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.

Anchorage’s plastic bag ban is back

The city had temporarily suspended its single-use plastic bag ban last year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. That suspension expired on Tuesday.
The Seawolf logo outside of the University of Alaska Anchorage Student Union.

UAA hockey will return to the ice in 2022 after raising $3M

UAA Chancellor Sean Parnell announced Tuesday that the hockey team is reinstated and will return for the 2022-23 season.

Troopers say Anchor Point man fired at officer during arrest attempt

Alaska State Troopers say an officer first encountered Bret Herrick at a business in Anchor Point on Monday. Herrick opened fire and then fled.
a shipping container and a sign that reads "COVID-19 TESTING SITE"

Alaska children make up growing percent of state’s coronavirus cases

Children age 11 and under accounted for 15% of Alaska’s COVID cases last month, up from 7% a year ago.
Providence Medical Center

Providence Alaska says its staff must get COVID-19 vaccine or follow additional rules

“Our caregivers have a chance to lead by example when it comes to the health and safety of our communities,” said Dr. Michael Bernstein, Providence Alaska chief medical officer.
A four-story building with several trees in front of it and a sign that says West Hall.

University of Alaska Anchorage students living in dorms must be fully vaccinated

The University of Alaska Southeast has a similar policy, while the University of Alaska Fairbanks is still deciding its vaccination rules.
A grey building on a dirt road

COVID-19 outbreak puts Western Alaska village of Stebbins in lockdown

The Stebbins Community Association has imposed a 10-person limit at the store, a five-person limit at the laundromat and a 10 p.m. curfew.
Two signs on a glass door ask customers to wear a face mask.

COVID-19 patients at Alaska’s hospitals are mostly younger, sicker and unvaccinated

Alaska has reached yet another inflection point in the coronavirus pandemic. But it looks different this time.
A hand-drawn sign at a downtown that says 'masks required'

Should you be wearing a mask indoors in your region of Alaska? Here’s what the CDC says.

The answer is probably yes, according to the new federal guidance that says fully vaccinated people should wear a face mask in indoor public settings if they’re in a place with “substantial” or “high” virus transmission.
A woman in a white suit holds a blue surgical mask.

Leaders of Alaska’s largest hospitals issue stark warning as COVID-19 surge continues

One Anchorage hospital has postponed non-emergency surgeries, and health care executives around the state pleaded with Alaskans to get vaccinated during an unusual news conference Tuesday.

Wave of coronavirus infections in Cordova shuts down seafood processor

The COVID spike in Cordova comes as much of Alaska experiences a sharp rise in coronavirus cases. Health officials say the latest wave of infections is mostly driven by the highly-contagious delta variant infecting unvaccinated people.
a nurse administers a vaccine to a patient

Alaska leads nation with steepest climb in coronavirus hospitalizations

According to The New York Times on Thursday evening, Alaska had the country’s fourth-highest increase in coronavirus cases over the past two weeks, and it was also the state with the steepest rise in coronavirus-related hospitalizations.
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Alaska returns to high alert as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations climb

“This pandemic is clearly not over, and it is being driven primarily by people who are unvaccinated,” said Dr. Joe McLaughlin, Alaska’s state epidemiologist.
a server brings water to a large table of diners on the top floor deck of a busy restaurant

Big Anchorage restaurants say business is booming, but hiring struggle lingers

Anchorage restaurant owners say the crowds are a welcomed change after a slow start to the year and an even slower 2020. But a stubborn staffing shortage is making it difficult to keep up.

Alaska’s child care sector, essential to economic recovery, is struggling to find workers

Workforce shortages are plaguing industries across Alaska. And, some say, one of the reasons is a lack of child care. But those child care centers are struggling to hire too.

Black bear enters camper near Seward, scratches sleeping man’s leg

The bear had entered the man’s camper through an open door, said Alaska State Troopers.
A woman stands near a blue river, wearing a sweatshirt with her hands in her pockets.

After her daughter’s death by suicide at JBER, a mother presses military for reform

Carey Harris Stickford is telling the story of her daughter’s death to highlight what she sees as major lapses in the military’s response. And she wants changes to how the military handles sexual assault investigations, mental health and harassment of LGBTQ troops.
A wide waterfall with bears hunting salmon

Katmai visitor has minor injuries after ‘swatted’ by bear

It’s the first time a bear has made physical contact with one of the park’s visitors since 2018.
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More than 1,300 vaccine doses given at Alaska airports; half of eligible residents fully vaccinated

So far, many of the people opting to get a shot at one of the airports are Alaskans.

LISTEN: Supply shortages are rippling across Alaska. Here’s why.

Alaska's economy is crawling out of the coronavirus pandemic. And it looks a lot different now than it did 16 months ago. There are thousands of vacant jobs. Home prices are surging. And, there are some serious supply shortages.