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Drilling Approved At Site Of Donlin Gold Mine This Summer

Jun 26, 2017
The proposed Donlin Gold mine site in 2014.

Activity will continue at the proposed Donlin Gold mine site this summer now that the project’s exploratory drilling program has been approved.

Courtesy of YKHC

When the new hospital expansion in Bethel is completed, patients and visitors will be able to do something they have never been able to do before: they will be able to drive up to the front door and walk in, without going up a ramp or stairs.

"Even though the building is raised up in the air and on pilings like most buildings in Bethel," says Kent Crandall, the project manager for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation expansion, "we're going to raise the drive up so they can be dropped off and walk straight in on grade like most hospitals anywhere in the world."

Dean Swope / KYUK Public Media

The Bethel retail business Swanson’s has announced it’s applying for the city’s final liquor store license. The business is owned by the Sea Lion Corporation, the Native corporation for the dry village of Hooper Bay.

Swanson's has announced that it's applying to turn its old furniture store in Bethel into a liquor store.
Dean Swope / KYUK Public Media

Swanson’s has announced that it’s joining the race for Bethel’s third and final liquor store license. As of Friday, the state says that they have not received an application from the business to turn the old furniture store into a liquor shop. If they do, Swanson’s will join Kusko Liquor, Tundra Liquor Cache, and Alaska Commercial Company in the competition.

Cliff Linderoth is a manager at Swanson’s. He’s also a member of the Bethel Planning Commission and he thinks that Swanson’s has a good shot at getting the final license.

Swanson's has announced that it's applying to turn its old furniture store in Bethel into a liquor store.
Dean Swope / KYUK Public Media

Over the next three weeks, you’re going to hear this on KYUK: “Swanson’s Liquor Store, LLC is making an application for a new package store AS.04.11.150 liquor license.”

Katie Basile / KYUK Public Media

Mother’s Day is Sunday. It’s one of the top flower selling holidays. And the routine for many in urban Alaska or the lower 48 is to call a florist, order an arrangement, and have it delivered, maybe with a note. Well, just in time for Mother’s Day, that service, through the work of one Bethel businesswoman, has come to the Delta. 

Wells Fargo donated $26,000 to the Bethel Winter House in recognition of Bethel Branch Manager Jon Cochrane's community service to the nonprofit.
Courtesy of Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo has named Bethel Branch Manager Jon Cochrane as its 2016 Alaska Volunteer of the Year.

Mike Simon, of Hooper Bay, works on a computer during a class titled S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017. The class is part of the Alaska Crew Boss Academy at the Alaska Fire Service on Fort Wainwright, in Fairbanks.
Tim Mowry / Alaska Division of Forestry

State and Federal fire agencies have teamed up to sponsor leadership training for firefighters from the YK Delta this month. The training is the Alaska Interagency Crew Boss Academy and is held once every two years. During a two-week intensive session, firefighters hone skills in leadership, radio, weather, risk assessment, safety, structure protection and using GPS and maps.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK Public Media

2:51 a.m., Saturday, May 6. That’s the official time of breakup on the Kuskokwim this year, when the thawing river carried the Ice Classic Tripod downstream, stopping the clock and marking the start of spring.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK Public Media

The Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod in front of Bethel has fallen, but the clock is still ticking. Dozens of people rushed to the river once word got out.