July 2011

When Andrew Guy became the new President and CEO of the Calista native corporation in October he brought with him a new set of goals. Profitability was among them. Now, as the Calista subsidiary Alaska Newspapers Inc. begins to shutdown there’s hope that some of the company’s news publications may survive under new ownership.

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Mike Shantz was appointed to the Bethel City Council during Tuesday night’s meeting. He’s filling the vacant seat left by Jennifer Schiedler, a seat which will be voted on by the public in the October municipal election. Shantz was the only person to apply for the seat. He says he came forward to give back to the community.

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Kelsey Wallace, 19 of Bethel, wearing the Miss WEIO sash. Photo courtesy of John Wallace.

Kelsey Wallace of Bethel had been dreaming about wearing a pageant crown since she was young. When the 19-year-old heard the World Eskimo Indian Olympics judges announce she was the cultural pageant winner, she says it felt unreal.

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When it comes to dental care in Rural Alaska, the need simply far outweighs available care. To help solve the problem, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium began a program to train mid-level providers or dental health aide therapists. Now 6 years later, a large group of dentists from the Lower 48 came to visit the Alaska-based program to see if they could mirror the efforts back home.

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The end of the Tundra Drums marks the end of an era for readers in Bethel and the YK Delta. The paper was one of six published weekly by Alaska Newspapers Inc., but The Drums was the local paper for the Yup’ik shareholders of ANI’s parent company, the Calista Corporation. Readers say efforts to save the chain also diminished the local significance of the paper before it folded.

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Alex DeMarban has been reporting on Rural Alaska for thirteen years, the better part of that has been with Alaska Newspapers Incorporated. The award-winning reporter was the sole full-time reporter for the Tundra Drums in 2010 when it was awarded Best Weekly Newspaper by the Alaska Press Club. As the newspaper chain shuts down, DeMarban offers his insight into the role of The Drums and the embattled newspaper industry.

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The Unites States Postal service is proposing to shut down offices in some of the YK Delta’s smallest communities. It’s part of a federal money saving plan to trim 200 million dollars from their budget.

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Link: Complete list of affected Alaska USPS offices

*Story produced with help from Ed Schoenfeld – Coast Alaska, and Libby Casey – APRN.

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