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Stories about the local, state, or national economy.

U.S. Census Bureau

One of the most important tools for ensuring government representation and the distribution of federal funds relies on neighbors counting neighbors. The 2020 U.S. Census is more than a year away, and government officials are already planning the effort to count each person living in rural Alaska.


Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

The village of Aniak’s runway construction could cause more headaches for the community during spring breakup. Aniak’s city manager Kevin Toothacker says that the state’s plans to modify a road that runs next to the runway could compromise it.


Generators at the Bethel Power Plant in 2016.
LENNY WELCH / AVEC

On Tuesday evening, Bethel, Napakiak, and Oscarville will experience a four-hour power outage. Between the hours of 10 p.m. Tuesday and 2 a.m. Wednesday, all three communities will be without electricity. During this time the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative will be installing equipment inside the Bethel power plant to increase capacity for the New Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Clinic expansion.

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

There are many things that keep people up at night, but for some Aniak residents, it's a brand new beacon the state installed without warning two months ago.  


Anna Rose MacArthur

If you’ve been putting off a trip to the Bethel DMV office, this is a good week to cross that errand off the to-do list. The office will be closed after Friday for more than a month, possibly two.

Dean Swope / KYUK

If you need car parts, wood, or other odds and ends from the Bethel landfill, you can now only collect those items on Saturdays. Salvaging at the Bethel landfill has been restricted to one day a week.


SBA representatives are holding workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs on August 24 and 25, 2016
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Update August 24, 2018 10:40 a.m.: The Small Business Administration's workshops are no longer being held at the Bethel Lion's Club. Friday's seminars will be held in the AVCP Resource Center, and Saturday's workshops will be held at the Joe Lomack building.

Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration are flying into Bethel on Friday to offer help to Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta entrepreneurs.

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

A couple of months ago, many Bethel residents got a surprise after receiving a letter from Alaska Village Electric Cooperative. 

AVEC's letter told residents that they needed to repair their power equipment to put it in compliance with the National Electical Code. That included anything attached to the house. 

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The village of Tuluksak got good news this month: it gets a new generator and an emergency opening to hunt moose. The village had a couple of power outages this summer that nearly wiped out the food stores residents had socked away for winter. 


Non-Profits Discuss Their Pivotal Role In Y-K Delta Economy

Aug 15, 2018
According to the Foraker Group, almost 50 percent of Bethel residents work in the nonprofit sector.
Courtesy of the Foraker Group

Non-profits aren’t usually considered big money makers, but they play a pivotal role in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s economy. In a series of meetings last week, Bethel non-profits explored how they could leverage that economic power to empower the communities they advocate for.


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