Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO

Newscast – Thursday, March 5, 2020

In this newscast: 

The state officials leading Alaska’s coronavirus preparations brief state lawmakers to keep calm and keep informed, 
port towns wonder what safeguards and extraordinary measures officials can take to keep possible cruise ship-borne coronavirus out, 
House lawmakers turn their attention to permanent fund dividend checks, 
the Juneau Raptor Center cares for two eagles that turned up with neurological damage, 
a Kaktovik man gets sentenced for letting a polar bear he killed outside his house go to waste, 
deep snow along the Iditarod trail suggests this year’s racers will need a lot of patience, and 
the National Weather Service issues a high wind warning in effect until 6 a.m. Friday. 

Newscast – Tuesday, March 3, 2020

In this newscast: 

Vice President Mike Pence reassures governors they will be reimbursed for at least part of what they’ll spend fighting the coronavirus, 
the grandson of a major donor ends his controversial sole-source contract with the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, 
Wells Fargo joins says it won’t finance oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, 
election officials say a ballot initiative to raise oil taxes has enough valid signatures to go before voters, 
Rep. Louise Stutes shares critical findings from a fact-finding mission at the Alaska Marine Highway System headquarters, 
a bill to double state motor and marine fuel taxes  clears the Senate, 
new felony sexual offense data shows big increases around the state but declines in Southeast from 2017 to 2018, 
one caseworker for the state Office of Children’s Services is stretched thin across three disconnected Southeast communities, 
former state Sen. Anna MacKinnon gets hired as a special assistant to the Department of Revenue commissioner, and 
a 19 year-old Anchorage athlete becomes the first American man to win at the World Junior Championships of cross-country skiing. 

Newscast – March 2, 2020

In this newscast:

Gov. Mike Dunleavy calls for at least $4 million for public health nurses to help test for coronavirus, 
Bartlett Regional Hospital’s infection preventionist debunks rumors that someone’s been in isolation there because of the virus, 
Juneau’s city manager confirms the cruise ship Westerdam is headed to Juneau early after canceling sailings in Asia, 
limited ferry service resumes in Southeast Alaska, 
signature gathering for the Recall Dunleavy campaign begins, 
Alaska Airlines drops its sponsorship of the Iditarod, 
families of some who have died trying to reach the “Into the Wild” bus propose a footbridge for one of the dangerous river crossings. 

Newscast – Friday, Feb. 28, 2020

In this newscast: 

The House Finance Committee sends the state operating budget bill to the full House, 
Alaska politicians and oil execs react to J.P. Morgan Chase announcing it will stop financing new oil and gas projects in the Arctic, 
Census workers assigned to Arctic communities flag administrative problems, 
state transportation officials plan Thane Road avalanche control for Saturday afternoon, 
U.S. Navy will be training for underwater explosives disposal in Gastineau Channel on Saturday, 
the population of a huge caribou herd in the western Arctic are stabilizing, 
authorities charge a former substitute teacher in Kivalina with child exploitation, 
a young cancer survivor from Florida gets his wish fulfilled to make a snowman in Alaska, and 
a winter storm watch is in effect for Juneau from Saturday evening to Sunday morning. 

Newscast – Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

In this newscast:

The Alaska Marine Highway System is chartering a private ferry to provide interim passenger service between several Southeast communities, 
the ferry LeConte gets slated for its first stop to Pelican since October, 
private barge services pick up a lot business for moving cars around with ferry service crippled, 
Gov. Mike Dunleavy pitches a bill to exchange permanent fund dividends for vouchers to buy state land worth twice the cash value, 
a rockslide takes out Tatsuda’s IGA in Ketchikan, 
a snowmachiner is killed by an avalanche in Unalaska, and
the Alaska Senate sends the House a bill that would let breweries and distilleries extend their hours and host some live-music events.

Newscast – Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020

In this newscast: 

The Alaska House passes a spending package to cover additional current-year budget costs, 
small Southeast Alaska communities cut off from septic tank services cope with sewage, 
federal officials reveal their seizure of 82 guns and name 16 Anchorage-area defendants as result of a months-long investigation, 
NOAA shares signs that the Pacific Ocean’s last marine heatwave and its far-ranging effects may be abating, 
leaders of the University of Alaska Anchorage announce elimination or suspension of more than a dozen academic programs, and 
Amazon opens a cashier-less grocery store in Seattle. 

Newscast – Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020

In this newscast: 

Legislative leaders and Permanent Fund Corp. managers talk strategy to protect the fund, 
a major Alaska public employees’ union alleges the state is improperly seeking to outsource IT jobs, 
locals flag a huge increase in trash going to Juneau’s  landfill from cruise ships last season,  
the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska organizes a food and supplies drive Southeast communities cutoff from ferry service, 
a bill in the Alaska Legislature would give lawmakers oversight of any sale, transfer or disposal of state ferries, 
the National Park Service says it intends to open the entire Denali Park Road by early June, and 
Donald Trump Jr. gets a permit to hunt a grizzly bear outside of Nome later this year. 

Newcast – Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

In this newscast: 

City and state officials warn of increasing avalanche risk in certain parts of Juneau,
Gov.  Mike Dunleavy renews his position to pay out bigger permanent fund dividends to make up for past cuts, 
the ferry Matanuska remains tied up in Juneau and may not resume service in early March as previously expected, 
Chinese tourists are cancelling their winter Alaska travel plans because of the novel coronavirus, 
four Americans with the virus are being transferred to a hospital in Spokane, 
Alaska officials explore expanding DMV locations to rural Alaska to accommodate Real ID requirements, and 
state and citizen scientists are readying for an Anchorage moose survey. 

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