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“I had this instructor who just kind of changed my life,” she said. “She made me want to teach and be like her and read literature like her and teach other people how to read literature and be inspired by it and see the humanity in it.”

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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is reminding the public to be careful around moose this spring after it received a “higher than normal number of phone calls about moose that are acting aggressively, causing problems or are injured.”

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Updated 4:57 p.m.: The department also reported 14 new cases since Saturday. Of those, seven are of residents of the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The Fairbanks borough now accounts for 53 of the state’s 185 total cases.

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Keeping stores sanitized and supplies on the shelves during a global pandemic has been stressful with long hours, but employees at the Co-op Market Grocery & Deli said it feels good to be acknowledged as essential workers.

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Gov. Michael Dunleavy announced a number of additional suspensions of certain state government fees and fines as part of the Alaska COVID-19 Economic Stabilization Plan on Friday and also highlighted the availability of the federal Paycheck Protection Program.

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Updated 6:08 p.m.: This is the first time plans for a field hospital at the Carlson Center have been executed. The site will be on hold until capacity in the COVID-19 ward at the hospital reaches 90%.

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“We really want to keep the N-95 masks and the surgical masks as much as possible for our health care workforce. We’re learning of more and more cases where people have asymptomatic spread. So I think it’s important to remember that the handmade masks are a potential way to have asymptomatic people not spread the virus to other people."

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Updated 6:39 p.m.: The company will be reducing its operations “to minimize expenses, maintain service to our Essential Air Service communities, and continue flights to the other markets it currently serves with these aircraft.” 

The decision ends the company's service to communities throughout the Interior.

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“All in-state travel between communities, whether resident, worker, or visitor, is prohibited unless travel is to support critical infrastructure, or for critical personal needs."

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The state saw a total of 13,774 unemployment insurance claims in the week ending March 21 — nearly double the number the state saw the week before. 

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Updated 7:28 p.m.: Medical officials visited the arena, host to concerts, comedians and the University of Alaska Fairbanks hockey team, Wednesday afternoon for planning, according to Shelley Ebenal, CEO of Foundation Health Partners, which operates Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

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Labor Commissioner Tamika Ledbetter outlined recent changes in unemployment regulations including the waiving of the previous one-week waiting period, an increase in the weekly benefit for dependents.

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 The Fairbanks PFD office is located at 510 2nd Ave. No. 100. For those who would like to file online, the process remains the same. Online applications can be found at www.pfd.alaska.gov/.

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Five of the new cases are in Fairbanks. No new deaths have been announced, but nine Alaskans are currently hospitalized due to complications from the disease, according to the state health department.

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“At least half of those patients were patients that came through our door and we didn’t know, and the only reason we found out was because we were actively screening and testing patients,” Carey told the Daily News-Miner.

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Some of those new cases have shown up at Fairbanks area health care facilities and Alaska Chief Medical Officer Anne Zink says Fairbanks is a hotspot in the state for the disease.

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On Jan. 10, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., released “Wastebook: PORKémon Go,” a list of 50 examples of what he deemed “questionable expenditures” by the U.S. government.