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Pick.Click.Give. Spreads The Wealth

Feb 22, 2018
Pick Click and Give

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.

BethelGives... A Lot

Feb 21, 2018
Tundra Women's Coalition receiving their BethelGives check. From left to right: Randy Hinz, CJ Pleasant, Eileen Arnold, Molly Graham, Marilla Handley.
Bethel Gives

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.

The Bethel Winter House will open every night at 9 p.m. from December 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018 at the Bethel Evangelical Covenant Church.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

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.

Bethel resident Joni Beckham poses outside "The Price Is Right" studio on November 13, 2017 after winning $63,000 worth of prizes as a Double Showcase Winner. The game show episode aired on January 29, 2018.
Courtesy of Joni Beckham

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.

Andrea Gusty, Vice President of Corporate Affairs for The Kuskokwim Corporation, testifies in support of Donlin's waste and wastewater draft permits in Anchorage on January 26, 2018.
Victoria Petersen / APRN

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.

Bethel resident Joni Beckham poses outside "The Price Is Right" studio on November 13, 2017 after winning $63,000 worth of prizes as a Double Showcase Winner. The game show episode aired on January 29, 2018.
Courtesy of Joni Beckham

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.

Dean Swope / KYUK

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.

Eighty-five mile per hour winds blew over the Quinhagak fuel storage warehouse with an employee inside on Friday, December 22, 2017.
Derek Kusiak

Eighty-five mile per hour winds ripped up the Kuskokwim Bay coast on Friday, upending smokehouses, tearing electric lines, and flinging a house across the road.

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.

Governor Bill Walker signs HB 141 at Bethel's Yuut Elitnaurviat surrounded by high school students from the Kuskokwim Learning Academy on August 29, 2017. Walker's proposed budget includes funding for Y-K Delta law enforcement.
Dean Swope/KYUK

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.