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Ben Matheson

Last night, Bethel City Council decided to turn down a federal grant because there were too many unanswered questions about it. The grant funds would have gone towards the construction of a trail connecting the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation to Bethel’s City Subdivision. 

Best In The West Still Taking Applications

Jan 10, 2017

Best in the West is an initiative to grow small business in Western Alaska, and is still taking applications for an annual grant and series of workshops geared towards that goal. The grant is competitive, and applications are due soon. To tell us more about what Best in the West is, how to get involved, and what kinds of projects they’re looking to fund, we’re joined by Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center Director Reyne Athanas and organizer Grady Deaton.

Calista Begins New Shareholder Enrollment

Jan 6, 2017
Calista Cooperation

For the first time in 40 years, Calista is enrolling new shareholders. New shareholders will receive 100 shares each and can begin enrollment immediately. Calista's Thom Leonard filled us in on the details. 

City of Bethel

Notices are up around town saying that the Port of Bethel will be increasing its wharfage tariff. That’s the fee charged on goods and materials being moved at the Bethel port. 

Dean Swope / KYUK

As we approach the end of the year, we're looking back on the stories that defined the past 12 months in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. Here are the top stories from 2016.

Bethel Gets New Public Works Director

Dec 28, 2016

While the search for the new Bethel City Manager presses on, the City’s Public Works Director, Muzaffar Lakhani, has been replaced.

Reno Moore pulling stock on opening day of the AC Quickstop liquor store.
Geraldine Brink / KYUK

Three businesses are vying for Bethel’s final liquor store license.

One business has already submitted its application, and the other two are in the three-week public notice period required before applying.

If the other two get their applications in on time, it’ll be up to the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to decide which of the three businesses holds the final license.

But how will they choose?

Ben Matheson / KYUK

After a lengthy search, the Bethel City Council has offered the job of City Manager to Acting City Manager and current Port Director Pete Williams.

KYUK Staff

Two businesses in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta are applying for the region’s first marijuana store licenses: The Green Tree LLC in Bethel, located at 260 C Osage Avenue, and Kuskokwim Enterprises, LLC in Aniak, located at 3 Slough View Drive.

Alaska Army National Guard

Santa is going to be a little late to a few villages this year. Freezing fog in Bethel this week, and the week before, prevented the Army National Guard from flying their UH-60 Black Hawk to Akiak, Tuluksak, and Grayling to deliver toys and food for Alaska’s 60th Operation Santa Claus.

Since 1956, the tradition has brought together the Alaska National Guard, local businesses, and community groups to collect and deliver gifts to a few villages each year.