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Steve Heimel

Managing Editor

Perhaps the best known broadcasting voice in Alaska, Steve Heimel began his career at a radio station in rural Pennsylvania and worked his way up to two of the nation's Top Ten commercial media markets. He moved to public radio in 1974 for greater creative latitude and moved to Alaska in 1982, working for the statewide Alaska Public Radio Network for 32 years as Managing Editor, morning news announcer and host of the statewide “Talk of Alaska” call-in show. 

He is a practicing visual artist and widely known as "The Old Bullrider," host of "The Truck Stop" vintage country music radio show that’s been running for 20 years.  Heimel has been an instructor for the national training efforts of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio. He began working as KYUK’s Managing Editor in 2016.

Three-thousand gallons of diesel fuel have spilled on Bethel’s Yuut Elitnaurviat campus, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s adult workforce development center.
Courtesy of Yuut Elitnaurviat

If you see somebody inspecting under and around the Yuut Elitnaurviat Learning Center, it’s probably an employee of ChemTrack monitoring the fuel spill.

Ravn Air's terminal in Bethel. Ravn employees at the Anchorage airport are accused of stealing mail bound for rural Alaskan communities.
Dean Swope/KYUK

Six former Ravn Air employees have now been arrested for stealing mail bound for the bush. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Anchorage, the thefts took place over a period of two years, starting in spring of 2015 and ending in spring of 2017. 

Representative Zach Fansler says that even if resignations end up eroding the slim House Majority Coalition, sexual misconduct by members of the state Legislature must not be tolerated and legislative staffers must feel safe.
Katie Basile / KYUK

District 38 State Representative Zach Fansler says that even if resignations end up eroding the slim House Majority Coalition, sexual misconduct by members of the state Legislature must not be tolerated and legislative staffers must feel safe.  

Dean Swope / KYUK

The City of Bethel says that no action is required from the city at this time in response to the indictment of multiple Bethel taxi drivers on bootlegging charges. 

Sen. Lisa Murkowski addresses a crowd gathered in Bethel to celebrate the upcoming completion of GCI's TERRA project.
Dean Swope / KYUK

President Trump's latest move to scale back Obama administration climate change initiatives is not impressing Alaska policymakers.