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An appeals court upheld a district court conviction of 13 Yup'ik fishermen. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

An appeals court upheld a district court conviction of 13 Yup’ik fishermen. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

The Alaska Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s decision that Yup’ik fishermen who fished during a state closure should be convicted. The decision was issued today.

In 2012 the thirteen defendants, all Yup’ik Alaska Native fishermen living a subsistence lifestyle, were charged with violating the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s emergency orders restricting fishing for king salmon on the Kuskokwim River.
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Calista board Chairman WIllie Kasayulie addressed the Governance Convention crowd Monday. Photo by Geraldine Brink / KYUK.

Calista board Chairman Willie Kasayulie addressed the Governance Convention crowd Monday. Photo by Geraldine Brink / KYUK.

Despite having no quorum and no vote, tribal members at the Calista-sponsored Yukon Kuskokwim Governance Convention Monday decided to move ahead with an interim step toward unifying the region politically. Leaders put the future of a proposed regional tribal government first in the hands of tribal councils and set a deadline of 30 days for them to vote. If successful, individual tribal voters would then have the opportunity to vote yes or no on the proposal.

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Traditional Chief Paul John listening to live translators during AVCP's 50th Annual Convention. Photo by Dean Swope

Traditional Chief Paul John listening to live translators during AVCP’s 50th Annual Convention. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK

Association of Village Council Presidents Traditional Chief and Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Honorary Board Member Paul John of Toksook Bay has passed away following months of heart problems. His family said he died in Anchorage around 8:00 a.m. Friday, March 6. He was around 88 years old according his family.
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Kuskokwim at Bethel on 11/17.  Photo by Mark Leary.

Kuskokwim River at Bethel. Photo by Mark Leary.

As the Alaska Legislature wrestles with a 3.5 billion dollar budget deficit due to plummeting oil prices, communities around the state are bracing for the impacts. Upcoming budget cuts could wield a particularly brutal blow to one of the state’s most economically fragile areas, the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. In Bethel, where the main industries are government and non-profits, the cuts could have a wide reach.
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The new flight school dorms feature the Cold Climate Housing Research Center's integrated truss design. - Photo by Ben Matheson

Bethel dorms feature the integrated truss design. – Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK

The State of Alaska has awarded a grant to the Yukon Kuskokwim Economic Development Council, YKEDC, for a truss-manufacturing project.

If the plan goes forward, local workers would use the region’s wood resources to build frames for highly energy efficient housing.
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Bethel Police Department logo. Courtesy of BPD

Bethel Police Department logo. Courtesy of BPD

Three Bethel buildings were broken into over the weekend: the Association of Village Council Presidents, Grant Aviation and the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation were all hit according to the Bethel Police Department.

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avcp logoThe Yukon-Kuskokwim Economic Development Council, or YKEDC, has fulfilled the requirements to be designated as the state’s newest Alaska Regional Development Organization, or ARDOR.

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The first full Regional Committee meeting took place in February 2014 in Bethel. Photo by Thom Leonard, Calista.

The first full Regional Committee meeting took place in February 2014 in Bethel. Photo by Thom Leonard, Calista.

A new regional tribal government, new taxes, and a constitutional convention will be considered when the Calista-facilitated Regional Committee meets Monday in Anchorage.

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avcp logoThe Association of Village Council Presidents has signed a memorandum of understanding with Yuut Elitnaurviat as they works to restart AVCP’s flight school.

The agreement aims to reduce redundancies and competition for funding sources while seeking more efficiencies. The flight school, Yuut Yaqungviat, shut down in 2013 due to funding issues.
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AVCP logo. Photo Courtesy of AVCP

AVCP logo. Photo Courtesy of AVCP

The President of AVCP in Bethel has released information about a settlement of a lawsuit filed by Oklahoma based software company, Eaglesun Systems Products Inc.
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