An aerial view of the search area below Tuluksak. Photo by Fritz Charles

An aerial view of the search area below Tuluksak. Photo by Fritz Charles

As the Kuskokwim river ice continues to shift and rot Search and Rescue volunteers have suspended recovery efforts for the remains of 26-year-old Tuluksak resident, Dillon Lamont.

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Google Earth image - Tuluksak

Google Earth image – Tuluksak

Search and Rescue volunteers are attempting to recover the remains of 26-year-old Tuluksak resident, Dillon Lamont.

Troopers say they received a report on the 10th that three people had broken through the Kuskokwim River ice near Tuluksak. A witness assisted two of the passengers but Lamont did not make it out. It is presumed by responders that he had drowned.
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The City of Bethel has drafted a proposal that it hopes will balance out a half million-dollar deficit to the city’s five million dollar General Fund by increasing the amount that city employees pay for health insurance. Read more →

Washers at Q2's upcoming laundry mat. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Washers at Q2’s laundromat. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

A new laundromat is being constructed in Bethel. The Swanson’s Quick Food Center, better known as Q2, broke ground on the new addition last fall and expects to open to the public June 1.

The laundromat holds six standard washers and dryers along with one super washer and dryer for bulk items like blankets and sleeping bags. Cliff Linderoth, facilities manager, says the machines are quarter operated with a quarter dispenser available in the laundry area. Read more →

Photo courtesy of Pictures of Money from Flickr CC.

Photo courtesy of Pictures of Money from Flickr CC.

Bethel City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday to authorize reimbursements to Bethel property owners who the city overcharged on real estate taxes for more than a decade, following a typo in the city’s tax code.

City Attorney Patty Burley discovered the problem and says the city overcharged about 160 transactions, collecting more than $100,000 in excess charges since 2002. The most the city could have overcharged someone, she says, is $1,200. Read more →

Bethel City Council discusses the proposed ordinance overhauling the city's alcohol laws. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

Bethel City Council discusses the proposed ordinance overhauling the city’s alcohol laws. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.)

Bethel City Council introduced an ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting to cap council meeting times. The proposal, introduced by Council Member Nikki Hoffman, would stop regularly scheduled meetings at 11:00 p.m. with the option to recess until the following day with a two-thirds majority vote.

“It’s allowing for us to not rush through things and make rash decisions at late hours or early hours— however you want to look at it,” Hoffman said.

Under city code, council meetings can extend past 11:00 p.m. with a motion—something the current council has almost consistently employed, sometimes adjourning at 1:30 a.m. Many of the meetings extending into the morning hours occurred during the council’s months long discussion overhauling the city’s alcohol codes. Read more →

June McAtee, vice president of Land and Shareholder Services at Calista, with Greg Lang, NOVAGOLD president and CEO. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

June McAtee, vice president of Land and Shareholder Services at Calista, with Greg Lang, NOVAGOLD president and CEO. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Donlin Gold leaders are meeting with key entities along the Kuskokwim this week.

NOVAGOLD President and CEO Greg Lang, Barrick Executive Director Andy Cole, and Donlin Gold General Manager Stan Foo arrived in Bethel Monday to meet with community members and leaders on the proposed Donlin Gold mine.

The group, joined by partners and consultants, held a community forum to answer questions and present information on the project. Read more →

Last week KYUK provided live coverage of a meeting called by several tribes within the Association of Village Council Presidents. There was quite a bit of discussion that questioned and criticized the leadership practices of AVCP.

We received several comments about this broadcast. Most people were grateful they had an opportunity to listen to the meeting. Others felt it was inappropriate for us to air the event because it was not officially sanctioned by AVCP.

As a public broadcaster, with a Native Alaskan majority board, it our mission at KYUK to inform and educate the people of the YK Delta about issues affecting our region and tribes. We seek to connect you, our audience, with the important discussions of the day.

We do not endorse nor do we oppose the position of these tribal leaders, just like we don’t endorse or oppose the positions or leaders of other organizations we broadcast live. Our listeners are aware we air Bethel City Council meeting, Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation conventions, AVCP conventions, and Fish and Wildlife hearings. Senator Lisa Murkowski has hosted several field hearings in Bethel we’ve also carried live. All of these events we air without support or opposition to the viewpoints being expressed.

The alternative to broadcasting this meeting would have been to run our regular music programming throughout the day. We believe we are more valuable to the YK Delta by using our resources to bring you local public affairs.

Our goal at KYUK is to be an information intermediary, providing you, our audience, with diverse opinions on important issues. If we’re doing our job well, you should hear opinions you agree with and opinions you disagree with on our airwaves. We strive to bring you as much relevant information as we can, so you can form your own opinion.

Respectfully,

Shane Iverson – Director of Content & Operations

An aerial photo of the Gweek River. Photo courtesy of AST

An aerial photo of the Gweek River. Photo courtesy of AST.

Search and Rescue volunteers and Alaska State Troopers are attempting to recover the remains of a 26-year-old Tuluksak resident whose name has not been released.

Troopers say they received a report on Sunday that three people had broken through the Kuskokwim River ice near Tuluksak. A witness assisted two of the passengers but the third, the male from Tuluksak, did not make it out.
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Ashley Mute of Bethel, HS girls Alaskan One Foot High Kick Winner. Photo by Tommy Bayayok.

Ashley Mute of Bethel, HS girls Alaskan One Foot High Kick Winner. Photo by Tommy Bayayok.

Bethel Regional High School team placed first in the BRHS Native Youth Olympics meet last weekend. Bethel scored 156 team points, scoring over 50 points above the second place Kwigillingok team.

For the high schoolers in the scissor broad jump event, Clevon Constantine of Bethel scored first for the boys, reaching 32’ and 11″. For the girls, Rachelle Forbes came in first for Toksook Bay with 26’ and 4 1/8”.

For the one-foot high kick event, Clevon Constantine of Bethel scored first for the boys, kicking at 102” high. Kaye Gumera of Unalaska placed first for the girls at 87”.

For the kneel jump, Walter Snyder of Kwigillingok scored first for the boys, jumping 56”. Jobeth Stuart of Bethel scored first for the girls at 41 and 5/8”.

The 2016 NYO Lower Kuskokwim School District tournament will be held at Kwigillingok this weekend. For a link to the full results click here. For team results click here.