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Dean Swope / KYUK

It’s that time of year when Pomp and Circumstance and mortarboard caps fill the air, a time of teenage passage. And for most students at Bethel Regional High School, it’s a time of saying goodbye to friends who’ve been together with since kindergarten and preparing for a future apart. So before receiving their diplomas, the 48 Bethel graduates gathered backstage one last time. KYUK’s Anna Rose MacArthur was there and has this story.


Bethel City Council Votes Down By-Mail Ballots

May 13, 2016

Bethel city council has voted against replacing polling stations with mail-in ballots for the upcoming city elections.

Bethel's Alcohol Sales Spill Over Into The Villages

May 13, 2016

Kuskokwim villages say they’re feeling the effects of Bethel’s new liquor store. The shop opened last week in the Kuskokwim’s hub after decades of banned sales.

    

Rocky Mountain School seventh-grader Alexie Evan using the HMH Read180 program.
Sherri Carmichael

Pizza is a rare treat in Goodnews Bay. No pizzerias or even restaurants exist in the 250-person community in southwest Alaska. So Wednesday morning when 22 fresh pizzas arrived at the school, it was a big deal. But the even bigger deal was the national winner inside the building.


Donlin runway and camp site, summer 2014.
Dean Swope / KYUK

What does rural healthcare in Alaska have to do with jobs? A lot, according to The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. The regional healthcare provider is opposing the Donlin Gold mine. And a big part of an anti-Donlin resolution the corporation passed last month focuses on the potential for jobs to leave the region if the mine is developed.


Myron Naneng addressing the Association of Village Council Presidents’ 51st Annual Convention.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Myron Naneng has resigned as president and CEO of the Association of Village Council Presidents. Naneng announced his decision at an Executive Board meeting Wednesday. The resignation became effective immediately, according to a press release from the regional tribal nonprofit.

Smelts Arrive in Napakiak

May 10, 2016
Michael Black

After the earliest breakup on record, the smelts are finally spawning their way into the Bethel area.

Tuesday morning, Napakiak resident Michael Black posted a picture on Facebook of the smelts he caught near Napakiak. He was still smelting when he talked with KYUK.

“Yeah they’re hitting pretty hard, I’m getting like half a net-full each time. Well most of the time I’m getting half a net-full," said Black.

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Alaska State Troopers arrested 38-year-old Akiachak resident Harry Nose last week, he is facing multiple felony assault charges.

Troopers say last week on Thursday, Tribal Police Officers in Akiachak requested their assistance regarding an assault. Police say Nose assaulted his female guardian at their residence, he was released there under a court order after serving out a prior conviction.

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The Bethel Wrestling Club participated in the 2016 Alaska USA State Wrestling Tournament in Wasilla over the weekend. Three Warriors came home with a ‘triple-crown’ title after coming out first in all three wrestling styles: Folkstyle, Greco-Roman and Freestyle.

Bethel Library Closing For Renovations

May 6, 2016

Bethel’s only library will be closing for renovations this Saturday for at least three months. The Kuskokwim University Campus runs the library, but it’s used more as a public space more than as a university resource. Members of that public who rely on the library for computers and entertainment will have to go elsewhere this summer.  


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