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Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

Ben Matheson is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.

Calista Heritage Foundations Awards $177,000 In Scholarships

Two hundred and three students from the region will receive $177,000 in scholarships from the Calista Heritage Foundation. All recipients are Calista shareholders or descendants.

March 17, 2014 - 9:24 am
VPSOs Prepare For Possibility Of Being Armed

VPSOs Prepare For Possibility Of Being Armed

The effort to allow VPSOs to carry guns cleared a major hurdle this week when the Alaska House unanimously passed the bill that does just that. The decision is in the hands of legislators in Juneau now, and while the bill passed the 38-0, the issue on the ground is more nuanced.

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March 14, 2014 - 4:13 pm

YK Delta Halibut Quotas Halved

The statewide halibut and black cod season opened last Saturday. When YK Delta fishermen participate in the Community Development Quota allocations this summer, they will see their halibut quota cut nearly in half.

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March 12, 2014 - 6:01 pm
US Fish & Wildlife Proposes Reintroducing Steller’s Eiders To YK Delta

US Fish & Wildlife Proposes Reintroducing Steller’s Eiders To YK Delta

A new effort to help a once healthy population of eiders is using unique methods to try to turn sparse numbers around. Stellers eiders used to be common on parts of the YK Delta coast decades ago. Due to some combination of lead poisoning, predators, and changes of habitat they all but disappeared and were listed as threatened under the federal endangered species act in 1997.

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March 10, 2014 - 4:42 pm

GCI Receives $41 Million To Build 3G, 4G In Rural Alaska

Forty-eight communities in rural Alaska, including 26 in the YK Delta will receive 3G or 4G data service, thanks to an FCC grant of $41 million that GCI secured.

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March 7, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Dipnets May Be Allowed On Kuskokwim

Kuskowkim fisherman are expected to face serious restrictions on subsistence salmon fishing this summer in efforts to bring more king salmon to the spawning grounds. With fishing closed possibly all of June, the working group is asking that dipnets be used selectively to harvest non-Chinook salmon.

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March 6, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Legislature Considers Changing Autopsies In Rural Alaska

When a person dies under suspicious or unusual circumstances, the state has an obligation to make sure that evidence is processed and that they can protect the victim and their family. In rural Alaska, that means sending the body to the medical examiners office in Anchorage. If the legislature acts on a bill, part of that examination could take place locally.

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March 5, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Bethel Man Up For National Environmental Health Award

A YKHC employee is up for the national Indian Health Service Environmental Health Specialist of the Year. Brian Berbube is representing the Alaska region.

February 27, 2014 - 10:41 am

Quinhagak Man Arrested For Murder of 25-year-old Woman

Harold Smith, 26, was arrested in Quinhagak Monday and charged with the first degree murder of 25-year-old Lisa Johnson. Johnson’s body was found off a trail near the end of the new runway in Quinhagak on February 3.

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February 25, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Peter Tony Pleads Guilty To 3 Counts Of Child Sexual Abuse

Former Bethel foster parent Peter Tony has pleaded guilty to three counts of child sexual abuse in a plea deal. In the agreement with prosecutors, the 70-year-old pleaded guilty to charges of sexually abusing a minor in 2012 when he abused a 4-year-old his wife had in day care at their home. Those charges carry sentences anywhere from 5 to 99 years each.

February 25, 2014 - 5:16 pm

BLM Plans Summer Work At The Red Devil Creek

The BLM has a plan for realigning a portion of Red Devil Creek this summer to stop mercury, arsenic, and antimony from eroding away into the river.

February 25, 2014 - 11:13 am

Mekoryuk Residents Seek More Musk Oxen For Local

Residents of Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island are seeking more involvement, and more musk oxen harvest. This is happening as the 20-year-old agreement that guides management is set to undergo changes.

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February 21, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Search Crews Find Missing Nunapitchuk Man Deceased

Search and rescue crews have found the body of Wassillie Berlin. Searchers found him deceased on the trail between Atmautluak and Bethel. The Nunapitchuk man was reported missing by his brother on Saturday. Crews had found his snowmachine earlier.

February 20, 2014 - 10:14 am

NTSB Says Pilot Error To Blame In Fatal Midair Crash

The National Transportation Safety board has found that pilot error was to blame in the 2011 crash that killed one pilot and injured another in separate planes.

February 18, 2014 - 10:30 am

Black Tar Heroin And Marijuana Seized In Bethel

This week’s drug-related arrests came after a several-month-long investigation involving the work of a confidential informant. It led to seizures of heroin, pot, and the arrest of an alleged bootlegger who bought over 1,500 bottles of whiskey.

February 14, 2014 - 11:02 am

Y-K Delta Regional Committee to Develop Strategic Plan

The Y-K Delta Regional Committee has selected a small steering committee and charged them with drafting strategic plan for the YK-Delta. The 16-person panel is tasked with coming up with a strategic plan by the end of the year.

February 7, 2014 - 9:45 am

Hooper Bay to Pay Nearly $1 Million for Death in Jail

A Bethel jury has ordered that the city of Hooper Bay pay close a million dollars to the family of a man that died at the Hooper Bay jail. The jury found that the City of Hooper Bay was negligent in the death of 22-year-old Louis Bunyan. Judge Charles Ray read the next portion of the jury’s verdict, which came in after 8 pm Tuesday.

February 6, 2014 - 6:01 pm
Kuskokwim River at Bethel on January 25, 2014. Photo by Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel.

Warm Winter Brings Open Water To Y-K Delta

Record warm temperatures have depleted Alaska’s snowpack and melted river ice. And residents of the YK Delta have noticed more open water in recent weeks. It’s not technically breakup, but in many places, it sure looks and feels like it.

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January 28, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Calista Develops Regional Committee

The Calista board of directors is putting the pieces together of the new regional committee. The committee had a start in the 1980s, but it is getting new life this spring.

January 22, 2014 - 10:08 am
2014 Kuskokwim 300 Brings Past Champions And New Trail

2014 Kuskokwim 300 Brings Past Champions And New Trail

Twenty-four mushers, including six past champions will be at the starting line for the 35th running of the Kuskokwim 300. The start is scheduled for 6:30 this evening, but an incoming winter storm could hold up the race.

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January 17, 2014 - 4:57 pm