The new carrier, branded Aleutian Airways, is a partnership between Juneau-based Alaska Seaplanes, Florida-based Sterling Airways and two venture capital firms.
Whenever Muñoz releases a small batch of her work online, it sells out. Quickly.
Tourists are back in Talkeetna, but disruptions to the labor and housing markets have left businesses scrambling to fill positions.
Passenger projections are fuzzy because cruise lines only got the regulatory green light in June.
Serenade of the Seas’ arrival coincided with a major coronavirus outbreak in Sitka, but that didn’t seem to affect the number of passengers visiting town — there simply weren’t that many of them.
Business at big Anchorage restaurants is booming, with long waitlists and noisy dining rooms filled with hungry tourists and locals. But there aren’t enough workers to keep up.
Restaurants generally operate on thin profit margins, so they’re especially sensitive to changes in their food prices.
According to state economist Neal Fried, 6.2% is the highest inflation Alaska has seen since 1990.
Haines Tourism Director Steven Auch estimates the activity is at about a quarter of a typical year.
Child care providers say hiring has never been easy in the traditionally low-wage industry, but the pandemic has made it even harder.