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Alaska to offer tourists COVID-19 vaccines starting June 1

Apr. 16, 2021 23:08 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said Friday that COVID-19 vaccines would be made available at key airports in the state starting June 1, in unveiling plans aimed at bolstering the state's pandemic-battered tourist industry. Dunleavy, a Republican,...

The Latest: Vaccines to be made available at Alaska airports

Apr. 16, 2021 21:10 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says COVID-19 vaccines would be made available at key airports in the state starting June 1. He made the announcement Friday, as he unveiled plans aimed at bolstering Alaska’s pandemic-battered tourist industry. ...

Alaska March job numbers lower amid ongoing pandemic toll

Apr. 16, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska had 21,900 fewer jobs last month than in March 2020, which was just before the state started experiencing large job losses due to the pandemic, the state labor department reported Friday. The department said the March data provides the final...

Alaska village requires full vaccine for in-person shopping

Apr. 16, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A village in Alaska has mandated that only fully vaccinated people will be allowed into the community's stores and businesses. Kongiganak had 50% of its eligible residents vaccinated with at least one dose as of April 9, KYUK-AM reported ...

Alert level raised for Aleutian Islands volcano emitting ash

Apr. 16, 2021 00:31 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A volcano in Alaska's Aleutian Islands chain has continued to emit ash, the Alaska Volcano Observatory reported Thursday, prompting officials to raise the alert level. Satellite views suggested ash emissions from the Semisopochnoi volcano that...

The Latest: Half eligible Californians have at least 1 shot

Apr. 15, 2021 22:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Gavin Newsom says nearly half of Californians eligible for vaccination have received at least one shot against the coronavirus. He is urging more residents to sign up for appointments and not let apprehension get in the way of getting protected...

Officials: Alaska agency not moving ahead on DMV closures

Apr. 15, 2021 21:20 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state Department of Administration does not plan to move ahead with proposals to close six Division of Motor Vehicles offices in Alaska, the acting commissioner said. The department, as part of its budget request, proposed closing Motor...

Alaska reports 19 virus related deaths in recent months

Apr. 15, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state health department Thursday reported 19 resident deaths related to COVID-19 following death certificate reviews, though none of the deaths were described as recent. Louisa Castrodale, an epidemiologist with the department, said one death...

Vaccine given to teen prompts changes at Anchorage clinics

Apr. 15, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A coronavirus vaccine dose mistakenly administered to an underage person at an Anchorage clinic has prompted a site review and altered some practices for the healthcare company tasked with operating the facilities, according to state health officials. ...

Alaska denied benefits to gay couples despite court rulings

Apr. 15, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wrongly denied some same-sex spouses benefits for years by claiming their unions were not recognized even after courts struck down gay marriage bans, court documents obtained by The Associated Press show. The agency that determines...