UA Receives CARES Funds

May 11, 2020
J.R. Anchetta / University Relations

The University of Alaska has received over ten million dollars in federal CARES Act coronavirus response funds. The most recent tranche is $7,900,000, and UA spokesperson Robbie Graham says more than half of that has gone to students. Graham says the amount of money a student received was based on their most recent Free Application For Federal Student Aid or FAFSA.

UA CARES 1: Q:”… to students directly.” :15

Ice is clearing from the lower Copper River, and fishery managers are looking to the upcoming season. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Mark Sommerville says the preseason forecast calls for a return of about 1,530,000 sockeye, and 60,000 kings.

05-11-20 7:30 AM newscast

A man is missing after going into the Tanana River after his dog.  Alaska State Troopers report that 22-year-old Alfaz Sajd Khan of Salcha was fishing on the river midday Sunday, when his dog went into the water and he went in to save it.

Troopers say the dog swam back to shore, but Khan went under about 50 yards from shore and was not seen again.

Todd Paris

KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy Climate specialist Rick Thoman about how green-up affects local atmosphere.

Robyne / KUAC

No Alaska students are riding on school busses right now, as school buildings are closed, and lessons continue through distance delivery. That means bus drivers and attendants are not working their normal routes. While school meal programs are keeping 60 bus drivers busy, the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s bus contractor, First Student, is not paying the other 115 drivers and attendants. Now the drivers’ union wants the district, not the contractor, to pay the drivers who aren’t working.

05-08-20 12:30 PM newscast

State and federal agencies are investigating chemical dumping at two Salcha area sites. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation on-scene coordinator Sarah Moore says large volumes of liquid fire-fighting foam residue were

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As the state of Alaska begins lifting coronavirus restrictions, the Department of Veterans Affairs has added a new precaution that requires anyone entering a VA facility to wear a mask. The director of the Alaska’s VA system says the new policy is intended to protect the state’s veterans, a population that he says is especially susceptible to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

Pandemic Unemployment Relief Begins Today

May 8, 2020

After weeks of waiting, the Alaska Department of Labor says unemployment benefits will start going out to self-employed, contract, and gig-economy workers beginning Friday. 

Those workers were previously ineligible for unemployment benefits because