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Interns spent ten weeks working with CVRF in a range of different locations this summer.
Courtesy of CVRF.

Kids are heading home from a summer learning experience with Coastal Villages Region Fund, the offshore fisheries Community Development Quota recipient for this area of the Bering Sea coast. The internship program hired 18 interns from Hooper Bay, Chefornak, Scammon Bay, Tununak, Quinhagak, Chevak, Toksook Bay, Napaskiak, Kipnuk, and Napakiak.

A wind turbine stands outside the Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center. AVEC plans to erect a larger, 900 kilowatt wind turbine near the Bethel airport in 2018.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Just because you held a public meeting about it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. That’s what AVEC, the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, found out Friday when the Federal Aviation Administration called and said their plan to build a wind turbine off Bethel’s BIA road was a no-go.

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.

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.”

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.