Latest Alaska News

The Latest: Washington state to give Pfizer boosters to some

Sep. 24, 2021 23:52 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington state Department of Health says it will immediately start offering booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to certain people after recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other groups. State health...

Alaska working through virus report backlog amid surge

Sep. 24, 2021 20:50 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska reported more than 1,700 resident COVID-19 cases Friday, which state health officials said included reports from earlier this month as they work to clear a backlog that has built up during the latest case surge. Health officials encourage...

Men charged with getting too close to bears in Alaska park

Sep. 24, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — U.S. prosecutors have charged three men with a leaving special viewing platform and getting too close to bears in Alaska's Katmai National Park and Preserve. The U.S. attorney's office filed charges this week in the August 2018 incident....

Alaska emphasizes state employee telework amid virus worries

Sep. 24, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

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...

Alaska officials euthanize 3 lynx in Anchorage

Sep. 23, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three lynx kittens that were seen around Anchorage were euthanized after their mother was killed and permanent placement for the animals could not be found, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported Thursday. The mother and kittens had...

Judge rules against Eklutna tribe's game hall near Anchorage

Sep. 23, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. District Court judge has ruled against plans by the Native Village of Eklutna to build a tribal gaming hall about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of downtown Anchorage. The tribe had intended to offer pull-tabs, bingo and lotteries at the...

Alaska plans to help hospitals with COVID-19 crisis care

Sep. 22, 2021 22:32 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska officials outlined plans Wednesday to help hospitals with crisis standards of care if needed amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and announced short-term contracts for more than 400 health care personnel to relieve medical facilities with overtaxed staffs. ...

Mining company looks for precious metals in southeast Alaska

Sep. 22, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Canadian mining company has been looking for precious metals on Chichagof Island in southeast Alaska. Millrock Resources, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based company, several years ago applied to the U.S. Forest Service for drilling permits to...

First Alaska dividends expected to go out week of Oct. 11

Sep. 22, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Officials are aiming to make the first wave of dividend payments to Alaska residents the week of Oct. 11, a Department of Revenue spokesperson said. Genevieve Wojtusik, the department's legislative liaison, in an email Wednesday said the first wave...

Anchorage to allow studded tires earlier due to weather

Sep. 22, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's largest city will allow drivers to use studded tires early this year because of early snowfall. The Municipality of Anchorage issued a public notice Tuesday stating that studded tires will be allowed starting Thursday, the Anchorage...