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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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avcp logoThe Association of Village Council Presidents settled a lawsuit last month with a company that claimed AVCP had infringed copyright rules and misused trade secrets by providing unauthorized access to proprietary software.

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Crews work on the CCHRC/AVCP dorms. Photo by Matheson/KYUK.

Crews work on the CCHRC/AVCP dorms. Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK.

Two new energy efficient duplexes are under construction near the Allanivik Hotel in Bethel. The Association of Village Council Presidents is building the dorms as part of reopening their flight school, with design and technical expertise from the Cold Climate Housing Research Center.
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The 50th Annual Association of Village Council President Convention continued Wednesday in Bethel.

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