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The ONC seed potatoes have arrived and it’s first come, first served at the Bethel tribal building. They’re free and come in three varieties: Yukon Gold, Cal White, and Cherry Red. 

Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame

Dr. Betty Parent, born in Crooked Creek, has been inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame for her achievement in educational leadership and advocacy for Native people.

A Kwethluk man who admitted to setting a house on fire with a family inside is facing charges of attempted murder and arson. The city says that no injuries were reported.

State health boards will be holding panels and presentations open to the public, May 16 through 19 in Bethel. Naloxone kits, pictured here, are being distributed statewide to reverse opioid overdoses. The Alaska Opioid Task Force will provide an update.
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Tuesday through Thursday, May 18, the Alaska Mental Health Board and the Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Abuse will be holding panels and presentations open to the public.

Cecelia Martz (left) and Len Kameraling discuss the film The Drums of Winter after a screening of the digitally restored documentary at the Bethel Cultural Center on May 12, 2017. Cecelia Martz is a retired UAF Kuskokwim University Campus professor of Ant
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One of the most significant films about Yup’ik culture has been digitally restored. The Drums of Winter is an award-winning documentary shot in Emmonak 40 years ago that tells the story of Yup’ik dancing and potlatching between Emmonak and Alakanuk. After three years of restoration work, it's now being shown around the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta.

Managing Alaska's Fisheries In Warming Oceans

May 15, 2017

How should we manage Alaska's fisheries in the face of warming oceans? Answers to that question were hard to come by among scientists gathered last week for the Wakefield Symposium in Anchorage. The most solid scientific information came from a bird biologist.

Friends and family of KLA students packed the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center on Saturday, May 13, 2017 to watch a slideshow featuring the recent graduates.
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Over the weekend, 21 students picked up the diplomas they earned at the Kuskokwim Learning Academy (KLA). These are all students that needed extra help to graduate high school. On Saturday, friends and family crowded in the Bethel Cultural Center to watch as each graduate spoke about their experience in a unique commencement ceremony that flowed from Yup'ik to English and back again. Here is a snapshot of KLA's 2017 graduation.

Filmed in Emmonak 40 years ago, The Drums of Winter tells the story of dancing and potlatching between Emmonak and Alakanuk. Filmed in collaboration with the communities, the story remains relevant and authentic today. The documentary has received some of film's highest honors, including being added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in recognition of its value to American culture. Now, the film has been digitally restored and is touring the Delta. KYUK sits down with some of the people behind the screenings to discuss the significance of the film and what we can learn from it today.

On May 11, 2017, Bethel City Planning Director Ted Meyers (2nd to the right), presents Staff Report on State Senator Hoffman's "Blue Sky Estates" subdivision proposal.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The Bethel Planning Commission has approved with conditions Sen. Lyman Hoffman’s preliminary proposal for a residential project called Blue Sky Estates. But much still needs to be resolved before approval would be final. The proposed subdivision of 82 lots would wrap like a horseshoe around Larson subdivision and sit on 22 acres of land.

Katie Basile / KYUK Public Media

Mother’s Day is Sunday. It’s one of the top flower selling holidays. And the routine for many in urban Alaska or the lower 48 is to call a florist, order an arrangement, and have it delivered, maybe with a note. Well, just in time for Mother’s Day, that service, through the work of one Bethel businesswoman, has come to the Delta.