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Rescuers Are Tough, And So Are Their Stories

Mar 17, 2017
Johanna Eurich / KYUK

Some of them are grizzled old men, some are younger. They come from fifty communities throughout the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and they are in one room talking about how to find the lost, the missing, and the dead. They would all object to being called heroes. 

Many of these Search and Rescue volunteers are like Paul Andrews from Emmonak and have tough stories to tell. Like the first time he found and brought home the dead.

House Majority Defends VPSO Program From Budget Knives

Mar 17, 2017

The House has been holding voting on the budget all week and they are still hot at it.

all minority amendments that would cut the

The Republican-led minority put up several amendments that would have cut the program's budget, but Rep. Fansler stood each time to defend the program. The majority voted each of those amendments down, one right after the other.

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The opening games of the 2017 ASAA March Madness Alaska 1A games began Wednesday, March 15.

The Scammon Bay Girls team won their match against Tri-Valley with a final score of 90 to 46. The Scammon Bay Boys took on the Klawock Chieftans but were unable to secure the win, coming up with 39 points to Klawock's 66.

Pete Kaiser Reaches Nome In Under Nine Days

Mar 16, 2017
Dean Swope / KYUK

Bethel dog musher Pete Kaiser arrived in Nome yesterday, taking 9th place in the 2017 Iditarod. It 's not the highest placing he has had in the race, but he was happy with it, and happy with the way his young leaders took his team into the chute under the burled arch on Front Street.

Kaiser dropped some of the older dogs he usually depends on to lead his team, and went with some two-year-olds instead. 

"I didn't know what they were going to do, but a lot of them made it here and it was the silver lining in this trip was how well the young dogs did."

Aniak Musher Richie Diehl Arrives in Nome

Mar 16, 2017
Richie Diehl
Katie Basile / KYUK

Aniak musher Richie Diehl crossed the finish line on Nome's Front Street yesterday evening.

He drove his 11 dog team under the burled arch at 8:33 p.m. on Wednesday to become the 24th musher to finish this year's Iditarod. 

Diehl completed the thousand-mile race in 9 days, 8 hours, 33 minutes, and 22 seconds.  

Pete Kaiser Earns Top Ten Iditarod Finish

Mar 15, 2017
Chris Pike / KYUK

Bethel's own Pete Kaiser crossed under the burled arch in Nome this morning, coming in ninth in the 2017 Iditarod a bit behind Two Rivers musher Aliy Zirkle. The two left White Mountain within minutes of each other and traded the lead back and forth. First Pete was in front; then Aliy. They mushed so close together that at times they almost ran into each other. Zirkle said she wanted to put glow tape on Pete so she could keep track of him. 

Inebriates, Taxis, and Hotels Are A Bad Mix

Mar 15, 2017
Dean Swope / KYUK

One of Bethel's hotels wants help from the city council in dealing with people who have been drinking.

Juan Delgado with Delta Cottages stood up and told the council that the owners of the hotel want the city to stop taxi cabs from dropping inebriated customers at their door. He says that the hotel doesn't rent rooms to people who are drinking because they damage the property and threaten the guests. He says that his insurance won't cover all the damage caused by intoxicated hotel patrons.

Police Want To Fill Ranks With Locals

Mar 15, 2017
KYUK Staff

The Bethel Police Department wants to hire more local people. Along with the Bethel Fire Department, it is setting up shop at Thursday's job fair at the Cultural Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Natalie Hayes, the Dispatch Supervisor, is among the people who will be there to talk about careers in community policing.

Senate Plan Eliminates Public Broadcasting Funds

Mar 15, 2017
Dean Swope / KYUK

Zero state funds would go towards public broadcasting under the budget proposed by the state senate.

KYUK General Manager Shane Iverson says that such a cut would eliminate all the programs and services that residents of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have relied on for decades.

"So things like ARCS television, that would be eliminated. As far as radio, Talk of Alaska, Alaska News Nightly, Alaska Morning News, 360 North... I mean, these are some trademarks of what public broadcasting is in Alaska. This proposed budget would eliminate them."

Red Cross Delivers Free Smoke Alarms

Mar 15, 2017

The Red Cross is bringing free smoke alarms right to your door.

It's their Regional Home Fire Campaign and it is coming to Bethel this weekend.

Lisa Miller, the Regional Communications officer with Alaska's Red Cross, says that they will be knocking on the doors at the Bethel mobile home park on Saturday.

"Just be home if they're in the mobile home park. Just be home and, you know, open the door when you hear somebody knocking."

Miller says the goal is to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent.