August 2011

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Tune in on Friday September 23rd for another edition of the Calista Call In Show.   Get your questions ready for this live show where listeners are encouraged to call in to talk with their regional corporation leaders every third Friday of the month at 11 am on KYUK’s 640 AM station or stream the show live from our website.  This Friday join Calista CEO Andrew Guy and Alba Brice who will be discussing the Brice family of companies.

Preliminary design for the BATH center.

Bethel city council has come up with a capitol priorities list to send to Juneau. Top of the list is a request for $4 million to dredge the small boat harbor. Second on the list is $1.5 million to repair the floor at the city shop. And finally, $350,000 dollars for a fire truck replacement. What’s not on the list this year-the BATH center-is a glaring omission, according to some residents.

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It’s been about 10 years since the Bethel small boat harbor has been dredged. Port Director, Pete Williams, says requesting $4 million from the State is actually a scaled back version of what fixes need to be done at the boat harbor.

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It will be the third hunt since the five year moose hunting moratorium ended. Over 1,300 hunters have registered to participate in this season’s lower Kuskokwim moose hunt, and a few hundred more applications could be headed in from the village.

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Front L to R: James Martz, Clarisse Jensen, Max Kohl. Rear L to R: Jeremy Osborne, Program Director; Dennis Dishion, Instructor; Kurt Kuhne, Executive Director. Photo by Mike Martz

The Yuut Elitnaurviat training center awarded certificates on Wednesday August 31st to the first three graduates in its construction and maintenance training program.  Clarisse Jensen, Max Kohl and James Martz received their certificates in a ceremony held at the Yuut Elitnaurviat multi-purpose room.

The three graduates were part of the first group to participate in the construction and maintenance program completing a total of 765 hours of construction and classroom work, Kurt Kuhne, executive director, said.  Kuhne went on to say that the program is a combination of both construction training and academic courses in human relations and communications designed to provide a solid foundation of work skills for the participants. Read more →

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One of the highest profile murder cases in Bethel history is headed to trial soon, but just how involved local residents will be is still unclear. The trial for the torture and murder of 19-year-old Benjamin Kaiser in Bethel last October has been moved to Fairbanks. The court has promised that people in Bethel can attend telephonically, but at the last hearing, not even the prosecuting attorney in Bethel was able to participate. “This is unacceptable,” said attorney June Stein.

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Lower Yukon fishers continue to sell fall chum and coho as both runs are healthy, according to state biologists. The harvests are an economic relief for Lower Yukon fishers who live in an area with the highest unemployment rate in the State. Read more →