August 2012

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The Bethel airport is busy. It’s the third busiest passenger airport in the state and the second busiest cargo airport in the state. But the coming and going of airplanes, people and materials has been a lot more complicated this summer because of the on-going construction there. High winds, which are common in the region, is all it takes for a flight delay or cancellation. The project to resurface the run-way has cut the size in half, which has prevented many larger planes from landing. Instrument approaches have been closed by the FAA. Some say over 100 Alaska Airlines flights alone have been affected this summer.

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This week Zach Fansler, Diane McEachern, and Joe Moses reunited in KYUK’s studios. While McEachern was anxious to share her thoughts regarding the Republican National Convention local callers brought up topics such as the ever popular Calista Corporation instead. Two major points of contention for the community of Bethel that were discussed throughout the show included the abundance of loose dogs and the AC parking lot, affectionately referred to by Fansler as, “The Rodeo”.

Moses expressed his pride for his community’s compassion and support as calls were received regarding an upcoming fundraiser for Diesel Geerdts; a Bethel youth who is currently in Seattle seeking treatment for a recent motorbike accident. Search and Rescue also called in to discuss the on-going search for Marshall resident, Paul Tinker.

Tune into KYUK 640 AM every Friday at 10:00 A.M. to catch Talk Line live and join in on the discussion.

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Red Devil mine. Photo from blm.gov

Cleanup at the Red Devil mine site is getting special attention from the state’s administration. Attorney General, Mike Geraghty, under the direction of the Governor, is requesting that the old mercury mine site be put on the National Priorities List. The mine opened in 1933 and over nearly four decades, extracted over 2.5 million pounds of mercury.

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Myron Rosenberg's photo of Lucy Beaver and her great-grandson.

One of the most renowned Yup’ik skin sewers has died. Lucy Beaver passed away in Anchorage August 23. No one’s exactly sure how old she was but according to her own accounts, it could have been 113 years. She was an icon within the Yup’ik community and was known for making mukluks, or Yup’ik winter boots for hundreds—some even say thousands-of people over the years.

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WAANT, or the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team made two different arrests earlier this week. Read more →

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LKSD produces filmmakers

by Sophie Evan on August 30, 2012

The Lower Kuskokwim School District is the largest rural school district in the State of Alaska. Its headquartered here in Bethel at what was once a dormitory to house Y-K Delta high school students in the 70’s. Even though schools were closed this summer, LKSD still had a busy season with two summer programs—the Summer Institute and a filmmaking academy for students.

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