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Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel

Daysha Eaton is the News Director at KYUK in Bethel.

Bethel Tribe Drops Funding for City Transit

Bethel’s tribe, ONC announced Monday that they will no longer provide funding for the city’s transit system. The announcement came at a joint meeting of the tribe and the city council at ONC’s offices. Gloria Simeon, President of the ONC Council, says uncertainty of federal funding is a big reason they’re pulling the money.

November 17, 2014
A rare November Breakup on the Kuskokwim River near Napaimute. (Photo Courtesy of Mark Leary)

Warm Weather Breaks Up Kuskokwim River

The Kuskokwim River in Southwest Alaska is experiencing a rare November breakup. Temperatures were cold in early November but over the past several days, temperatures have reached into the 40s and even the 50s in some places along the river.

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November 13, 2014
Alaska Study Predicts Stronger Storms, Flooding for Y-K Delta

Alaska Study Predicts Stronger Storms, Flooding for Y-K Delta

A new study theorizes that there could be more frequent and more violent storms accompanied by increased flooding and erosion in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta over the next 50 to 100 years due to climate change. The study by researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Alaska used remote sensing technology along with traditional knowledge and observations from local Native people.

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November 12, 2014
An Ice Yacht on the Hudson River. (Photo Courtesy of Isaac Kestenbaum)

Team Documents Elders’ Memories of Colder Winters

Multimedia producers are in Alaska gathering audio for a project called ‘Winters Past’. Their first stop was in Bethel where they’re talking with elders about how they’ve seen the climate change in their lifetime.

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November 10, 2014

YKHC Moves Into New Prematernal Home

A facility that has lowered infant and mother morbidity rates in the Y-K Delta has a new home. Bethel’s Prematernal Home has moved to a new building along the Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway. The new Home is three times the size of the old one and has improved amenities for the region’s expectant mothers during the final stage of pregnancy.

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October 30, 2014
Photo by Dean Swope

Fire Burns Bethel Alcohol Treatment Center Construction Project

Officials are investigating a large fire in Bethel that started just after 8 o’clock Monday night, behind the Bethel post office. The Fire destroyed an alcohol treatment center under construction by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

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October 28, 2014
Bethel Food Pantry Struggles to Open

Bethel Food Pantry Struggles to Open

The Bethel Food Pantry is having trouble getting enough food to open. They usually open in August or September but this year they won’t open until November.

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October 28, 2014
Caribou grazing along the Transalaska Pipeline. (Photo Courtesy of DNR Alasksa Pipeline Coordinator’s Office)

Y-K Delta Residents: How Will Donlin Gas Pipeline Benefit Us?

The State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources Pipeline Coordinator’s Office collected comments on a natural gas pipeline being proposed by Donlin Gold at Bethel’s Cultural Center Monday evening. It was the first state hearing on the pipeline that would run from Cook Inlet to the proposed Donlin Creek Mine site near Crooked Creek.

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October 15, 2014

Leaders Gather In Bethel To Discuss Rural, State, Federal Issues

Leaders from around the state gathered in Bethel last week for the 50th Annual Association of Village Council Presidents Convention.

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October 13, 2014
Photo courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

Woman Who Survived Plane Crash Dies in ATV Crash

St. Mary’s Troopers responded to a fatal ATV crash in Marshall Wednesday. The woman killed is the survivor of a plan crash in 2013.

October 10, 2014
Judge Nathaniel Peters read murder charges to Everett Semone via video teleconference in a Bethel court Thursday, October 9th. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel)

Shageluk Man Arraigned On Murder Charges In Bethel

Everett Semone of Shageluk was arraigned on murder charges at the Bethel court this afternoon. He is accused of killing his parents with an ax in the village of Shageluk earlier this week.

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October 9, 2014

Troopers Investigate 2 Deaths in Shageluk

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel has deployed health care workers to the village of Shageluk where Alaska State Troopers are investigating two deaths.

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October 8, 2014
50th Annual AVCP Convention Kicks Off in Bethel

50th Annual AVCP Convention Kicks Off in Bethel

Leaders from around the state gathered in Bethel Tuesday for the 50th Annual Association of Village Council Presidents Convention. Dignitaries and political leaders form across the state attended.

October 8, 2014
The Nunalleq archeological dig near Quinhagak in August, 2014. (Photo by Charles Enoch, KYUK - Bethel)

Quinhagak Residents Hopeful Hair Samples Will Unlock More Mysteries About Ancestors

An archaeological dig near Quinhagak, in Southwest Alaska, contributed the largest set of genetic samples for a groundbreaking DNA study of Arctic indigenous people released this summer.

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October 2, 2014

None Testify In Favor of Pot at Hearing In Bethel

The Bethel Legislative Office was packed Monday afternoon as Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell lead a hearing on Ballot Measure 2, a marijuana initiative that will appear on the November 4 ballot.

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September 30, 2014
Pilot Program Helps Bethel Farm Ship Produce to Cordova Schools

Pilot Program Helps Bethel Farm Ship Produce to Cordova Schools

Meyers Farm in Bethel recently shipped about 500 pounds of vegetables to the Cordova School District. The order was made possible through a program that reimburses Alaska school districts that buy food grown in state.

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September 24, 2014

State Ordered to Improve Voting Materials for Alaska Natives

A federal judge issued an order to the State of Alaska in a voting rights case Monday. In her 8-page order, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason said the state must take additional steps to provide voting materials to Alaska Natives with limited English.

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September 22, 2014

Tribes Request King Bycatch Reduction as Pollock Season Wraps Up

As the Pollock season wraps up in the Bering Sea, the Association of Village Council Presidents and the Tanana Chiefs Conference want immediate action to protect declining Western Alaska King Salmon stocks from trawl bycatch. Wednesday they filed a joint petition for emergency regulations with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to crack down on king bycatch for the remainder of the 2014 season.

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September 19, 2014
Attorneys Respond to State’s Proposed Translation Plan

Attorneys Respond to State’s Proposed Translation Plan

Attorneys have responded to the State of Alaska’s proposed plan to address a state Supreme Court order to improve translation of voting materials in Native languages before November 4th Elections.

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September 12, 2014
Voters at the Lower Kuskokwim School District choosing primary election ballots on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014.

State Presents Election Translation Plan

The state of Alaska is proposing several changes in how they deliver voting information to Alaska Natives whose first language is Yup’ik or Gwich’in.

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September 9, 2014