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Delta Western, the fuel delivery service in Bethel, has temporarily closed after multiple employees tested positive for COVID-19. Seven Delta Western employees in Bethel have tested positive for the virus since Oct. 1, according to Vice President of Marketing and Communications Thien-Di Do. The company closed its Bethel site on Oct. 8 and plans to reopen on Oct. 12.

Attorney General William Barr and Sen. Lisa Murkowski tour Napaskiak's public safety building on May 31, 2019.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News

Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta tribes and communities have received federal grants to hire more public safety officers. The influx of money from the U.S. Department of Justice will add 24 officers to a region where many villages don’t have any local law enforcement.

Bethel firefighter Toby Monroe sprays down an apartment building that caught fire on Monday, Oct. 5 and was torn down the next day. Oct. 6, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Old Swanson’s Apartment Building in Bethel lies in rubble. The city tore the building down on Oct. 6 after the structure continued burning for its second day, and after the fire had spread next door to the Old Swanson’s Furniture Store.

Association of Village Council Presidents

COVID-19 changed the shape of the Association of Village Council Presidents’ annual convention. For one thing, there were no resolutions this year because none were forwarded by tribes for the virtual convention.

Association of Village Council Presidents

Child care just got cheaper for Alaska Native families in communities served by the Association of Village Council Presidents. The program, using CARES Act funding, is paying for child care to all eligible essential workers, and there are no income requirements for eligibility. Carol Hunter, AVCP’s Child Care Coordinator, said that unlike the current program, there is no co-pay.

“Yes, that is correct,” Hunter said, “and we pay 100%, so the parents wouldn’t have to pay.”

Association of Village Council Presidents

The Association of Village Council Presidents' annual convention kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 23. Like many events during the coronavirus pandemic, it will be held virtually. Another change from past years is that the convention will last only one day, instead of its usual three. 

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The only store the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta village of Kasigluk burned down on the night of Sept. 10, leaving residents without a place in town to buy groceries, clothes, and other supplies. The community is locked down to prevent the coronavirus from spreading, which meant that Kasigluk couldn’t get help from nearby villages to fight the flames.

Orutsararmiut Native Council

There is over $13 million available in CARES Act funding for Bethel tribal members, but ONC says that applicants need to use the mail, internet, or phone to apply for it as soon as possible.

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Earlier in August, pilots trying to land at the Aniak airport got a last-minute notice that they were not allowed to land, disrupting cargo and passenger service to the small hub in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The Alaska Department of Transportation said that the cause of the incident was a failure to communicate about a runway project. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Donlin Gold is touting the results from its most ambitious drilling program yet. This news follows a recent financial report that said that the mining prospect in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta was too expensive to build, and likely not going to happen.