February 2012

The Lower Yukon Advisory Committee Meeting that was scheduled to meet in St. Mary’s February 28th has been postponed due to weather. Read more →

Happy ending after storm

by Sophie Evan on February 28, 2012

Two overdue snowmachine travelers made it home safely after waiting out the last storm. 

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Richie Diehl wins Aniak 150

by Mark Arehart on February 28, 2012

Richie Diehl of Aniak took home the top prize in this year’s Aniak 150 sled dog race over the weekend. The five-team race was highly competitive, with just 54 minutes separating first place and the red lantern.

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The Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team, or WAANT, has made a heroin and meth bust in Dillingham. 

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Watch Sizzle Reel on PBS. See more from PBS Online Film Festival.

PBS has launched its first Online Film Festival and showcase of twenty
short films from independent filmmakers. The Festival, featuring award-winning films with a wide array of styles, perspectives and subject matter, will run from February 27 through March 30 and can be accessed via the PBS website and the PBS YouTube channel.

“The theme of the PBS Online Film Festival is ‘Watch Us Surprise You,’ as we think many will be surprised by the depth and breadth of video content that’s available on PBS.org,” said Jason Seiken, Senior Vice President of Interactive, Product Development and Innovation for PBS. “PBS and member stations have always been a home for independent film and we’re excited to launch this first Festival and introduce viewers to these diverse stories and voices.”

A People’s Choice award will be given to the film with the most votes. Visitors can vote for their favorite film by “liking” it either on the Festival’s page on PBS.org or the PBS YouTube channel. The overall winner will receive top placement on the PBS.org homepage, video portal and YouTube page, promotion on PBS’s social media channels and an official badge for their site.

NAPT Films Featured in the Festival:

I Survived (Playing Now),
Kiera Lasiloo (Zuni/Cochiti Pueblo)

A first-hand account of Sgt. Samuel Tapia’s experience when his convoy hit a roadside bomb.

The Migration (March 19),
Cody Harjo (Seminole/Otoe/Creek) & Sydney Freeland (Navajo)

In a future wracked by global warming and controlled by an authoritarian government, an American Indian family goes into hiding, holding out one last hope for the planet’s survival.

Horse You See (March 26),
Melissa Henry (Navajo)

Ross, a Navajo horse, explains the very essence of being himself.

Winter is not the only season right now. We are also in the midst of the sunspot season which is causing satellite programming interruptions to our TV and radio signals as well as our Internet services.

The sunspots generally happen around noon – 1PM Alaska time and they typically last 7-12 minutes. However,sunspots also affect the uplink side of the signal path. The NPR uplink, being based on the east coast, will experience outages around 9-10AM our time. This has interrupted Native America Calling the past two days.

This solar cycle, called cycle 24, is expected to peak in July of 2013. We will be experiencing more intensive outages during the vernal (February/March) and autumnal (September/October) equinoxes for the next 2-3 years.

Obviously we can’t control the sun, but here at KYUK, we’ll do our best to keep aware of interruptions, substitute programming when we need to, and let our audience know what’s happening.

Steven Boney and Gux Laraux entered this year’s Iron Dog snowmachine race as rookies. After their finish of the grueling 1,600 mile race Saturday afternoon… you can call them veterans.

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Our Bethel Warriors and Lady Warriors travel to Anchorage this week to compete in the 2012 Western Conference Tournament beginning this Wednesday, February 20. The top two teams from the tournament will advance to the Alaska State Tournament; the others will see their season end.

You don’t have to buy a plane ticket to catch the action. KYUK 640 AM will air live coverage of the games all weekend. Join us beginning on Wednesday for the first round of games. Come back to this page for updates as the tournament progresses.

Wednesday, February 29
Bethel Lady Warriors vs. Dillingham Lady Wolverines, 2:45 p.m.
Bethel Warriors vs. Unalaska Raiders, 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 1
TBA

Friday, March 2
TBA

Saturday, March 3
TBA

2012 Western Conference brackets