Latest Anchorage News

Alaska university ski team reinstated after $628K fundraiser

Jan. 16, 2021 11:43 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents has reinstated the university alpine ski team after the program raised enough money to save itself from elimination. “It’s official! We’re back!” head coach Sparky Anderson messaged the team on Friday. The board...

Report: Government mandates reduced Anchorage virus spread

Jan. 14, 2021 9:52 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Health mandates issued in Anchorage helped reduce the spread of the coronavirus last year, a new Alaska Division of Public Health report said. The report released this week said a June mask mandate was responsible for reducing case counts in Alaska's largest city by almost 20%. The...

Teachers among groups vying to move up in Alaska virus line

Jan. 13, 2021 9:04 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Teachers are among the groups urging state officials to speed up their eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine after Alaska’s allocation for the month quickly depleted. Several educators urged the state’s vaccine allocation advisory committee on Monday to move teachers...

Anchorage considers formal relationship with Eklutna village

Jan. 12, 2021 9:21 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage Assembly is expected to consider an ordinance proposing a formal government relationship between the municipality and the Native Village of Eklutna. The prospective ordinance follows a 2019 assembly resolution seeking to establish the relationship with Eklutna's...

Rural Alaska presents challenges for vaccine distribution

Jan. 11, 2021 9:06 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The usual transportation difficulties in rural Alaska have presented unique obstacles for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, officials said. Dozens of remote villages lack hospitals and road connections, while ultracold freezers required for storage of specific varieties of the...

FILE - In this July 7, 2020, file photo, hospital staff members enter an elevator with the body of a COVID-19 victim on a gurney at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif. California health authorities reported on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, a record high of 695 coronavirus deaths as many hospitals strain under unprecedented caseloads. The state Department of Public Health says the number raises the state's death toll since the start of the pandemic to 29,233. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The Latest: Mexico sees record 16,105 new virus cases

Jan. 9, 2021 10:22 PM EST

MEXICO CITY — Mexico has posted another daily record for newly confirmed coronavirus cases, with 16,105 new infections reported Saturday, and a near-record of 1,135 deaths related to COVID-19 in the latest 24-hour period. The country has now topped 1.5 million total infections and over 133,000 deaths so...

Dr. Charles Moore poses for a photo at his home in El Dorado Hills, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. Moore, who is retired, volunteered for Gov. Gavin Newsom's California's Health Corp and worked last spring at Sacramento's Sleep Train Arena that was outfitted to handle as nearly 400 COVID-19 patients spilling over from area hospitals. But after the facility handled only nine patients over 10 weeks, Moore and others were no longer needed. Now the state has reopened the arena and other facilities but is using little more than a handful of Corps volunteers. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

VIRUS TODAY: California in dire need of more medical workers

Jan. 9, 2021 5:35 PM EST

Here’s what’s happening Saturday with the pandemic in the U.S.: — California desperately needs more medical workers at facilities swamped by coronavirus patients, and almost no help is coming from a volunteer program that Gov. Gavin Newsom created at the start of the pandemic. An army of...

Anchorage vaccination appointments fill up quickly

Jan. 9, 2021 12:23 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Health officials in Anchorage said appointments for residents to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine have filled up in a matter of hours this week, leading to frustration for people still trying to sign up as vaccination clinics are planned throughout the weekend and...

New apartment complex will be built in downtown Anchorage

Jan. 9, 2021 11:14 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A city corporation in Alaska has partnered with a local real estate developer to build a $6.2 million apartment housing complex in downtown Anchorage, officials said. Anchorage Community Development Authority spokeswoman Melinda Gant said the Block 96 Flats complex will feature 44...

FILE - In this March 5, 2020, file photo, Alaska Republican House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt, left, speaks with Rep. George Rauscher on the floor of the House in Juneau, Alaska. The Alaska Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in an election challenge brought by Pruitt. A recount found Pruitt lost his Anchorage seat to Democrat Liz Snyder by 11 votes. Pruitt's attorney says the court should order a new election, arguing that election officials did not do enough to notify voters of a polling place change. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

Alaska Supreme Court rules against Pruitt election challenge

Jan. 8, 2021 7:43 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday ruled against Republican Minority Leader Lance Pruitt's bid for a new election after a recount showed he lost his state House seat by 11 votes. Pruitt attorney Stacey Stone asked the court to order a new election, arguing state election officials did...