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Roderick Phillip, the Puvurnaq Power Company's manager, stands in front of Kongiganak's power plant.
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

In the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, staying warm through the winter can cost you. Families spend hundreds of dollars a month on heating fuel, and communities like Kongiganak, colloquially known as Kong, are trying to change that.

After years of hard work, the village's utility company has not only managed to cut some of its residents’ heating bills in half, but built a revolutionary microgrid along the way.


LKSD's 2017 Teacher of the Year Lynn Mellor with BRHS Senior Ray Daniel, photographed in Mellor's classroom on November 1, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

 

Bethel Regional High School’s own Lynn Mellor is this year’s Lower Kuskokwim School District Teacher of the Year. KYUK caught up with the English teacher in her classroom this week to find out what it takes to earn the distinguished title.

 

 


The Kuskokwim river by Aniak in late October 2017.
Dave Cannon / KYUK

Though it’s November, temperatures are above freezing, and the Kuskokwim is running ice-free. After a warm front swept through the region last week, rising temperatures and rain melted the little ice that had formed.

Mark Leary has been measuring the Kuskokwim’s ice thickness for the National Weather Service for 20 years. Standing on the bank of the river in front of Bethel on Thursday, he told KYUK that this open water is unusual, but that we have been here before.


Isaiah Charles from Newtok competes in the one-foot high kick.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

Native Youth Olympics is the sport to watch this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, two NYO Invitationals are happening in the Lower Kuskokwim School District. One in Bethel at Gladys Jung Elementary, the other in Mekoryuk at the Nuniwarmiut School.

After giving kids a good fright, Bev Hoffman emerges from her hiding spot to give Trick or Treaters a hug.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The spookiest house in Bethel is may have held its final scare on Tuesday evening. For years, Bev Hoffman and John McDonald have transformed their cozy home into a haunted house for Halloween.


A Special Bethel City Council Meeting has been called for Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. to consider lifting the city's protest of Alaska Commercial Company's liquor license application.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

A Special Bethel City Council Meeting has been called for Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. to consider lifting the city's protest of Alaska Commercial Company's liquor license application.

 

Lisa Demer, ADN Western Alaska correspondent, in April 2017 outside her Bethel home/office.
Lisa Demer / Alaska Dispatch News

Alaska Dispatch News reporter Lisa Demer is really going to miss Bethel. After covering Western Alaska for three years, the paper has pulled Demer back to Anchorage following a large reduction in staff. Demer has become a friend to the region and hopes to continue covering the area.

The State of Alaska courthouse in Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope/KYUK

He never did it when he was sober, but Kenneth Dostert stole things when he drank. The 22-year-old Bethel resident was sentenced to 7 months in prison yesterday, after pleading guilty to a string of theft and assault charges.

Repairs to the YK Fitness Center are mostly complete, with some minor fixes remaining and a piece of equipment for maintenance work still needing to be purchased.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Repairs to the YK Fitness Center are mostly complete, according to an email sent to the Bethel City Council by City Manager Peter Williams. Some minor details remain, and a piece of equipment needed for maintenance work still needs to be purchased. The email goes back over the history of work that was done.

Bethel's Legislative Information Office.
Dean Swope/KYUK

Tonight is your last chance to tell the State Legislature what you think about revisions to the criminal justice code.

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