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Providence care center hit by COVID-19 as Alaska sees largest daily case increase

Providence care center hit by COVID-19 as Alaska sees largest daily case increase

We're making coronavirus coverage available without a subscription as a public service. But we depend on reader support to do this work. Please consider joining others in supporting local journalism in Alaska for just $3.23 a week.Twenty-seven confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported Sunday by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services — the state’s highest daily increase since the pandemic began. Officials announced 12 confirmed cases at a transitional care facility in East Anchorage.The sharp rise comes just over a week after the. The previous largest uptick was April 6, when 22...

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May 31, 2020
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Man dies in Fairbanks hospital as Alaska reports record 231 COVID-19 cases Sunday

Man dies in Fairbanks hospital as Alaska reports record 231 COVID-19 cases Sunday

We're making coronavirus coverage available without a subscription as a public service. But we depend on reader support to do this work. Please consider joining others in supporting local journalism in Alaska for just $3.23 a week.A 67-year-old man died due to COVID-19 at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, and Alaska health officials reported a record 231 new COVID-19 cases statewide on Sunday.It’s the first time the state has recorded more than 200 daily cases of the virus. The death in Fairbanks was reported by Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and not included in the state’s Sunday statistics, but...

July 26, 2020
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Man mauled by bear while backcountry skiing in Southeast Alaska, Coast Guard says

Man mauled by bear while backcountry skiing in Southeast Alaska, Coast Guard says

A man was mauled by a bear while skiing Saturday afternoon about 10 miles northwest of Haines, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.The man was backcountry skiing with two other people on a mountain on the south side of Chilkoot Lake, said Joe Wineke, command center watchstander for District 17 of the Coast Guard. The man was injured on his face and hands, the Coast Guard said in anIt was not immediately clear what kind of bear it was or what triggered the attack. Bears normally hibernate during the winter, but according to the , animals in the Southeast part of the state hibernate for a...

February 8, 2021
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3 men die in avalanche in Bear Mountain area near Chugiak

3 men die in avalanche in Bear Mountain area near Chugiak

The bodies of three hikers who died in an avalanche in the Bear Mountain area near Chugiak were recovered Wednesday, Alaska State Troopers said.Late Tuesday, 54-year-old Thomas Devine of Chugiak, 43-year-old Matthew Nyman of Denver, Colorado, and 50-year-old Edward Watson of Miami, Florida, were reported missing after they hadn’t returned from a hike near Bear Mountain, troopers wrote in . Bear Mountain is in Chugach State Park near Mirror Lake and Peters Creek.The group was last heard from around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday before they left on the hike, troopers said. They were due back in the...

February 4, 2021
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Investigation of vehicle outside Midtown Mall closes Anchorage streets for hours

Investigation of vehicle outside Midtown Mall closes Anchorage streets for hours

An hourslong FBI investigation into a “suspicious vehicle” parked outside the Midtown Mall on Monday in Anchorage was spurred on by threats a person made to federal buildings nearby, according to an agency spokeswoman.Anchorage police said in an Monday evening that “nothing suspicious was found.” FBI spokeswoman Chloe Martin said the investigation was launched “in response to reports of an individual who made threats against federal buildings in the area.”It wasn’t immediately clear whether law enforcement had taken a suspect into custody. Additional questions sent to the FBI on Monday...

January 11, 2021
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GCI cable customers lose access to channels as contract dispute with TV network owners continues

GCI cable customers lose access to channels as contract dispute with TV network owners continues

GCI cable customers across Alaska are without access to three network channels as contract negotiations continue between the company and the local network affiliates.Local Fox, ABC and The CW channels have been unavailable since Jan. 1, when previous contracts expired between the cable company and Vision Alaska and Coastal Television, the Alaska operators of Fox, ABC and CW, according to a from GCI.Cable companies pay a fee for each channel that is broadcast to customers.“GCI tries to negotiate reasonable rates that help keep costs low for customers but sometimes programmers propose costs...

January 5, 2021
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Wind gusts to 112 mph reported on Anchorage Hillside as storm blows through Southcentral Alaska

Wind gusts to 112 mph reported on Anchorage Hillside as storm blows through Southcentral Alaska

This article has been updated. ---------Update, 9 a.m. Tuesday: The storm system blowing through Southcentral Alaska on Tuesday morning is playing out mostly as forecast, with heavy winds on the Anchorage Hillside and Turnagain Arm early Tuesday and heavy snow falling in Turnagain Pass, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Kochevar.Wind gusts were reported as high as 112 mph Tuesday morning in Bear Valley, Kochevar said. Winds are variable throughout the Anchorage area, but Kochevar said Hillside is seeing gusts from 60 to 100 mph.Stronger winds are expected to move into the...

December 21, 2020
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Nearly every inmate in Alaska’s largest prison has now had COVID-19, officials say

Nearly every inmate in Alaska’s largest prison has now had COVID-19, officials say

We're making this important information available without a subscription as a public service. But we depend on reader support to do this work. Please consider supporting independent journalism in Alaska, at just $1.99 for the first month of your subscription.Nearly every inmate at Alaska’s largest prison has contracted COVID-19, according to data provided by the state Department of Corrections.While few cases are still considered active, the high number of infections underscores the difficulties of containing the virus in tight congregate living situations, where it remains challenging to...

December 30, 2020
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Jetliner hits bear on runway in Southeast Alaska

Jetliner hits bear on runway in Southeast Alaska

An Alaska Airlines jetliner struck a brown bear while landing early Saturday evening in Yakutat, killing the animal and causing some damage to the plane. No one in the plane was hurt.Airport crew members had cleared the runway about 10 minutes before flight 66 was expected to land, said Sam Dapcevich, a public information officer for the state’s Department of Transportation. The crews did not see any signs of wildlife during the check, but as the plane began to slow after landing, Dapcevich said, the pilots spotted two bears crossing the runway.“The nose gear missed the bears, but the...

November 16, 2020
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Alaska sees record with 526 COVID-19 cases reported Sunday

Alaska sees record with 526 COVID-19 cases reported Sunday

We're making this important information about the pandemic available without a subscription as a public service. But we depend on reader support to do this work. Please consider joining others in supporting independent journalism in Alaska for just $3.23 a week.On Sunday, Alaska saw the highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began here in March, with 526 new infections reported by the .The record numbers Sunday come after a week of climbing cases representing a major surge statewide, including dramatic increases throughout rural communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta...

October 25, 2020
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