Katie Basile / KYUK

Monday representatives from federally recognized tribes across the United States are meeting in Washington, D.C. for the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference. One of those representatives is Mike Williams Sr. of the Akiak Native Community. This will be the fifth conference Williams has attended under the Obama administration. On his way to D.C. this weekend, KYUK spoke with Williams during his layover in Bethel.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation has begun expanding its hospital with an aim towards improving health care in the region. The project is expected to take five years and includes building a new primary care facility, renovating the current hospital, and adding housing for its increased staff.

Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Earlier this week a group gathered in Bethel to talk with the community on the region’s heroin and opioid epidemic. This group included the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, local and state law enforcement, and local health officials. They met with high school students during the day and the community in the evening. At both events, they screened a documentary on heroin and opioid addiction and then held a discussion on the issue where they answered questions from the crowd. KYUK broadcast the community event live from Bethel City Hall. Today on Delta Affairs Weekly, we’re airing segments from that broadcast. Some of these segments have been edited for length. We jump in part-way through the conversation.

Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Derek Adams, "The Banished Man" as some have begun to call him, was arrested Wednesday for violating his parole.  Law enforcement officials found that he was carrying hundreds of dollars in cash and a large amount of what appears to be heroin.

Office of Governor Bill Walker / SOA

This year's Permanent Fund Dividend amount has been announced, and the payout will be $1,022 per eligible Alaskan.

Governor Bill Walker made the announcement this morning through the release of a video recorded at Valley Pathways High School in Palmer.

Charles Enoch / KYUK

After noticing a rise in vandalism, theft, and other crimes, Bethel resident Daniel Maczynski has decided to take matters of protecting his neighborhood in his own hands. Maczynski is setting up a Neighborhood Watch in Bethel’s City Subdivision as a way to deter crime before it happens. The initiative is partially in response to reports of heroin users turning to theft and crime to support their habit. The Bethel Chamber of Commerce invited Maczynski to speak at Chopstix restaurant to discuss his idea. 

Airn Carl / KYUK

The Lower Kuskokwim School District received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education to enhance language proficiency for Alaska Native students in both English and Yup'ik.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Tuesday evening the 2016 Bethel City Council candidates gathered in City Hall to answer questions on why they are running for council and what they would do if elected.

The six candidates are running for three open seats for the October 4 election. Five candidates attended the forum: Norman Ayagalria, Fritz Charles, Mary Nanuwak, Fred Watson, and Mary Weiss. Candidate Byron Maczynski was unable to attend due to illness.

Jackie Williams / KYUK

On a chilly, foggy, and cloudy Saturday morning, onlookers and runners from all over the Lower Kuskokwim School District gathered at the sand pit in Bethel to compete in a cross-country race. 

Transcript, An Audio Postcard:

(Runners jog about, sounds of many moving feet)

Despite the cold, wet weather, students from across the Delta warmed up for the race in the opaque morning sun before the starting gun. The starting gun even had a little trouble getting going.

(Starting gun fails, laughter, and then goes off.)

Janessa Esquible / ONC

High water levels made it difficult for federal and state managers to count salmon all across the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta this year, which can have real effects on salmon management in the area. Aaron Webber, a fish biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says that high waters can bring more uncertainty to a job that already has plenty of it.


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