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Anchorage names businesses visited by customers with virus

Jul. 6, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage Department of Health released a list of businesses where people who later tested positive for COVID-19 spent extended periods of time. The health department named 19 locations in the Municipality of Anchorage, Palmer and Seward to which the coronavirus patients were...

Rise in COVID-19 cases taxing Anchorage contact tracing

Jul. 3, 2020 9:35 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A rise in COVID-19 cases is taxing Anchorage's ability to investigate cases, according to health officials. The city and state are working to expand contact tracing abilities as local cases increase with people interacting more, the Anchorage Daily News reported. Tracking contacts...

Anchorage bars called on to adopt more virus precautions

Jul. 2, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage officials and trade groups have announced new suggested guidelines they hope bars and restaurants will adopt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Anchorage health officials said several entertainment and hospitality businesses in the municipality have been linked to...

Street musician Cal Austermuhl performs on a street in downtown Anchorage, Alaska Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the same day Alaska residents began receiving their share of the state's oil wealth. Austermuhl says his $992 share was already spent on bills. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Alaska oil checks smaller, but they help pay virus bills

Jul. 1, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Downtown Anchorage street musician Cal Austermuhl had good reason to be singing the blues Wednesday, the same day the state of Alaska began distributing $992 checks that will be paid to nearly every resident. “Mine’s already spent,” he said of his share of the...

Alaska reports 36 virus cases among residents, a daily high

Jun. 30, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska reported its largest one-day increase in coronavirus cases among residents Tuesday, with 36. The state has reported 940 total cases among residents and 195 among nonresidents. The state's virus website had the number at 194 but the state health department said that didn't...

Cook Inlet quake was aftershock of November 2018 temblor

Jun. 30, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A minor earthquake was felt throughout Alaska’s Cook Inlet region Tuesday, and officials said it was an aftershock of a more powerful earthquake that struck the Anchorage area 19 months ago. The Alaska Earthquake Center said the magnitude 3.6 earthquake struck shortly before...

Clarkson says city mask order doesn't apply to state offices

Jun. 29, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage city attorney said Monday a memo from Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, exempting state buildings from a city mask order meant to guard against the coronavirus, “unnecessarily risks” the health of residents who work for or do business with state...

Alaska's RavnAir Group approved for July bankruptcy sale

Jun. 29, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a plan for an auction to sell Alaska's RavnAir Group in whole or part. The auction of the state’s largest rural air carrier is expected to be held after July 4 and before a July 9 court hearing scheduled to finalize a sale, The Alaska...

In this Wednesday, June 17, 2020 photo, a statue of Captain James Cook stands on a plinth in Resolution Park overlooking the Cook Inlet near 3rd Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska. The mayor of Anchorage has asked the Native Village of Eklutna to determine what happens to a statue of a British explorer following calls for its removal. Native Village of Eklutna President Aaron Leggett says a decision has not yet been made on what will happen to the statue, but he would like to see modifications at the site that would include the history and voice of Alaska Natives.  (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

Alaska tribe to decide fate of European explorer statue

Jun. 27, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The mayor of Anchorage has asked the Native Village of Eklutna to determine what happens to a statue of a British explorer following calls for its removal as monuments to historical figures are being dismantled across the country. The statue is of Captain James Cook, who came to...

More fragments from 1952 crash in Alaska found in glacier

Jun. 26, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) — A lucky Buddha figurine, a flight suit, several 3-cent stamps, a crumpled 1952 Mass schedule for St. Patrick’s Church in Washington, D.C., and 480 bags containing individual human remains. Those were among the items recovered this month from...