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At a public hearing in Bethel on May 21, 2018, the Alaska ABC Board will decide whether to renew Bethel Native Corporation's liquor license for Bethel Spirits and whether to transfer that license to Hooper Bay’s Sea Lion Native Village Corporation.
Dean Swope / KYUK

The fates of Bethel’s two operating liquor store licenses will be decided on Tuesday, and the public is invited to take part. At 1 p.m. on May 22 at the Bethel Cultural Center, the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will hold a special public hearing on whether to renew both licenses and whether to transfer one of those licenses to another owner.

Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway needs more work than the state can give it right now or will be able to give it for about a decade. To overcome changing climate conditions and a growing population, the highway needs a new design, but that process will take years. So next summer, as a short-term fix, the highway will be repaved.


According to a new study, over a third of Alaska's children live below the federal poverty line.
Courtesy of Kids Count: Economic Well-Being of Alaska Children

Forty-two percent of children in Southwestern Alaska live below the federal poverty line. That’s according to a new study by the Alaska Children’s Trust, a non-profit organization focused on preventing child abuse and neglect.

Lilly Carter of Kwigillingok and Ben Kuntz of Bethel were named the Kuskokwim Ice Classic winners when the sinking tripod in front of Bethel stopped the clock at 7:51 p.m. on May 2, 2018. William Savo of Dillingham won the Minute Madness competition.
Kuskokwim Ice Classic

It’s official. The Kuskokwim River in front of Bethel has broken. The Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod sunk through the ice, stopping the clock at 7:51 p.m. on Wednesday. With that, the competition designated three lucky winners to take home thousands of dollars in prize money.


The Kuskokwim Ice Classic Tripod began sinking Wednesday afternoon on May 2, 2018, but the clock continues counting down to break up.
Kuskokwim Ice Classic

Update: The Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod clock stopped at 7:51 p.m. on May 2, 2018. The organizers are determining a winner.

Original story: The Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod has sunk, leaving only its colorful, wooden points sticking out of the rotten ice. But the line connecting the tripod to a ticking clock is still holding, and the clock continues counting down to break up.

For most of 2018, Chefornak has had a problem. The village relies on barges to deliver some goods and supplies like most of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, but the Chefornak jetty hasn’t been accessible for months. A generous federal tribal grant might go a long way toward fixing that problem.

Broken light fixtures line the Russian Mission runway following a vandalism spree by a group of young children during the third weekend in April of 2018.
Jim Duffy

Night flights can now land in Russian Mission. All the runway lights in the community are fixed following a vandalism spree over the weekend.

Extreme ice encasing a GCI communications tower near Scammon Bay has disrupted phone and internet services throughout the area since March.
GCI

City workers along the mid-Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta coast are frustrated. The extreme ice pack encasing a GCI tower has been slowing down, or simply cutting off their work for more than a month. KYUK managed to check in with a few communities while phones were connecting to see how they were doing.


Extreme ice encasing a GCI communications tower near Scammon Bay has disrupted phone and internet services throughout the area since March.
GCI

Lower Yukon and nearby coastal communities can expect spotty phone and internet services to continue. Unusually thick ice on a GCI communications tower near Scammon Bay has meant frequent service interruptions for surrounding communities since March.


The generators at the Bethel Power Plant.
Courtesy of Lenny Welch

Update April 12, 2018 1:12 p.m.: Wednesday's brief, city-wide power outage was due to an accident in the field.

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