Stories about the local, state, or national economy.

Dean Swope / KYUK

A Ravn Alaska pilot was taking off from Hooper Bay on the night of Oct. 3 when a green light flashed into the cockpit, disrupting the pilot’s night vision. In response, Ravn grounded all night flights into the village as a precaution. Those flights have now been restored.

Katie Basile / KYUK

In Bethel, there are a lot of places to get a cup of coffee: the grocery store, the cultural center, the fitness center, the hospital, or the AM Coffee & Espresso Stand. You can even fill up at the KYUK public radio station. But if you wanted to sit down at a coffee house, you had to drive to the airport. Not anymore. You can now enjoy a warm, caffeinated beverage in town at Bethel’s new coffee shop: Quyana Café.

Bethel City Council has postponed voting on the Uniform Remote Sellers Sales Tax Code, which would enable the city to collect taxes on purchases made by Bethel residents online. Council will revisit the issue on April 14.
City of Bethel

If you received your Permanent Fund Dividend check last month, it may have been smaller than you were expecting. The city of Bethel has started to garnish PFD checks for city fines for minor offenses.

Courtesy of Ben Charles

How can young people address climate change? Ben Charles of Bethel is taking on that challenge as part of a new initiative from the Inuit Circumpolar Council. He’s been named to a new group called the Emerging Alaska Inuit Leaders Initiative. 

Caribou Traders Liquor Store will close permanently on Saturday, Jan 4.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Bethel's vote for local option alcohol control means that the only liquor store in town, Caribou Traders, is closing. General Manager Todd Perez says that the plan for Caribou Traders is pretty simple.

Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

Calista Corporation says that this year’s Akilista distribution is the biggest yet. The amount of money that will be dispersed has increased 15 percent compared to last year. In dollars, that means Calista will distribute a total of $2.97million to shareholders. Last year, the number was $2.7 million.

Tripp Crouse / KNBA

Bethel Native Corporation CEO Ana Hoffman has again been elected co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives during the final day of its annual convention on Oct. 19. Hoffman has served as co-chair since 2013, but the board of the Calista Corporation, the regional native corporation for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, cast their vote for another candidate. 

A map of local option communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta as of Dec. 27, 2016.
State of Alaska

After three decades of prohibiting alcohol, the dry Lower Yukon community of Marshall wants to open a city-run alcohol store and has begun moving in that direction.

Katie Basile / KYUK

A village corporation in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta wants Calista Corporation shareholders to vote on whether Calista should support the proposed Donlin Gold mine. Calista owns the mineral rights to the mine. Azachorok’s president, Loren Peterson, says that the resolution isn’t a stance on the mine, but it would give shareholders a chance to decide if they want it. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Novagold, one of two companies developing the proposed Donlin Gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, is looking at building the mine in stages to reduce construction costs. That’s according to its latest quarterly earnings call.