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Dean Swope / KYUK

Alaska lawmakers haven’t passed a state budget, but with an almost four-billion dollar deficit, state-funded agencies are preparing for cuts as they plan their budgets for the next fiscal year.

Public Health Nursing is readying for a three to four million-dollar cut or about 20 percent of its budget starting July 1. That follows a five percent budget cut from last year.

Waterfowl Hunting and Egging Closed in YK Delta

May 25, 2016
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Federal wildlife managers have restricted YK Delta residents from waterfowl hunting and egg harvesting.

The closure runs from May 20 through June 20 during the nesting season. A special closure for Black Brants and Cackling Canada Geese will remain in effect until after July 10. Ray Born with the US Fish & Wildlife Service says the closure is meant to bring geese populations up.

Jerry White

In rural Alaska access to emergency medical care relies on many factors like distance, weather, and time of day. For one 10-year-old girl in Eek, emergency care also relied on one pilot’s good will after the child's traumatic bike accident. KYUK talked with the girl’s mother and the pilot who helped them out.


Opening day of AC Quickstop liquor store.
Geraldine Brink / KYUK

AC Quickstop opened Bethel’s first liquor store since the city banned alcohol sales in 1977. The store opened at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 3. KYUK reporter Anna Rose MacArthur showed up around a quarter till to find a line of around 10 people, waiting for the historic doors to open.

 Transcript:

Stelmach: “I want to be the first customer that walked into the liquor store in Bethel after 40 years. I’m going to hold onto the receipt as well. I’ll plaque it. And say, hey, ‘This is to lifted prohibition.’”

KRITFC Signs an MOU With USFWS

May 24, 2016
Charles Enoch / KYUK

The Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission signed a historic memorandum of understanding, or MOU, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agreement is the first formalization of co-management between the Alaska tribes along the Kuskokwim River and the federal government.


State budget cuts are making deep slashes across Alaska including the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. The state Legislature hasn’t passed a budget, but with an almost four-billion dollar deficit, state-funded groups are paring down as they prepare their own budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. With the whole University of Alaska system preparing for major cuts, administrators at Bethel’s UAF Kuskokwim Campus are whittling to the bone.


Bethel Police Arrest Suspect in Stabbing Incident

May 22, 2016
Bethel Police Department

After a week-long  investigation, Bethel Police have arrested 22-year-old Kyle Jones of Bethel as a suspect in a stabbing incident that occurred earlier this month.

The Bethel Police Department said in a press release, they got a call on Friday, May 13 around 2 a.m. that a male had been stabbed in the Pinky’s Park area of Bethel's City Subdivision.

Police identified the victim as William Pete. He was taken to the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation for treatment.

A U.S. Post Office has been closed for more than a week in the southwest Alaska village of Kwigillingok. After the lone office employee went on leave, residents were cut off from many essential services. 


Rep. Bob Herron, D-38, Bethel
Alaska State Legislature

The Alaska Legislature will enter a special session Monday with the main goal of passing a state budget and a way to pay for it before the next fiscal year. Gov. Bill Walker called the special session once the Legislature adjourned Wednesday without passing a budget after 121 days. KYUK spoke with Rep. Bob Herron of Bethel's House District 38 about the upcoming session and the goals ahead.

Tuntutuliak Resident Speaks Up About Lingering Oil

May 19, 2016

Locals are speaking up about oil spilled during a construction accident in the Tuntutuliak, or Qinaq, River. 


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