An exercise station at Anchorage's Westchester Lagoon is seen on Oct. 2, 2023. The Fitness Cluster offers opportunities for strength and cardiovacular training, and signage gives fitness information and advice. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Report: Alaskans dogged by chronic diseases and many lack healthy lifestyles or regular screenings

BY: - October 3, 2023

Alaskans have high rates of chronic health conditions that can lead to death, and they are failing to follow lifestyles that would keep those chronic conditions at bay, according to a newly released state report. Two-thirds of Alaska adults are overweight or obese, nearly a third have high blood pressure and 27% have high cholesterol, […]

The offices of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services are seen in Juneau on Friday, July 1, 2022.

Alaska Department of Health turns down new hospital facility in South Anchorage

BY: - October 2, 2023

The Alaska Department of Health has rejected a new $18 million emergency hospital facility in South Anchorage, saying in an analysis that there isn’t enough demand for it. In a public notice published Friday, the state said it will not issue what is known as a “certificate of need” for the facility. Alaska is one […]

Newborns rest in the nursery of a recovery center. States are seeing an alarming surge in cases of congenital syphilis, a preventable infection that can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, newborn death — or lifelong complications such as blindness or deafness. (Photo by Seth Wenig/The Associated Press)

Congenital syphilis rates are soaring, but resources to stem infections are lacking

BY: - October 2, 2023

States are seeing an alarming surge in cases of congenital syphilis, a preventable infection that can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, newborn death — or lifelong complications such as blindness or deafness. Congenital syphilis, which occurs when a pregnant mother infected with the sexually transmitted infection syphilis passes it on to her fetus, disproportionately affects Black and […]

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-California, speaks with members of the media in the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 30, 2023, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

Next battle in Congress over Ukraine aid, as Biden presses House speaker for vote

BY: - October 2, 2023

WASHINGTON — Republican and Democratic lawmakers are searching for a way to clear more aid for Ukraine, after Congress approved a short-term spending bill that didn’t include any additional money for the country. President Joe Biden on Sunday said that U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy agreed to find the votes needed to pass a supplemental […]

Michael Regan, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks with students at Barrow High School on Aug. 30, 2023. (Photo provided by Environmental Protection Agency)

Report links lack of investment in school guidance programs to Alaska’s lagging workforce

BY: - October 2, 2023

Jobs are available in Alaska, but the workforce to fill them isn’t there. A report from the Association of Alaska School Boards linked it to underfunding public schools — especially guidance counselors and guidance programs. The report noted that one in five young adults in Alaska isn’t connected to school or work. Emily Ferry, a coordinator […]

Families stencil orange t-shirts with the message "Truth Healing" at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage on Sept. 27, 2023. (Photo by Claire Stremple/Alaska Beacon)

Once a suppressed history in Alaska, Indian boarding schools enter curriculum with Orange Shirt Day

BY: - September 30, 2023

Lucian Painter carefully applied black paint to an eagle stencil on a bright orange shirt in the crowded gymnasium of Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage on Wednesday night. He is 6 years old, and said has already learned a little about Orange Shirt Day, commemorated as the National Day of Remembrance of Indian […]

This slide presented to the Alaska House Finance Committee on Thursday, March 16, 2023, shows a satellite view of the Mustang Road. The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority is planning to give the road to the state as part of its annual state-mandated dividend. (Alaska Legislature screenshot)

After being bailed out by Alaska’s state government, North Slope oil field is eyed for sale

BY: - September 30, 2023

Alaska’s state-owned development bank is planning to sell a troubled North Slope oil field development that previously received a state bailout loan. At a regularly scheduled meeting Sept. 21, the board of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority agreed to open final negotiations for the sale of Mustang Holdings LLC to the subsidiary of […]

U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy takes questions from reporters on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, at the U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

Government shutdown nears: U.S. House GOP fails to pass one-month spending plan

BY: , , and - September 29, 2023

WASHINGTON — A sweeping government shutdown appeared inevitable on Friday, with the U.S. Senate stuck in a procedural holding pattern on its bipartisan stopgap bill and divided U.S. House Republicans unable to pass their short-term spending bill. Both chambers of Congress must approve and President Joe Biden must sign government funding legislation before midnight on […]

This oil and gas offshore infrastructure is located in Cook Inlet. (Photo by Nathaniel Herz/Northern Journal)

As oil companies show little interest, feds cancel plans for drilling off Alaska shores

BY: - September 29, 2023

There will be no new offshore oil and gas sales in federal waters near Alaska anytime soon. In a plan released Friday, the Department of Interior said it will hold just three oil and gas lease sales in American federal waters between 2024 and 2029. All three will take place in the Gulf of Mexico. […]

Emily Gebel was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2022. She opted to have surgery and start chemotherapy in Seattle, the closest major American city to her home in Juneau, Alaska. When the travel became too draining, Gebel moved her treatment to the public hospital in Juneau and discovered it was priced much higher than the cost of the treatment in Seattle. (Photo by Ash Adams for KFF Health News)

She received chemo in two states. Why did It cost so much more in Alaska?

BY: - September 29, 2023

Emily Gebel was trying to figure out why she was having trouble breastfeeding. That’s when she felt a lump. Gebel, a mother of two, went to her primary care doctor in Juneau, Alaska, who referred her for testing, she said. Her 9-month-old was asleep in her arms when she got the results. “I got the […]

Two killer whales are seen breaching in Alaska waters on June 9, 2005. (Photo by David Ellifrit/NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center)

Killer whale deaths in Alaska trawl harvests prompt investigations and spark anger

BY: - September 29, 2023

An unusually high number of whales have died in trawl fishing gear in Alaska waters, spurring a federal investigation and new criticism of the industry that uses big nets to scoop fish from the bottom of the ocean. Ten killer whales, also known as orcas, were ensnared in trawl gear this year in the Bering […]

Shown is Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. Most national park sites would be shuttered if a government shutdown begins this weekend, the Interior Department says. (Photo courtesy National Park Service)

Nearly all national park sites to close during government shutdown

BY: - September 29, 2023

Almost all National Park Service sites will be inaccessible during a partial federal government shutdown likely to start this weekend, the U.S. Interior Department said Friday. The agency will bar access to most of the nation’s 425 parks, recreation areas, national historic sites and other units, according to a fact sheet from the Interior Department, […]