The Office of Children’s Services Building in Bethel. (Photo by Lakeidra Chavis/KYUK)
A new foster care program aimed at helping keep Western children in their communities is in-development. It incorporates therapeutic methods to help fix behavioral issues in the home that might be affecting both the child and parent. But the program is facing problems with one major hiccup–no one has signed up yet.
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The former entrance of Ayaprun Elitnaurviat Yup’ik immersion school Wednesday morning. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.
Updated 5:00 p.m.
Fire marshals are on the scene in Bethel investigating the Kilbuck campus fire. They are photographing the site, talking with the fire department, and interviewing witnesses, trying to assess the damage and cause of the destruction.
“We’re not ruling out anything at this point. But we don’t have anything to offer as far as what caused the fire. So everything you’ve heard so far is rumor and/or speculation,” said Bill Howell, chief of Bethel’s fire department. Read more →
Bethel City Council discusses the proposed ordinance overhauling the city’s alcohol laws. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.
The City of Bethel is working towards declaring a state of emergency after a fire destroyed the Kilbuck campus, housing two schools and dorm buildings.
“We have approximately 300 school children that just lost their school and all the disruptions to that community,” Mayor Rick Robb said, presenting the proposed declaration at Tuesday’s city council meeting after contacting the Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Management earlier that day.
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Bethel fire fighters dousing the Kilbuck campus fire around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.
The Lower Kuskokwim School District is looking for temporary classrooms and dorms for students displaced by the Kilbuck campus fire.
If you have an open facility, please email Joshua Gill, Director of Personnel and Student Services for the Lower Kuskokwim School District, at email@example.com with the building’s name, capacity, available timeframe and accessible resources like kitchen space.
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Fire crews work to calm fire at the Kilbuck building Tuesday morning. (Photo by Dean Swope/ KYUK)
Community members can drop off donations for students displaced by the Yup’ik Immersion School fire, Tuesday evening by 9 p.m.
About 40 Kuskokwim Learning Academy students were displaced after the fire destroyed the Yup’ik Immersion School’s Kilbuck building. Items can be dropped off at the Yuut Elitnairviat dormitories near the basketball courts, and on the porch of the red-colored dormitory near the district office.
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Fire crews battle a fire at Kilbuck school early Tuesday morning. Photo by Shane Iverson/KYUK.
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Updated at 5:30 p.m.
Emergency crews remain on-site at the Bethel Kilbuck campus after flames broke out early this morning, demolishing the Ayaprun Elitnaurviat elementary school.
“The actual immersion school is flat. The immersion school itself K-6 is not standing,” said Joshua Gill, Director of Personnel and Student Services for the Lower Kuskokwim School District.
Charred remains of the building lay smoldering in billowing white smoke. The operation and maintenance sections of the campus and the lockers holding the students’ school supplies and indoor shoes have also been destroyed. Read more →
Community members sort through donated items at the ninth annual Donlin Gold Extravaganza. (Photo by Lakeidra Chavis/ KYUK)
More than one hundred people attended the Donlin Gold Clothing Extravaganza in Bethel, last Friday afternoon.
Before the event started at 4:30 p.m., there was already a line at the door.
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Bea Kristovich at her home in Bethel. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.
Last month Bea Kristovich of the native village of Napaimute became the first woman to be elected second traditional chief of the Association of Village Council Presidents, or AVCP.
AVCP is a non-profit organization representing 56 villages across the YK Delta.
The traditional chief acts as a figurehead, opening meetings, saying prayers and offering traditional knowledge and guidance. The second chief takes over when the first chief, currently Peter Moore of the Native Village of Emmonak, can no longer perform his duties.
Host Anna Rose MacArthur talked with Kristovich at her home in Bethel about her election, how she would like to see the responsibility of traditional chief evolve, and the changing role of women in the region.
Delta Affairs Weekly airs every Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Susan Murphy presents the proclamation to Harry Nevak at the District Office. Photo by Charles Enoch
A school employee in the village of Newtok was recognized for his role in stopping a school shooting attempt. The Lower Kuskokwim School District Board of Education recognized Harry Nevak for disarming a teenager just outside of a school in the Southwestern Alaska village.
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Council member Nikki Hoffman at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.
Bethel City Council is debating whether members should move to city-issued laptops or tablets to conduct city business.
Council member Nikki Hoffman brought the issue to the council after refusing to use her personal devices to conduct council business like checking emails and writing amendments for proposed ordinances–in case those devices were ever confiscated and searched for public documents. Read more →