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Bethel Native Corporation Building in Bethel, Alaska.
Izaak Bruce via Google Maps

Bethel Native Corporation’s shareholders will get a slightly higher dividend this year: 7 cents more per share than last year. That’s a total of $408 for 100 shares.

Ravn Alaska prepares to board a de Havilland Dash 8 for a flight from Dillingham and King Salmon to Anchorage.
Avery Lill / KDLG

Ravn Alaska plans to resume flights between Aniak and Anchorage the first week of January 2021.

AVEC power plant in Bethel, Alaska.
Lenny Welch / AVEC

The Bethel power plant had two unexpected power outages in two days, cutting electricity to Bethel, Oscarville, and Napaskiak.

BCS Foundation

The City of Bethel has put aside more money for businesses hit hard by COVID-19. The Bethel City Council put aside an additional $527,500 for this round of the program, but the deadline is tight. Applications need to filed by Nov. 16.

Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

There are now two efforts to create a regional tribal government in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The older effort, Nunavut, led by Mike Williams Sr. has made little progress to unite large numbers of villages in the region. The second effort is being facilitated by the Calista regional Native corporation.

AVEC power plant in Bethel, Alaska.
Lenny Welch / AVEC

On Thursday, Oct. 29, there will be a power outage between 9 a.m. and noon across all of Bethel, Napakiak, and Oscarville. On Saturday, Oct. 31, all of Napakiak and large portions of Bethel will be without power between noon and 5 p.m. All of Napakiak, and some areas of Bethel, may regain power by 3 p.m. that day.

Calista Corporation

It’s is the biggest distribution to shareholders since the regional Native corporation Calista created a settlement trust. 

Update Oct. 13, 2020 5:30 p.m.: Delta Western closed its Bethel gas station on Oct. 8 after seven employees tested positive for COVID-19. The company reopened the gas station on Oct. 13. 

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.