The Bethel air monitoring station has been online since mid-July. Photo courtesy of Andrea Nick.

The Bethel air monitoring station has been online since mid-July. Photo courtesy of Andrea Nick.

After smoke from this summer’s historic fire season forced partial evacuations of middle Kuskokwim communities, federal air quality experts have stationed an air monitoring device in Bethel. Read more →

Investigators interviewing children at the scene of the fire Sunday evening. Photo by Ben Matheson.

Investigators interviewing children at the scene of the fire Sunday evening. Photo by Ben Matheson.

Sunday evening around 8:20, Bethel fire fighters put out to a blaze at the old senior center in the Housing neighborhood. Bethel Fire Chief Bill Howell said the fire appeared to have started in an old appliance outside the building.
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Roxanne Smart. Photo Courtesy of Justice For Roxanne Smart.

Roxanne Smart. Photo Courtesy of Justice For Roxanne Smart.

UPDATE – 7/26 11:15 a.m.: Alaska State Troopers say a Chevak man has admitted to killing Roxanne Smart last summer. The announcement was made Saturday through an online dispatch that they had arrested 20-year-old Samuel Atchak, of Chevak. Megan Peters, a spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers says investigators were waiting on lab results.

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KYUK’s Talk Line hosts (l-r) Fran, Joe and Diane.

A caller opens the program with information regarding an organized march in Bethel to support the change of Bethel’s name, which sparks a much deeper conversation about culture and history. Another caller discusses several gas tanks which have gone missing from his property, upcoming community events are discussed and another caller asks for people to be more open to City Council decisions.

You can hear Talk Line live on Friday mornings starting at 10AM, and the Talk Line Replay airs on 640 AM every Friday starting at 7pm.

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The K300 2016 purse will be the largest on record. KYUK file photo.

The K300 2016 purse will be the largest on record. KYUK file photo.

The Kuskokwim 300 purse will reach a record-breaking $130,000 for the 2016 race.

The Bogus Creek 150 will pay out $30,000 dollars, and the Akiak Dash will offer at least $15,000. K300 race manager Zach Fansler adds that they will increase the purse for the season’s other local races. Read more →

Margaret Pohjola is Calista Corporations' new chair. Photo courtesy of Calista.

Margaret Pohjola is Calista Corporations’ new chair. Photo courtesy of Calista.

The Calista Corporation board has elected the first woman in its 44-year history as chair. Margaret Pohjola was voted to the job on Thursday. Pohjola has ties to Chuathbaluk. Chair Willie Kasayulie of Akiachak had served the limit of three consecutive year-long terms.
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Earlier this year, a capacity crowd, largely opposed to local liquor sales, spoke for nearly four hours before the council. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Earlier this year, a capacity crowd, largely opposed to local liquor sales, spoke for nearly four hours before the council. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council is appealing the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s rejection of their protest of the Bethel Native Corporation’s package liquor store application. The council met in executive session Thursday evening for three and a half hours.

The ABC board on July 1st called the city’s protest of the proposed Bethel Spirits license “arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable”, sparking outrage from the council. The board is required to honor protest unless it meets those criteria. Mayor Rick Robb says he’s personally in favor of local sales. Read more →

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