Alaska Army National Guard Col. Wayne Don pledges the Oath of Office after being promoted to full colonel on July 14, 2017. In a recent filing, Don's attorneys describe the lawsuit against him as frivolous.

Attorneys representing Wayne Don and Sam Fortier responded to the Calista Corporation's lawsuit on Tuesday. In responses filed with the court, they characterized it as a “frivolous gambit to suppress the truth.”

Shane Iverson / KYUK

The number of king salmon predicted to return to the Kuskokwim River this year has taken a dramatic drop. Two tribal groups and one private citizen don’t think the state is doing enough to conserve the kings, and they’ve each submitted paperwork requesting that federal managers immediately take over the lower river to restrict fishing.

AVEC customers have until August 15, 2018 to repair their electric equipment or else the utility will shut it off for safety reasons.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Hundreds in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta could have their power disconnected in the coming months. A letter from the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative warns residents that if they don’t repair their aging electric equipment soon, they won’t have electricity. And the customers have to foot the repair bill.

Bethel smells like fried smelt. The small fish started swimming past the town this week during their annual run up the Kuskokwim River. Hundreds of people flocked to the seawall with dip nets to fill their buckets and get a taste of fresh fish. KYUK joined them at the river front.

The Best In the West small business competition awarded $26,000 to local business owners in Bethel and the surrounding communities on May 21, 2018. From left to right: Louise Russell, Tracey Wilbanks, Lucas Salzbrun, Krystle Penaflor, Conor Burke, and Rey
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Some local entrepreneurs got more money this week to expand or jump-start their businesses. Seven winners took home a total of $26,000 from the annual Best in the West small business competition. The contest saw a drop in funding this year, as well as a drop in winners. All awardees came from Bethel or the surrounding communities.

Radio Fills With Love For Elder And Storyteller John Active

May 25, 2018
KYUK hosted a special call-in show on May 24, 2018 for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to say quyana and celebrate the contributions of Yup'ik storyteller and former KYUK staff member John Active.
Katie Basile / KYUK

John Active, Yup’ik story-teller and long-time KYUK personality, is in the hospital. For decades, John connected KYUK to the Delta community. This week, KYUK used the airwaves to connect this huge community to John’s hospital bed in Anchorage. The result was radio filled with love and prayers for his health. Some were old co-workers, like Peter Twitchell and Peter Atchak. Twitchell reminded John of the old days when they produced a play on KYUK called “Old Man, Young Man.” John played the old man and Peter the young man.

Calista has filed a confidential report under seal in their ongoing lawsuit against the corporation's former chairman, Wayne Don.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

The Calista Corporation is trying to keep a confidential report that might contain game-changing information about CEO Andrew Guy and a former Calista employee out of the public’s hands. 

Gillnet closures will begin rolling up the Kuskokwim River in individual sections beginning 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Over the coming weeks, a series of gillnet fishing closures, as well as limited openings, will hit the Kuskokwim River as king salmon begin moving upstream.

Officials have identified the body discovered last week near Tuntutuliak as 26-year-old Dillon Lamont of Tuluksak. Lamont went missing two years ago, in April of 2016, when he broke through the rotting Kuskokwim River ice near a Tuluksak fish camp. That spring marked the river’s earliest break up on record

Ruth Evon and other Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta elders speak at the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board meeting in the Bethel Cultural Center on May 22, 2018.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

You can’t buy alcohol from a store in Bethel today, and it’s not clear when you might be able to again.