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Zach Fansler Campaign

Zach Fansler was sworn in Tuesday as the new House Representative for District 38. After the ceremony, KYUK caught up with Fansler in his Juneau office.

Katie Basile

Bethel's Vice Mayor, Bryon Maczynski, has announced that he will not be running for reelection next year because he’s moving to Dillingham. The 29-year-old Maczynski was born and raised in Bethel. He has served on the Public Works Committee during his three-year term, while at the same time working with his dad at their family-owned auto body shop.


Zach Fansler was sworn into the Alaska State Legislature on Tuesday, January 18. He is the State House Representative for District 38.

A cloudy day in Quinhagak.
Adrian Wagner / KYUK

The village of Quinhagak has not had a shipment of food in over two weeks due to a damaged runway, bad weather, and a change in air carriers. While deliveries have been less than reliable over the last two years, people say that this is the worst it’s been.

Charles Enoch / KYUK

What is the role of philanthropy in an age of climate change? That’s what private giving groups from across the state will be discussing at a meeting in March as they examine their role amid Alaska’s shifting needs and environmental threats to rural communities. Two leaders are already working to form an answer.

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.