Political stories

Katie Basile / KYUK

Walk into any room in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta—any office, any store, the post office—and chances are that one in four women you see will have experienced sexual violence. One in four.  That number is from a 2012 survey from the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Forrest Dunbar Speaks With KYUK About Ballot Measure 1

Oct 27, 2016
Forrest Dunbar

If Ballot Measure 1 passes, Alaskans will be automatically registered to vote when they apply for their Permanent Fund Dividend. But what does it mean for the PFD? Will it cost the state money? KYUK spoke with Forrest Dunbar, Anchorage Assemblyman and Ballot Measure 1 co-sponsor, about the proposed legislation.

Sign outside the AC Quickstop liquor store.
Geraldine Brink / KYUK

The Association of Village Council Presidents unanimously passed a resolution yesterday to address alcohol-related issues currently affecting the YK Delta. Two liquor stores opened in Bethel this year, and some tribes say that alcohol problems have worsened in their villages as a result. 

Elizabeth Lozano

Last week tribal representatives from across the U.S. traveled to Washington D.C. for President Obama’s eighth and final White House Tribal Nations Conference. The representatives met with President Obama and members of his cabinet. They discussed issues facing tribes and solutions ahead.

Katie Basile / KYUK

The unofficial results for the 2016 Bethel City Council elections show Fred Watson, Byron Maczynski, and Norman Ayagalria in the lead for the council’s three open seats. The absentee and question ballots have yet to be counted, and the results will be made official next week.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Tuesday is election day for Bethel City Council, the Lower Kuskokwim School District Board of Directors, and the LKSD Advisory School Board.

For City Council elections, there’re six candidates and three open seats. The candidates are: Norman Ayagalria, Fritz Charles, Byron Maczynski, Mary Nanuwak, Fred Watson, and Mary Weiss.

Bethel City Council Elections are Tuesday, and we’re taking a look at the current council’s attendance over the past year. All these numbers are out of 47 total regularly scheduled and special meetings between October 19, 2015 and September 27, 2016.

Eligible, Unregistered Voters To Get One More Nudge

Sep 26, 2016
Dean Swope / KYUK

The Alaska Division of Elections is planning on contacting unregistered, but potentially eligible, voters in Alaska to encourage more registration before the October 9 deadline.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Monday representatives from federally recognized tribes across the United States are meeting in Washington, D.C. for the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference. One of those representatives is Mike Williams Sr. of the Akiak Native Community. This will be the fifth conference Williams has attended under the Obama administration. On his way to D.C. this weekend, KYUK spoke with Williams during his layover in Bethel.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Tuesday evening the 2016 Bethel City Council candidates gathered in City Hall to answer questions on why they are running for council and what they would do if elected.

The six candidates are running for three open seats for the October 4 election. Five candidates attended the forum: Norman Ayagalria, Fritz Charles, Mary Nanuwak, Fred Watson, and Mary Weiss. Candidate Byron Maczynski was unable to attend due to illness.