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Alaska News June 19, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Game cameras capture secret lives of animals in Portage Valley; Anchorage mayor says future of Captain James Cook monument is under review; Talkeetna’s Flying Squirrel Cafe switches to takeout, curbside pickup and more ->
KTUU: Mixed reaction to treatment center potentially taking place of Midtown hotel; Car wash for a cause happening this weekend and more ->


KTOO Public Media: Ketchikan officials urge calm while police investigate individual who broke COVID-19 quarantine; Pebble offers to pay annual dividend to residents of Bristol Bay, hotbed of opposition to Pebble’s mine and more ->

Alaska Native News: Call In Helps Capture of Burglar Canvassing Anchorage Neighborhood; One Arrested in Glenn Highway Road Rage Incident; Wildfire Discovered in Denali    and more ->

Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Fairbanks food bank opens new volunteer clubhouse; Pet ‘bug-out kits’ help keep animal friends safe in an emergency and more ->

The Arctic Sounder: Qagruq celebrates community and the gift of the whale; All systems are ‘go’ for Alaska’s fisheries this season and more ->
Craig Medred: Out of the wild
Craig Medred: Destination unknown
49 Writers Blog: Writing the Distance: Georgeie Reynolds
49 Writers Blog: Writing the Distance: Melissa Bassham
49 Writers Blog: Writing the Distance: Susan Campbell
49 Writers Blog: Writing the Distance: Sandra Porter

Alaska News June 18, 2020

Magnitude 4.3 – 6 miles S of Girdwood
June 18, 2020 12:38:41 AKDT
60.8583°N 149.1134°W Depth 10.2 miles
KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Lodge and cabins burn in 1 of 115 active fires across Alaska; Inside the Gates: Army recruiters use gaming to draw attention to military benefits; Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority offers COVID-19 response grants to service providers and more ->
KTUU: APD holds first virtual town hall, fielding community questions on policing; Family finds message in a bottle in Little Susitna River; Alaska Railroad gears up to get passenger service back on track; The FDA has apporved a video game to help with ADHD and more ->
KTOO Public Media: AFN will hold in-person annual convention this year with the theme ‘Good Government, Alaskans Decide’; Alaska’s salmon industry contends with a rumor from China that you can get COVID-19 from seafood and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Pandemic Health Guidelines Have A Long History In The Y-K Delta; YKHC Says Coronavirus Cases Will Rise As Alaska Reopens and more ->
Alaska Native News: Coast Guard rescues stranded rafter north of Haines, Alaska and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Midnight Sun Festival, a cancelled staple of solstice celebrations; Military First confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Fort Wainwright and more ->
Craig Medred: Secondhand COVID
By Courtney, Only In Your State Alaska: Why Everyone In Alaska Should Visit This One Tiny Town
The Alaska State Library and Alaska State Archives are open for appointments Tuesday through Friday, June 23-26 and Tuesday through Thursday, June 30 – July 2 from Noon – 4 p.m.

To make an appointment to use the general reading room, use the Reading Room reservation form or call (907) 465-2920.
To make an appointment with Historical Collections or the State Archives, use the Research Center reservation form or call (907) 465-2925.

The Alaska State Museum will re-open to the public on June 24, 2020 with a timed entry system Wednesday through Saturday from Noon to 4:00 p.m. and by reservation only. Please call the museum front desk at 907-465-2901 to schedule your visit.

The Sheldon Jackson Museum will re-open to the public on June 24, 2020 with a timed entry system and by reservation only. We will be open Wednesday through Saturday, from Noon to 4:00 p.m. Please call 907-747-8981 to schedule your visit.

Visit our staff directory to contact LAM staff by email or phone for distance services.

Documenting the impact of COVID-19 on life in Alaska
by Daniel Cornwall on June 18th, 2020 in Archives, Libraries | Comments

May 25, 2020

Juneau – The Alaska State Libraries, Archives, and Museums Division is documenting the impact of COVID-19 on life in Alaska.

As Alaska residents like you react to new policies and recommendations aimed to restrict the virus’ spread, the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums wishes to document and preserve the materials and stories that demonstrate how you are continuing to communicate, work, commute, learn, teach, create, pray, celebrate, mourn, and give aid to others. Tell us your story or consider what objects or recordings best represent the experiences and observations that have stood out to you most. How are you and your friends and family staying in touch during this period of social distancing and self-quarantine? What do you regard as your biggest challenges? Was there a moment when you realized a historic event was taking place? We are looking for a diverse set of voices, hearing about your lived experience, and learning about your new everyday lives. Historians of the future will want to know how we spent our days.

You can help by sharing documents, images, journals, audio recordings, videos, and other digital or tangible items relating to COVID-19 in Alaska. Use the SLAM COVID-19 submission form available at to tell us about your ideas.

While we can’t promise to accept any particular item for our collections, we will strive to select those having permanent historical value. We aim to preserve the materials we accept and make them available to researchers. Thank you for helping us document this important part of Alaska’s history.

Media Contact:

Patience Frederiksen

Alaska News June 17, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: LIST: What’s opening up around Alaska; ASD sets 1st day of school in August, considers mix of in-person and distance learning; Florida man receives federal probation for illegally shooting, transporting Alaska black bear; UA president apologizes for comments about diversity and PFD; Study looks to unlock the mysteries of Alaska’s bats and more ->
KTUU: ASD Superintendent emails letter to parents addressing race and racism; Growing AK: Mid-season maintenance; Small business retailers adapt to new reality after restrictions ease and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Juneau draws inspiration from Depression-era solutions with plan to put locals to work on trails and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Kuskokwim King Salmon Tracking 2018 Run, Which Was Late And Average and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Golden Heart History: James G. Steese; laska State Troopers serve arrest warrant to man wanted for assault; Yukon Quest is on for 2021, will have two races; Why Alaska is the Land of the Midnight Sun and more ->
The Arctic Sounder: First bachelor’s degree student graduates from Ilisagvik and more ->
Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska: Midtown up in arms over homeless shelter proposal and more ->
Craig Medred: Limits of science
By Carey Seward, Only In Your State Alaska: This Delicious Blueberry Hike In Alaska Will Wind Down Your Summer In All The Right Ways
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: The Hatcher Pass Road Is A Back Road You Didn’t Know Existed But Is Perfect For A Scenic Drive In Alaska

Alaska News June 16, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Triple-murder suspect’s second trial not likely to happen in 2020; Alaska Supreme Court delays jury trials until September; 1st US children’s series with Alaska Native lead wins Peabody Award and more ->
KTUU: Remembering the legacy of Ron Senungetuk; New cab business opens in Anchorage; Regal announces reopening of theatres in July and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Have questions about police accountability and use of force in Alaska? We’ve got some answers. And more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Poker Flat Research Range utilizes Alaskans’ help in recovering rocket debris; Senator Dan Sullivan is considering law enforcement reforms, but not “defunding”; UA faculty union releases petition calling for president Jim Johnsen to resign and more ->
Craig Medred: Mask the cat
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: The Beautiful Alaskan Island Where Bears Outnumber The People
By Amit Akirov, MD: Recommended Management of Cardiovascular Health in American Indians and Alaska Natives
Author: Nancy Lord | Alaska books: Journey to Interior Alaska and its peopled past with this joyful, lyrical memoir
By LEE JUILLERAT For the Herald and News: Regional authors write fiction and truth
Other book chapters recount other bike trips — Klamath Falls to Alaska, adventures in Alaska, riding from Canada to Colorado, “eclectic side trips” to places like the Grand Canyon, and travels in China.

Alaska News June 14, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: In largest daily spike, 29 Alaskans test positive for COVID-19; Marijuana Control Board proposes extending curbside pot pickup and more ->
KTUU: Covid-related rules impacting funeral plans at national cemeteries and more ->

KTOO Public Media: Sealaska Heritage honors longtime Juneau photographer Brian Wallace; With in-person markets canceled, Celebration encourages virtual options to sell traditional crafts and more ->
Alaska Native News: Man Suffers Life-Threatening Stab Wound, Found at West Northern Lights McDonalds Sunday Morning and more ->


Fairbanks News Webcenter 11; Large turnout for the 16th Annual Stream Cleanup Day event and more ->

Craig Medred: A natural disaster

Alaska News June 13, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Woman who was sexually assaulted at Connors Bog fought attacker, police say; 11-year-old boy survives moose attack in South Anchorage; UA president criticized for comments about diversity and PFD and more ->
KTUU: State officials request Anchorage be considered for U.S Space Command headquarters; Family members speak about father dying of COVID-19 at Transitional Care; Checker Cab ceases service in Anchorage; Finding hope in a cheesecake and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Health officials worry Alaskans have ‘coronavirus fatigue’ as active cases reach new high and more ->
Alaska Native News: Department of Revenue Announces 2020 Permanent Fund Dividend; Representative Gary Knopp appointed to 911 and Dispatch Consolidation Working Group and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Fort Wainwright soldiers celebrate Army’s 245th Birthday; Fairbanks Airport Police and Fire recruits graduate from academy; North Star Volunteer Fire Department: Helping train the next generation of firefighters; Problems with CARES Act funds may require legislature to reconvene; Gardening Tips: How to grow farmer’s market quality beans and more ->
APRN: Gambell seamstress keeps knowledge of traditional Siberian Yupik sewing alive
49 Writers Blog: Writing the Distance: Gladys Meacock
Alaska Professional Communicators: NFPW 2020 Winners
2020 Communication Contest Winners

Congratulations to the APC members who placed well in the recent National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest. The varied talents of our members are truly remarkable.

Alaska News June 11, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Long-standing Anchorage car wash torn down; Why Anchorage is celebrating Juneteenth early this year; Army Corps of Engineers approves $618M plan for Port of Nome and more ->
KTUU: APD arrests man wanted for Connor’s Bog sexual assault; What you need to know about responding to car fires; Growing AK: Home watering systems and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Dunleavy says he won’t defund police, but thanks protestors for weighing-in on injustice; Site of Alaska’s largest COVID-19 outbreak begins third round of testing, as some patients grow worse and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Upcoming Kuskokwim River Drift Gillnet Openings Announced and more ->
Alaska Native News: APD Continues to Seek Rape Suspect now Identified in Sunday Attack and more ->
Fairbanks Webcenter 11: Greeters, screeners and testers: A look at COVID-19 testing at Fairbanks International Airport; Noel Wien Library reopens computer services by appointment; Fairbanks North Star Borough school board approves 2020-2021 budget; Denali opens Borough-wide COVID-19 testing for free and more ->
Craig Medred: Be thankful
By Courtney, Only In Your State Alaska: Little Known Skilak Lake In Alaska Will Be Your New Favorite Summer Destination

Alaska News June 10, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: APD identifies man found dead in East Anchorage home; New podcast aims to empower, inspire Indigenous community; Kenai Peninsula looks to Alaskans to support tourism industry hit by wildfire, pandemic and more ->
KTUU: APD to propose giving body cams to all officers amid use of force discussion; For David Wight, a homecoming parade after being hospitalized for 64 days; ‘Your vote is your voice’- celebrating 100 years of women voting; Girls Scouts of Alaska get creative with cookie sales and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Zero-emission air-source heat pumps are trending in Juneau; First-ever virtual Celebration happens this week and more ->
Alaska Native News: Troopers Catch Both Fleeing Suspects in Tuesday Night Kenai Spur Stop; Six Additional AMHS Employees Test Positive for COVID-19; U.S. Marshals Task Force arrest Brian Tupper and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Fairbanks Police continue searching for information in 26-year-old murder case; 3 young entrepreneurs bring cotton candy business to Fairbanks parties; As Alaska businesses reopen, plexiglass becomes essential and more ->
Craig Medred: Bell curves
Millrock Resources CEO Gregory Beischer speaks with Maurice Jackson of Proven and Probable: Millrock Resources: Drills to Start Turning at District-Scale Alaska Property
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: Take Your Tastebuds On A Trip At Alaska’s Mountain High Pizza Pie

Alaska News June 09, 2020

KTUU: Anchorage police are investigating a suspicious death near APU; APD: Suspicious item found in neighborhood; Judge weighs shutting down Southeast Alaska Chinook fishery for Puget Sound killer whales; For Alaskans struggling with mental health: You’re not alone and help is there and more ->
KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Alaskans who lost income due to COVID-19 can apply for rent or mortgage relief; Palmer’s ‘Machete Killer’ dies in DOC custody; Summer Camps & COVID-19: What Alaska kids and parents can expect in 2020 and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Juneau’s mayor Beth Weldon recovered from COVID-19 this week; At least one small ship cruise line can dock at one Southeast Alaska port this month and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Bethel Residents Have Opportunity To Meet New Police Chief and more ->
Alaska Native News: Troopers Seek Car Thief/Robber in Wasilla; Troopers Arrest Ketchikan Man who was Crashing Bayliner into Refuge Cove Dock; Alaska Neurology Center LLC and Its Owner to Pay $2 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Regarding Fraudulent Medical Billing and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Alaska Fire Service cautions Dalton Highway drivers due to Isom Creek Fire; Volunteer divers help pull truck out of the Chena River; Volunteer divers help pull truck out of the Chena River; Two Salcha area wells tested for possible ground water contamination and more ->
By Colin Perkel / The Canadian Press: Women’s group angered by ‘intoxication’ ruling but concern called overblown
TORONTO — A court ruling allowing people accused of sexual assault or other violent crimes to argue they were so intoxicated they didn’t know what they were doing has angered women’s-rights activists but civil libertarians call the criticism unwarranted.

A decades-old law had banned such a defence but Ontario’s top court this week declared it unconstitutional for trampling on key rights of the accused.

49 Writers Blog: Writing the Distance: Susi Gregg Fowler
By Courtney, Only In Your State Alaska: 15 Mountain Towns In Alaska That Are Straight Out Of A Storybook

By Lynn Lovegreen, The Press: Alaska Spark: An interview with author LoLo Paige

Alaska News June 08, 2020

KTVA The Voice Of Alaska: Alaska’s oil industry sheds 1,600 jobs in 1 month; COVID-19 shuts down state ferry Tustumena; Inside the Gates: From military service to civilian life and more ->
KTUU: APD searching for suspect involved in sexual assault at Connor’s Bog Park; Proposed ordinance would increase possible sites for shelters; Plant sale lets you take a piece of the Alaska State Fair home and more ->
KTOO Public Media: High levels of toxins found in blue mussels from Juneau shellfish; How can Alaskans go back to the office, and what’s lost if we don’t?; Alaska nursing homes are closed to the public, but joyful rituals are still happening inside. More ->
Alaska Native News: Four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser “doubles up,” garnering Donlin Gold Sportsmanship and Iditarod Most Inspirational Musher awards; COVID-19: Red Cross Offers Virtual Care for Families Who Have Lost Loved Ones and more ->
Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska: Eagle River targeted for broken windows, vandalism and more ->
Craig Medred: Bears everywhere
49 Writers Blog: Walking the Distance: Saundra Middleton
By Catherine Armstrong, Only In Your State Alaska: Why You’ll Want To Spend An Entire Day In Alaska’s Most Unique Town