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Kiaku taryaqviit nalliitni umgumallerkaa amlleret yuut assiilkaat, il’aitlu cingumaluku. Waten piyaqlian ayagnirluku taryaqviit nalliitni amlleret ayuqellerkaa nalluat. Qaluneklu atungellerkaq capernakluku maani qaunek atuyuitellruata. Natalia Berlin-aq Nunapicuarmiu Yuukaq waten qanerkangqellruuq, “Neq’liqngaitellilriit, neqcetuut-qaa qalutgun? Caperrnarquq!”
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Mundi Hondl and Linda Joule, the niece and sister of Bing Santamour spent Tuesday remembering Santamour, who passed away in Anchorage this past Saturday.

Sundi Hondl and Linda Joule, a niece and a sister of Bing Santamour spent Tuesday remembering Santamour, who passed away in Anchorage this past Saturday.

Bing Santamour passed away Saturday (March 29th) in Anchorage and was laid to rest in Bethel Wednesday. Tuesday friends and family gathered at the Catholic Church social hall to remember a woman they said was always going out of her way to help people. 

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The Native Village of Goodnews Bay and the Kongiganak Traditional Council are the first to apply to build a low power FM station which would allow all homes in their villages to receive a strong KYUK signal. According to their applications KYUK 640AM does not reach Goodnews Bay, while in Kongiganak reception was described as infrequent and poor. Both tribes are hoping a low cost, low power repeater will lead to strong KYUK reception.

“We were very excited to see their applications,” says KYUK’s Radio Operations and Programming Director Shane Iverson. “We know there’s a demand for KYUK where there’s currently no reception. Now villages can do something about that, and these two villages have taken the first step.”

There are other villages on the Lower Yukon and Kuskokwim coast who are eligible to apply, and have yet to do so, says Iverson.

This spring KYUK teamed up with the rural development program at the UAF- Kuskowim Campus in an effort to spread the word about the KYUK repeaters. Jason Smith, a senior in the rural development program, was selected to contact village tribes, corporations and schools.

“The feedback is largely positive,“ says Smith. “Almost everyone wants KYUK in their village, and when they learn how inexpensive it could be most want to learn more.”

Applying is free, says Smith, but there will be costs associated with building a low power station. He estimates it will cost at least $18,000 to build each station, but Iverson says villages don’t need to identify all the funding sources at this point. “A specific funding plan is down the road. For now we just need to know which villages are willing to be partners with us. That’s what applying is all about.”

Once the application period closes on Friday, April 4, KYUK will prioritize the applications based on their strength. KYUK will then select two villages for pilot projects. After those stations are running KYUK will build stations in the other villages that applied until every wanting village has KYUK.

“If you think your village might want a repeater at some point in the future, now is the time to act. Applying now gets your village in line.” says Iverson.

More information is available here, and applications can be found here. Questions can be directed to radio@kyuk.org, or by calling Smith at 543-0234.

This morning at 10:15, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA and its emergency management affiliates, will conduct a tsunami-warning test. The test will fall on the anniversary of the “Great Alaska Earthquake” of 1964.
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If you’re trying to stream right now it’s not working and we know that. Sorry about that. We’re working on it and we hope to have a quick resolution. You can still catch the Talk Line replay at tonight at 7:00 or you can listen right here on the web once we post the recorded show.

The Lady Warriors of Bethel Regional High School opened up Friday night’s action against the Lady Braves of Mt. Edgecumbe. Read more →

The Lady Warriors of Bethel Regional High School opened up Friday night’s action against the Lady Braves of Mt. Edgecumbe. Read more →