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Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

Ben Matheson is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.

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Y-K Delta Representative Bob Herron Named Majority Whip

Y-K Delta House Representative Bob Herron will be the Whip for the Majority Caucus this January. Herron and the Republican-led caucus just finished two days of organization meetings. As Majority Whip, the District 38 Democrat is charged with making sure there is effective communication in the caucus.

November 10, 2014

How Will Legal Marijuana Work In Rural Alaska?

Early next year, Alaskans will be able to legally buy, transport, and use small amounts of marijuana. The initiative will not be law until three months after the vote is certified, and the state has more time to come up with rules for marijuana sales.

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November 7, 2014
Crews Troubleshoot Bethel’s Pool Sprinkler System

Crews Troubleshoot Bethel’s Pool Sprinkler System

There’s no timeline for reopening the $24 million Bethel pool, which closed right after the grand opening this past Saturday due to a sprinkler system issue.

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November 7, 2014
Senator Lyman Hoffman to Caucus with Majority

Senator Lyman Hoffman to Caucus with Majority

Y-K Delta Senator Lyman Hoffman will be caucusing with the Majority Caucus. The group met Wednesday in Anchorage to organize and name leadership. Hoffman is the first Democrat to join this version of the 15-person body. He says he’s had positive experiences working with members on gasline legislation.

November 7, 2014
(Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK)

Y-K Voters Weigh In on Senate, Governor, and Marijuana Legalization

Republican Dan Sullivan appears to be Alaska’s next US Senator. The former Attorney General and Natural Resources Commissioner was up 8-thousand votes with all precincts reporting. The Kuskokwim Delta, however, came out for the Democrat Mark Begich, with 70 percent Bethel voters supporting Begich to Sullivan’s 25 percent.

November 5, 2014
Bethel residents enjoy the new pool. (Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK)

New Bethel Pool Closes Temporarily Due To Safety Issue

Just as soon as the doors opened at Bethel’s new pool, they closed. Bethel city officials say there’s safety issue.

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November 4, 2014
The aftermath of the fire. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK)

Fire Investigators Wrap Up Work in Bethel

Two investigators from the state Fire Marshal’s office completed their work at the site of the fire that destroyed the new Bethel alcohol treatment center.

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October 31, 2014

State Senator Lyman Hoffman Explains Endorsement Of U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan

Y-K Delta State Senator Lyman Hoffman surprised some people when he endorsed Republican Dan Sullivan for US Senate. In an interview with KYUK today, Hoffman explained why he took a stance in the high profile race in which Sullivan is seeking Senator Mark Begich’s job.

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October 31, 2014
AVCP Settles in Software Copyright Lawsuit

AVCP Settles in Software Copyright Lawsuit

The Association of Village Council Presidents settled a lawsuit last month with a company that claimed AVCP had infringed copyright rules and misused trade secrets by providing unauthorized access to proprietary software.

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October 27, 2014
Senator Lyman Hoffman. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Lyman Hoffman Endorses Dan Sullivan for Senate

Y-K Delta State Senator Lyman Hoffman officially endorsed Dan Sullivan for US Senate Friday. The former Attorney General and Natural Resources commissioner is seeking the seat of incumbent Mark Begich.

October 27, 2014
Sullivan greets Leif Albertson at the Bethel Chamber of Commerce lunch. (Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK)

Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan Courts Rural Alaska Voters

Late last week, U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan took his campaign to Bethel. The challenger to Senator Mark Begich, who, if successful, may be the Senator that tilts the power balance in the Senate from Democratic to Republican.

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October 23, 2014

AVCP Works to Reopen Flight School

The Association of Village Council Presidents is working toward reopening their flight School, Yuut Yaqungviat, in Bethel. AVCP President Myron Naneng says bringing back the flight school is part of an economic development strategy.

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October 21, 2014

Calista Prepares For Shareholder Vote On Enrolling Descendants

This week, the Calista Corporation begins touring the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to educate shareholders about the impacts of enrolling more people. Next year shareholders will decide whether to enroll descendants. Increasing the number of owners would impact governance of the company and the size of shareholder dividends.

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October 15, 2014
Sen. Murkowski, Julie Fate Sullivan Bring Senate Campaign To Bethel

Sen. Murkowski, Julie Fate Sullivan Bring Senate Campaign To Bethel

Just weeks before the November election, the Sullivan campaign has come to Bethel.

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October 13, 2014
Begich Campaign Believes Race Comes Down To Rural Alaska

Begich Campaign Believes Race Comes Down To Rural Alaska

Just weeks before voters decide the future make up of the U.S. Senate, Bethel residents heard what might be the start of the final push by the incumbent Senator.

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October 10, 2014
Subsistence Panel Looks Toward Future of Salmon Management

Subsistence Panel Looks Toward Future of Salmon Management

Tribal co-management and Chinook bycatch took center stage Tuesday at a subsistence panel at the Association of Village Council Presidents conference.

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October 9, 2014
Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

Kuskokwim River May Meet Its Chinook Escapement Goal

Unprecedented closures kept fishermen this summer from targeting king salmon in an effort to bring more fish to spawning grounds after several poor runs. The drainage-wide results showing how well the management worked are now beginning arrive, and the state says the Kuskokwim may have achieved its critical Chinook escapement goal.

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October 7, 2014
Senate Candidates Vie for Rural Support

Senate Candidates Vie for Rural Support

This year’s U.S. Senate race in Alaska is shattering records for spending, with millions in outside dollars directed mostly toward TV ads. With less than two months before the general election, both campaigns are also aggressively seeking an edge on the ground in rural Alaska.

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September 22, 2014
Yupiit Nation Members Talk Tribal Sovereignty

Yupiit Nation Members Talk Tribal Sovereignty

Terms like tribal sovereignty, Native Rights, and co-management, are all open to interpretation. One of the most vocal groups in the Y-K Delta, Yupiit Nation, recently met to hash out their vision of future governance in the region. Members have a spectrum of views about what tribal sovereignty really means.

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September 9, 2014

LKSD Moves Forward On Student-Based Health Center

The Lower Kuskokwim School District is moving forward on a school-based health center for students in Bethel.

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September 4, 2014