January 2014

Both Varsity squads from Bethel Regional High School entered their second game of the Donlin Gold Classic basketball tournament coming off wins in the prior night. The boys squad was able to continue their winning ways, and cruised to a big win over the Bulldogs of Nikiski High School 58-28. Bethel’s Ito Naneng led all scorers in Friday night’s opening match-up with 23 points.

The Lady Warriors then took the the floor following the boys’ decisive victory, and went on to engage a second exciting and close battle in as many nights. The Lady Warriors were held scoreless in the first quarter, but were not trailing by much as they were able to hold the Lady Bulldogs of Nikiski to just three points. Bethel would re-gain the lead by the end of the first half, but that was the last time they would end a quarter with a leadying tally. The final minutes of the game provided piles of back-and-forth action and scoring, and Bethel would have an opportunity to tie the game late but were unable to convert their scoring chances. The final buzzer would sound with Nikiski winning 35-32. Bethel was led in scoring by Angela Thomas and Riana Joseph, both of whom finished with 8 points.

Both varsity squads are back in action tomorrow night. The Lady Warriors take on Newhalen starting at 6:00pm, and the boys take on Bristol Bay in the 2014 Donlin Gold Classic championship game starting at 7:30pm.
KYUK 640-AM will have live coverage of both those games.

01.31.2014 English news web

Rural Alaskans are generally skilled at finding ways to ship in goods, sometimes cheaper than they can find them at local stores. Bethel resident, Bob Carlson, has been mailing 70-pound packages from Anchorage for over 20 years. When he’s in the city, he packs up groceries and goods and makes sure that the scale reads exactly 70 pounds. That way he’ll get the largest savings at the post office.
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This particular edition of Talk Line was dubbed as the greatest show of recent decades by one frequent listener and caller. The show started off with all three of the normal hosts, however, Diane had to bow out early due to an all-to-frequent voice loss and cough. As they say, “the show must go on,” and it certainly did.

Callers this week brought up a wide range of topics including upcoming local events, the unsafe conditions on the river, the want for a Dairy Queen in Bethel, the removal of and banquet for former YKHC head Gene Peltola, recent rate changes from the United States Postal Service, and the show closed with a heartwarming story of a lost dog that returned home after running off during the K300 fireworks.

Catch Talk Line live every Friday morning starting at 10am on 640AM KYUK, or stream it live at KYUK.org.

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The Bethel City council will hold a special meeting Saturday morning. The council made decision to call a special meeting at the very end of its regular meeting on Tuesday, after holding executive session. The published agenda includes just two items. The first is a look at the possibility of hiring an independent auditor or investigator to review the way the city issues contracts, and a look at personnel polices, and the associated budgets.
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The YK-Delta’s first nursing home opened in October of 2013. Although the need is great, there continue to be empty beds at the home. In the four months since welcoming in residents, it hasn’t achieved the federal certification that’s necessary to be paid by Medicare and Medicaid.

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01.30.2014 English news

The Donlin Gold Basketball Tournament is going on this weekend at Bethel Regional High School.
Below is a list of game-times and the stations with live coverage.

Thursday:
2pm- Nikiski vs Newhalen (girls) KSRM
330pm- Nikiski vs Bristol Bay (boys) KSRM & KAKN
6 & 730pm- Bethel vs. Dillingham (girls and boys) KYUK 640AM & KDLG

Friday:
2pm- Bristol Bay vs Dillingham- KDLG & KAKN
330pm- Newhalen vs. Dillingham- KDLG & KAKN
6 & 730pm- Bethel vs. Nikiski (boys and girls) – KYUK 640AM & KSRM

Saturday:
2pm- Nikiski vs Dillingham (girls)- KSRM
330pm- Nikiski vs. Dillingham (boys)- KSRM
6pm- Bethel vs. Newhalen (girls)- KYUK 640AM
730pm- Bethel vs. Bristol Bay (boys)- KYUK 640AM

"Bottomless" overflow like this is present between Bethel and the Johnson River. Photo/BSAR.

“Bottomless” overflow like this is present between Bethel and the Johnson River. Photo/BSAR.

The volunteer group Bethel Search and Rescue did an aerial survey of the Kuskokwim River ice, Jan. 29. They traveled with Alaska State Trooper pilot Earl Samuelson from the Johnson River upstream to Tuluksak. They found that the extended warm weather has deteriorated travel conditions but the low snow pack and small amount of rainfall has kept the amount of runoff flowing into the Kuskokwim minimal.
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