Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Walrus on the beaches near Port Heiden. April, 2018. (Credit John Christianson) Stories are posted on the statewide news page. You can subscribe to Alaska Public Media’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Tuesday on Alaska News Nightly: The city of Anchorage and two defiant restaurants have cut a deal. And, thousands of walrus…

As the pandemic continues, more of our time is spent staring at screens. How do we maintain a healthy balance?

(WikiCommons) As we find ourselves holed up at home due to the current health crisis, it is easier than ever for us to get lost in hours of television, gaming, and scrolling through social media. How do we find and maintain balance in our lives when nothing is as it was? On the next Line…

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, August 10, 2020

An east Pacific green sea turtle waits on the deck of the seiner before being returned to safer waters (photo courtesy of Jes Boyd). An east Pacific green sea turtle waits on the deck of the seiner before being returned to safer waters (Photo courtesy of Jes Boyd). Stories are posted on the statewide news page. You…

Prevo selected to run Liberty University in Falwell’s absence

Pastor Jerry Prevo shakes hands at a 2018 rally for Gov. Mike Dunleavy and other Republican candidates at Anchorage Christian School, attached to Anchorage Baptist Temple. (Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media) Liberty University has selected retired Anchorage Baptist Temple Pastor Jerry Prevo to be the interim president of the school. Monday’s announcement comes after Liberty’s president,…

Kake on lockdown following COVID-19 positive resident

Kake, Alaska in 2012 (Photo from DCRA Community Photo Database) The Southeast community of Kake’s first confirmed COVID-19 case was reported on Monday. Health authorities say the patient is a woman in her 60s with symptoms of the coronavirus. The Kupreanof Island community has gone into lockdown. City, tribal and other public offices have shut…

City seeks contempt of court hearing against Kriner’s Diner owners and attorney

Customers dined inside at Kriner’s Diner on Friday afternoon, Aug. 7, 2020, just a few hours after a state judge ordered the restaurant to shut down dine-in service. (Tegan Hanlon/Alaska Public Media) Attorneys with the Municipality of Anchorage are seeking a contempt of court hearing against the owner and lawyer of a local diner that…

Biden vows to block Pebble mine project if elected

A digital simulation of what the proposed Pebble Mine’s foundation will look like if it receives a federal permit. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Sunday that if he’s elected, his administration would stop a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region.…

Alaska families: Can we follow you as kids return to school?

(KTOO file photo) Alaska is about to start a very unusual school year. And as we cover classes resuming this fall, we’d like to follow some of you through this transition.  Are you willing to help us? Some of our questions: What will the school year look like for your family this year? How will…

Need: Mentors for youth aging out of the state foster care safety net

Image by Mohamed Hassan, of Pixaby. Used with permission. Alaska has approximately 3,000 youth in foster care, and many of these young people have stepped forward to ask for a mentor. Their wish is for the steadying guidance of an adult as they exit the foster care safety net and take their first steps into…

Melanie Bahnke, Kawerak CEO, appointed to redistricting board

Map of Anchorage legislative districts. (Alaska Public File) The members of the board that will set Alaska’s legislative districts for the next decade have been finalized.  Melanie Bahnke, the president and CEO of Nome-based regional nonprofit Kawerak Inc., was appointed on Thursday to the fifth and final seat on the Redistricting Board by Alaska Supreme…

As gyms adapt to operate during a pandemic, some are struggling to get users back inside

Joshua Easterly, operations manager at Alaska Club East, uses a disinfectant fogger to clear the gym on Tuesday. (Matthew Faubion/Alaska Public Media) Summer is always a difficult season for Alaska gyms. Snow melts off biking trails. There are rocks to climb. Mountains to hike. Fish to catch. And, with so much going on outside, it’s…

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