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Greg Kim / KYUK

While villages along the Kuskokwim river are preparing themselves for possible flooding this spring, Akiak is busy moving houses threated by river erosion.

The Kuskokwim River near Kalskag on April 28, 2020.
Julia Dorris

The ice has not yet broken free on the river in front of Kalskag. As of Monday, April 27, the ice was still thick in the main channel of the Kuskokwim. But according to Upper Kalskag Tribal President Julia Dorris, at the edges the water was flowing fast.

Screenshot of FAA airport camera

The message is the same up and down the Kuskokwim: don’t snowmachine on the river. The ice is melting and breaking up, and travel has become dangerous. 

The Bethel community came together to paint a panel of a glowing cube titled "Something Very Beautiful," an art exhibit by Bethel artist Josh Fisher.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Bethel Council on the Arts is planning a post-pandemic art show to exhibit objects, songs, poetry, and even food created during this time of hunkering down. 

Robert Woolsey / KCAW

Congress is working on an additional funding package to help deal with the pandemic’s effects on the country. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says that the Senate has approved an additional $484 billion for COVID-19 response, including money for hospitals, small businesses, and testing. The bill is being fast tracked.

Alaskan author and poet Don Rearden.
Joe Yelverton

April is National Poetry Month, and this April, as in previous years, Alaska author Don Rearden is writing a poem a day to celebrate. But it’s different this time, because of the coronavirus pandemic.  

Visit AVCP's website before April 26 to weigh in on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

The coronavirus is making it tough for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to meet its economic goals. Shelly Wade, with the Agnew Beck consulting firm, is the project manager for updating the region’s federally-required economic plan. 

Courtesy of Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky

Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget vetoes may leave Alaskans in the lurch during the pandemic. That’s the message from Alaska House District 38 Rep. Tiffany Zulkoksy.  

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

With school closed because of the pandemic, parents are learning to teach kids at home, which is something KYUK’s Krysti Shallenberger experienced when she was growing up. Her mother, Karin Shallenberger, taught her and her four siblings at home. Shallenberger has some advice parents who now have to do home schooling:  Relax and do simple things, like set up a space for kids to study, and create a daily routine.

Rebecca Wilmarth

The village of Red Devil is trying to respond to two threats at once this spring: river breakup and COVID-19.