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Jerry White

After Bike Impales Daughter, Mother Sends Public Thank You To Good Samaritans

In rural Alaska access to emergency medical care relies on many factors like distance, weather, and time of day. For one 10-year-old girl in Eek, emergency care also relied on one pilot’s good will after the child's traumatic bike accident. KYUK talked with the girl’s mother and the pilot who helped them out.
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A Yup'ik language call in show featuring traditional knowledge and conversations about current events and trends.
Opening day of AC Quickstop liquor store.
Geraldine Brink / KYUK

AC Quickstop opened Bethel’s first liquor store since the city banned alcohol sales in 1977. The store opened at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 3. KYUK reporter Anna Rose MacArthur showed up around a quarter till to find a line of around 10 people, waiting for the historic doors to open.

 Transcript:

Stelmach: “I want to be the first customer that walked into the liquor store in Bethel after 40 years. I’m going to hold onto the receipt as well. I’ll plaque it. And say, hey, ‘This is to lifted prohibition.’”

State budget cuts are making deep slashes across Alaska including the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. The state Legislature hasn’t passed a budget, but with an almost four-billion dollar deficit, state-funded groups are paring down as they prepare their own budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. With the whole University of Alaska system preparing for major cuts, administrators at Bethel’s UAF Kuskokwim Campus are whittling to the bone.


Bethel Police Department / BPD

After a week-long  investigation, Bethel Police have arrested 22-year-old Kyle Jones of Bethel as a suspect in a stabbing incident that occurred earlier this month.

The Bethel Police Department said in a press release, they got a call on Friday, May 13 around 2 a.m. that a male had been stabbed in the Pinky’s Park area of Bethel's City Subdivision.

Police identified the victim as William Pete. He was taken to the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation for treatment.

A U.S. Post Office has been closed for more than a week in the southwest Alaska village of Kwigillingok. After the lone office employee went on leave, residents were cut off from many essential services. 


Rep. Bob Herron, D-38, Bethel
Alaska State Legislature

The Alaska Legislature will enter a special session Monday with the main goal of passing a state budget and a way to pay for it before the next fiscal year. Gov. Bill Walker called the special session once the Legislature adjourned Wednesday without passing a budget after 121 days. KYUK spoke with Rep. Bob Herron of Bethel's House District 38 about the upcoming session and the goals ahead.

Locals are speaking up about oil spilled during a construction accident in the Tuntutuliak, or Qinaq, River. 


Newtok's waterways.
Dept. of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development Community and Regional Affairs

Relocation efforts continue for what many consider America’s first climate refugees. Newtok, a community of over 300 people in Southwest Alaska, has been eroding into the Ningliq River for decades. This week the village received an almost million-dollar federal grant to help homes function at the new village site.

 

Four burglaries in five days have sparked a police investigation in Bethel. Police believe these incidents are connected and are looking for help from the community in identifying the suspects. 

Fishing skiff in Marshall, Alaska.
Danielle Ringer / Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Two elders drowned this weekend in Marshall when their vehicle suddenly slid into the Yukon River. The couple left a legacy of sharing traditional knowledge with their community. KYUK’s Anna Rose MacArthur reports.


Alaska Department of Fish and Game / ADF&G

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game announced the first closures in the Kuskokwim River this year, and it will come with an additional restriction: no whitefish nets.

Fish and Game is closing the Kuskokwim River and salmon tributaries in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta to all gillnets on May 20.

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