Alaska utility tells customers to make equipment repairs

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BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - An electric utility has sent out letters to residents of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in western Alaska warning that their power could be turned off if they don't repair home electrical equipment by August.

KYUK-AM reports the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative has recently sent letters to 450 customers in Bethel, a location where professional electricians are scarce.

Michael Langlie, who co-owns the Lumber Yard in Bethel, says it can take up to a month to get an electrician to visit a house.

Utility CEO Meera Kohler says most of the repairs are minor and many can be done by the homeowners. She says the utility doesn't require the repairs to be conducted by an electrician, but she recommends that homeowners hire a professional if they don't feel up to task.

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