As residents look for respite from stay-at-home orders and gym closures, Alaska bike shops are reporting a surge in demand.
The grant program would pay child care providers with CARES Act money through the end of the calendar year.
The Rainforest Islander ferry once connected Wrangell, Coffman Cove and Mitkof Island near Petersburg. A veteran tour operator in Wrangell hopes to turnaround a ship that’s had years of bad luck.
In a normal year, tourism and construction would be heating up around this time.
Despite unprecedented government aid pouring into the state, the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing Alaska’s local businesses to the brink. Some are already calling it quits.
Managers decided that keeping workers on the island would help prevent new arrivals — many of whom come from other countries — from bringing in the coronavirus.
Some Alaskans see a possible silver lining in the devastation: A spring and summer in a world-class tourist destination — without the tourists.
Many business owners in Juneau say that while the COVID-19 closures have devastated their businesses, they’re not rushing to open their doors, either.
After weeks of waiting, the Alaska Department of Labor says unemployment benefits will start going out to self-employed, contract, and gig-economy workers beginning Friday.
The Small Business Administration isn’t taking any new loan applications unless you work in agriculture.