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Alaska banks can’t keep up with demand for coronavirus relief money

Demand is so high for Paycheck Protection loans and grants that some banks are calling a time out. Both First National Bank of Alaska and Northrim Bank say they’re already inundated and have suspended accepting new PPP applications. AlaskaUSA Federal Credit Union is limiting applications to members only. The bottleneck is becoming evident just as…

In Bristol Bay, spring means salmon — and thousands of fishermen from coronavirus hot spots

A remote fishing region will soon be flooded with seasonal workers. The hospital is equipped for only four COVID-19 patients and its chief operating officer is out of a job after emailing a coronavirus conspiracy meme. Welcome to Dillingham, Alaska.