Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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.

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.

From the queen to the life of the party, meet 11 of this year’s Iditarod dogs

While the teams race to the finish line, we’re featuring a sled dog a day on our Iditapod podcast.
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Iditapod bonus: Anchorage interview with Sean Underwood

Sean Underwood got the surprise of a lifetime last week. The 28-year-old musher found out four days before the start of the 2020 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that he'd be competing in the event. Long-time musher and four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King had to drop out of the race at the very last minute, and tapped Sean, one of his dog handlers, to fill in.

Meet Sean Underwood, the musher who found out last week he’d be racing the 2020 Iditarod

Four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King tapped Underwood, a 28-year-old from Atlanta, to take over his sled dog team after he had emergency surgery.

Last-minute switch: Iditarod musher Zoya DeNure is out and her husband is in

Race commentators said two-time Iditarod finisher Zoya DeNure was having health issues. Her husband, John Schandelmeier, is taking over the sled dog team.

Q&A: Defending champion Pete Kaiser is eyeing his second Iditarod win

The 32-year-old Bethel musher is on the trail with most of his sled dog team from last year, and he’s gunning for another victory.

‘It’s pretty much everywhere’: Iditarod mushers should prepare for deep snow, race officials say

Iditarod race marshal Mark Nordman said the word for this year’s race may be “patience” as teams navigate deep snow along much of the trail.

Iditarod mushers send trail mix, lasagna and frozen pork to race checkpoints

The food and gear drop is part of the massive web of logistics to prepare for the annual 1,000-mile sled dog race.
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UAA enrollment drops 10% this fall after summer of tense budget battles

It follows tense state budget battles and accreditation issues for the Anchorage university, and adds additional financial loss to a system that’s already cash-strapped and stressed.

‘It’s never, ever been your fault’: Alaska bishop offers apology in wake of report on sexual abuse

The report found evidence of sexual misconduct by 14 men who worked for the Archdiocese of Anchorage, nearly all of them priests.