Caroline Lester

Reporter

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Originally from Boston, Caroline  got her start in community radio at KCAW in Sitka. Since then, she's worked at stations throughout New England, as well as freelanced for multiple national outlets. She's thrilled to be back in her favorite state. 

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RavnAir Group will continue serving Unalaska, with four scheduled flights a week, even as the coronavirus pandemic has forced it to end service to all but a handful of its 115 communities. 

"At this time, RavnAir Group intends to continue flights four times a week to Unalaska, with the potential for charter flights," Deb Reinwand, a RavnAir spokesperson, said in an emailed statement. 

The news comes after 24 hours of confusion about RavnAir's plans for Unalaska and Dutch Harbor, one of the country's biggest fishing ports.

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Updated 4/02/20 at 1:00 p.m.

According to city officials, RavnAir Group called shortly after 12 p.m. on Thursday and said it will be cutting service to Unalaska.

"The city was notified midday today that Ravn is discontinuing flights between Unalaska/Dutch Harbor and Anchorage," said a press release from the City of Unalaska. "The effective date is uncertain, but it may be as early as tomorrow, April 3, 2020." 

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy's most recent Covid-19 health mandate has very specific instructions for travel. 

All in-state travel is prohibited, unless "travel is to support critical infrastructure, or for critical personal needs." Critical infrastructure includes essential businesses. 

What Gov. Mike Dunleavy's travel mandate means for Unalaska; how the federal stimulus could affect the Qawalangin Tribe; and BP confirms the first positive case of coronavirus in Prudhoe Bay. 

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On Friday, President Donald Trump signed a $2 trillion economic relief plan into law—the largest stimulus ever passed in the United States. 

 

The package has many different allocations in it, including $10 billion set aside for the country's native population. More than $1 billion will go to the Indian Health Service. Another billion will go towards public health, housing, and nutrition programs. 

 

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