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The Bethel pool on its November 1, 2014 grand opening. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK.

The Bethel pool on its November 1, 2014 grand opening. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK.

The Bethel City Council is raising prices at the pool with a change in how it collects sales tax. Before the city’s six percent sales tax was included in prices, now it will be charged on top of the prices. The council approved the change during Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

The council approved an updated contract and operations plan agreement with United Pool Management, the company the city pays to run the pool. Read more →

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More than 70 wildfires burn in southwest Alaska. Map from Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

More than 70 wildfires burn in southwest Alaska. Map from Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

Fire officials are moving crews off the Whitefish Lake fire to Lower Kalskag as a staging area for protecting homes and other communities threatened by fires. Crews had been working to establish a fire line on the northern edge, but are now changing strategy.

Francis Mitchell is with the state division of forestry.

“They would be there available for quick response to Kalskag, Chuathbaluk, Aniak, because there are fires near those communities,” said Mitchell. Read more →

The city council is updating its contract with its pool management company. Photo by Dean Swope/ KYUK.

The city council is updating its contract with its pool management company. Photo by Dean Swope/ KYUK.

The Bethel City Council can approve changes to the city’s contract and operations plan agreement with United Pool Management, the company the city pays to run the pool. The council meets Tuesday evening.

One major change could be the way that sales tax is collected. Prices at the gate have been inclusive of sales tax in practice. The new policy would require that the city’s six percent sales tax be paid in addition to the price. It amounts to a six percent increase in prices. Read more →

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In keeping with the old adage that “everything old is new again”, KYUK has brought classic radio back to our evening schedule.  Packaged together into a program we’re calling  Old Time Radio, shows like The Green Hornet and The Shadow are the first of several classic radio drama series to be featured on 640 AM on Monday evenings from 9-10pm.

With advice  from our Community Advisory Board, these “old” new programs are part of a broader set of programming changes KYUK is making.

We’re making it easier for late risers on the weekend to catch the news.  NPR’s Weekend Edition now airs from 8-10am, an hour later than before matching the Sunday morning news schedule.  As part of that change,  Car Talk will now air two hours earlier on Saturday mornings.

Car Talk has been airing “best of” and replayed versions of the show since the retirement of it’s hosts and following the death of host Tom Magliozzi in November.  It now airs on Saturdays from 7-8am on 640AM until we find a new NPR public affairs program of interest to our listeners to replace it.

A second hour of Undercurrents, a music show hosted by Gregg McVicar and produced by Native Voice One, is now included in Friday night’s programming schedule starting at 11pm.  Now several hours of Undercurrents, each unique and different, can be heard on  KYUK 640 AM and 90.3 FM.

We’ve replaced This American Life with Radiolab,  a show based on our natural curiosities that blurs the boundaries between science, philosophy, and the human experience.   Listeners can hear Radiolab Sunday evenings 8-9pm.

KYUK’s flagship talk show, Talk Line, expanded to a 90-minute program in April after several months of experimenting with the longer format. Talk Line airs live on Friday mornings from 10-11:30am, with a replay  on Friday evenings on 640AM starting at 7pm.

Our goal in making these changes is to better fulfill KYUK’s mission, as set by our Board of Directors. That mission includes entertaining, educating and informing the YK Delta.

KYUK’s full program schedule can be found on our website kyuk.org by clicking on the link labeled ‘AM Weekly Guide.’