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Stories about the local, state, or national economy.

Shawn Williams / Pacific Dataport

Read part 1 here.

Starlink, a project by Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX, and other initiatives claim that they will bring fast, affordable, unlimited broadband to rural Alaska. 

  

Ravn Alaska photo

Ravn Alaska is adding another Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta hub to its list of destinations. The airline will begin flying to St. Mary’s on the lower Yukon River in a few weeks. 

Courtesy of GCI

First of two parts:

Emerging technology promises to transform the level of internet service provided in rural Alaska. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for better internet access in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has never been more urgent. 

  

The pool at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center in Bethel.
Dean Swope/KYUK

After being closed for four months, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center is reopening on March 1 to people with proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. Fitness Center Facility Director Stacey Reardon lays out what you need to know to use the facility.

A Grant Aviation airplane lands in Newtok on July 16, 2020, packed with food and supplies. Grant Aviation Agent Jonah Ayuluk and Tribal Administrator Andrew John meet the plane.
Katie Basile / KYUK

A Seattle-based investment firm has bought Grant Aviation. 

Ravn Alaska photo

Ravn Alaska is returning to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Beginning Feb. 26, Ravn will begin regular flights to Aniak from Anchorage.

Photo from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation.
AHFC

There are $200 million in federal funds set aside to help Alaskans who are behind on their rent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stacy Barnes, Director of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, which administers the program, said that people can apply for help on paying their rent by applying on line at alaskahousingrelief.org.

Tundra surrounding Larson Subdivision, and proposed site for Senator Hoffman's "Blue Sky Estates" subdivision.
Dean Swope / KYUK

On Jan. 26, the Bethel City Council is expected to hire Tumak Enterprises, LLC as developers of Tanqik Subdivision. The already-approved subdivision will add 10 new lots to the city. It doesn’t sound like much. But between the other two subdivisions already underway, in a few short years the city could have over 100 new homes providing housing for hundreds of residents.

Calista Corporation

The Alaska Business Development Center's volunteer tax preparers have been filing rural Alaskans’ taxes for 26 years. That won’t change this year, but it’s going to look a little different. Instead of touring the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s villages in person, they’re sending out mailers. 

Rashah McChesney / Alaska's Energy Desk

Tuntutuliak residents will be receiving a surprise gift to brighten up their Christmas holiday. Because the village’s Moravian Church is not holding an in-person service, treasurer Lucy Lupie said that the church is donating a gift of $100 to each household in Tuntutuliak to purchase groceries.

  

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