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Courtesy of KYUK

KYUK’s Yup’ik Word of the Week is entering the digital age. Students from the Ayaprun Yup’ik Immersion School are helping to produce a series of colorful, animated videos that can be shared on social media, each of which explains the meaning of a different Yup’ik word.

Courtesy of the Alaska Geographic Field Institute, Katie Basile/KYUK

Two young adults from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have been selected to serve as youth ambassadors to the Arctic Council.

Over the next two years, Kate McWilliams and Ben Hunter-Francis II will attend high-level meetings around the world and discuss the Arctic’s changing ecosystem. For both McWilliams and Hunter-Francis II, the ambassadorship gives them a chance to focus on climate change and look for solutions.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Eastern Orthodox Christians around the world began celebrating Slaviq on Sunday. The feast day celebrates Christmas according to the old Julian calendar. In the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, the festivities last a week and meld Yup’ik and Orthodox traditions. KYUK joined the morning service in Bethel.


New Look for KYUK's "Yup'ik Word of the Week"

Jan 2, 2018
Aleina Tanabe / KYUK

The “Yup'ik Word of the Week” program has a new sound and a new look for 2018.


The gray whale killed in the Kuskokwim River is butchered and the meat and blubber distributed to people from up and down the river on Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Katie Basile/KYUK

We’ve come to the end of another year in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and through it all, KYUK has covered the region’s joys, tragedies, institutional development, daily living, and so much in between. Before this year comes to a close, KYUK looks back on the stories that defined 2017.


Museum Looks For Images Of Alaska Aviation

Dec 21, 2017
Alaska Aviation Museum

Aviation holds bush Alaska together, and the Alaska Aviation Museum wants to present photographs of the state’s aviation facilities from the biggest airport to the tiniest village airstrip in an exhibition called “Tundra Towers.” All it needs is some help from those of us who fly and use cameras.

Sitka Museum Looks For Native Artists

Dec 20, 2017
Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum

The Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka is looking for Native artists to research and be inspired by the artwork stored in the museum's collections.

Alaska filmmaker Anna Hoover and composer Phillip "Ossie" Kairaiuak won the GCI-Walter Kaitz Fellowship last week.
Courtesy of GCI.

Last week, GCI awarded a fellowship to two Alaska Native artists in collaboration with the Walter Kaitz Foundation. One of those artists grew up here in Chefornak.

Shana Silcott and Tom McCallson spent six weeks in St. Croix and Puerto Rico, helping wherever they could.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

Last fall, Caribbean island communities were devastated by three of the strongest hurricanes in recorded history. The storms’ 100-mile-per-hour winds crushed buildings and flooded streets. Thousands of people in the region are still homeless, and two Bethel residents decided to do whatever they could to help.

Saturday Market vendors received a letter this past weekend saying that if they sell at Saturday Market more than five times a year, they have to get a business license and start charging sales tax.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Just as they gear up for the holiday season, Saturday Market vendors received a letter this past weekend saying that if they sell at Saturday Market more than five times a year, they have to get a business license and start charging sales tax. While the law has been on the books for some time, Bethel city officials are just beginning to enforce it.

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