Lisa Murkowski addressed the 50th Annual AVCP Convention in Bethel Tuesday. Photo by Dean Swope

Lisa Murkowski addressed the 50th Annual AVCP Convention in Bethel Tuesday. Photo by Dean Swope

U.S. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is holding a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee field hearing in Bethel next month.

Murkowski chairs the committee, and according to Communications Director Karina Petersen, the senator chose Bethel as the hearing site to show fellow members the high price of energy in rural Alaska and the innovations underway to reduce those costs. Read more →

A 50 year old snowplow dragging steel flats was one of the ways they smoothed out the ice. Photo courtesy of BSAR

A 50 year old snowplow dragging steel flats was one of the ways they smoothed out the ice. Photo courtesy of BSAR

Bethel Search and Rescue announced that middle and upriver Kuskowkim villages of Napaimute, Chuathbaluk, Aniak, Kalskag, and Lower Kalskag combined their efforts to plow and mark a safe ice road for cars and trucks from Tuluksak, to Lower Kalskag, to Aniak, then Chuathbaluk, they expect to mark the trail to Napaimute sometime this week.
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BNC Kipusvik facility. Photo by Myka Kernak / KYUK.

BNC Kipusvik facility. (Photo by Myka Kernak / KYUK.)

The Lower Kuskokwim School District is readying the Kipusvik building for a February move-in by the Ayaprun Yup’ik immersion school.

According to a press release, the school district has leased the building from the Bethel Native Corporation and is working with the Fire Marshal to make sure the building is up to code. The district has borrowed temporary wall partitions from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation to create classrooms,and is working to install internet access throughout the building. Read more →

U.S. DOE Seal. Courtesy of DOE

U.S. DOE Seal. Courtesy of DOE

Governor Bill Walker announced a nonbinding federal energy program earlier this week which aims to improve energy efficiency in participating rural Alaska villages through outreach, technical assistance and project development.

It’s called the Rural Alaska Communities Energy Efficiency Competition and it’s run by the U.S. Department of Energy.
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U.S. DOE Seal. Courtesy of DOE

U.S. DOE Seal. Courtesy of DOE

Governor Bill Walker announced a nonbinding federal energy program earlier this week which aims to improve energy efficiency in participating rural Alaska villages through outreach, technical assistance and project development.

It’s called the Rural Alaska Communities Energy Efficiency competition under the by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Read more →

Blackberry Kush, Indica by Dank Depot. Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons.

Blackberry Kush, Indica by Dank Depot. Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons.

Bethel City Council unanimously passed a six-month moratorium on marijuana license applications on Tuesday. The moratorium places a hold on the city processing any land use, zoning, or licensing approvals for marijuana operations in Bethel. Read more →

Photo of Thomas Tom. Courtesy of AST

Photo of Thomas Tom. Courtesy of AST

Alaska State Troopers in the village of Aniak are reporting a death in Aniak, but they say they have not made a positive identification or determined a cause of death.
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Bethel water truck. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

Bethel water truck. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

After a month of backlogs and overtime, Bethel’s water tanks are filled and sewer pipes emptied. Public Works caught up on water deliveries Wednesday and on sewer Saturday after a month of delayed service.

The gridlock began on December 23, two days before Christmas, when a water truck rolled off the road. City Manager Ann Capela says the accident started a cascade effect that spread throughout the Public Works Department. Read more →

Alaska State Troopers. (Monica Gokey/ Alaska Public Media file photo)

Alaska State Troopers. (Monica Gokey/ Alaska Public Media file photo)

UPDATE: Jan. 26, 2016 10:00 a.m.

The community-wide lockdown in Russian Mission ended around 6 p.m. Monday, according to Russian Mission City Clerk Anastasia Larson. The city announced the lift over the VHF. On Tuesday morning, Public Information Officer Beth Ipsen said the Aniak death investigation continues. The City of Aniak and Aniak Traditional Council declined to comment.

Jan. 25, 2016 4:30 p.m.

Russian Mission is in a community-wide lockdown. Mayor Sheila Minock announced the lockdown over the VHF after hearing reports of a person on the run who’s suspected to have shot someone in Aniak. She’s advised everyone to remain indoors. Read more →

Yuk to Yuk January 25, 2016

by Myka Kernak on January 25, 2016

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