March 2013

A pond was created on the tundra from a broken water pipe near Bethel High School, March 29. Photo by Dean Swope

A pond was created on the tundra from a broken water pipe near Bethel High School, March 29. Photo by Dean Swope

When Grace Lieb of Bethel woke up this morning, she didn’t have any water running in her house. She says she got up at 6:30 and started the coffee pot with water from a pitcher. She didn’t notice anything was wrong until she tried to take a shower. “Water was just trickling out of the pipe,” Lieb said.

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Peter Atchak and DMVA Commissioner Katkus pose with Atchak's award.

Peter Atchak and DMVA Commissioner Katkus pose with Atchak’s award.

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs honored longtime river watch and search and rescue volunteer, Peter Atchak, at a recent Bethel ceremony. Atchak has retired after a decade of service.

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Dr. Paul John studentsYup’ik leader, Dr. Paul John, was here in Bethel last week giving a lecture. We’ve reported on the Yup’ik advice he gave to listeners. As KYUK’s Sophie Evan reports, he ended his speech with a very short Yup’ik story. Sophie Evan has more.

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A hot topic of discussion for this week had the hosts and listeners going back and forth about recent comments made by Alaska Representative Don Young. One thing everyone could agree on was the appreciation for all Vietnam Veterans, as many callers phoned in thanking those for their service on this Vietnam Day.

Listeners were also reminded of many fast approaching deadlines such as applying for the PFD, scoping comments for the Donlin Gold mine and the Citgo Free Oil Program vouchers. Listen to the full program below.

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Senator Lisa Murkowski will be kicking-off a two meeting series of subsistence listening sessions in Bethel this Tuesday, April the 2nd, at 2pm at Yuut Elitnaurviat, or “The People’s Learning Center”.

The purpose is to provide a forum for Alaskans to be heard on issues relating to culture and food security, and for those comments to be taken back to Washing D.C., according to a press release from Murkowski’s office.

KYUK 640AM will broadcast the session in it’s entirety from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Her office is also working with staff from Yuut Elitnaurviat to provide a live video stream of the session on her website.

If you’d like to provide comments but can’t attend the hearing you can submit them on Murkowski’s subsistence page.

The other meeting will be held in the Copper River Basin area this May.

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Relief for fisheries disasters declared last year is one step closer to the fishermen in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski was able to include a fisheries disaster amendment to the budget resolution that recently passed the Senate. It includes disaster funds for states impacted by fishery disasters in 2012. Murkowski says it’s a positive step forward but cautions that there are no checks in the mail yet.
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Alaska State Troopers say 32-year-old George Evan left Bethel early yesterday morning on his way to Kongiginak when he became destitute. Read more →