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The Coastal Villages Region Fund announced today that it will not be operating its fish processing plant in Platinum this summer. The plant was built for a higher capacity than current fisheries can provide and was losing money.

Calista Corporation

The Calista Corporation has announced the largest dividend in its history. Shareholders will receive $4.47 per share by direct deposit or mail on April 15. The typical shareholder owns 100 shares. Calista plans to pay out another dividend in the fall. 

Dean Swope / KYUK

Unless people make changes, the rising cost of electricity and heat will only make life tougher in rural Alaska. Right now Power Cost Equalization, or PCE, subsidizes energy costs in rural Alaska. While that program is safe this year, it probably will not remain so in the future as the state seeks to make do with smaller budgets.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The Bethel City Council agreed Tuesday to provide free water deliveries to Bethel Winter House, Bethel’s homeless shelter, for the remainder of their season. 

Anna Rose McArthur

Bethel city water trucks get more than their fair share of abuse, but after an incident that left a brand new water truck tipped on its side, the Bethel City Manager decided to change the accident policy to give city truck drivers who are found to be negligent tickets and drug tests. 

Dean Swope

Tuesday, the Bethel City council zoned Larson Subdivision as residential. Councilman Leif Albertson said that this was just the first part of a city-wide effort.

BPD facebook

Raising their pay has not increased the number of Bethel police officers, and no one's sure why. 

House Representative Fansler Checks In With The Delta

Feb 13, 2017
Katie Basile / KYUK

Just a month into the session, Zach Fansler, state House Representative for District 38, visited the YK Delta over the weekend to do a check-in with his constituency. On Saturday he spoke to a crowd of people in Bethel, and traveled to the nearby village of Napaskiak on Sunday. KYUK’s Adrian Wagner attended those meetings and has more.

At both meetings this weekend, Zach Fansler said that one of his goals at the legislature was to dispel the myth that Western Alaska is subsidized by urban Alaska.

State of Alaska

In an effort to keep our listeners informed about their state legislature, KYUK will be hosting bi-weekly check-ins with representatives from Western Alaska in both the House and the Senate. In this installment, KYUK’s Adrian Wagner speaks with House Representative Zach Fansler of District 38 about upcoming bills that Fansler and his team are co-sponsoring.

Meet Your House Representative's New Team

Jan 25, 2017
Adrian Wagner

When Zach Fansler ran for House District 38, he promised to represent the region’s mainly Alaska Native population. Now that’s he’s in office, he’s making good on that promise by choosing two Alaska Native women for his staff.