KTOO News Department

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. 

Newscast – Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021

Alaskans’ view on the vaccine may not be as inflexible as some people think, 
Sea ice that seals haul out on is diminishing and the window to hunt seals is getting shorter as a result in Kotzebue, 
In Juneau, volunteer searchers continue the hunt for a missing Oregon man 

Newscast – Monday, Aug. 23, 2021

It’s the first day of the fall semester at the University of Alaska Southeast, 
Humpback whales were hit hard by “the blob” — a warm water event that killed off all kinds of sea life in the North Pacific but researchers at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve say the humpback population is rebounding, 
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to everyone, age 16 and older, 
City officials announced 63 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. 

Newscast – Aug. 20, 2021

Two more pandemic relief programs opened this week that thousands of Tlingit and Haida tribal members and Goldbelt shareholders are eligible for, 
Juneau emergency officials repeatedly stressed the danger of the delta variant of coronavirus after they raised the community’s risk level, 
Former state Rep. Les Gara announced that he’s running for governor, 
Juneau’s public libraries are reducing their hours so that staff can be reassigned to the city’s emergency operations center to help with the city’s COVID-19 response

Newscast – Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021

Five residents at Ketchikan’s Pioneer Home died from COVID-19 at the nursing home this past week, 
There was another fire on Chena Hot Springs Road, it’s the 9th structure fire along the road since mid-May being investigated as arson, 
Inspectors in Anchorage recently discovered more than 3,000 counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards in a shipment from China to the Port of Alaska, 
The Aleutian Arc recently has experienced a lot of volcanic activity — three are currently erupting, 
Last year’s heavy rain and snowfall continue to affect Southeast Alaska — here’s more on how the Forest Service is responding, 
An Alaska lawmaker is criticizing the state’s decision to not seek further legal review of a court ruling that stuck down several campaign contribution caps

Newscast – Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021

Immunocompromised Juneau residents looking for a third COVID-19 shot, have limited options,
A federal judge has reversed the Trump administration’s environmental approval for ConocoPhillips’ major proposed Willow project on Alaska’s North Slope, 
A zine centered on the LGBTQ community in Southeast Alaska started up this year, releasing its second issue this month, 
The Biden administration will require nursing homes to mandate their employees be vaccinated — it’s not clear what effect that this could have on Alaska’s understaffed nursing homes. 

Newscast — Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021

Former Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announced that he’s running for governor again, 
The Lower Kuskokwim School District has agreed to pay $3.8 million dollars to settle a lawsuit after two girls sued the district for failing to protect them from sexual abuse at the hands of a former Bethel elementary school principal, 
U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm visited Fairbanks and Anchorage this week, 
Three people were killed in an accident on the Parks Highway on Sunday, the second of two fatal crashes in the area this past weekend. 

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