Bethel Community Services Foundation

The Willow Place Apartments. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

The Willow Place Apartments. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Jobs in rural Alaska are often seen as a career stepping stone. Professionals take a job for a year, maybe two, and leave. In doing so, they take career skills and experience with them rather than investing those assets back into the community. This high turn over rate prevents institutional knowledge from accumulating and community trust in its professionals from strengthening. How to break this cycle and retain workers persists as one of rural Alaska’s most vexing puzzles. The community of Bethel thinks it’s got one piece figured out.

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The remains of the Yup'ik immersion school on Wednesday after the Kilbuck campus fire. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

The remains of the Yup’ik immersion school on Wednesday after the Kilbuck campus fire. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

Money and school supplies have flooded into Bethel from across the United States, following the destruction of two schools in the Kilbuck fire earlier this month.

Monetary donations exceed $67,000, as of Friday, with over a third of that coming from Rasmuson Foundation pledges. Read more →

The 2015 Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod sits in front of Bethel. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The 2015 Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod sits in front of Bethel. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Over the weekend, the tripod on the Kuskokwim River in front of Bethel fell down, but the clock kept on ticking.
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Crews raised the 2015 Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod into place. – Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK

The Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod went up on the river just below Bethel, Wednesday, March 25. Bethel Community Services Foundation sells tickets where people can guess the time the tripod will fall. The closest guess to the exact time of breakup wins a cash jackpot. This year the prize money is larger than usual.
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141223 Lifesavers LogoThe YK Delta Lifesavers have received a boost, just in time for the holidays. Calista Corporation donated $5,000 dollars to the organization’s endowment fund on December 11th and on the 15th, Bethel’s VFW Post gave a larger sum.
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Clarence Morgan and James Mute setting up the 2014 Kuskokwim Ice Classic Tripod.

Clarence Morgan and James Mute setting up the 2014 Kuskokwim Ice Classic Tripod.

The 2014 Kuskokwim Ice Classic winners are Harry Pavilla and Alvin Jimmie.

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The 2014 Kuskokwim Ice Classic Tripod being set up.

The 2014 Kuskokwim Ice Classic Tripod being set up on April 2nd.

Kevin Morgan with Bethel Community Services Foundation, which organizes the Kuskokwim Ice Classic, says the tripod on the ice in front of Bethel moved Friday.
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