November 2011

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Aniak pilot, Stephen Hill, died in a plane crash Tuesday night. He is the owner of Inland Aviation and was flying a company Cessna 207 to the Kuskokwim village of Chuathbaluk when he crashed. The 61-year-old pilot was the only one on board. He departed Aniak for the village at about 7 p.m. Read more →

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The City of Bethel has some big water and sewer projects it will need to accomplish in the future, but to deliver them Mayor Joseph Klejka says the City will need to take several corrective steps, and one of them would result in higher rates.

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New voices, new faces

by Mike Martz on November 30, 2011

The past several months have been a time of transition within our KYUK family.  In late October, after many years of devoted service as a radio DJ and program manager,  David Twitchell moved on to new opportunities in the juvenile justice system in the Mat-Su Valley.

News reporter Shane Iverson is currently transitioning from the News department to the Radio department to assume the responsibilities of Director of Radio Programming and Operations.  He has enthusiastically embraced his new duties and has many new ideas to improve our radio programming on both 640 AM and 90.3 FM.

Replacing Shane in the newsroom will be Mark Arehart.  Mark hails from Omaha Nebraska and is a recent graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism.  Mark should be in Bethel by December 1st (weather permitting).  He is eager to get here, get settled and begin working as a reporter.

Also joining our radio staff will be Kristin Hall.  Kristin is originally from Chicago and has lived in Bethel for about 2 years.  She co-hosts a volunteer radio show on Monday nights.  Kristin will assume the duties of On-air Host/Announcer and Production Coordinator on December 5th.

We are still in need of a Yup’ik News Translator.  This part time position is with our News department.  Additional details are available in the Opportunities section of the website.

After many years without a fundraising and development coordinator, we were fortunate to be able to bring Bing Santimore on board earlier in November to assume that important position.  Bing has been working hard to boost our local underwriting.  She is developing ideas for new fundraising events and has been soliciting membership donations.   She manages the KYUK table at the Saturday Market where you can stop by to make a membership donation or to look over our collection of DVDs, CDs and other KYUK merchandise.

And on the topic of DVDs, the new 2011 Cama-i Dance Festival Highlights program is now available for purchase.  Stop by the KYUK table at the Saturday Markets at the Yup’ik Cultural Center or at the station or call 543-3131 to order a copy.

Finally,  I want to extend our wishes to all the people in the Y/K Delta for a safe and joyous holiday season.

Thank you for your support of public media for Bethel and the Delta region.

 

A new study by an environmental group shows that sled dogs on the Yukon River have higher levels of mercury than other sled dogs eating a commercial diet. The mercury is thought to counteract some of the antioxidant benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids in the salmon diet. However, the study suggests the health benefits of eating salmon still outweigh the risks of mercury.

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Alaska State Troopers report that Charlie Kanrilak, age 31 of Tununak, assaulted his father with a cane and then met first responders with a rifle when they came to his door.

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Officer Sammul Symmes followed police procedure when he dispatched of the Popiel family’s dog in March of this year with two shots to the head after he reports it became aggressive. That’s the conclusion of an internal investigation into the the shooting which found at least two other neighbors had problems with the dog and many reported that it was frequently loose.

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