907 Updates April 23, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Fish and Game: ‘Do not ever run from a bear’; Alaska Mill and Feed closing greenhouses to the public; Anchorage music teacher gets creative to teach rhythm, harmony at home and more ->

KTUU: Anchorage Anesthesiologist takes part in the #QuarantineCharacterChallenge; Some restaurants opting out of allowing dine-in during first phase of economic reopening; Seven Alaska organizations to get help from the Alaska Airlines Foundation and more ->
KTOO Public Media: After a rabid coyote attacked a dog, Quinhagak lifted travel ban for a vet; Dunleavy says Alaska is in a better position than other states to reopen hair salons, etc and more ->

KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Kuskokwim River Breakup Has Begun and more ->
Alaska Native News: Wasilla Troopers Respond to Bomb Report and Fight Wednesday and more ->

Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Fairbanks will host virtual suicide prevention walk on Saturday and more ->
Craig Medred: Who’s afraid?


49 Writers Blog: Writing the Distance: Cam Leonard

Dear Alaskan,

Senator Murkowski and I have held three COVID-19 virtual town halls in the past several weeks, reaching thousands of Alaskans in all corners of the state. We have another opportunity to answer the questions you and your neighbors may have, this time with a focus on the challenges facing workers displaced by the pandemic. We will be joined by two officials from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development—Commissioner Tamika Ledbetter and Division of Employment and Training Services Director Patsy Westcott, who will be available to answer worker- and unemployment insurance-focused questions.

Please join us this afternoon, April 23, from 4:00-5:00pm (AKDT) for another productive discussion. To register, please click: https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/live

You can also find answers, resources and helpful links on my website at sullivan.senate.gov/coronavirus. If you have any other questions or challenges, please reach out to my team in Anchorage at 907.271.5915 or on my website. I look forward to hearing from you today.

Senator Dan Sullivan

Congressman Don Young

As we continue working as a nation to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, prevent infection, and develop treatments, I wanted to update you on our work in Congress on this very important issue. Much has happened since last week’s newsletter, and I hope you will share these very updates with your family, friends, and others in your community. This pandemic is uncharted territory for our state, nation, and the international community. As always, should you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me via phone or email. Stay safe, Alaska!


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I normally don’t write emails like this, but the recent library closures have created an unforeseen need and I’m hoping you can help.

Our Library has a very bare bones materials budget, and right now demand for digital resources is putting a strain on that budget. Use of Hoopla eBooks alone has grown by 198% since the libraries closed on March 13. I want to make sure we are able to meet this demand and give everyone what they need.

You can help by making a gift to keep Anchorage reading. For just $20 you can give 13 people a download of an eAudiobook.

Our goal is to raise $5,000 to purchase additional digital materials like eBooks and eAudiobooks that are in high demand.

These resources are helping our community get through this unprecedented time—teachers are using them for class reading discussions, do-it yourselfers are learning new skills, and many of us are diving into books to escape our current reality.

Here’s what one school librarian shared with us: “I have steered teachers and students to you for help and they have said how quickly you helped them and they got exactly what they needed. I am showing students, teachers and parents your APL site daily. SO MANY GREAT RESOURCES!”

Unfortunately, this increased expense for digital materials is not in our budget this year.

By contributing to this campaign, you can help the Library keep our community educated, entertained and connected during this challenging time.

Thanks for your support.


Mary Jo Torgeson,
Library Director

P.S. Any sized gift goes a long way. For $10, you can give a teen a month of comics downloads, for $30 you can add a new eBook to the collection, and for $50 you can provide a month of Hoopla access for a family of four.

P.P.S. If you are unable to give right now, but still want to show your library love, I’ve included some other ways you can help below.

If you are not able to give at this time, here are some other ways you can help:

1. Make a pledge to give later this year.

2. Contact your Assembly Member to thank them for supporting the Library and ask for their continued support in 2021. You can send one email to reach all of them at wwmas@muni.org.

3. Send a shout-out to Library staff via askalibrarian@muni.org or on social media to thank them for their hard work and offer encouragement during these difficult times.

4. If you shop at Amazon or Fred Meyers, you can sign up for their rewards programs to give a portion of your purchase to the Friends of the Library or Anchorage Library Foundation.

Anchorage Public Library