Hello everyone! Here are some current updates related to the virus and the state of operations from all corners of the United States.
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Published in Fairbanks, Alaska
Since oil was discovered in Alaska, it has been the backbone of the state’s economy. After the Trans Alaska Pipeline was completed the state constitution was altered to create a fund supported by the royalties. Since 1982 the Permanent Fund Dividend program has sent checks to Alaska residents every year. This year the amount is $992 which is consistent with what it has been over the last decade. Alaska residents will receive this in addition to the coronavirus stimulus checks.
Los Angeles Times, Published in Los Angeles, California
Yosemite reopened this week after an 83 day shutdown due to the virus. Only 1,700 cars will be allowed in per day which marks a stark contrast to normal summer operations. The National Park saw almost half a million visitors last June. Shuttles, museums and visitor centers will remain closed all summer and currently just one campsite is open.
Pensacola News Journal, Published in Pensacola, Florida
The laws in Pensacola, Florida require a 30 day wait period for determining whether to alter or remove any public marker. The policy was enacted to provide time to figure out the logistics of removing the monument and to hear arguments for and against. Large groups have been protesting outside City Hall in favor of removing the monument dedicated toward fallen soldiers in the Civil War and three Confederate leaders.
The Joplin Globe, Published in Joplin, Missouri
Many bicycle shops have experienced a huge uptick in sales since the beginning of the pandemic. A store in Missouri reports that they completely ran out of bikes at the beginning of May. People are looking to become more active after being cooped inside so long and bikes are a great alternative to public transportation which may be more risky. The Midwest in particular also has a great expanse of bike trails.
Standard-Times, Published in San Angelo, Texas
A library in Texas has reopened and is changing their traditional library model to maintain safety measures. They now are providing a ‘hands-off’ approach and encouraging patrons to use self-checkout machines and not linger. They look forward to being able to return to hosting programs at the library and letting people spend time browsing in the future, but for now they are coming up with innovative approaches to protect the community.
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