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Cama-i 2015 celebrated the diversity of the YK Delta and world. Dean Swope /KYUK.

Cama-i 2015 celebrated the diversity of the YK Delta. Dean Swope /KYUK.

The Cama-i festival packed the Bethel Regional High School gym for a weekend of dancing, singing, and celebrating life in the YK Delta.

Traditional and modern dance groups from the YK Delta and native performers from across the country came to Bethel to express in song and dance this year’s timeless theme: Generations Celebrating Through Dance.

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YK Delta athletes competed in the state NYO competition. Logo courtesy of CIRI.

YK Delta athletes competed in the state NYO competition. Logo courtesy of CIRI.

Kipnuk’s Sigfurd Dock is a new state record holder in the seal hop. At the state Native Youth Olympics competition in Anchorage this weekend, Dock bested a 6-year-old record with a performance of 188 feet. Dock was one of several Lower Kuskokim School District athletes that contributed to the district bringing home the 2015 team title.
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An artist's rendering of the proposed YKHC expansion. Courtesy YKHC.

An artist’s rendering of the proposed YKHC expansion. Courtesy of YKHC.

The Alaska Legislature passed a bill Sunday that would allow regional health organizations like the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation access to financing through the Alaska Municipal Bond bank, which in the past has only financed municipal projects.
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Salmon on drying racks, Kuskokwim River. Photo by Shane Iverson, KYUK;

Salmon on drying racks, Kuskokwim River. Photo by Shane Iverson, KYUK

The Federal Subsistence Board is not taking any action now to federalize management of salmon stocks on the Kuskokwim or Yukon Rivers. The board voted unanimously Thursday afternoon to stay with the status quo now, but they would be ready to revisit the special actions on the Kuskokwim if it becomes necessary for conservation or to provide subsistence access.

The board met Thursday to consider proposals to have federal managers take control of management of the Kuskokwim and Yukon salmon fisheries on federal lands this summer, plus limit the fisheries to local residents, and develop an allocation strategy.
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Byron Nicholai will peform at Cama-i 2015. Photo courtesy of Byron Nicholai.

Byron Nicholai will peform at Cama-i 2015. Photo courtesy of Byron Nicholai.

Cama-i 2015 is right around the corner. This year the annual festival will take place in Bethel, April 17th through 19th. KYUK’s Daysha Eaton interviewed co-coordinator of Cama-i Dance Festival Linda Curda recently to get the details on this year’s festival.

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The Bethel City Council introduced an an ordinance for an alcohol advisory vote. Photo by Dean Swope /KYUK.

The Bethel City Council introduced an an ordinance for an alcohol advisory vote. Photo by Dean Swope /KYUK.

The Bethel City Council introduced two ordinances in their regular meeting to bring about community votes on future alcohol sales. One calls for an advisory vote on July 28th with five questions about whether the city should support several types of liquor licenses, while the second calls for a vote on a 12 percent alcohol tax.
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FBI staff were in a fact-finding trip in Bethel recently. Logo courtesy FBI.

FBI staff were in a fact-finding trip in Bethel recently. Logo courtesy FBI.

FBI staff were in Bethel recently on a fact finding mission related to an incident in which a former Bethel police officer arrested a man in a parking lot.

An FBI spokesperson says they are looking at a possible civil rights violation. It’s not an official investigation in the terms used by the FBI, but the spokesperson says they are looking into the incident after surveillance video surfaced earlier this month. The US Attorney’s office can use information from the FBI to decide whether or not to press charges. Read more →