Newscast — Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021

In this newscast:

  • Alaska recorded 40 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, the lowest daily case count since September.
  • Winter cold snaps aren’t just causing frozen pipes and power outages in the lower 48.
  • Gov. Mike Dunleavy has quietly appointed an unknown real estate executive to an agency tasked with regulating commercial fishing permits.
  • Alaska’s Emergency Disaster Declaration for COVID-19 lapsed on Sunday — but that hardly means the end of the statewide effort to combat the ongoing pandemic.