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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Providence Alaska Health Center employees Dr. Leslie Gonsette (left) and Dr. Kristen Solana Walkinshaw during public testimony to the Anchorage Assembly on Sept. 28, 2021. (Wesley Early/AKPM) Stories are posted on the statewide news page. Send news tips, questions, and comments to news@alaskapublic.org. Follow Alaska Public Media on Facebook and on Twitter @AKPublicNews. And subscribe to the Alaska News Nightly…

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State of Art: Anchorage concert organizers hope to fund future musicians

This week on State of Art we’re learning about the upcoming concert from Amplify Alaska, an organization that pairs musicians with nonprofits to help fund various causes. It will feature Ed Washington along with some up-and-coming Anchorage musicians performing at Williwaw on Friday, October 1. Sales from the show will help fund a recording studio…

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Sen. Sullivan: Alaskans furious over lack of accountability for Afghanistan withdrawal

Sen. Dan Sullivan at a Sept. 28 hearing in the Armed Services Committee. (Still from Senate video) U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan is a military man who generally likes his generals. But Tuesday he gave Pentagon leaders a dressing-down over the chaotic departure of the U.S. military from Afghanistan. Sullivan said Alaskans are furious over it.…

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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Stories are posted on the statewide news page. Send news tips, questions, and comments to news@alaskapublic.org. Follow Alaska Public Media on Facebook and on Twitter @AKPublicNews. And subscribe to the Alaska News Nightly podcast.  Tuesday on Alaska News Nightly: Hundreds of out-of-state doctors and nurses begin arriving in Alaska to help fight COVID-19. Also, frontline workers in the pandemic…

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Special Live Alaska Insight: Generational Healing – Oct 1

Many people experience trauma in their lifetime, but the long term impacts of how that pain is passed through generations of families is only just starting to be understood. In Alaska, individuals and communities have come to recognize that trauma-informed practices can help strengthen relationships and work towards overcoming the negative impacts of structural racism and…

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Judge rejects Bering Sea seafood companies’ request to block penalties for alleged violations of federal shipping law

Crew members shovel pollock on the deck of a fishing vessel after a harvest on the Bering Sea in 2019. (Nat Herz / Alaska Public Media) A federal judge has denied, for now, a request by some of the largest Bering Sea seafood companies to block the Biden administration from levying additional fines on them…

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Alaska News Nightly: Monday, September 27, 2021

Water flows down the Eklutna River on Sep. 18, 2021. (Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media) Stories are posted on the statewide news page. Send news tips, questions, and comments to news@alaskapublic.org. Follow Alaska Public Media on Facebook and on Twitter @AKPublicNews. And subscribe to the Alaska News Nightly podcast.  Monday on Alaska News Nightly: Alaska’s North Slope sees the highest…

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Alaska reports thousands more COVID cases over the weekend, additional deaths from backlog

Jose Urrutia gets a nostril swab on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, afternoon at the Loussac Library, one of Anchorage’s free COVID-19 testing sites. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media) Alaska reported thousands more coronavirus cases over the weekend and 21 more deaths from the disease. The new deaths date back for months and are a result of…

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Seattle NHL franchise sees itself as a team for the Pacific Northwest, including Alaska

Seattle Kraken official logo. SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The concourses of the Spokane Arena were jammed. The merchandise lines snaked through the crowds, causing bottlenecks as fans filed in for their first glimpse of the Seattle Kraken. There seems to be little doubt about the popularity and reach of the NHL’s newest franchise, even when…

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Alaska reports more than 1,700 cases and dozens of deaths from backlog

Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media) The state of Alaska reported a new single-day record Friday of 1,735 COVID-19 cases among residents, along with 44 deaths over the past year that were newly linked to the coronavirus. The deaths and record number of cases are the latest grim indicators of COVID’s…

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Alaska emphasizes state employee telework amid virus worries

The Robert B. Atwood Building in downtown Anchorage. (Staff photo) JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska plans to emphasize telework for state employees for the next month as the COVID-19 pandemic strains Alaska’s health care system. Gov. Mike Dunleavy, in a memo to state department leaders this week, said the state “must take measures to protect…

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The quality of care is falling in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta as cases surge statewide

Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Center (Greg Kim/KYUK) Alaska is reporting the highest COVID-19 case rate per capita of any state, according to the New York Times tracker. The statewide surge in cases is straining resources and staff, causing patients to receive a lower quality of care than before the surge. Here’s what that looks like at the Yukon-Kuskokwim…

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State worker arrested on child pornography charges days after adopting 4 kids

John Daniel Brooks (U.S. Attorney’s Office) An Eagle River man with four adopted foster children faces charges that he viewed and possessed child pornography, after a malware alert on his state-issued computer led technology staff to discover the files. Federal agents arrested John Daniel Brooks, 51, on Thursday. State records show Brooks is an analyst-programmer…

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Changing Seasons: Using fall to prepare for winter

Heather Caldwell Sarah Histand On this show, our guests are Sarah Histand and Heather Caldwell. Sarah is a mental health professional as well as a fitness trainer and we talk about easing the transition of both your brain and your body from summer into winter. We cover some important areas of strength and fitness to…

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What do low chum returns mean for Yukon River subsistence?

Two people pick up donations of chum and king salmon that will be distributed to villages along the lower Yukon river. (Olivia Ebertz/KYUK) The Chinook salmon fishery on the Yukon has been in decline for years, but this fall chum salmon numbers also collapsed and all subsistence and commercial salmon fishing was shut down on…

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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, September 24, 2021

Therese Brennan listens to second grade student about her stomachache at Rogers Park Elementary School on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. (Matthew Faubion/Alaska Public Media) Stories are posted on the statewide news page. Send news tips, questions, and comments to news@alaskapublic.org. Follow Alaska Public Media on Facebook and on Twitter @AKPublicNews. And subscribe to the Alaska News Nightly podcast.  Friday…

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Denali Borough to require masking in schools

Denali Borough School District officials have halted in-classroom instruction at Tri-Valley Valley School and the Denali Borough School District’s two other schoolhouses for at least one week. (Credit Denali Borough) Beginning Monday, the Denali Borough School District board will again require everyone who enters a district building to wear a facemask to curb the spread…

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Was Friday a snow day in Anchorage? Not according to the National Weather Service

While much of Anchorage saw measurable snowfall on Sep. 24, 2021, it wasn’t in the area where the National Weather Service measures snow. (Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media) Many Anchorage residents who live east of the Seward Highway awoke on Friday to a blanket of snow, two days after the fall equinox.   National Weather Service meteorologist…

Low teenage turnout for vaccine increases Covid case rate in Alaska

We’re a month into the school year and Alaska is experiencing peak Covid-19 cases and a hospital system at max capacity. Nationally, the Covid vaccination rate among 12-17 year olds lags behind the rate for adults. Alaska Public Media’s Jeff Chen looks at what health care professionals in Alaska are doing to try to boost…

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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, September 23, 2021

Therese Brennan conducts a hearing test for Olivia Victoriano. Stories are posted on the statewide news page. Send news tips, questions, and comments to news@alaskapublic.org. Follow Alaska Public Media on Facebook and on Twitter @AKPublicNews. And subscribe to the Alaska News Nightly podcast.  Thursday on Alaska News Nightly: Alaska sets another record for COVID-19 cases. And, statewide, officials say…

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In ERs and public meetings, Alaskans rage at health care workers trying to stem COVID spread

Dr. Anne Zink, chief medical officer for the State of Alaska. (Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media) Alaskans have been abusive to health care workers who dare to ask them about COVID-19 or discuss the disease in public, according to health officials.  Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink, who also works in a hospital emergency department,…

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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Elizabeth Mik’ Lindley is one of the students in UAF’s Tamamta program, which brings together Indigenous and Western sciences to transform graduate education and research in fisheries and marine sciences. (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mik’ Lindley) Stories are posted on the statewide news page. Send news tips, questions, and comments to news@alaskapublic.org. Follow Alaska Public Media on Facebook and…

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