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Over 1,200 new COVID cases reported Wednesday

At Central Peninsula Hospital there were 22 COVID patients on Wednesday morning — 17 unvaccinated.

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Several members of the Alaska House of Representatives were absent form a floor session Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, but after a quiet first week lawmakers are scheduled to hold committee meetings through the end of the week.
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Several members of the Alaska House of Representatives were absent form a floor session Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, but after a quiet first week lawmakers are scheduled to hold committee meetings through the end of the week.
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‘A palpable, noticeable difference in our hospitals’

Health care workers from the Lower 48 have been deployed to help Alaska’s COVID crisis.

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In this March 21, 2006, file photo, is the abandoned bus where Christopher McCandless starved to death in 1992 near Healy, Alaska. The bus that people sometimes embarked on deadly pilgrimages to Alaska’s backcountry to visit can now safely be viewed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks while it undergoes preservation work. The bus was moved to the university’s engineering facility in early Oct. 2021, while it’s being prepared for outdoor display at the Museum of the North, Fairbanks television station KTVF reported. (AP Photo/Jillian Rogers, File )

‘Into the Wild’ bus on display during preservation work

The abandoned Fairbanks city bus became a shelter for hunters and others using the backcountry near Denali National Park and Preserve.

In this March 21, 2006, file photo, is the abandoned bus where Christopher McCandless starved to death in 1992 near Healy, Alaska. The bus that people sometimes embarked on deadly pilgrimages to Alaska’s backcountry to visit can now safely be viewed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks while it undergoes preservation work. The bus was moved to the university’s engineering facility in early Oct. 2021, while it’s being prepared for outdoor display at the Museum of the North, Fairbanks television station KTVF reported. (AP Photo/Jillian Rogers, File )
A graphic published in the October 2021 edition of Trends, published by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, shows how women’s shares of the workforce and wages in Alaska varied by area in 2019. (Image via labor.alaska.gov)

Report: Alaska women’s pay lags

On average, women earned about 72% of what men earned in Alaska in 2019.

A graphic published in the October 2021 edition of Trends, published by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, shows how women’s shares of the workforce and wages in Alaska varied by area in 2019. (Image via labor.alaska.gov)
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This map from the U.S. Cencsus Bureau highlights Alaska’s Indigenous populations. A ballot initiative to have the state of Alaska formally recognize the state’s already federally recognized tribes took a step forward Monday, when it was certified by the Division of Elections.
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This map from the U.S. Cencsus Bureau highlights Alaska’s Indigenous populations. A ballot initiative to have the state of Alaska formally recognize the state’s already federally recognized tribes took a step forward Monday, when it was certified by the Division of Elections.
Central Peninsula Hospital as seen March 26, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Central Peninsula Hospital as seen March 26, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kelly Tshibaka addresses members of the community at Nikiski Hardware & Supply on Friday, April 9, 2021 in Nikiski, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Tshibaka cited for commercial fishing violation

Troopers opened an investigation on July 21 in response to a social media video that showed commercial fishing activity.

Kelly Tshibaka addresses members of the community at Nikiski Hardware & Supply on Friday, April 9, 2021 in Nikiski, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Juneau Empire file photo)

Judge sides with psychiatrists who alleged wrongful firing

In a decision Friday, U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick said the nature of the demand was “political.”

Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Juneau Empire file photo)
The doors of the Alaska Senate chambers were shut Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, a week into the Alaska State Legislature’s fourth special session of the year. Gov. Mike Dunleavy called lawmakers to session to resolve the state’s longterm fiscal issues, but the same divisions that have kept lawmakers from finding resolution before are still in place. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
The doors of the Alaska Senate chambers were shut Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, a week into the Alaska State Legislature’s fourth special session of the year. Gov. Mike Dunleavy called lawmakers to session to resolve the state’s longterm fiscal issues, but the same divisions that have kept lawmakers from finding resolution before are still in place. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
In this Oct. 7, 2021, file photo, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, stands in an elevator as she departs, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. A man described as a “normal guy” who kept a low profile in his rural Alaska community faces charges he threatened to hire an assassin to kill the U.S. senator. Jay Allen Johnson was scheduled to be arraigned later Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, on charges related to phone threats authorities say he made against Murkowski. Johnson was arrested earlier in the week and was being held in a Fairbanks jail ahead of the federal court hearing. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Man accused of threatening 2 senators to remain in jail

The caller was also upset that Murkowski voted to convict Trump in his January impeachment trial.

In this Oct. 7, 2021, file photo, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, stands in an elevator as she departs, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. A man described as a “normal guy” who kept a low profile in his rural Alaska community faces charges he threatened to hire an assassin to kill the U.S. senator. Jay Allen Johnson was scheduled to be arraigned later Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, on charges related to phone threats authorities say he made against Murkowski. Johnson was arrested earlier in the week and was being held in a Fairbanks jail ahead of the federal court hearing. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
Middle school student Wyatt Otness of Fairbanks was awarded a $49,000 scholarship administered as an Alaska 529 savings plan in the fourth week of the “Give AK a shot” lottery. (Alaska Chamber)

Anchorage woman and Fairbanks middle schooler win vaccine lottery

The weekly draw awards one newly vaccinated adult resident and one newly vaccinated child resident $49,000 in cash and scholarships.

Middle school student Wyatt Otness of Fairbanks was awarded a $49,000 scholarship administered as an Alaska 529 savings plan in the fourth week of the “Give AK a shot” lottery. (Alaska Chamber)
A graph from the Department of Health and Social Services on Oct. 7, 2021 shows COVID-19 cases have dropped since the last week in September. (Photo taken from the DHSS)

Officials ‘cautiously optimistic’ about state COVID trends

Although cases appear to be dropping, officials say Alaska isn’t ‘out of the woods’ yet

A graph from the Department of Health and Social Services on Oct. 7, 2021 shows COVID-19 cases have dropped since the last week in September. (Photo taken from the DHSS)
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Alaska minimum wage stays stagnant for 2022

Currently, the minimum wage stands at $10.34 hourly.

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In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, heads to a briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington. An Alaska man faces federal charges after authorities allege he threatened to hire an assassin to kill Murkowski, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite,File)

Alaska man faces charges over Murkowski threat

The man faces several charges, including threatening to murder a U.S. official with intent to intimidate or impede that person while conducting their official duties.

In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, heads to a briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington. An Alaska man faces federal charges after authorities allege he threatened to hire an assassin to kill Murkowski, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite,File)
Nurse Tracy Silta draws a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the walk-in clinic at the intersection of the Kenai Spur and Sterling Highways in Soldotna, Alaska on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Booster shots roll out on the peninsula

Health officials recommend consulting with a primary care provider to determine eligibility.

Nurse Tracy Silta draws a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the walk-in clinic at the intersection of the Kenai Spur and Sterling Highways in Soldotna, Alaska on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Joyce Johnson-Albert looks on as she receives an antibody infusion while lying on a bed in a trauma room at the Upper Tanana Health Center Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Tok, Alaska. Johnson-Albert was optimistic but also realistic. “I just hope the next few days I’ll be getting a little better than now,” Johnson-Albert told a reporter on the other side of a closed, sliding glass door to the treatment room two days after testing positive for COVID-19 and while receiving an antibody infusion. “It’s just hard to say. You can go either way.” (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

COVID spike pushes Alaska’s health care system to brink

The COVID-19 surge is worsened by Alaska’s limited health care system that largely relies on hospitals in Anchorage.

Joyce Johnson-Albert looks on as she receives an antibody infusion while lying on a bed in a trauma room at the Upper Tanana Health Center Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Tok, Alaska. Johnson-Albert was optimistic but also realistic. “I just hope the next few days I’ll be getting a little better than now,” Johnson-Albert told a reporter on the other side of a closed, sliding glass door to the treatment room two days after testing positive for COVID-19 and while receiving an antibody infusion. “It’s just hard to say. You can go either way.” (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Otis, the four-time Fat Bear Week champion, fishes at Katmai National Park on Sept. 16, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Lian Law, National Parks Service)

Katmai announces its hefty champion

Otis, bear 480, was crowned this year’s winner on Tuesday.

Otis, the four-time Fat Bear Week champion, fishes at Katmai National Park on Sept. 16, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Lian Law, National Parks Service)
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Anchorage FBI office launches hate crime reporting program

The program was launched across various digital, print and radio advertisements, as well as on public transportation in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.

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