In This Issue
Alaska Problems Require Alaska Solutions
On January 16, a fire destroyed the water plant and washeteria in the southwest Alaska village of Tuluksak. For the village of about 350 people, it was a devastating blow. The water plant was the only source of drinking water in the village, in which the primarily Yup’ik residents lack indoor plumbing and rely on honey buckets, not uncommon in the flat, swampy region.
Comprised of little more than a roughly 3,300-foot-long runway, an apron, and a small terminal, rural airports ensure year-round access to residents and tourists and keep communities supplied with goods, equipment, and other everyday essentials.
President Joe Biden’s ambitious goal to reduce America’s dependency on fossil fuels sets the stage for a dramatic increase in demand for the mineral resources necessary for green technology—especially copper.
While drone technology may have been born elsewhere, in Alaska its capabilities have been put to the test, and now the aeronautics industry is taking off on St. Paul Island.
The Vaccine Rollout in Rural Alaska—Coordination and Communication Made Getting Back to Business Possible
According to Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges, the planning, coordination, communication, and dedication that made vaccine distribution in rural Alaska a success story is striking.
The word “unprecedented” was tossed around a lot in 2020, and it can also be used to describe what’s been happening in the residential housing market since the pandemic hit.
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