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Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK Public Media

For nearly a year, the Bethel Fire and EMT Department has been raising money to buy a new ambulance. Everything from t-shirts to bratwurst to Bingo nights have been sold to fund the effort. This week, the campaign received a boost: $25,000 from the Rasmuson Foundation. The influx means that the Fire Department has almost reached its goal.

Dean Swope / KYUK

This week, KYUK received a $25,000 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation. We are very proud of this award and are grateful to the Rasmuson Foundation for believing in our mission. In this short interview, KYUK General Manager Shane Iverson explains how we will use the money to secure our building so that we can continue bringing you the news, programs, and music you've come to expect. Thank you, Rasmuson, from KYUK, your public radio station for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Research and Analysis Section

More than $3 million in federal money is coming to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in federal PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) funds. The funding is intended to offset the maintenance of road construction, public schools, public safety, and other community services on non-taxable federal lands.

Drilling Approved At Site Of Donlin Gold Mine This Summer

Jun 26, 2017
The proposed Donlin Gold mine site in 2014.

Activity will continue at the proposed Donlin Gold mine site this summer now that the project’s exploratory drilling program has been approved.

Courtesy of YKHC

When the new hospital expansion in Bethel is completed, patients and visitors will be able to do something they have never been able to do before: they will be able to drive up to the front door and walk in, without going up a ramp or stairs.

"Even though the building is raised up in the air and on pilings like most buildings in Bethel," says Kent Crandall, the project manager for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation expansion, "we're going to raise the drive up so they can be dropped off and walk straight in on grade like most hospitals anywhere in the world."

Dean Swope / KYUK Public Media

The Bethel retail business Swanson’s has announced it’s applying for the city’s final liquor store license. The business is owned by the Sea Lion Corporation, the Native corporation for the dry village of Hooper Bay.

Swanson's has announced that it's applying to turn its old furniture store in Bethel into a liquor store.
Dean Swope / KYUK Public Media

Swanson’s has announced that it’s joining the race for Bethel’s third and final liquor store license. As of Friday, the state says that they have not received an application from the business to turn the old furniture store into a liquor shop. If they do, Swanson’s will join Kusko Liquor, Tundra Liquor Cache, and Alaska Commercial Company in the competition.

Cliff Linderoth is a manager at Swanson’s. He’s also a member of the Bethel Planning Commission and he thinks that Swanson’s has a good shot at getting the final license.

Swanson's has announced that it's applying to turn its old furniture store in Bethel into a liquor store.
Dean Swope / KYUK Public Media

Over the next three weeks, you’re going to hear this on KYUK: “Swanson’s Liquor Store, LLC is making an application for a new package store AS.04.11.150 liquor license.”

Katie Basile / KYUK Public Media

Mother’s Day is Sunday. It’s one of the top flower selling holidays. And the routine for many in urban Alaska or the lower 48 is to call a florist, order an arrangement, and have it delivered, maybe with a note. Well, just in time for Mother’s Day, that service, through the work of one Bethel businesswoman, has come to the Delta. 

Courtesy of Jon Cochrane

Wells Fargo has named Bethel Branch Manager Jon Cochrane as its 2016 Alaska Volunteer of the Year.