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Charles Enoch, KYUK - Bethel

Charles Enoch is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.

Yup’ik Language Assistance Available For Early Voting In Bethel

Early or absentee voting begins Monday, October 20th for those who want to cast their ballots before the General Elections on November 4th.

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October 16, 2014
Fuel Barge pumping fuel by Kongiginak. (Photo by Roderick Phillip)

Village Shows Teamwork Breaking Up A Frozen River For Fuel Delivery

Residents from the coastal village of Kongiginak, in Southwest Alaska, rallied against nature to clear the way for a barge, carrying a load of heating fuel and gasoline earlier this week. Freeze-up has already started along the coast.

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October 16, 2014
Bethel Winter House logo. Courtesy of Bethel Winter House.

It’s Cold Out, But Bethel Shelter Won’t Open Until Dec.

The Bethel Winter House, a nonprofit homeless shelter, won’t open its doors again until December. But winter’s come early this year and that leaves the community’s homeless population, out in the cold.

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October 8, 2014

A Sneak Peak Of Bethel’s New Fitness Center

The Fitness center, which includes a swimming pool, is set to open in Bethel in November. The project has been in the works for decades and anticipation is building in the community, where no other such facility exists.

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October 2, 2014
Elder Lucy Jacob enjoys lunch with her friends in the cafeteria at the Senior Center. (Photo by Charles/KYUK)

Closing Date Looms For The Senior Center In Bethel As ONC Looks For New Venue

ONC, Bethel’s Tribe, recently announced they are closing the Senior Center at the end of the month and moving to a temporary location.

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September 19, 2014
Students from Scotland excavating at the Araliq site. (Photo by Charles, KYUK - Bethel)

Archaeological Dig Near Quinhagak Provides a Look Into Ancient Yup’ik Culture

At the site of an ancient village near Quinhagak, Archeologists race against erosion to uncover Yup’ik artifacts. What they find not only provides a look into the daily lives of Yupi’k ancestors, but also sheds light on a brutal period in the region’s history.

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September 4, 2014
Begich Campaign Initiates Callouts in Alaska Native Languages

Begich Campaign Initiates Callouts in Alaska Native Languages

Well-funded U.S. Senate campaigns are reaching out to villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in what’s expected to be a hard fought and extremely expensive race. In a year with many firsts for campaigning in Alaska.

August 26, 2014
Yup’ik Voters Give Ballot Translation Mixed Reviews

Yup’ik Voters Give Ballot Translation Mixed Reviews

Alaska Native voters in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region of Western Alaska give the Yup’ik language primary ballot translations mixed reviews. All eight of the Yup’ik voters that KYUK talked with said they needed help understanding what they were voting on.

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August 20, 2014
Fairbanks Filmmaker Rolls Forward on Yup’ik Movie

Fairbanks Filmmaker Rolls Forward on Yup’ik Movie

A Fairbanks resident has a movie in the works featuring Alaska Native characters. She’s looking to cast Yup’ik, or Alaska Native people.

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August 8, 2014
Veterans and family members pick out their gear from a wide selection. (Photo courtesy Samuel Hudson)

VA Stand Down Brings Benefits To Kuskokwim Veterans

This weekend, several hundred veterans turned out for the first ever ‘VA Stand Down’ in Bethel. The event, put on by the Veteran’s Administration, helps connect veterans with services and benefits.

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August 5, 2014
National Guard members, Along with PBA’a Karl Powers deliver pizzas to the Wounded Warriors during their trip. (Photo courtesy of Papa Bear Adventures.)

Wounded Warriors Go Fishing With Bethel Guide Company

Papa Bear Adventures in the Kuskokwim hub community of Bethel recently took six veterans on a rafting trip. The guiding company brought them down the Kanektok River near Quinhagak, a village about seventy miles southwest of Bethel, as part of the Wounded Warriors program. The group found relief from injuries on one of the premier fishing rivers in the world.

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August 4, 2014

VA, Metlakatla Tribe Reach Housing Agreement

Alaska Native Veterans in Metlakatla will soon be able to get a direct loan from the Department of Veterans Affairs for housing.

July 28, 2014

New App Out for Cup’ik Language

The Cup’ik language is about to get its biggest audience yet. A new app has been developed to help Cup’ik students learn their language and show it off to the world.

July 23, 2014
‘Finding Bigfoot’ in the Y-K Delta in Search of Miluquyuliq

‘Finding Bigfoot’ in the Y-K Delta in Search of Miluquyuliq

The cast and crew of the Animal Planet TV show Finding Bigfoot is in Bethel to record eyewitness accounts of the creature known locally as “Hairy Man.”

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July 10, 2014

Mushers Relieved As Kusko Fishing Restrictions Loosened

Dog mushers in remote Alaska are breathing a collective sigh of relief as fishing restrictions are being relaxed on the Kuskokwim River. Mushers along that Western Alaskan river feed their dogs fish because it’s nutritious and inexpensive. But this year, because of restrictions, they got a late start.

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July 8, 2014
The customer line snaked its way from the entrance to the concession stand. (Photo by Charles Enoch, KYUK - Bethel)

The Silver Screen Comes Back To Bethel

The new movie theater in Bethel lit up its screens last week on Independence Day. It was the grand opening for Suurvik Cinema, the only theater for hundreds of miles in a vast stretch of Alaska.

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July 7, 2014
Plans for a Skatepark Get Rolling in Kwethluk

Plans for a Skatepark Get Rolling in Kwethluk

Village youth in the Kuskokim village of Kwethluk will soon have a chance to do something few of them have done before: Skateboard. Construction of a new skatepark there will begin next month. The park is the first of it’s kind in the YK Delta.

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June 17, 2014

First Sport Fishing Restriction For Any Targeted King Salmon Fishing in The Kuskokwim

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued an emergency order prohibiting sport fishers from targeting king salmon on the Qanirtuuq River. It’s the first time sport fishers have been restricted from catching kings there, but many locals are doubtful that guide companies will comply.

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June 9, 2014

Uncertainty Hovers Over Fishing Season

A few fishermen from the communities in the Kuskokwim caught king salmon before the scheduled closures last week. In a typical year the first catch is a time of joy but this year it’s bringing uncertainty.

May 27, 2014
Kuskokwim and Gweek Rivers on 5/2/14 . (Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK)

Kuskokwim Elders React To This Year’s Breakup

This year, residents along the Kuskokwim River experienced a rare breakup when the river seemingly broke up in reverse. While elders say this year was a unique event they also believe it could be sign of things to come.

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May 13, 2014