Passengers on Alaska’s mainline ferries are now being required to get a COVID-19 test before traveling.
Lt. Gov. Meyer said the state is encouraging voters to request absentee ballots or to vote early to reduce the lines on election day.
Sen. Elvi-Gray Jackson plans to introduce the bill before the next Legislature convenes in January
Alaska health officials acknowledge that the testing system had issues in the beginning that led to some delays and confusion. But they say fixes are underway, and the process should be smoother and faster now.
Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Joel Bolger issued the order on Monday, saying it’s not possible to maintain social distancing in courthouses around the state.
So far Dunleavy hasn’t changed his mind. He said he would wear a mask if he’s with seniors or people with underlying health conditions, but won’t speak through a mask if invited to speak to a get-together.
The Alaska Permanent Fund dividend going out in July will be $992. The amount announced on Friday is $8 less than the Alaska Legislature estimated when it budgeted for the annual dividend.
Public health officials say they worry that some residents have developed fatigue about the contagious disease and are not social distancing or taking other precautions.
This marks Clarkson’s second high-profile Supreme Court defeat in the space of one month, after he also lost an effort to block the campaign to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
While the Kenai transforms into a tourism and fishing hub during the summer, officials there don’t blame the high case rate on any particular factor.