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Stories about the local, state, or national economy.

An Alaska Cab driver waiting for a rider in May 2007.
Al Grillo / Associated Press

Alaska Cab is still transporting customers around Bethel as of Tuesday, March 24. Bethel's largest taxi company, Kusko Cab, halted all of its vehicles on March 20 due to the threat of COVID-19.

Courtesy of TKC

The Kuskokwim Corporation has closed the doors of its office in Anchorage to the public, and will distribute its annual dividend early to offset the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Shareholders will begin receiving these dividends on April 10, according to a TKC Facebook post.

Dean Swope / KYUK

With more people staying, working, and learning from home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and with the rapid flow of critical health information online, GCI is expanding its internet services.

Workers unload a Grant Aviation aircraft on the Toksook Bay runway on Dec. 14, 2019.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Two of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s major regional airlines are enacting tighter health and sanitation procedures as they attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus in rural communities.

A Kusko Cab driver waits for passengers outside of the Ravn Air terminal in Bethel, Alaska on March 16, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel’s largest cab company, Kusko Cab, is shutting down at 11:59 p.m. on March 20. They will be closed until at least April 1 to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The Association of Village Council Presidents has closed its doors to the public, but will continue taking appointments with clients. AVCP says that its employees will work to ensure that services are not interrupted. The nonprofit has also suspended all employee travel.

 

An Alaska Airlines plane at Juneau International Airport on March 3, 2003.
Creative Commons photo by Gillfoto

Like other airlines, Alaska Airlines continues to grapple with passengers rebooking or canceling flights due to the widening coronavirus pandemic, including reducing its overall number of flights in April and May.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Fili’s Pizza is expanding its takeout and delivery menu following the state mandate that shut down dine-in services for restaurants until April 1.

The Kuskokwim Corporation is postponing its annual shareholder meeting scheduled for June 6 in Stony River. The announcement comes as the state has ramped up its response to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Like many organizations in the region, the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is taking steps to protect employee health and prepare for a local coronavirus outbreak.

AVEC has closed its Anchorage and Bethel offices to members and visitors, according to CEO Meera Kohler. People can still pay their bills online, over the phone, or at the kiosk in Bethel, which is located right outside the AVEC office in the Alaska Commercial Company store.

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