking students to leave on-campus dorms for the rest of the semester.