U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Friday he is considering the elimination of Alaska’s bypass mail program, which ships groceries to rural communities and indirectly supports airlines in Alaska.
Recent changes by the United States Postal Service (USPS) could create major obstacles for voters in rural Alaska. The changes prohibit USPS employees from acting as witnesses to absentee ballots.
A recent Vox report examined a community in rural Alaska preparing for the arrival of COVID-19. Fairbanks, Alaska is geographically isolated to a remote island. Its physical remoteness may be both a strength and a serious vulnerability.
According to U.S. Drought Monitor scientists, southeast Alaska’s wettest area has been in extreme drought for two years. The scientists say this is a severe dryness that has never before been registered in the area.
West Sacramento, Calif. — In the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2018, Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) closed 22 loans totaling nearly $8 million to support rural communities in Alaska, California, Idaho, New Mexico and Washington.