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Starlink Satellite Internet Service Goes Live in Alaska

(TNS) — SpaceX last week announced the launch of Starlink in Alaska, its high-speed satellite Internet service that advocates say will beam broadband to every corner of the state. Alaskans who have signed up for the service said they're eager to try it. They expect it to provide faster,...
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UAA to permanently expand master’s in social work program with $1.5M grant

After years of budget cuts to Alaska’s public university system, there aren’t many higher education programs that are growing. But on Tuesday, the coalition Recover Alaska announced it had put together $1.5 million to dramatically expand enrollment for master’s degree students at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s School of Social Work.

By the numbers: Modest turnout for ’22 general election, and Peltola comes up short compared to Don Young in ’20

Alaska’s 2022 general election saw a modest turnout of voters: Just 266,573 of Alaska’s 601,795 registered voters cast ballots, a 44.30% turnout. Although Alaska’s voter rolls are oversubscribed, the final participation number for this year still ends up with 95,000 fewer ballots than were voted two years ago in the general election.

Judicial selection and retention process on trial in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Judges play a critical role in court procedures, similar to umpires in baseball. Both judges and umpires strive to possess similar traits — impartiality, competency, and a willingness to make tough calls in front of an audience. In some states, judges run lively campaigns, hand...

Men welcome old rivals for GNAC openers

THIS WEEK IN ALASKA ANCHORAGE MEN'S BASKETBALL... Thu., Dec. 1 – 5:15 pm AST – Alaska Airlines Center – Anchorage, Alaska. Montana State Billings (4-2, 0-0 GNAC) at Alaska Anchorage (4-3, 0-0 GNAC) &. Sat., Dec. 3 – 7:30 pm AST – Alaska Airlines Center – Anchorage,...

Fred Meyer/Safeway merger could affect Alaska consumers

The corporations announced the merger agreement October 14, and produced a joint website: and brief video statements from the CEOs. “The combination of Kroger and the Albertson companies is a tremendous opportunity to bring together two highly complementary organizations,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger Chairman and CEO, who promised efficiencies and a “world-class shopping experience.”

In Alaska, A Mystery Over Disappearing Whales

When Roswell Schaeffer Sr. was 8 years old, his father decided it was about time he started learning to hunt beluga whales. Schaeffer was an Iñupiaq kid growing up in Kotzebue, a small city in northwest Alaska, where a healthy store of beluga meat was part of making it through the winter. Each summer, thousands of these small white whales migrated to Kotzebue Sound, and hunts were an annual tradition. Whale skin and blubber, or muktuk, was prized, not only as a form of sustenance and a trading commodity, but also because of the spiritual value of sharing the catch with the community.

‘They experienced the horrible animosity that this created’: New group looks to get rid of ranked-choice voting

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - When Art Mathias speaks, he commands a stage with the confidence earned after years of public speaking. In 1997, Mathias was in a snowmachine wreck that caused ongoing pain in his shoulder and other injuries. He says he was told he had two years until he’d die, but that through forgiveness, faith and overcoming fear he was able to fully recover. His story has led to countless interviews, web videos as well as guest speaker invitations.
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Journalists near and far react to the journalism of ‘Alaska Daily’

What does it take to authentically portray journalism on television? Is it election night pizza? The work of holding power to account? For the new ABC show “Alaska Daily,” it’s drawing from the real-life reporting of local journalists at the Anchorage Daily News. Created by Tom McCarthy, who helmed the Oscar-winning film “Spotlight,” it stars Bellingham-raised actor Hilary Swank as hard-boiled reporter Eileen Fitzgerald, who moves to Alaska from New York after her previous job fell through. She begins working with intrepid local journalist Rosalind “Roz” Friendly, played by Secwépemc actor Grace Dove, on an investigation into the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the state. It raises the question: How well can television grapple with the day-in and day-out of this important yet tough job?

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Stories are posted on the statewide news page. Send news tips, questions, and comments to Follow Alaska Public Media on Facebook and on Twitter @AKPublicNews. And subscribe to the Alaska News Nightly podcast. Tuesday on Alaska News Nightly:. Congresswoman Mary Peltola is skeptical of a proposed deal to avert...

Pattern of SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.519 emergence in Alaska

Alaska has the lowest population density in the United States (US) with a mix of urban centers and isolated rural communities. Alaska's distinct population dynamics compared to the contiguous US may have contributed to unique patterns of SARS-CoV-2 variants observed in early 2021. Here we examined 2323 SARS-CoV-2 genomes from Alaska and 278,635 from the contiguous US collected from December 2020 through June 2021 because of the notable emergence and spread of lineage B.1.1.519 in Alaska. We found that B.1.1.519 was consistently detected from late January through June of 2021 in Alaska with a peak prevalence in April of 77.9% unlike the rest of the US at 4.6%. The earlier emergence of B.1.1.519 coincided with a later peak of Alpha (B.1.1.7) compared to the contiguous US. We also observed differences in variant composition over time between the two most populated regions of Alaska and a modest increase in COVID-19 cases during the peak incidence of B.1.1.519. However, it is difficult to disentangle how social dynamics conflated changes in COVID-19 during this time. We suggest that the viral characteristics, such as amino acid substitutions in the spike protein, likely contributed to the unique spread of B.1.1.519 in Alaska.

ASAA Notebook: State’s smallest teams on verge of getting 9-person football

Football conferences and the continued remodeling of the sport are items tucked into the agenda for the latest Alaska School Activities Association board of directors meeting set to begin Monday in Anchorage. In a wide-ranging interview with the Alaska Sports Report, ASAA executive director Billy Strickland hinted at what he thinks will happen.
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Public Safety Academy graduates 43 new Law Enforcement Officers

ALET Session 22-02 includes 23 Alaska State and Alaska Wildlife Troopers, 7 Village Public Safety Officers as well as recruits from numerous city, state, and borough police agencies. In a graduation ceremony in Sitka, 43 new law enforcement officers received their badges today (November 18th, 2022). The ceremony was closed...