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City Is Granted Extension Of Site Reviews

The City of Bethel has gotten an extension on it’s regional general permit from the Army Corps of Engineers that will allow the city to review permits for citizens building in a wetland, a designation which encompasses much of Bethel.
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Many Bethel residents are seeing higher electric bills. 

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As of now, there’s no confirmed source for Bethel’s salmonella outbreak.

Adrian Wagner

In the wake of a decision by Coastal Villages Region Fund to close it’s commercial fisheries program this year, fishermen in communities across the region are crying out for help: help from the state, help from CVRF, help from just about anyone. A few men and women from Quinhagak, one of the most affected villages where many of the working adults are commercial fishermen, gathered Friday night to sing a kind of sad song—the fishermen’s song. 

Buck Bukowski, Bethel VFW Club Manager

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is campaigning for reelection to the U.S. Senate. She spent the last couple days visiting villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and Thursday she stopped in Bethel to meet with veterans. After two hours at the VFW, she drove back to the airport. KYUK's Anna Rose MacArthur hopped in the truck with her.

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Over 6,000 Alaskans volunteered for the Alaska Territorial Guard during World War II. Over 1,000 volunteered from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The state is currently trying to track down these guardsmen to issue discharge papers so that they can receive federal veterans benefits. Many guardsmen are no longer alive. In those cases the state is trying to find their families.

Following the closure of Quinhagak's CVRF commercial fishing venture, House Rep. Bob Herron visited the village Thursday and says he's sent a request to the governor's office asking for disaster relief funds for the village's fisherman. 

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The Alaska Division of Public Health is investigating salmonella infections in the Bethel area. A team is in Bethel to track down the source of the infection.

In the village of Quinhagak, a plan to sell salmon to the Seattle-based Northwest Seafood Exchange has fallen through after the Coastal Villages Region Fund refused the Quinhagak village corporation manager access to processing equipment. The fishermen in Quinhagak join others in the region in having commercial fishing opportunities but nowhere to sell their fish. This move by CVRF highlights a string of what many are calling poor management choices,and others are calling tactics by executives to line their own pockets rather than serve their communities. This is the first of three reports based on a KYUK investigation of the issue.

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Bethel Search and Rescue is looking for Tuluksak resident Walter Hawk, who has been missing for nine days.

Nick P. Andrew Jr.

Marshall continues looking for solutions to fix its broken ice machine. Ten fishermen testified at the Maserculiq native corporation monthly board meeting on Tuesday, asking the corporation to replace or repair the ice maker's compressor. One of the fishermen was Nick P. Andrew Jr.