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Dean Swope / KYUK

On Sunday, Bethel said farewell to Father Chuck Peterson. The Jesuit Catholic priest began serving in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in the 1970s, and spent decades building the local, indigenous leadership of the church. Following a series of health issues, including an incident of severe bleeding outside his brain, the church is transferring Father Chuck to California. The priest sat down with KYUK before he left.

Unofficial returns from the Lower Kuskokwim School District Board election show incumbent Clarence Daniel holding onto Seat H and Raymond "Thor" Williams replacing Susan Murphy.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Unofficial returns from the Lower Kuskokwim School District Board election show incumbent Clarence Daniel holding onto Seat H for another three-year term, and a newly elected City Council member replacing Susan Murphy, who has left Seat E. Raymond "Thor" Williams won two elections Tuesday and will serve on both the School Board and Bethel City Council, according to unofficial results.

KYUK Staff

KYUK public media is turning to Bethel and the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta villages to raise $35,000 in individual donations during this year's Fall Fundraiser.

Before moving to Juneau, Assistant District Attorney Bailey Woolfstead worked on thousands of cases in Bethel. Over 95 percent of them involved domestic violence.
Courtesy of Bailey Woolfstead.

On her last day in Bethel, Assistant District Attorney Bailey Woolfstead was too busy to attend her own goodbye party. She was only free to speak with KYUK after work while walking her dog, a black-spotted sweetheart named Wyatt, and fielding last minute text messages. They were leaving town in about two hours and Woolfstead didn't want Wyatt to get nervous on the plane.

According to unofficial election results released last night on the city's website, Bethel's sales tax on alcohol could see an increase and six City Council members have secured their seats.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel's sales tax on alcohol could see an increase and six candidates have secured seats on Bethel's City Council, according to unofficial election results released Tuesday on the city's website. Mitchell Forbes, Raymond “Thor” Williams, Naim Shabani, Mark Springer, Leif Albertson, and Richard Robb received the most number of votes, with 20 percent of Bethel's eligible voters casting ballots.

 

 

 


Tom McCallson and Shana Silcott are flying to the US Virgin Islands tomorrow, to help as many people as they can.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

Until a few weeks ago, Shana Silcott had talked to her mother every day of her life. Shana grew up on St. Croix, the largest hub in the Virgin Islands’ green archipelago. And when she moved to the mainland a few years ago, her mother was worried.


Bill Howell, the father, became a journeyman meat cutter in the 1970s in Tacoma, Washington. He's returning to butchering with his son after a 15 year hiatus. Howell is pictured here on September 27, 2017 at Bill's Meats in Bethel.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Taking a moose usually means carrying home 500 pounds of meat. Cutting and preparing that meat can take all day. But Bill Howell can do it in a few hours. Add another Bill and they can do it in half. KYUK takes us to a small shop where customers come with legs and torsos, and leave with packages of steaks, ribs, roasts, and other tasty meats.


Austin Fitka.

Runners from across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta made a strong showing at the state’s cross country meet at Bartlett High School in Anchorage this weekend. 

Mark Jones (left) and Raymond "Thor" Williams (right) are both running for LKSD Board Seat E this Tuesday, October 3, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

As Susan Murphy steps down as Chair of the Lower Kuskokwim School District Board this October, two candidates have stepped up to fill her seat. KYUK spoke with Raymond "Thor" Williams and Mark Jones about why they’re running for Seat E on the LKSD Board.


As the permafrost thaws, Kongiganak's cemetery is turning into swampland. Community members are now laying their loved ones to rest on raised platforms above ground.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

On a crisp day in September, the village of Kongiganak, or Kong, filed into a little white church and laid Maggie Mary Otto to rest.


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