Overall, the state’s ombudsman says the state corrections department was responsive and has updated its COVID-19 protocols several times during the pandemic.
Since June of 2020, the state health department estimates that airport tests have detected more than 6,000 people with COVID-19.
Nationally, the report from Pew Charitable Trusts says COVID spending amounting to 25% of all federal grants to states in 2020, second only to Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor.
The state Department of Health and Social Services is considering transitioning away from daily COVID-19 case counts, and toward reporting weekly trends.
Juneau’s civic leaders are always wary of simmering sentiments to move the state capital. Donating buildings to the Legislature is one way they try to quiet those calls.
The Calista Corporation, along with two private individuals from Scammon Bay and Hooper Bay, are suing the Alaska Redistricting Board.
The commission also is considering a proposal that would shift how legislators are paid, with less of the money coming from per diems and more in salary.
Reporting by the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica has found the state has mostly failed to follow through on those promises, and a tiny fraction of the federal dollars dedicated to addressing the problem has actually been put to use in villages.
Dunleavy continues to call for an additional $1,250 PFD payment to increase the amount paid this year, which was $1,114.
Mayor Andrew Cremata says the redistricting board ignored testimony from Skagway residents.