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Courtesy of Foraker Group

Courtesy of Foraker Group

A recent study about Alaska non-profits confirms what many in the field know: that federal grant money has been drying up over the past couple of years. On the other hand, it shows that non-profits are developing new revenue streams, and counting on personal giving, particularly in rural areas.
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troopers, alaska state troopersA 6-year-old Akiachak boy died at an Anchorage hospital after an ATV collision. Alaska State Troopers in Bethel report they were called to the collision at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 21st.
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An Ice Yacht on the Hudson River. Photo Courtesy of Isaac Kestenbaum

An Ice Yacht on the Hudson River. Photo Courtesy of Isaac Kestenbaum

Multimedia producers are in Alaska gathering audio for a project called ‘Winters Past’. Their first stop was in Bethel where they’re talking with elders about how they’ve seen the climate change in their lifetime.

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Billy Charles, Yukon-Kuskokwim Representative for AFN. Courtesy of AFN

Billy Charles, Yukon-Kuskokwim Representative for AFN. Courtesy of AFN

The Alaska Federation of Natives reelected Billy Charles of Emmonak to represent the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Villages.
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ANSEP 1Story by Grace Betz, Student Reporter

Over 50 students from the Lower Kuskokwim School District Middle School traveled to Anchorage for an ANSEP Academy before school this Spring before school let out. There they learned and earned a whole lot more than just science. Read more →

Medics found Richard Rivers at the Holiday at Debar and Boniface on May 30th and Jesse Gunlik Jr. was found  nearby on June 1st.

Medics found Richard Rivers at the Holiday at Debar and Boniface on May 30th and Jesse Gunlik Jr. was found nearby on June 1st.

Two men from the Y-K Delta died in Anchorage this past week.

33-year-old Richard Rivers, originally from Hooper Bay, reportedly died at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage on May 30th after medics found him at laying down at the entrance of a gas station in east Anchorage. They transported him to the hospital where he died. Read more →

Michelle Konig designs modern Qaspeqs.

Michelle Konig designs modern Qaspeqs.

One Alaska Native woman is putting a new spin on the traditional qaspeq. Michelle Konig uses stretchy fabric and a unique pattern to make the modern qaspeqs. With a label under her own name, the designer can barely keep up with orders and is now traveling around the state teaching others to make her designs. Read more →

Mike Bialy Bethel PRIDE

Mike Bialy of Bethel PRIDE

A group of teens from Bethel and young people from Nunam Iqua and Stony River have won Spirit of Youth Awards. The organization honors youth who are making a positive impact in their communities.

Natasha Price with Spirit of Youth says the Y-K youth won in three categories.                                    

“One was a dance group. Another was a young woman who advocated having seafood served in her school meals. And a young woman who represented her small school in trying to keep it open because it was on the verge of closing,” said Bialy.

Spirit of Youth started in 1997 as a way to address the growing negative image of teens in the media. A panel of peers selects winners.

In Bethel, Michael Bialy (Bee-ah-lee), Emily Berryman, Tony Boyer and Tandy Vangtan won in the fine arts category for their Bethel P.R.I.D.E. dance group. Bialy says he formed the group after seeing Mao Tosi’s Anchorage AK P.R.I.D.E group perform.

“And I was like, Wow! They are amazing. And I just wanted that same thing here in Bethel. Built off of pride, built off of passion, built off of family and being united as one to support different arts and cultures,” said Bialy.

 Bialy describes the group’s style as hip-hop, but says they also do other styles of dance like waving, tutting, locking, break dancing and dub-step dancing.

Shanelle Afcan (Aff-can), from Nunam Iqua (Ick-wah), near the mouth of Yukon, took home an award in the Science and Environment category for an initiative at Mount Edgecumbe High School to get local seafood into the school meal program.

Elizabeth Willis, from Stony River, northeast of Bethel, also won in the Service to Peers category for opening a grocery store in her village to support the Gusty Michael School.

The 2014 winners were announced in February and honored at a banquet in Anchorage in April. 22 youth ages 12-19 were honored.  Spirit of Youth features winners on a radio program.

Anyone can nominate a young person for a Spirit of Youth award. For information on how to nominate a young person go to www.spiritofyouth.org

Burned wreckage of the Cessna 208. Photo courtesy ofthe Alaska State Troopers.

Burned wreckage of the Cessna 208. Photo courtesy of the Alaska State Troopers.

Two pilots are dead after a fiery plane crash Tuesday night just outside Bethel. Alaska State Troopers have identified the pilots who were onboard the Hageland Cessna 208 Caravan as Derrick Cedars, 42 of Bethel and Greggory McGee, 46 of Anchorage. Ravn Alaska spokesperson Steve Smith confirms the downed plane was a Hageland training flight.
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21062012protestfishThe Kuskokwim Salmon Working Group met this week to set summer conservation measures. Representatives from villages along the Kuskokwim River talked with state and federal officials, discussing a management plan for subsistence salmon fishing. KYUK reporters Ben Matheson and Charles Enoch attended the meeting which took place Thursday and Friday in Anchorage. Daysha Eaton interviewed them to find out what fishers can expect.

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