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Newscast – Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021

In 2019, elementary school principal got two restraining orders against a man who is now running for Juneau’s school board, 
Of the 14 candidates for seats on Juneau Assembly and Board of Education this year, one candidate has a remarkable lead in fundraising, 
Alaska officials outlined plans Wednesday to help hospitals with crisis standards of care amid a surge of COVID-19 cases

Newscast – Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021

State health officials reported another 41 Juneau residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, 
Alaska broke its daily COVID-19 record on Wednesday, 
Over half of all beds at Central Peninsula Hospital are now occupied by COVID-19 patients and the hospital is almost a third overcapacity, 
A deadline has passed for local candidates and issues groups all over the state to disclose their campaign finances ahead of local elections on Oct. 5, 
At the latest Juneau COVID-19 community update, people had a lot of questions. Juneau health officials spent about an hour answering them, 
Gov. Mike Dunleavy painted a stark picture of the state’s COVID-19 woes as a surge in cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 put hospitals in crisis mode. He announced Wednesday the state has contracted 400 additional healthcare workers from the Lower-48. 

Newscast – Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021

Alaskans can expect to start seeing $1,100 PFD payments hit their bank accounts in mid-October, 
A Canadian mining company is exploring claims near the small town of Pelican on Chichagof Island,
Every 10 years, states redraw their political district maps to keep them up-to-date with shifts in populations. In Alaska, a five-member Redistricting Board draws the map and where the board draws the lines will have big implications on who gets elected, 
State officials say 46 more Juneau residents and visitors have tested positive for COVID-19,
 An outbreak of COVID-19 at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau shows no sign of improvement. 

Newscast – Monday, Sept. 20, 2021

Another Juneau man has died and 95 Juneau residents tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, 
A Juneau house was damaged in a recent flood caused by road improvements, but current owners don’t hold a grudge against construction crews and they hope to move back in after the house is repaired
After just six months on the job, Bartlett Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Rose Lawhorne has resigned, 
A second-high level Bartlett Regional Hospital employee resigned last week, 

Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will use new funding from NASA to track snowfall across the state, 
Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson’s commander declared a public health emergency Friday due to high rates of COVID-19 infection in Anchorage

Newscast – Friday, Sept. 17, 2021

When the state’s health department website was breached earlier this year, cyberattackers had access to the private health information of Alaskans,
There’s no title for the screenplay yet, but now X̱’unei Lance Twitchell has a fellowship from the Rasmuson Foundation to realize a longtime dream, to bring a true story to life about how Native boarding schools systematically tried to kill indigenous languages, 
A Belgian woman is trying to set a record for being the youngest ever to fly solo around the world. The airport in Juneau will be her first stopover in the state, 
A coalition of Southeast tribes and the region’s largest Native corporation are creating an endowment designed to support indigenous-led conservation and economic development, 
As the spread of the delta variant continues unabated in much of the U.S., public health leaders have approved healthcare rationing in Idaho and parts of Alaska and Montana,
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is moving the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management back to the nation’s capital after two years in Colorado. 

Newscast – Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021

State health officials reported a record 1,091 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, and while that’s the most cases they’ve ever reported in a single day — that doesn’t necessarily mean that 1,091 people tested positive on the same day,
Juneau school district superintendent Bridget Weiss has been named Alaska’s 2022 Superintendent of the Year, 
Alaska’s ferry link with Canada is on pace to resume next spring following a tentative agreement between custom officials in both countries, 
After nearly 30 years in relative dormancy the black-headed budworm population is exploding in Southeast Alaska leaving swaths of browning hemlock in their paths. 

Newscast – Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021

Lawmakers decided on an $1,100 permanent fund dividend for Alaskans on the last day of a special session,
The Juneau Assembly has committed $700,000 to converting a local warehouse into a ballot processing center to hold elections by-mail,
The U.S. Coast Guard reported encountering Chinese warships within 50 miles of the Aleutians in August, 
Scientists are seeing a massive phytoplankton bloom in the Gulf of Alaska,
Alaska’s redistricting board recently drew new political boundaries that place four sitting House members in two districts, that’s because the the new maps put two lawmakers homes in different districts than they currently are — in one case by just a few hundred yards. 
Alaska health officials say the mu variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 does not appear to be spreading in the state. 

Newscast – Monday, Sept. 13, 2021

The legislative special session is scheduled to end on Tuesday and several things are still unresolved, 
A new survey from the state labor department says rents across Alaska have risen during the pandemic,
Southeast Conference’s annual summit bringing together civic and business leaders from across the region is scheduled to open on Tuesday in Haines,
After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alaska Symphony of Seafood is back.

Newscast – Friday, Sept. 10, 2021

Under the first draft of a state redistricting plan Southeast Alaska keeps all four of its current House seats despite losing population in most of those constituencies since 2010, 
Wrangell’s newspaper is having a changing of the guard, 
Eagle River Republican Senator Lora Reinbold has been excused from attending Senate floor sessions starting this weekend through next January because she has been banned from Alaska Airlines for refusing to wear a mask and says she doesn’t have another way to get to Juneau,
The number of Alaskans hospitalized with COVID-19 reach a new high in a string of record totals this week

Newscast – Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021

Juneau’s 9/11 memorial got an upgrade,
Bartlett Regional Hospital opened a clinic to treat COVID-19 patients using monoclonal antibody therapy, 
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to resume its efforts to veto large-scale mining upstream from Bristol Bay, 
Alaska’s state government may have trouble paying its bills over the next year

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