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“It’s the fabric of our culture coming apart”: Yukon River communities face chinook and chum closure

Ben Stevens, a tribal resources manager for Tanana Chiefs Conference says with both the chum and king salmon fisheries closed, Yukon River communities are scared of losing their protein source for the winter. They're also worried about losing their way of life if low runs continue.
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Alaskans will have chance to weigh in on long-term budget changes, starting next week

Alaskans will soon have a chance to weigh in with what changes to state taxes, services or permanent fund dividends they would like to see in the long term.
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Arrival of Alaska’s first cruise ship of 2021 coincided with a major coronavirus outbreak in Sitka

Serenade of the Seas’ arrival coincided with a major coronavirus outbreak in Sitka, but that didn’t seem to affect the number of passengers visiting town — all of whom were vaccinated, except for children. There simply weren’t that many of them.
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Uptick in COVID-19 cases prompts new restrictions in Juneau

Juneau has 80 active cases of COVID-19 among residents and non-residents. And that has triggered the city’s emergency operations center to raise the local risk level to moderate.
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Alaska leads nation with steepest climb in coronavirus hospitalizations

According to The New York Times on Thursday evening, Alaska had the country’s fourth-highest increase in coronavirus cases over the past two weeks, and it was also the state with the steepest rise in coronavirus-related hospitalizations.

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The expanded child tax credit is here. Here’s what you need to know.

The White House says $15 billion in payments have been sent out to the families of nearly 60 million children. Families will receive the funds by direct deposit or check. How much you get will depend on income and number of eligible children.

Inflation is still high. Used car prices could help explain what happens next.

The prices dealers pay for used cars at massive auctions across the country finally dipped in June after hitting record highs in each of the four previous months, according to the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index.
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Beware of ‘shrinkflation,’ inflation’s devious cousin

Products are shrinking. Only some people are noticing.

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Above: The number of Alaskans struggling with substance abuse and addiction has grown over the last year, and all too often treatment options were either shut down or not available nearby. A new recovery center that opened in the Mat-Su Borough in November is giving people the tools they need to get back on their feet. Alaska Public Media’s Adelyn Baxter has the story.

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