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Alaska utility raises electric rates, will not cut service

Apr. 2, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska electric utility has announced a rate increase, but does not plan to cut service to residents facing financial hardship who do not pay their bills. The Homer Electric Association said the rate hike took effect on April 1, The Peninsula Clarion reported Tuesday. The cost of...

Alaska fishing industry plans for salmon season amid virus

Apr. 2, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska government officials and fishing industry professionals are making plans to ensure the state can have a strong summer salmon season amid changes forced by the outbreak of the coronavirus. Alaska's chief medical officer says the state has a fisheries work group looking at how...

Alaska extends closures for dine-in services, gyms, theaters

Apr. 1, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State officials Wednesday extended indefinitely prohibitions on dine-in services at restaurants and bars and closure of facilities such as gyms and theaters as they seek to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Alaska. As of Wednesday, there had been a total of 143 reported cases of the...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2020, file photo a moose munches on a tree in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska wildlife officials have a message for residents: Please don't feed the moose. State Fish and Game officials said Wednesday, April 1, 2020, they've seen an uptick in people feeding moose such foods as carrots and apples after a heavy snow season that left many of animals thin and nutritionally vulnerable. Plus, intentionally feeding moose is illegal, and can result in a misdemeanor violation of state game feeding laws. Unintentional feeding can result in a $300 ticket from Alaska Wildlife Troopers. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Alaska officials to residents: Don't feed the moose

Apr. 1, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

Alaska wildlife officials have a message for residents: Please don’t feed the moose. State Fish and Game officials said Wednesday they’ve seen an uptick in people feeding moose such foods as carrots and apples after a heavy snow season that left many of the animals thin and nutritionally vulnerable....

Coast Guard and private vessel rescue flooding Alaska ship

Apr. 1, 2020 10:08 AM EDT

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard and a fishing ship have rescued a vessel that was flooding off the coast of Southeast Alaska. Coast Guard personnel and the fishing ship rescued the F/V Tamarack 35 miles (56 kilometers) west of Sitka Saturday, The Daily Sitka Sentinel reported Monday. The...

Alaska aerial survey detects 4 miles of herring spawn

Apr. 1, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game measured miles of herring spawn in Sitka Sound, an official said. A fish and game official said more than 4 miles (7 kilometers) of spawn was measured in an aerial survey Sunday on the Kruzof Island shoreline, The Daily Sitka Sentinel reported ...

BP announces North Slope worker tests positive for COVID-19

Apr. 1, 2020 12:46 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A worker on Alaska's North Slope tested positive for COVID-19, BP announced Tuesday. The state has reported 133 total cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, including 14 new cases announced Tuesday. Dr. Anne Zink, the state's chief medical officer, said cases...

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter sits in a beach area in order to airlift personnel with Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad to a remote area of Lunch Creek in the search for a missing boy, Saturday, March 28, 2020, at a state recreation site in Ketchikan, Alaska. A search continued into Saturday morning for a 5-year-old boy reported missing on Lunch Creek Trail. Jaxson Brown and his mother, Jennifer Treat, set out for a hike Wednesday afternoon, but became disoriented and lost the trail. They spent the night together, and in the morning Treat left Jaxson to seek help on her own. In her own search, Treat suffered a serious injury to her leg. Treat was located 3 miles up the trail and airlifted off the trail by helicopter late Thursday afternoon. On Friday, searchers found a shoe that belonged to the boy. (Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP)

Boy, 5, found dead after mom left him on trail to seek help

Mar. 31, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The body of a 5-year-old boy was found on an Alaska trail days after he and his mother got lost, and then the mother left him to find help on her own, State Troopers said. Searchers found Jaxson Brown Saturday afternoon on the Lunch Creek Trail, the Ketchikan Daily News reported. ...

Alaska lawmakers approve $66.7M for ferry service funding

Mar. 31, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has approved a $66.7 million budget appropriation that lawmakers said should keep the Alaska Marine Highway System running for the year. Legislators increased the operating budget for the state's ferry service by around $20 million over the previous year,...

A man wearing a mask picks up trash on a street Monday, March 30, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. A third Alaskan has died from COVID-19. State health officials say a 73-year-old Anchorage resident was the latest fatality. The individual was tested and admitted to an Anchorage hospital March 23 and died Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

3rd Alaskan dies from COVID-19; total cases in state top 100

Mar. 30, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A third Alaskan has died from COVID-19 as the total number of cases in the state has reached nearly 120 on Monday. A 73-year-old Anchorage resident was the latest fatality, state health officials announced. The individual was tested and admitted to an Anchorage hospital March 23...