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Economy

Stories about local, state or national economy.

Anna Rose MacArthur

If you’ve been putting off a trip to the Bethel DMV office, this is a good week to cross that errand off the to-do list. The office will be closed after Friday for more than a month, possibly two.

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If you need car parts, wood, or other odds and ends from the Bethel landfill, you can now only collect those items on Saturdays. Salvaging at the Bethel landfill has been restricted to one day a week.


SBA representatives are holding workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs on August 24 and 25, 2016
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Update August 24, 2018 10:40 a.m.: The Small Business Administration's workshops are no longer being held at the Bethel Lion's Club. Friday's seminars will be held in the AVCP Resource Center, and Saturday's workshops will be held at the Joe Lomack building.

Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration are flying into Bethel on Friday to offer help to Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta entrepreneurs.

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

A couple of months ago, many Bethel residents got a surprise after receiving a letter from Alaska Village Electric Cooperative. 

AVEC's letter told residents that they needed to repair their power equipment to put it in compliance with the National Electical Code. That included anything attached to the house. 

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The village of Tuluksak got good news this month: it gets a new generator and an emergency opening to hunt moose. The village had a couple of power outages this summer that nearly wiped out the food stores residents had socked away for winter. 


According to the Foraker Group, almost 50 percent of Bethel residents work in the nonprofit sector.
Courtesy of the Foraker Group

Non-profits aren’t usually considered big money makers, but they play a pivotal role in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s economy. In a series of meetings last week, Bethel non-profits explored how they could leverage that economic power to empower the communities they advocate for.


Sam and Tina Chung stand in front of Casa, the late-night delivery restaurant they've operated for over a decade.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

The Alaska Cab Company is under new leadership, and its new owners know what it takes to work long hours and nights. Sam and Tina Chung own Casa, Bethel’s only late-night delivery joint. Their foray into the transportation business is just the latest of the couple’s entrepreneurial business moves in town.

Calista Corporation

Robert Beans of Mountain Village has been elected as the new Board Chair for the Calista Regional Native Corporation. Shareholders elected board members earlier this month at the corporation’s annual meeting in Bethel. The board has since selected its officers.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The ink is drying on a lease that could house Bethel’s first cannabis shop. The owner of an Anchorage marijuana store wants to expand his business to Bethel and bring Alaska’s booming cannabis industry to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.


Sea Share Executive Director Jim Harman [left] pictured with Bethel's Wells Fargo branch manager Jon Cochrane [right], who also serves as Bethel's Lions Club President. July 19, 2018.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

    

By this time next year, Bethel will become the first distribution hub on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta for donated seafood from Sea Share.

 

 


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