Governor Mike Dunleavy announces that Alaska will drop its eligibility requirements for the COVID-19 vaccine and allow all residents over the age of 16 to receive it, thereby becoming the first state to do so. The state has also led other states in the percentage of its population to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Two nearby boats, responding to a Coast Guard emergency broadcast, rescue 46 people from the sinking 220-foot "Alaska Juris" fishing boat in the Bering Sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands. There are no reports of injuries; all on board were wearing survival suits.
The wreckage of a small plane carrying eight passengers on a shore excursion from Holland America Line's "MS Westerdam" cruise ship is discovered near the Alaskan town of Ketchikan. All nine people on board including the pilot died.
Bob Stenehjem, the Senate Majority Leader in the US state of North Dakota, is killed in an accident in Alaska. [http:--www.greenfieldreporter.com-view-story-f986d43ebe064582bfc98572f68c74b9-ND--Obit-Stenehjem- (AP via "Greenfield Reporter")]date=August 2019
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is now the worst oil spill in U.S. history, surpassing the worst previous spill, the Exxon Valdez wreck on the Alaska coast in 1989, according to scientists' latest estimates.