May 2011

Mike McIntyre, 27, of Bethel.

Bethel musician, Mike McIntyre, received a $5,000 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation to pursue his music. He plans to make a full-length album, entirely in Yup’ik. To hear McIntyre talk about the album, listen to this story:

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Listen to the whole song, Wiinga Ellpetllu:

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New restrictions on Kuskokwim tributary rivers were officially announced on Tuesday by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The rules go into effect at the beginning of June, and they’re meant to increase King Salmon escapement numbers.

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Photo courtesy of Tiffany Tony, Yuut Elitnaurviat.


Senator Lyman Hoffman of Bethel was recognized for his work in public service on Friday. Regional leaders gathered at Yuut Elitnaurviat and talked about how Hoffman has helped the Y-K Delta over the last few decades.

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Andrew Simmons, host of the Wednesday Evening Slow- Down Show, will honor Bob Dylan's musical legacy on his show Wednesday, May 25th.

Tune in to KYUK 640 AM this Wednesday evening, May 25th from 8-9 pm for a special edition of The Wednesday Evening Slow-Down Show featuring the music of Bob Dylan. Host Andrew Simmons follows Dylan’s music over the past fifty years to celebrate Dylan’s 70th birthday and to reintroduce listeners to the sounds of one of the most influential musicians of our time.

The Wednesday Evening Slow-Down Show typically features a mix from the past sixty years of recorded music, including anything from early blues to modern rock and alternative country to independent music. Some artists he has featured during past shows include Bob Marley, Willie Nelson, Devendra Banhart, the Grateful Dead, Otis Redding, Justin Townes Earle, Neko Case, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Dire Straits to name a few.

Andrew enjoys learning about and listening to new music, and he hopes you’re able to slow-down, relax and enjoy his show every Wednesday evening from 8-9 pm.

GCI says their summer construction season is officially underway following the arrival of their first barge shipment of materials and equipment. The company is one of three building a high speed internet system for the YK Delta.

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The Alaska Legislature passed a capitol budget and now its up to the Governor to decide if the projects stay in. The AVCP region received over $183 million in specific projects. That includes nearly $100 million for schools, $25 million for Bethel’s airport, and $17 million for a hydro-electric project. House District 38 Representative, Bob Herron of Bethel, talks about the regional outcome:

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For a breakdown of local projects, check out this list from Senator Lyman Hoffman’s office: Y-K Delta capitol projects

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Alaska State Troopers say that Yvonne Bell, age 20 of Hooper Bay, was discovered dead just after midnight in the early hours of Sunday morning. After an initial investigation, Troopers are ruling the death a suicide. Read more →