One year ago, Gov. Sean Parnell announced Alaska would not accept billions in federal dollars to expand the state’s Medicaid system. Instead, he set up a committee to reform it and make it sustainable and easy to use for providers and recipients. In a meeting with the committee today, dozens of Medicaid recipients and service […]
Two counselors at the University of Alaska Anchorage are using an unconventional method to help student veterans who may be having a tough time. It’s called “Operation: Self Expression” and the mission is to use art to get student veterans to open up about their emotions. “It’s theraputic, but we’re not trying to push it […]
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough issued an air quality advisory for Palmer and nearby areas Wednesday at 8 a.m. The advisory is in effect until the wind dies down, the borough said in a press release. “Due to increasing winds and dry conditions the air quality in Palmer and surrounding areas may become unhealthy to hazardous,” the […]
Baby wipes sold across the country are being recalled because of possible bacterial contamination. Nutek Disposables, Inc. tested the wipes for contamination after the company received complaints from customers who noticed an unusual odor and discoloration, according to a press release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The bacteria, Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia), is […]
Halloween isn’t until Friday, but many people around the state are already dressing up the youngsters for holiday fun. Parents and other loved ones flooded KTVA 11′s Facebook page with photos of these cute kids in costumes. Thanks for sharing!
The first of its kind, a video game rooted in Alaska Native culture is set for release next month. Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) is a one- to two-player puzzle-platform game. Set in the harsh and beautiful northern Arctic, it follows a girl named Nuna and her Arctic fox companion as they try to figure out what’s causing […]
Anchorage residents can voice their opinion in a survey about homelessness in the municipality. The results of the survey will be used as an informational source as officials work toward developing a five-year plan on how to end homelessness, according to a press release. Groups involved in the plan are the Anchorage Department of Health and […]
We knew it was coming, but today’s snowfall still felt like a surprise. Were you ready for the snow? We asked some Rabbit Creek residents how they felt about the area’s first measurable snowfall of the season.
The air was crisp and cold as a group of about a dozen parents congregated at Reflections Lake Wednesday night at sunset. One by one, they lit Chinese lanterns made of paper, allowed the flame to heat the air inside them and released them into the air. They floated upwards, like miniature hot air balloons, dancing […]
Gov. Sean Parnell says Alaska is at low risk for Ebola infections but he says the risk is real and the state is taking steps to be prepared. Parnell held a news conference Thursday in Anchorage that included the state’s chief epidemiologist, Joe McLaughlin, and epidemiologist Michael Cooper. He said a task force has been […]
Every state will claim to be unique in some way or another, but Alaska is proving it when it comes to public health. This month, the Alaska Division of Public Health and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium released a statewide public heath system assessment. The 47-page report is the result of the two organizations […]
Last Updated Oct 15, 2014 5:12 PM EDT For fans who want to watch “Game of Thrones” or other HBO hits without paying for premium cable, a new option is coming next year. HBO has announced plans to offer a stand-alone version of its popular online video-streaming service in 2015. CEO Richard Plepler said the service will […]
Video blogger Cory Williams, better known as DudeLikeHELLA, recently arrived in the Last Frontier and decided to skip some rocks on a frozen lake. What happened next has gone viral. The video has more than 800,000 views since it was posted Monday and was trending on Facebook Wednesday. Williams has been vlogging for a few years, […]
Last Updated Oct 15, 2014 12:25 PM EDT The second health care worker to test positive for Ebola in Dallas traveled by air the day before presenting symptoms and being isolated, the CDC announced Wednesday. The revelation has raised alarm about further spread of the disease, which is transmitted through body fluids such as blood and saliva after […]
Health officials are calling on hospitals across the country to ramp up efforts in protecting staff against a possible Ebola outbreak. Although the risk of the Ebola virus arriving in Alaska is low, staff at Alaska Regional Hospital aren’t taking any chances. “Alaska Regional Hospital is prepared,” said Tina Miller, a registered nurse with Alaska […]
When federal authorities recently arrested a man for making and marketing a so-called “stalker app,” Cindy Southworth of the National Network to End Domestic Violence was thrilled. “My gut reaction was, ‘yippee!’” Southworth told 48 Hours’ Crimesider. “One down, hundreds to go.” Hammad Akbar, a Pakistani native and the CEO of the company that makes StealthGenie, is […]
Country music star Tim McGraw will play in Anchorage later this month and tickets are selling fast. The cost, around $200, means some people are hoping to win their way in. “He’s a mega star so it’s a big deal to have somebody like this in Anchorage,” said radio host Dawson McKay. Anchorage radio station […]
An Alaska Dairy Queen restaurant was one of the hundreds of locations nationwide infected with the point-of-sale malware known as Backoff, according to a Thursday statement from International Dairy Queen, Inc. The malware intrusion impacted 395 of the fast food chain’s 4,500 U.S. locations, and infected the Soldotna restaurant between Aug. 5 and Aug. 31, […]
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Last Updated Oct 8, 2014 12:06 PM EDT Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the Ebola virus on U.S. soil, has died, hospital officials confirm. Duncan, 42, was pronounced dead at 7:51 a.m. at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where he was admitted Sept. 28 and kept in isolation, according to spokesman Wendell Watson. Wendell said […]