Southeast Alaska's legislators are bracing for a challenging session this year, hoping to solve a state budget crisis while serving the needs of their constituents in the middle of a pandemic — all without a majority organization yet formed in either legislative chamber.

JUNEAU (AP) — A proposal to split the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services into two organizations has been criticized by health care workers, social service organizations and tribal governments.

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will meet on Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a slim agenda ahead of the body's annual all-day policy session on Friday.

JUNEAU (AP) — About 80 Alaska National Guard members volunteered to provide assistance for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, the guard said Friday.

Beyond this weekend, Ketchikan High School Activities Director Cole Maxwell isn’t sure how the basketball season is going to go — or how long it will be.

Prince of Wales Island’s only professional brewery isn’t named “First and Main Brew” just because it’s located at the intersection of two streets in Craig. It’s also the first commercial beer to be brewed in Craig and therefore the main beer of Craig, notes head brewer and co-owner Josh Andrews.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — On a day that Ketchikan saw one new case of COVID-19, Gov. Mike Dunleavy extended Alaska's emergency disaster declaration through 12 a.m. on Feb. 14.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Anchorage Assembly is expected to consider an ordinance proposing a formal government relationship between the municipality and the Native Village of Eklutna.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — One new positive COVID-19 test result was recorded in Ketchikan on Wednesday, the same day that the local positivity rate fell below 2%, according to the local Emergency Operations Center. The new local case involved an asymptomatic individual, and was determined to be due …

Sealaska Corp. plans to “transition out of logging operations” in Southeast Alaska during 2021, citing a preference to now focus on a range of its other businesses that revolve around “ocean health.”

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Teachers are among the groups urging state officials to speed up their eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine after Alaska's allocation for the month quickly depleted.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — One new case of COVID-19 was recorded in Ketchikan on Tuesday, and the local test positivity rate rose past 2% for the first time since November, according to the local Emergency Operations Center.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Petro Marine Services will acquire Crowley Fuels LLC's businesses in Ketchikan and Juneau in mid-February, Crowley announced last week.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Data from the Alaska Department of Corrections show that more than 40% of the people incarcerated in Alaska have been infected with the coronavirus.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) —  Ketchikan High School's academic decathlon team is set to compete in its second and last regional meet of the 2020-21 season before the state tournament in late February.

Ketchikan High School's math wing bustles with activity most days, even after regular classes are done for the day.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The first meeting of 2021 for the Ketchikan School Board has been canceled.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — After not recording any new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, the local Emergency Operations Center on Monday announced six new positive test results.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan Public Health Clinic on Monday announced that it will hold three COVID-19 vaccination clinics during three one-day clinics through Jan. 20.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Health officials in Anchorage said appointments for residents to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine filled up in a matter of hours this past week, leading to frustration for people still trying to sign up as vaccination clinics were planned throughout this past w…

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — No new positive test results for COVID-19 were reported Saturday or Sunday in Ketchikan, according to the Ketchikan EOC.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A city corporation in Alaska has partnered with a local real estate developer to build a $6.2 million apartment housing complex in downtown Anchorage, officials said.

In the last hour of the regular Ketchikan City Council meeting Thursday evening, council members discussed the status of the 2021 cruise ship season, a proposed electric and water rate hike, and the defunct Ocean Ranger program.

At just days old, Eli Turner already has an official title: Ketchikan's first baby of the year.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — A compact low-pressure weather system rolled through southern Southeast Alaska on Friday morning, bringing winds in excess of 60 mph that knocked down trees and electrical power in portions of Ketchikan.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — A Canadian mining company last month completed its first batch of exploratory surface drilling near the site of the abandoned Niblack gold and copper mine on the Southwest coast of Prince of Wales Island and expects to resume drilling in February.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center recorded a single new positive COVID-19 test result on Friday, according to an evening update.

JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said the state will appeal the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' rejection of a key permit for a proposed copper and gold mine in a region that supports the world's largest sockeye salmon runs.

JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday ruled against Republican Minority Leader Lance Pruitt's bid for a new election after a recount showed he lost his state House seat by 11 votes.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Friday that President Donald Trump should resign, making her the first Republican senator to say he should leave office as backlash grows against his goading of violent supporters who stormed the Capitol.

The Ketchikan City Council in its regular meeting Thursday evening voted to move $662,021 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding back from the city General Fund Reserves to the Residential Mortgage and Rent Assistance program in order to aid community members.

Crowley Fuels agreed to pay more than $1.3 million to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last month after agency officials found that the company over the past six years had accrued more than 90 violations of federal environmental regulations across Alaska — including 35 violations at …

JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court should order a new election in a state House race lost by Republican Minority Leader Lance Pruitt, his attorney argues, saying state election officials did not properly act in changing a polling location.

The Ketchikan City Council will have multiple discussion items on its regular meeting agenda Thursday, and also will consider a motion to move $662,021 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding back from the city General Fund Reserves to programs to aid community members.

Alaska entered its second phase (Phase 1b) of coronavirus vaccine distribution on Wednesday, allowing Alaskans aged 65 years or older to begin making appointments for vaccinations that will become available starting Monday.