In this newscast: It’s been four months since Alaska communities started receiving money from the state’s share of federal COVID-19 relief but one in four communities haven’t claimed the money yet; Alaskans living in the tiny village of Hyder are chafing against Canada’s border rules that restrict travel to much of the outside world; Race officials say the 2021 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is still on. 61 mushers have already signed up for the 1,000 mile competition.
In this newscast: The developers of the proposed Pebble Mine aired an ad on Fox News last night, and it seems to have hit home with one viewer in the White House; While commercial salmon fisheries in Southeast are looking to be a bust this year, that’s not the case for the Dungeness crab; The brand new village of Mertarvik is one step closer to having a commercial runway; Selling or giving away Alaska’s state-run ferry fleet is not a viable option; Shell Offshore Inc. has submitted plans to drill for oil in state waters off the North Slope.
Between the University’s Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka campuses there are just over 2,000 students enrolled.
In this newscast: Enrollment is down at the University of Alaska Southeast but not as much as university officials were expecting; This summer is shaping up to be one of the worst ever in recent memory for bears in Juneau; The U.S. Forest Service wants a do-over for an old growth timber sale that was halted by a federal court; Residents in Ketchikan woke up to hazy skies as a result of smoke from wildfires burning in the Lower 48.
In this newscast: Six years after his death, Tlingit photographer Cyril George’s family donated a vast photo collection with the goal of making them available to the public; The debate over a permanent home for Juneau’s cold weather shelter was put to rest last night when the Assembly rejected all of the proposals for new locations; It looks like there’s a growing cottage industry for private tutoring in Juneau. One woman shared some insights about her new tutoring gig.
In this newscast: Bars in Juneau closed for indoor service on Saturday following a spike in residents testing positive for COVID-19; Petersburg Borough assembly is considering writing an opinion on a draft senate bill that would give federal land to five Southeast communities; Over the weekend, teams scoured the scorched earth at the Kodiak Pacific Spaceport to recover what’s left Astra’s 3.1 rocket; Anchorage will receive federal support to aid in the suppression of the coronavirus outbreak among its homeless population.
All three films are available to watch for free on Vision Maker’s First Indigenous Online Film Festival page until September 14.
In this newscast: Juneau public health officials reported Friday that another four people linked to bar activity tested positive for COVID-19; The first tenants began moving into the new wing of Juneau’s Housing First facility this week; The Southeast Alaska community of Angoon has extended its emergency travel order until further notice; A muskox was recently spotted in the Bristol Bay village of Manokotak.
In this newscast: Juneau is holding a pop-up testing event this weekend at Centennial Hall for people who have visited bars recently; As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the Northwest Arctic Borough, local stakeholders remain concerned over a steady rise in positive cases; Vision Maker Media’s First Indigenous Online Film Festival is showcasing three films focused on stories about Alaska Native and First Nations history; The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced Wednesday that it plans to study the environmental impacts of a potential lease sale in the Cook Inlet.
In this newscast: The City and Borough of Juneau is trying to decide where to put its cold weather shelter, but the people staying there have been mostly absent from the conversation; There are a lot of downsides to the kind of heavy, prolonged rainfall in Southeast Alaska this summer but it did have some silver linings; Juneau emergency management officials say they’re considering escalating the community’s risk status following a new cluster of COVID-19 cases.