The coronavirus pandemic has served to remind many of us how much we count on strangers staying healthy so we can restock our cupboards and go about daily life. That's especially true for Alaskans who depend on a marine cargo lifeline from the Pacific Northwest for the majority of their goods.
Thanks to a $20 million gift from MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, a Native American college mentoring program that just launched in the Pacific Northwest will be scaling up to go nationwide.
The official death toll in the Northwest from COVID-19 might be an undercount of hundreds of people. A look at the federal and state data revealed that other categories of deaths besides from COVID-19 increased over historical averages.