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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

Newscast – Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021

The social isolation caused by COVID-19 has many feeling Zoom fatigue and yearning for real-life interactions. But for those who struggle with mental health disorders, the isolation can feel amplified, 
The Senate passed the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill last month. Now, the House of Representatives is set to vote on it at the end of September and some in Alaska see the bill’s potential for funding ferries and energy projects, 
Alaska residents have another reason to get vaccinated against COVID-19: a chance to win $49,000 each week. 
Democrats in the U.S. House want to use a budget bill to reverse the 2017 law that required the government to hold oil lease sales in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, 
Peter Pan Seafood Co., a seafood processing company with operations in Alaska and Washington state, will require its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Newscast – Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021

Most commercial property owners in Juneau are smarting from their tax bills this year after the city raised the assessed value of their land by 50%, and hundreds of them are fighting it,
Tlingit artist and Juneau local Kaasteen Jill Meserve recently had her beadwork featured in the Native comedy series Reservation Dogs, 
Juneau Board of Education meetings could begin with a land acknowledgement soon. 

Newscast – Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021

In the Swiss Alps, there’s a phenomenon known as the Maloja Snake. It’s a cloud formation that slithers through the valleys. A Curious Juneau listener wrote in saying they witnessed something similar along the Gastineau Channel and wondered if there are any Lingít stories or a name for this cloud feature,

The U.S. evacuation in Afghanistan tha tended Monday got some help over the past from weeks from Alaska National Guard unit based at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, 
Alaska residents still don’t know how much money they might get from the state’s Permanent Fund this year, or even when they might get the payout, 
Fully vaccinated employees in the Anchorage School District will receive up to 10 extra days of paid time off if they test positive for COVID-19 but can’t work from home while quarantining. 

Newscast – Aug. 30, 2021

Juneau’s power company is preparing to test its disaster plan should a 168-foot hydroelectric dam fail and flood a largely commercial district near the regional hospital, 
As a super-contagious strain of the coronavirus sweeps across America, there are no mask or vaccine requirements for state and Anchorage city workers, that’s left a patchwork of protections and policies and according to unions, some workers are scared as the new strain threatens vaccinated Alaskans. 

Newscast – Aug. 27, 2021

It has been three months since a cyber attack crippled the state health department’s systems and for Alaskans who need vital records — this has put things on hold, 
Strolling around one of Juneau’s sandy beaches you might see footprints, remnants of bonfires, or a variety of birds but what about what’s underneath the sand, 
Denali National Park has canceled its annual road lottery, 
A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in a months-long investigation over a string of arsons near Fairbanks, 
Booking is now open for winter ferry service on the Alaska Marine Highway System

Newscast – Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021

A tugboat hauling a barge with construction equipment in Juneau’s Gastineau Channel lost control on Wednesday afternoon, hitting the Douglas Bridge, 
Family members and other volunteer searchers say they found items that belong to an Oregon man who is missing in Juneau, 
The campaign to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy has ended, 
Soon, Bartlett Regional Hospital workers will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19, 
With full Food and Drug Administration approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, some parents are asking if pediatricians can vaccinate kids under 12 as an “off label” use of the drug. 

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