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GCI CEO Greg Chapados addresses a Bethel crowd on August 17, 2017.
Dean Swope / KYUK

GCI held a community gathering in Bethel on Thursday to celebrate the upcoming completion of its terrestrial broadband network.

Ravn Makes Changes; More To Come

Aug 18, 2017
Dean Swope / KYUK

The fatal Ravn Air crash near Togiak last fall was the focus of the investigative hearing held by the National Transportation Safety Board in Anchorage on Thursday. Sitting in the audience was Ravn’s new CEO, Dave Pflieger.

“My focus has been, and always will be, on safety,” Pflieger said, “and this is now my fourth airline as a CEO. It’s the very first thing I do, is focus on safety when I get in a company.”

NTSB Probes Air Safety And Togiak Crash

Aug 18, 2017
Johanna Eurich / KYUK

Alaska commuter pilots fly into airports that can consist of a gravel strip, and not much else.

Courtesy of Calista Corporation

Wayne Don of Mekoryuk is the new chair of the Calista Corporation Board of Directors. 

Fish and Wildlife

It’s taken months of work for the Yukon River’s newest buyer to set up, but a “B Corporation” called Fishpeople expects to open up shop soon. B Corporations have only existed for a decade. They have to live up to social, environmental, and accountability standards to gain international certification and there are only a couple of thousand of them in the world.

Dean Swope / KYUK

As of Friday, data plans automatically updated for General Communications Inc. (GCI), customers in Bethel, Nome, and Kotzebue. The transition increased the amount of internet usage customers receive each month, while lowering the cost of the plans.

Katie Basile/KYUK

Last week, KYUK reported that Alaska Airlines might cut some of its flights between Bethel and Anchorage, right before the winter holidays. The company has now determined which of its flights will be eliminated.

Alaska Airlines Might Reduce Flights To Bethel This Winter

Jul 18, 2017
Katie Basile / KYUK

Alaska Airlines might cut some of its flights between Bethel and Anchorage, just in time for the holidays. Management confirmed that their flight schedule will change a few weeks before Thanksgiving and remain in effect until a few days after New Year's, but it’s still unclear what those changes will be.

Courtesy of Ravn Alaska

Ravn Alaska has appointed a new President and CEO. KYUK’s Christine Trudeau reports that the hire may be the beginning of an attempt to step up their game.



Silver Salmon Buyer Coming to Kuskokwim Bay

Jul 6, 2017
Silver salmon fills the bottom of a boat during a subsistence opening in August 2016 near Bethel.
Katie Basile / KYUK

It looks like there will be a commercial fishery for silver salmon on the Kuskokwim coast this year. A buyer is coming to Kuskokwim Bay next month with his floating processor vessel, Akutan. It’s 180 feet long, can process up to 100-gross-weight pounds of salmon a day. That's 100,000 pounds of salmon. The ship will anchor in either Eek or Quinhagak. Its owner, Larry Lang, is looking for locals to buy cohos from.