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.
A person gets tested for coronavirus.

State reports small number of ‘breakthrough’ COVID-19 cases in fully-vaccinated Alaskans

State health officials reported that one-tenth of 1% of vaccinated Alaskans tested positive for COVID-19 in February and March, and most did not have symptoms.
a woman smiling and standing between several COVID-19 piñatas

This Anchorage piñata maker is crafting giant COVID germs for smashing

The orders for coronavirus piñatas have helped fill a slow spot for Carolina Tolladay Vidal's business, with Alaskans eager to get their hands on a version of the germ they can easily destroy.
A man with tatooed arms gets a vaccine while giving a shaka symbol

You’re vaccinated for COVID-19. Now what can you do?

Alaska doctors share tips for navigating indoor gatherings, going out to dinner, traveling and more.
a nurse administers a vaccine to a patient

Cases are rising again, but Alaska’s rate of vaccination is slowing

Anchorage COVID-19 vaccinations are starting to plateau, while case numbers are rising. And that has the city’s epidemiologist worried.
The University of Alaska Anchorage sign photographed outside.

ASD superintendent and former governor among 8 finalists to lead University of Alaska Anchorage

The three Alaskans in the running to serve as leader of the state’s largest university are Anchorage School District Superintendent Deena Bishop, former Gov. Sean Parnell and Pearl Brower, former president of Iḷisaġvik College in Utqiaġvik.

‘The most difficult year’: How the coronavirus pandemic changed one Anchorage city block

The Anchorage block has restaurants, a retail shop, office space and vacant storefronts. Together, they provide a view of how businesses have struggled, especially in the city's downtown core, as a multi-year recession glided into a pandemic.
people talk to staffers in windows at the PFD office

Alaskans: Today is the deadline to file for your 2021 Permanent Fund dividend

If you’re filing online, the deadline is 11:59 p.m. Alaska time Wednesday. You can also mail your application, or drop it off at a PFD office in Anchorage, Fairbanks or Juneau.
a person administers a vaccine to another person

COVID-19 vaccines may soon come to Alaska’s busiest airports

The state’s top doctor says she wants to make it as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated, and offering single-dose shots at airports could be a key piece of the puzzle.

Dallas Seavey widens lead on way to Iditarod finish

Just an hour separates mushers Dallas Seavey and Aaron Burmeister, with less than 70 miles to the finish line.
dallas seavey with his dogs

Iditarod round-up: As more teams start return trip, Seavey holds onto lead in race’s final third

More than two dozen Iditarod teams are retracing their route back to Willow Friday afternoon after reaching this year’s turnaround spot. Four-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey and his dogs are holding onto the lead, and another team has called it quits on the trail.
A dog team drives down a white trail with fans in the background on a sunny day

Iditarod says musher who tested positive for COVID-19 likely became infected before race

The Iditarod is trying to track down two mushers who shared a tent with Gunnar Johnson and may have been exposed to the virus.
A musher on the back of a sled wearing a red-white-and blue hat.

Iditarod musher tests positive for COVID-19, removed from race

Minnesota musher Gunnar Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 at the checkpoint in McGrath, near mile 310 a little less than halfway through the race.
A musher rests under a parka, near a dog team and in front of a mountain range

Iditarod update: The trail gets shorter, and the race field gets smaller

The race director has chopped about 20 miles off this year's trail because of too much snow. Also, another musher has dropped out of the competition.
A musher waives to the crowd.

Musher Aliy Zirkle is injured on Iditarod trail, flown to Anchorage for care

Aliy Zirkle's race ended Monday night after she crashed on her way into the remote Rohn checkpoint. Race officials say she suffered a concussion and other injuries.
Sled dogs eat from small, black bowls in the snow.

Four-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey first to McGrath

For Dallas Seavey’s first-place arrival, he won mittens made of beaver fur and moose hide, plus a beaver-fur hat. McGrath is roughly a third of the way into the race.
Two mushers and their dogs.

Minnesota musher Cindy Gallea drops out of Iditarod, Redington takes lead

With Gallea’s scratch, 45 teams remain on the Iditarod trail. There's still a long way to go, but by late Monday afternoon, Skagway musher Ryan Redington had taken over the lead.
An Iditarod musher gives someone a high-five.

COVID-19 testing, face masks and a smaller crowd: An Iditarod like no other gets underway

Race officials put tight restrictions on who could be near the Iditarod starting line on Sunday, as part of their COVID-19 mitigation plan, leading to a much smaller crowd.
Grey and white sled dogs howl in nblack harnesses

The Iditarod starts Sunday and it will look a lot different this year. Here’s what to know.

It’s set to be an Iditarod like no other. There’s required testing and face masks, plus a shorter trail and a smaller group of mushers signed up to compete.
The Seawolf logo outside of the University of Alaska Anchorage Student Union.

University of Alaska regents give Anchorage hockey and gymnastics teams more time to fundraise

The University of Alaska Board of Regents agreed Thursday to reinstate Anchorage’s hockey and gymnastics teams as long as they reach their fundraising goals by new, extended deadlines.
A man and a woman stand in face masks.

LISTEN: Anchorage hospital workers step up to cuddle Alaska’s tiniest babies

Coronavirus-related restrictions on volunteers left a big hole in the NICU at Alaska’s largest hospital. Then, Providence workers stepped in to the help fill the need.