Charles Enoch, KYUK - Bethel
An interagency raid surprised a number of people in Bethel Tuesday morning. According to witnesses, Alaska State Troopers and FBI agents raided several trailers at the city's trailer court. Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters says multiple search warrants were being served on those involved in illegal alcohol sales and distribution by local companies in Bethel. Download Audio
The Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission signed a historic memorandum of understanding, or MOU, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agreement is the first formalization of co-management between the Alaska tribes along the Kuskokwim River and the federal government. Download Audio
As the Kuskokwim river ice continues to shift and rot, Search and Rescue volunteers have suspended recovery efforts for the remains of 26-year-old Tuluksak resident Dillon Lamont. Download Audio
Middle Kuskokwim River villages reported that river ice is beginning to move out in what is expected to be the earliest river breakup on record for those villages. Download Audio
A short film starring Toksook Bay high school student Byron Nicholai will air on ESPN’s SportsCenter next month. The film,‘I am Yup’ik’ was filmed in Bethel and Toksook Bay.
After over 50 days of being split between the District Office and Gladys Jung Elementary, Ayaprun Yupik Immersion school students are set to move to the Kipusvik building next month. Principal Sam Crow said he spoke to the project manager and superintendent who hoped that students could start their first day at the new building on Tuesday, March 15 after their spring break.
A Bethel judge sentenced 28-year-old Mark Charlie Jr. of Bethel to serve 20 years for the murder of Leann Berlin, a 26-year-old originally from Kasigluk.
After Alaska Airlines unveiled a new look for their airplanes and website many Alaska Natives took offense to a phrase they with their new marketing campaign. The phrase that sparked a controversy and a new round of conversations about what the word “Eskimo” means to Alaska Natives. Download Audio
Alaska State Troopers in the village of Aniak are reporting a death in Aniak, but they say they have not made a positive identification or determined a cause of death.
Former Bethel police officer Aaron Fedolfi went before a Bethel Judge Tuesday morning for a court appearance.
The Holy Bible is now available in the modern Yup’ik orthography after nearly half a century of work put in by fluent Yup’ik speakers in the Bethel area and the American Bible Society. A number of elders were involved with the project. Download Audio
Most villages in the region have old National Guard armories. There was a time when they were all manned by guardsman from the community but now they are mostly vacant. A statewide effort is underway to strengthen the dwindling guard presence in rural Alaska villages.
There were a total of 44 commercial fishing openers for coho and chum in the Yukon River, most of which were held in the lower river districts. Commercial fisherman harvested 191,470 chum and a record-breaking 129,700 coho salmon, raking in almost $1.5 million. Download Audio
The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group is supporting two proposals that would implement a new permit system for king salmon fishing, if adopted by the State Board of Fish. The group rejected moving to a Tier 2 status.
On Wednesday morning Bethel Search and Rescue conducted an aerial survey of the Kuskokwim River from Napaskiak to Tuluksak, and reported there are approximately 50 holes in that 50-mile stretch of the river following recent days of warm and rainy weather.
A school staffer was recognized this morning for his successful confrontation of a would-be shooter. Forty-five-year-old Harry Nevak is the on-site technician for the Ayaprun school in Newtok. He says he was on his way to work on the morning of September 11, when he noticed a former student nearby the school with a rifle. Download Audio
Seventeen-year-old Toksook Bay teen Byron Nicholai released an album recently. His Yup’ik songs have been popular in the YK Delta ever since he started uploading his performances to his Facebook page. Now they’re available on a variety of common online music sites. Download Audio