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Economy

Stories about the local, state, or national economy.

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.

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.

Online Retailer Trying To Prioritize Essential Goods

Mar 17, 2020
Katie Basile / KYUK

In what may turn out to be good news for rural Alaska, online retailer Amazon has made a change aimed at moving medical supplies, household staples, and other high-demand products as quickly as possible. 

Dean Swope / KYUK

While telecommunications carrier GCI is closing down many of its urban retail stores in Alaska, the Bethel store will remain open with shortened hours, for now. 

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