Stories about the local, state, or national economy.

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

This week, the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is turning off power for people who have past-due bills of more than $200. The cooperative has notified these people of the consequenses twice.

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Bethel’s Department of Motor Vehicles office will open for four days next week after being closed for more than a month. Residents must make appointments online or by phone at (907)-269-5551 to get a driver’s license or other forms of identification, or to take a written driving test. The DMV urges residents to renew licenses online to reduce the number of people coming into the office.

Alaskans Will Receive PFD Checks Starting July 1

May 21, 2020

Gov. Mike Dunleavy made the announcement at the end of a press briefing on May 20 that primarily focused on education and plans for reopening the state’s schools in the fall.

Courtesy of Anne Kosacheff

The ghost gravel barge that enthralled social media in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has finally been recovered. The vessel froze into the Kuskokwim River on its way to Red Devil last fall, stopping just past Aniak before this spring’s river breakup freed it.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The Calista Corporation is spearheading an effort to form a federally-recognized regional tribal government in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The regional native corporation says that tribes have requested the corporation’s support in this endeavor.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a news conference on Friday, April 10, 2020.
Office of the Governor

The second phase of a state plan to reopen Alaska’s economy will take effect Friday, May 8.

Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney speaks October 18, 2018, at the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. Sweeney is the subject of a call for investigation into whether she violated ethics policies i
Tripp Crouse / KNBA

The U.S. Treasury and Interior departments announced on May 5 that they would begin disbursing part of an $8 billion Tribal allocation for coronavirus relief funds. The CARES Act funding is to help Tribes with relief efforts in the fight against coronavirus.

US Census Is Back, And Going Door To Door

May 5, 2020
U.S. Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is back to delivering forms to Alaskan households without a physical address. The process begins Wednesday, May 6. The hand delivery of census material originally began March 15, but was discontinued in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic three days later.

Calista Annual Meeting Goes Virtual

May 5, 2020
Calista Corporation

The Calista Regional Native Corporation is holding its first ever virtual shareholders meeting. 

Kuskokwim River break-up in front of Bethel, Alaska on the evening of May 3, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod fell on Sunday, May 3 at 9:58 p.m. The event marked the official time of breakup in front of Bethel. In the hours before the clock stopped, a sequence of events kept the contest organizers on edge.