Byron Mallott, the Alaska Native leader who served as lieutenant governor under former Gov. Bill Walker, has died unexpectedly at age 77.
The Juneau Assembly needs more time to review state guidelines before deciding how to move forward with reopening public facilities.
In this newscast: Canada’s border remains closed to non-essential travel until May 21, would-be tourists whose Alaska cruises are canceled can still support local businesses, late Haines resident Mark McNamara’s career spanned professional basketball and Hollywood, U.S. House Democrats call for an investigation into Assistant Interior Secretary Tara Sweeney’s distribution of federal coronavirus relief funding and the Anchorage Daily News wins the Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism.
Even though many of the canceled Alaska cruise sailings have been rescheduled for next year, some tourists are looking for ways to support local businesses in the meantime.
In this newscast: The City and Borough of Juneau will likely face layoffs and furloughs as a result of budget impacts from the pandemic, business owners are getting creative to keep staff and customers safe from coronavirus, epidemiologists say Sitka’s first confirmed COVID-19 case who has since tested negative is still considered positive and Alaska continues to see a high number of initial unemployment claims.
In this newscast: The city’s new low income campground opened last week and features a number of improvements from the previous location and it’s too late for some local businesses as the state begins to reopen the economy.
In this newscast: Southeast Alaska is exempt from the statewide controlled burn ban, a state court magistrate judge retires to pursue a Ph.D. in Indigenous Studies, the timber and fishing industries try to figure out how to safely transport workers to Alaska amid the pandemic, the state’s geoduck fishery reopens after being closed for most of the year and villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are on flood watch.
In this newscast: Alaska’s U.S. senators are disappointed by a ruling that blocks CARES Act funding to Alaska Native corporations, tracking community spread is critical to Alaska’s COVID-19 response, just as testing for the disease is critical to reopening the economy, part of the road into Denali National Park and Preserve reopens to public access and children in Homer can still listen to story time thanks to public radio.
Bartlett Regional Hospital COO Billy Gardner says efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus in Juneau appear to be paying off.
In this newscast: The Juneau International Airport may have given up millions in federals relief funding, recognizing scams and frauds circulated by those looking to make money off of the pandemic, Pelican and Tenakee Springs will see ferry service again after all and the Girl Scouts of Alaska expect to receive a federal loan to help makeup lost cookie sales.