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(l-r) Mclain and Stevens perform at the Akiak Community Hall. Photo by S. Iverson / KYUK

Ray Mclain (multi-instrumentalist) and Mike Stevens (harmonica) have been gracing KYUK listeners, and community halls across the YK Delta, with their bluegrass music for several years. Today the duo become a trio with the addition of spoken word artist Namee.

Namee, a Juneau-based artist, has performed across the globe sharing her verbal talents, as well as her passion for social justice.

Juneau-based spoken word artist, Namee. Photo courtesy of KTOO.

Juneau-based spoken word artist, Namee. Photo courtesy of KTOO.

KYUK sat down with Mclain, Stevens and Namee for a conversation, as well as two very intriguing impromptu song collaborations.

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Unuamek qulngulruut qayagaulriit.

ciuqlia:

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tunglia:

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Quyana cingumaurluta qanraqluta-llu Yugcetun.

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The North Aniak fire continues to burn. Crews are taking advantage of wet weather to get ahead. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The North Aniak fire continues to burn. Crews are taking advantage of wet weather to get ahead. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Wet weather has given firefighters a much-needed break as they work to contain Kuskokwim area wildfires. 83 are still considered active in the southwest area, where Norm McDonald is the Fire Management Officer.
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“Talk Line” airs live on 640 AM starting at 10am and the “Talk Line Replay” starts at 7pm every Friday. Photo by G. Brink / KYUK

There are many topics and focuses on this edition of the YK Delta’s premiere call-in radio show.

A duo of callers bring suicide awareness to the forefront of the conversation, an update is given on derelict vessels in Steamboat Slough, the senior center’s new home at the Lions Club is discussed, the upcoming Bethel Community Fair and other community events are highlighted, and Reyne Athanas challenged listeners to come up with entertainment ideas for a Halloween season “Just Desserts.”

These talking points and many others can be heard, and KYUK reminds you to catch Talk Line live every Friday morning from 10-11:30AM on 640 AM.

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Incident Commander Keith Dunn oversees several middle Kuskokwim fires. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Incident Commander Keith Dunn oversees several middle Kuskokwim fires. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Nearly a million acres have burned in southwest Alaska this year. 85 fires are still ablaze in the region. The middle Kuskokwim base of Aniak is the nerve center for a fleet of helicopters and other aircrafts, shuttling supplies and crews working to stop fires before they reach communities and cabins. As the season progresses, teams are settling into Aniak for the summer.

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At a press conference in the Capitol, March 17, 2015, Gov. Bill Walker, I-Alaska, announces the introduction of a bill that would overhaul and expand Medicaid. Photo by Skip Gray/360 North

At a press conference in the Capitol, March 17, 2015, Gov. Bill Walker, I-Alaska, announces the introduction of a bill that would overhaul and expand Medicaid. Photo by Skip Gray/360 North

Alaska Governor Bill Walker made the announcement that he would be moving ahead with Medicaid expansion at the Alaska Native Tribal Healthcare Consortium in Anchorage, Thursday. He made the expansion by executive order.

“This is the final, this option for me. I’ve tried everything else. And one thing people have to learn about me, I never give up and I won’t give up, and it’s good for Alaskans,” said Walker.
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