ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska lawmakers early Sunday approved a budget that set this October's oil wealth fund check to nearly every single Alaskan at about $1,000, but did not approve a second dividend intended to help residents struggling with the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority Board of Directors have voted during an emergency meeting to set aside $35 million for a mining road in northwest Alaska, bypassing standard requirements for taking loans from its revolving fund.

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A multi-entity search for a 5-year-old boy who had been reported missing on the Lunch Creek Trail came to an unfortunate end at about 2:45 p.m. Saturday when ground searchers found Jaxson Brown deceased.

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A little more than two weeks ago, it was business as usual for the Ketchikan High School athletic teams. And the biggest worry was making the trek from Ketchikan to Juneau on time for the Region V basketball tournament earlier this month.

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A multi-entity search for a 5-year-old boy who had been reported missing on the Lunch Creek Trail came to an unfortunate end at about 2:45 p.m. Saturday when ground searchers found Jaxson Brown deceased.An Alaska State Troopers dispatch issued at 4:23 p.m. Saturday announced that Brown’s bod…

JUNEAU — Alaska lawmakers fell short of a self-imposed goal of completing their most pressing work Friday, with key measures, including a state spending package and bills related to the coronavirus, yet to be finalized.

As “social distancing” in the time of COVID-19 forces communities to cancel or postpone a variety of social events, local musicians are bringing their shows to a virtual stage in order to provide a slice of normalcy for the First City.

BETHEL (AP) — The Alaska Rural Utility Collaborative advisory committee has voted to reconnect running water to homes that lost service to enable residents to wash their hands during the ongoing outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — In response to further spread of the novel coronavirus in several communities across Alaska, Gov. Mike Dunleavy has issued two more statewide health mandates that restrict travel within the state, minimize movement by individuals and close non-critical infrastructure businesses.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — About 300 people watched a live online question and answer session concerning the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

At one time, passerbys near the waterfront in downtown Ketchikan could glimpse four glittering, ocean-inspired sculptures rising above the water and perched on top of dock pilings, where the creations had rested peacefully for 12 years.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Port of Seattle is delaying the start of its 2020 cruise ship season until the COVID-19 public health emergency is resolved.

The number of reported confirmed COVID-19 cases jumped by 10 on Thursday, including one in Ketchikan, bringing the total statewide to 69, with three hospitalizations.

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Alaska’s U.S. senators told the Alaska news media on Thursday that a $2 trillion package passed by the Senate on Wednesday would significantly help the state to combat the novel coronavirus.

JUNEAU — Claims for unemployment benefits have risen sharply in Alaska as concerns over the coronavirus ripple through the state, officials said Thursday.

From all corners of the community, people are pulling together to stitch and distribute fabric masks for friends, neighbors and essential service workers who may be affected by the novel coronavirus.

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Ketchikan had two of the 16 new positive test results for COVID-19 reported in Alaska on Wednesday as the state’s overall case count increased to 59.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — In a short videoconference meeting on Wednesday evening, the Ketchikan School Board unanimously approved in second reading new policies for responding to epidemics and pandemics in the district.

SEATTLE (AP) — Alaska Airlines said Wednesday it plans to reduce flights by 70% in April and May and cut pay for its CEO and president to zero through September to conserve cash amid the coronavirus outbreak.

In response to the coronavirus threat, the Inter-Island Ferry Authority put a modified schedule into place that will begin on Saturday with a no-sail day, according to information from IFA General ManagerRon Curtis.

JUNEAU — Allegations made against Gov. Mike Dunleavy by those seeking to recall him from office are insufficient or fail to show his actions caused any harm, an attorney for the state Division of Elections argued before the Alaska Supreme Court Wednesday.

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When it comes to foot races, many people would think the shorter, the better. Not so with PeaceHealth Prince of Wales Clinic’s Justin Lange, MD, who finished fifth in his first-ever, 100-mile ultra-marathon in February.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan School District is creating an extended remote learning plan for district students and is asking parents to complete a home internet connectivity access survey, according to the district website.

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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — One Alaska resident has died from COVID-19 and seven more have been confirmed to have the novel coronavirus — three of whom are in Ketchikan.

For the past five years, the Northwest Maritime Center, a non-profit organization based in Port Townsend, Washington, has overseen the Race to Alaska.

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ANCHORAGE (AP) — At least 19 Alaska residents are stuck in Peru due to the global outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said.

JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Democratic Party will hold its party-run presidential primary exclusively by mail and is moving back the deadlines for returning and tabulating ballots.

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The Ketchikan School Board has a short agenda with only two non-routine actions on it for Wednesday’s meeting.

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KETCHIKAN (KDN) - Two more statewide health mandates were issued by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration on Monday evening in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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As local businesses and organizations continue to take measures to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in Ketchikan, social service organizations are continuing operations.

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JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate approved a budget provision Monday that would give residents a $1,000 payment as a way to blunt economic impacts from the coronavirus.

CRAIG (KDN) — The Craig Tribal Association has suspended its Public Transit System until April 4, according to information from Transportation Director Damon Woudenberg. This is subject to change and is posted at all the bus stops. Updates can be heard on the system’s phone line and found on…

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Prince of Wales Island medical providers, cities, schools, places of worship and outreach services are adjusting and responding to the ever-changing protocols, advisories and mandates aimed at slowing the outbreak of the coronavirus.

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Three additional COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Ketchikan late Saturday afternoon, bringing the community-wide total to six and prompting a ‘hunker down’ proclamation from local governments.

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ANCHORAGE (AP) — The mayor of Anchorage has announced his third emergency order in response to the coronavirus pandemic as more cases of COVID-19 are confirmed in the state and the city's supply of swabs needed to test for the disease run low.

Three additional COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Ketchikan late Saturday afternoon, bringing the community-wide total to six and prompting a ‘hunker down’ proclamation from local governments.

During the Ketchikan City Council Thursday night, councilors considered allowing cruise ships to use the berths downtown during the nearly industry-wide suspension of ocean-going cruises.