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Dan Winkleman thanks Representative Bob Herron. Photo by Charles Enoch

Dan Winkleman thanks Representative Bob Herron. Photo by Charles Enoch

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation wrapped up the first day of their annual Tribal Unity Gathering in Bethel. This year’s theme is “Building Wellness Together.” Tribal leaders discussed the state of health in the YK Delta and the corporations plans for the future health and wellbeing of the region.
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Kuskokwim ice rotting upriver from Bethel.

Kuskokwim ice rotting upriver from Bethel. Photo by John Wassilie

Bethel Search and rescue cautioning people not to take cars or trucks on the Kuskokwim River. They say the situation is also dangerous enough and that snowmachines should also stay off the river as much as possible.
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Tentative image of the YKHC expansion and renovation. Image courtesy of Dan Winkelman, YKHC President and CEO.

Tentative image of the YKHC expansion and renovation. Image courtesy of Dan Winkelman, YKHC President and CEO.

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is one step closer to expanding its hospital with the hope of improving health care in the region. Last week YKHC signed a joint venture construction agreement with Indian Health Services.

“I’ve been waiting 14 years to sign that agreement on March 29. So it’s been a dream of the company’s,” YKHC President and CEO Dan Winkleman said.

According to the agreement, YKHC will construct a new facility and IHS will request money from Congress to staff and operate the building. Read more →

David Hames, age 50 of Bethel. Photo courtesy of BPD

David Hames, age 50 of Bethel. Photo courtesy of BPD

Bethel Police are searching for an escaped inmate who’s fled the Tundra Center Corrections Facility.

50-year-old David Hames of Bethel escaped the facility yesterday with 28-year-old Thaddues Johnson, also from Bethel.
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The Alaska State Troopers badge. Courtesy of AST

The Alaska State Troopers badge. Courtesy of AST

Alaska State Troopers and members of the Bethel Search and Rescue recovered the remains of 28-year-old David George Paul of Napaskiak on Friday.
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The New Guy in Town

by Shane Iverson on April 4, 2016

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Adrian Wagner is KYUK’s newest addition to its news team.
Longtime KYUK voice John Active sits down with Adrian for a short introduction to our community.

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Kuskokwim River flooding near Chuathbaluk after the initial snow melt last week. (Photo courtesy of Mark Leary.)

Kuskokwim River flooding near Chuathbaluk after the initial snow melt last week. (Photo courtesy of Mark Leary.)

Upriver travel has just gotten harder. Ice crews have removed road markers between Tuluksak and Kalskag and are advising no more truck traffic between these points. That means people upriver will be staying in place or shelling out money for airfare until breakup.

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20160401_Toksook Bay Camai 2016_Photo by Dean Swope_004This weekend marked the passage of the 2016 Cama-i Tradition Dance Festival in Bethel. The over thirty-year-old celebration took place in the Bethel Regional High School, KYUK listened to a few of the stories behind some of the weekends performances.

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John Active translating into Yup'ik the Bethel public comment meeting for the proposed Donlin Creek mine draft EIS. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

John Active translating into Yup’ik the Bethel public comment meeting for the proposed Donlin Creek mine draft EIS. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

One month remains to comment on the proposed Donlin Gold mine draft environmental impact statement, or EIS.

The draft EIS is meant to be an unbiased disclosure of known or anticipated impacts from the proposed mine. The document spans 5,384 pages. Because of the length of the document and the possible impacts the proposed project could have on the region, some people are requesting an extension on the public comment period.

KYUK spoke with two people about the EIS process: Sheila Newman and Dave Cannon.

Sheila Newman is the Special Actions Chief for the US Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Division. She is one of the top people who makes a recommendation on whether or not to extend the public comment period.

Listen to an interview with Sheila Newman: 

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Dave Cannon is a fish biologist who works in Aniak as the Solid Waste and Water Quality Coordinator for the Kuskokwim Watershed Council. He’s holding workshops around the region to help people understand the draft EIS and create effective comments.

Listen to an interview with with Dave Cannon:

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Richie Diehl mushes towards the finish line of the 2016 K300.  Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK

Richie Diehl mushes towards the finish line of the 2016 K300. Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK

The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race is changing leadership. Bethel Native Madelene Reichard is taking over as the new race manager starting April 1.

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