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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.

Stan's Barbershop in Bethel reopened on April 27, 2020 under evolving state health mandates.
Katie Basile / KYUK

As Alaska moves to reopen parts of its economy, Bethel businesses are reopening their doors.

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Aid To Alaska Native Corporations

Apr 29, 2020
Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan photographed in 2015. On Monday, Murkowski and Sullivan said they were disappointed that U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Amit Mehta temporarily blocked the federal government from paying
Mikko Wilson / KTOO

A federal judge temporarily blocked the federal government from paying CARES Act funding to Alaska Native corporations. 

Ravn Files Plan To Liquidate As Bankruptcy Proceeds

Apr 29, 2020
Ravn Alaska photo

Ravn Air Group has proposed a plan in bankruptcy court to sell all of its assets, including airplanes, to go toward paying off the company’s debts.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Ravn Air Group’s bankruptcy left state officials and health providers scrambling to figure out how to transport rural patients who test positive for the coronavirus. Two weeks later, more than a dozen villages still don’t have regular air service. While the state plans to use the National Guard to help transport COVID-19 patients from rural communities, the lack of reliable air service is putting a financial burden on rural healthcare providers who pay more for charter flights to get patients to hospitals.

Dunleavy Says Restaurants And Other Retail Businesses Can Reopen April 24

Apr 22, 2020
Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, and Gov. Mike Dunleavy speak at a news conference on Monday, April, 6, 2020.
Governor’s office photo

On April 21, Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced on that restaurants and other retail businesses can begin offering more services on Friday, April 24, if they follow certain health guidelines.