For Alaska residents, the season will remain open.
Volunteer-led mutual aid networks, like Juneau Mutual Aid, have blossomed around the country in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The goal is to first stop the fire. You know, the fire’s going, stop the fire,” says business owner Venietia Santana. “There’s a bunch of bills right now that are just on hold to pay.”
In a quick turnaround, Juneau Karate Academy instructors Nathan Young and Sarah Young closed the public doors to their Mendenhall Valley dojo — and launched an online training academy.
Meanwhile, the city’s budgeting process is underway and filled with unknowns. Juneau’s city manager proposed a significant property tax increase to balance the budget.
Juneau’s utility operators are taking steps to protect staff from COVID-19, but say they’re well-prepared to continue running throughout the pandemic.
The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has won a round in its longstanding suit against the state over the management of the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery.
“If you have to social distance, this is a good place to do it,” says Gustavus Mayor Calvin Casipit.
The economic strain caused by the COVID-19 crisis is forcing more people to look for help getting basic necessities like food.
As state, federal and local governments ramp up their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has sent an emergency declaration to its 31,000 citizens.