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Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK - Bethel

Anna Rose MacArthur is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.

AC Quickstop begins plans for Bethel liquor store

AC Quickstop begins plans for Bethel liquor store

Walter Pickett is the Alaska Commercial Company general manager. He says the final vision for AC Quickstop’s liquor store in Bethel is ready. “When you walk into the convenience store currently, the thought is to take that space where the entryway is and that elongated hallway before you walk into the store, and actually take that space and convert that into the liquor store,” Pickett said. The store should open in August of 2016, and Pickett said the company has several hurdles to jump between now and then, beginning this week with sending a project manager to assess the store’s new construction.
December 4, 2015
Bethel hopes housing holds key to retaining city workers

Bethel hopes housing holds key to retaining city workers

Jobs in rural Alaska are often seen as a career stepping stone. Professionals take a job for a year, maybe two, and leave. In doing so, they take career skills and experience with them rather than investing those assets back into the community.
December 4, 2015
Bethel's winter shelter opens for third season

Bethel’s winter shelter opens for third season

As December begins, leading deeper into the cold season, the Winter House will open its doors today for the third year. People needing a safe place for the night will once again find a meal and warm mat in Bethel.
December 2, 2015
Bethel granted 2 liquor licenses

Bethel granted 2 liquor licenses

Alcohol sales are coming to Bethel — legally — for the first time in 40 years. Download Audio
November 19, 2015
Inupiaq school in Kotz fundraises for Yup’ik sister school

Inupiaq school in Kotz fundraises for Yup’ik sister school

When the Nikaitchuat Ilisagviat Inupiaq immersion school opened in Kotzebue, its founders turned to Bethel’s Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Yup’ik immersion school for guidance. With Ayaprun’s building destroyed earlier this month in a fire, its Inupiaq sister school is stepping in to offer support. Download Audio
November 19, 2015
ABC Board to consider two Bethel liquor license applications

ABC Board to consider two Bethel liquor license applications

On Thursday, Nov. 19, the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will review two Bethel liquor license applications—one for AC Quickstop and another for Bethel Native Corporation. Bethel has not had a liquor store for over 40 years.
November 18, 2015
Inupiaq school rallies support for Yup’ik sister school

Inupiaq school rallies support for Yup’ik sister school

When the Nikaitchuat Ilisagviat Inupiaq immersion school opened in Kotzebue, its founders turned to Bethel’s Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Yup’ik immersion school for guidance. With Ayaprun’s building destroyed earlier this month in a fire, its Inupiaq sister school is stepping in to offer support. Download Audio
November 18, 2015
AVCP aims to establish tribal court in every YK village

AVCP aims to establish tribal court in every YK village

An Alaska non-profit wants to do something new — set up courts for about one-fourth of Alaska’s tribes. Download Audio
November 17, 2015

Bethel passes anti-discrimination law

Bethel City Council has passed laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity for city employees and contracted workers. Download Audio
November 13, 2015
Bethel declares local disaster after Kilbuck fire

Bethel declares local disaster after Kilbuck fire

Bethel City Council has declared a local government disaster following the Kilbuck fire that incinerated the Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Yup’ik immersion school and damaged the Kuskokwim Learning Academy school and dorms. Download Audio
November 13, 2015
Support pours in as Bethel school re-opens

Support pours in as Bethel school re-opens

Ayaprun Elitnaurvik students returned to school today after four days without classes following the Kilbuck fire. Download Audio
November 9, 2015
Bethel visit humanizes Kilbuck fire to Gov. Walker

Bethel visit humanizes Kilbuck fire to Gov. Walker

Gov. Bill Walker visited Bethel Friday to meet with city and school officials as well as teachers and students displaced by Tuesday’s fire that incinerated the Kilbuck campus, housing two schools and residential dorms.
November 9, 2015
Gov. Walker to visit Bethel following school fire

Gov. Walker to visit Bethel following school fire

The Governor and local lawmakers have committed their support to Bethel following a fire at the Kilbuck campus that destroyed one school and damaged another along with a set of dorms.
November 6, 2015
Gov. Walker to visit Bethel after Kilbuck blaze

Gov. Walker to visit Bethel after Kilbuck blaze

State officials have committed their support to Bethel following a fire at the Kilbuck campus that destroyed one school and damaged another along with a set of dorms.
November 5, 2015
Fire marshals investigate Kilbuck blaze in Bethel; Cause not yet determined

Fire marshals investigate Kilbuck blaze in Bethel; Cause not yet determined

Fire marshals are on the scene in Bethel investigating the Kilbuck campus fire. They’re photographing the site, talking with the fire department, and interviewing witnesses, trying to assess the damage and cause of the destruction. Download Audio
November 4, 2015
Bethel finalizing state disaster request after school fire

Bethel finalizing state disaster request after school fire

The City of Bethel is working towards declaring a state of emergency after a fire destroyed the Kilbuck campus, housing two schools and dorm buildings.
November 4, 2015
Yup'ik artifacts spared in Bethel school fire

Yup’ik artifacts spared in Bethel school fire

Emergency responders in Bethel have a raging school fire under control, but not before it caused substantial damage to the building. Download Audio
November 3, 2015
Grant poised to bring Oscarville well back from the grave

Grant poised to bring Oscarville well back from the grave

Over a decade ago, Oscarville’s community well broke down. Then, this summer, the school well failed too. Residents in the small Kuskokwim village have reverted to using rain and river water. Last week the community landed a major grant to fix that. Download Audio
October 27, 2015
Crew breaks though ice clot in Bethel's frozen well

Crew breaks though ice clot in Bethel’s frozen well

The ice blocking an essential well for Bethel schools has finally cracked. Officials discovered the frozen well in September and spent almost a month thawing the impasse. Water is now pumping, but the well still isn’t in the clear.
October 27, 2015

Bethel puzzles over how to unclog a seriously frozen well

An ice chunk is blocking an essential well for Bethel schools. For almost a week, maintenance crews have been melting the ice, while the city delivers water to the campus. So far, there’s no end in sight to how deep the impasse runs. Download Audio
October 16, 2015