In areas of the state where the cash economy is limited, but the cost of living high, the Permanent Fund Dividend is especially important to many households. But even in those places, dividend recipients generously share the wealth by donating to non-profits, and that time has come again.
This past holiday season, Bethel dug deep into its collective pockets to help the community. The #BethelGives campaign, in its second year, raised $35,000. That’s about $10,000 more than it did the first year.
Every night since December 1, community members in Bethel have cooked a meal for the Bethel Winter House. Each meal is a donation cooked in the home and brought to the shelter to share with people needing a warm, safe place to spend the night. After two-and-a-half months of hot meals, the Winter House needs help. It’s facing its first gap on the meal calendar on Sunday, and needs people to volunteer to make meals for most of March.
The Bethel resident who won big on "The Price Is Right" will not be paying hefty shipping costs after all. In an email to KYUK, the television game show says that it will cover all of the delivery fees.
The tone of a hearing in Anchorage on two draft permits for the proposed Donlin Gold mine was very different from those held in the region where the mine would be located. In Anchorage last week, those who gave public comments to state regulators expressed trust and support for the proposed project.
If you are from rural Alaska, winning on the television game show "The Price is Right" carries a price tag they don’t tell you about on the show, as a Bethel resident recently learned when she won big on the program.
Bethel Native Corporation holds one of Bethel’s three package liquor store licenses. It runs its alcohol business under Bethel Spirits and rents space for its liquor store from Hooper Bay's Sea Lion Native Village Corporation. Now Bethel Native Corporation wants to transfer that license to the landlord, who would run the store under the name Caribou Traders Liquor.
Last Sunday afternoon, Bethel Housing residents were surprised when their water abruptly shut off. The shutdown started around 4:30 or 5:00 p.m. and lasted about 90 minutes. According to City Public Works Director Bill Arnold, a fitting on one of the pipes broke on the Bethel Heights water treatment plant’s main line, and workers had to shut the plant down briefly to fix it.
A little more law and order could be coming to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta if the legislature gives the nod to the Governor's budget. On Friday, Governor Bill Walker released a three-part budget plan that prioritizes public safety and includes funding for both an additional prosecutor and State Trooper investigator in Bethel.