ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska government officials and fishing industry professionals are making plans to ensure the state can have a strong summer salmon season amid changes forced by the outbreak of the coronavirus.

JUNEAU — Government figures show Alaska unemployment claims have hit new heights amid business closures and cutbacks over coronavirus concerns.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — An Anchorage judge has declared a mistrial in the murder case against a man charged in the 2017 shooting deaths of three men at a local coin and precious metals shop.

No new positive test results of COVID-19 were announced for Ketchikan on Thursday, a day in which Alaska’s chief medical officer said that Alaskans’ efforts at social distancing and other measures have helped to slow the virus’ spread in the state.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Although overhaul work is expected to be finished on time, the state announced Wednesday that the ferries Kennicott, Columbia and Tustumena won’t be returning to service until tentatively mid-May because of crewing issues related to COVID-19.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — One new positive test result for COVID-19 in Ketchikan was announced by the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday, raising the community total to 14 cases.

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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Alaska Airlines has reduced daily passenger flights to Ketchikan International Airport from six to two, the airport manager confirmed Wednesday to the Daily News.

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Local businesses continue to adapt services and schedules in order to better comply with mandates and recommendations surrounding the novel coronavirus in Ketchikan.

SITKA (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard and a fishing ship have rescued a vessel that was flooding off the coast of Southeast Alaska.

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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Totem to Totem half marathon has been postponed, according to a press release from the Ketchikan Running and Walking Club.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center on Monday announced the closures of several public beaches, parks and playgrounds to facilitate further social distancing in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Ketchikan.

JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has approved a $66.7 million budget appropriation that lawmakers said should keep the Alaska Marine Highway System running for the year.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center on Monday announced the closures of several public beaches, parks and playgrounds to facilitate further social distancing in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Ketchikan.

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The Ketchikan Gateway Borough offices in the White Cliff building have been closed since March 18, after Borough Attorney Glenn Brown confirmed that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus after returning to Ketchikan from a trip to Oregon.

JUNEAU — Alaskans who found themselves suddenly out of work or working reduced hours because of shutdowns over the coronavirus were buoyed by news last week that lawmakers had proposed paying a $1,000 stimulus check to residents.

Alaska's congressional delegation spoke about how aspects of the $2.3 trillion federal CARES act will affect Alaska during a Monday evening teleconference with Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Alaska have charged a worker on a factory fishing boat with attacking another crew member who criticized him for serving food without gloves during the coronavirus pandemic.

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By governor’s mandate, veterinarians across Alaska have joined in the fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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.

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.