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Donlin Gold has announced plans to restart its drilling program as the state loosens coronavirus health mandates and travel restrictions. 

A Kusko Cab driver waits for passengers outside of the Ravn Air terminal in Bethel, Alaska on March 16, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel is back to shared cab rides and flat fares after the emergency COVID-19 taxi rules expired on May 24. But the coronavirus pandemic isn’t over, and some people are refusing to share a cab with strangers, causing financial problems for at least one Bethel cab company, Kusko Cab, that says going out of business is a possibility.

Kuskokwim King Salmon
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Salmon are beginning to swim up the river, and many people are watching to see what kind of run there will be on the Kuskokwim this year.

Meghan Crow, Jamin Crow, and Ethan Sundown march in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Bethel, Alaska on June 2, 2020.
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On the evening of June 2, over 100 Bethel residents gathered to peacefully protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by Minneapolis police. The Black Lives Matter movement has resonated with Bethel residents, who are predominantly Alaska Native, another group familiar with inequities in law enforcement.

The Bethel Police Department says that 16-year-old John D. Evan has been found safe. 

The Alaska Native teenager went missing at 6:36 p.m. on June 2. No further details have been released. 

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Ravn Air Group’s March bankruptcy filing during the coronavirus pandemic left many Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta villages without mail or passenger service, but three airlines stepped in to make sure that residents got their mail and access to medical care. Still, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation claims that there are still villages without regular air service. 

Lightning ignited a tundra fire on May 30, 40 miles southeast of the coastal community of Chevak. It’s one of 15 fires caused by lightning in Alaska this past weekend.

An Alaska Division of Forestry plane crashed in Aniak on May 28. Local residents helped the pilot and three passengers to shore.
David Mattson

When a plane carrying four state forestry employees crashed in Aniak on May 28, local teenagers leapt into action to help rescue the passengers. The Alaska Division of Forestry says that none of the passengers sustained life-threatening injuries. Many Aniak residents are now calling the teenagers heroes for their quick response.

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Three people are still in the hospital recovering from injuries sustained in a plane crash that happened during takeoff in Aniak on May 28. Federal officials say that engine failure caused a Alaska Division of Forestry plane to plummet into a pool of water in a gravel pit off the end of the runway.

Samples for COVID-19 testing are collected using a cotton swab like the one pictured here from the lab at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hospital in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The young girl from Quinhagak who tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this week likely was not carrying the virus.