In this newscast: Alaska state flags were lowered to half-mast on Friday in honor of Jay Kerttula, the only state legislator to serve as both senate president and speaker of the house; Hundreds of people have complained to the state’s environmental watchdog about air pollution from cruise ships; The Alaska Department of Corrections says an inmate with underlying health issues has died from complications related to COVID-19; The coronavirus pandemic has hurt the U.S. seafood industry due to a precipitous fall in imports and exports and a drop in catch of some species; Analysis suggests two out of three Alaska adults have at least one risk factor health officials link with a higher chance of severe COVID-19 infection.
In this newscast: Last year, Norwegian Cruise Lines outbid competitors when it agreed to pay the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority $20 million for a 3-acres of waterfront land in downtown Juneau; The majority of candidates elected by Alaska voters to both the state Senate and House are Republicans. But it’s not yet clear if the majority caucuses that govern both chambers will actually be Republican; Federal investigators say they’re baffled over what caused an air ambulance over Southeast Alaska to rapidly plunge into the water in January of last year — killing all three aboard.
In this newscast: New travel requirements from the State of Alaska take effect this Saturday; Yesterday, 30-year-old Joshua Allen Shaff was arrested and charged with the murder of 69-nyear-old Majid Sateri; Next year’s budget hasn’t been approved yet, but ConocoPhillips Alaska says it’s planning to restart some of its drilling projects on the North Slope; In this new study, scientists have linked warming Arctic temperatures, changing wind patterns and shifting currents to the movement of pollock; Two weeks into an outbreak, the number of COVID-19 cases at Goose Creek Correctional Center in Point MacKenzie keeps climbing.
The victim’s family called for the maximum penalty of 99 years in prison.
In this newscast: A pickup truck exploded in downtown Juneau Monday night, but police do not believe the fire was suspicious or a crime; Voters re-elected Ketchikan’s Rep. Dan Ortiz by a wide margin, returning the independent for another two years representing House District 36; The Petersburg pool, which closed down after a fire, could reopen with some temporary fixes.
In this newscast: SEARHC is no longer offering free COVID-19 testing for people who don’t have symptoms of the virus in Juneau; Hoonah has its first confirmed cases of COVID-19; Juneau’s electric utility has had an unusual run of outages and blips this month, affecting a lot of its customers; Exploration is resuming for copper, gold and other metals on lower Prince of Wales Island.
In this newscast: Six students at The University of Alaska Southeast are in isolation on campus after testing positive for COVID-19; There will be no jury trials in Alaska’s courthouses until at least Jan. 4; Former Sitka School Board president Lon Garrison has been named executive director of the Association of Alaska School Boards; As coronavirus cases continue to skyrocket in the state, cracks are appearing in Alaska’s fragile healthcare system.
The university is asking everyone who may have been exposed or have even mild symptoms to report them immediately so they can test those individuals and find close contacts.
In this newscast: The Juneau School District has shifted gears on its decision to expand in-person classes; Juneau households that receive the city’s pandemic relief housing and utility grants this year may get $1,000 more than was initially offered; Two local government bodies will now recognize Ketchikan’s original inhabitants before each public meeting; A new video game set in Southeast Alaska seeks to turn back the tide on the history of inaccurate representations of indigenous communities.
The change was a response to the COVID-19 alert Gov. Mike Dunleavy sent to Alaskans Thursday morning.