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Skagway to offer direct aid to residents affected by halted tourism season

Tourism is Skagway’s main economy and residents rely on the summer cruise ship season for income. That’s why Skagway’s assembly passed two direct aid resolutions this week.

Bethel restaurant owners consider closing down, returning to Korea

Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities are giving their residents a break on their water and sewer bills to offer financial relief, as well as provide more water for residents to wash their hands and their homes to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

These Y-K Delta communities, including Bethel, waiving some utility costs during COVID-19 pandemic

Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities are giving their residents a break on their water and sewer bills to offer financial relief, as well as provide more water for residents to wash their hands and their homes to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Bethel grocers ‘significantly’ increase shipments to stores, anticipate another big shopping week

Grocery stores in Bethel are expecting another large run on goods this week, and have substantially increased the size of their shipments into Bethel to prepare.

After RavnAir’s exit, North Slope Borough announces partnership with Ryan Air

A rural Alaska air carrier has agreed to step in and fly into North Slope communities that RavnAir said today it will no longer be able to serve.

Uncertainty for villages and towns across Alaska as the largest rural carrier, Ravn, grounds almost all of its fleet

Ravn's announcement reverberated through rural communities across the entire state, as residents wondered about how villages would ensure their flow of people, mail, goods and medical supplies amid the pandemic.

State medical officer encourages Alaskans to wear homemade masks

The number of Alaskans diagnosed with COVID-19 had grown to 147, up from 143 cases a day earlier.

Dozens of Alaska villages to lose air service as Ravn announces huge cuts

Alaska's largest rural air carrier, RavnAir Group, says it's cutting its service by 90 percent amid a coronavirus-driven crash in revenue -- a move that could leave dozens of rural villages without passenger air service and no other reliable link to the road system.

Ketchikan has a lot of cases, but has it seen ‘community spread’? That’s a tough question.

Most of the cases in the small town are thought to stem from one or two people who brought the virus back from a trip. But has anyone tested positive without a clear sense of where they caught it?

Dunleavy extends shutdown of dine-in service at restaurants as COVID-19 cases climb

Meanwhile, the number of Alaskans diagnosed with COVID-19 grew to 143 by Wednesday, up 10 from the day before.

Prudhoe Bay worker tests positive for COVID-19, BP says

The worker is an Alaska resident who had traveled out of state, according to Alaska's health commissioner.

‘Hunker down’ doesn’t mean much when you’re homeless

People experiencing homelessness are exempt under the city’s hunker down order and a statewide order issued Friday. For many of them, the threat of a pandemic is not as high of a priority as staying warm or getting their next meal.

Bethel dental clinic catalyzes community mask-making effort

After non-essential dental procedures were banned, staff at the Bethel Dental Clinic decided they could lead the community in preparing for COVID-19.

For SNAP and WIC recipients, buying groceries during a pandemic is complicated

Recipients of SNAP and WIC benefits are finding themselves in a tight spot trying to avoid catching the coronavirus while getting food for their families

LISTEN: Coronavirus has changed how we socialize. How do we stay connected?

With routine, socialization and connection being such vital parts of mental health and wellness, how do we maintain these critical connections to family and friends?
Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan take questions from reporters in the tunnel under the Capitol.

LISTEN: Congress put together a $2 trillion relief package. What happens next?

Congress has put together the largest financial relief package in history. Will it be enough to blunt the economic decline in the U.S? And what will it mean for Alaska's economy and workers?

How Y-K Delta villages will enforce travel restrictions

The number of villages in the Y-K Delta that are enacting travel restrictions in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus has been growing by the day, but how are these villages enforcing those restrictions?

Homes in Y-K Delta that were unable to pay for running water will be reconnected

Many more people in Y-K Delta villages will soon have access to running water to wash their hands during the coronavirus outbreak. On March 24, the Alaska Rural Utility Collaborative (ARUC)’s advisory committee voted to reconnect running water to homes that were unable to pay for it.

Number of coronavirus cases in Alaska jumps to 59

The number of known cases increased by 17 from the announcement just a day earlier.