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Lawmakers From Both Parties Join To Promote Innovation

Mar 23, 2017
Katie Basile / KYUK

A new bi-partisan caucus has formed in the state legislature. This one hopes to nurture business innovation and investment. Caucus co-chair, Democratic Representative Zach Fansler of Bethel, hopes to take the lead from small business development programs like Bethel's Best in the West competition.

A Ravn Alaska flight attendant handles a pet snake a passenger left on a Ravn plane flying from Aniak to Anchorage on March 19, 2017.
Anna McConnaughy

Snakes aren’t native to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, but one made it’s way on a Ravn Alaska plane from Aniak to Anchorage on Sunday.

Police Want To Fill Ranks With Locals

Mar 15, 2017
KYUK Staff

The Bethel Police Department wants to hire more local people. Along with the Bethel Fire Department, it is setting up shop at Thursday's job fair at the Cultural Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Natalie Hayes, the Dispatch Supervisor, is among the people who will be there to talk about careers in community policing.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Help is on the way for residents of the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta trying to file their taxes, and some of that help is coming from across the continent. New York University law school students have volunteered to help file taxes in 28 communities in the Delta.

Oscar Samuelson hauling the last load of the sawmill components. The Napaimute crew will continue hauling a small building and returning equipment this week
Mark Leary / Native Village of Napaimute

The Native Village of Napaimute is starting a commercial lumber business in the middle Kuskokwim this year. The workers are currently moving the sawmill 40 miles downriver from Chuathbaluk to three miles below Kalskag where the mill will cut commercial lumber on demand, creating jobs and providing cheaper, locally sourced lumber for Kuskokwim residents.

Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Commercial fishing might be coming to the Kuskokwim this summer. 

A wind turbine stands outside the Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center. AVEC plans to erect a larger, 900 kilowatt wind turbine near the Bethel airport in 2018.
Dean Swope / KYUK

A new, large wind turbine is coming to Bethel. Anna Sattler, the Rural Liaison for the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, says that the 900 kilowatt wind turbine is expected to be delivered next year, and it will be the largest turbine in AVEC's fleet, by a factor of nine.

The Yute Air terminal on March 6, 2017, two days after its closure.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Without warning or explanation Yute Air shut down on Saturday, leaving passengers looking for flights and employees looking for work. The regional Bethel-based air carrier served about 1,000 passengers a week across more than 30 villages throughout the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. Now Yute’s assets have been sold, and the people who worked for Yute were among those surprised by the news.

Michelle DeWitt

The prize for guessing the exact minute that the ice goes out on the Kuskokwim just went up. Organizers of the Kuskokwim Ice Classic say that the prize for guessing break-up in front of Bethel is $12,500, up from $10,000 last year.

Oscarville students dance in the village school in February 2016.
Dean Swope / KYUK

A group of representatives from a variety of government and nonprofit agencies are headed to Oscarville on Friday. The group is going there to observe the changes that have been made to the village since it became a pilot project for what is being called a holistic approach to community development.