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Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel

Daysha Eaton is the News Director at KYUK in Bethel.

Services Held for Bethel Woman

Services Held for Bethel Woman

A Bethel woman who had a baby while in a coma, then passed away was laid to rest over the weekend. The young woman was clinically brain dead for most of her pregnancy.

July 21, 2014 - 6:00 pm
The barge, Shanks Ark, sitting in Steamboat Slough.

Sunken Barge Irks Kuskokwim Residents

Residents of fish camps along ‘Steamboat Slough’ near Bethel are calling for an abandoned barge to be removed. The barge has been sitting half submerged in the middle of the slough for more than a year.

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July 15, 2014 - 5:27 pm
Arvin Dull, of Bethel, with his drying salmon at his fish camp in Oscarville Slough. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel)

Y-K Delta Residents Struggle To Put Up Fish

Fish camp is an annual tradition going back thousands of years for Yup’ik people living along the Kuskokwim River. But fishing restrictions this year, have hit many families hard.

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June 27, 2014 - 4:59 pm

Smokejumpers Deploy to Southwest Alaska

Fire Danger is up in Southwest Alaska. Mike Roos, a Fire Management Officer with the Alaska Division of Forestry says fuels, especially tundra grasses, are drying out.

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June 27, 2014 - 4:58 pm
Salmon signs began appearing along Bethel roadsides in June. (Photo By Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel)

Salmon Signs Appear And Disappear In Bethel

Brightly colored wooden fish signs have been posted along Bethel roads this summer. The signs, with conservation messages, come in a year of king salmon closures never seen before on the Kuskokwim River. But just as quickly as the signs went up, they’ve been disappearing.

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June 25, 2014 - 4:43 pm
ONC Cancels ‘Cultural and Social Harvest’

ONC Cancels ‘Cultural and Social Harvest’

The social and cultural harvest of king salmon for Bethel and a subsequent community dinner have been cancelled. The events are sponsored by Bethel’s tribe, Orutsararmiut Native Council, and supported by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

June 19, 2014 - 10:38 am
Public Comment Open on ‘Land Into Trust’ Until June 30

Public Comment Open on ‘Land Into Trust’ Until June 30

The U.S. Department of Interior is asking for public comments on a new policy that will allow it to take land into trust for Alaska Native tribes. Alaska Native leaders say the change, after years of litigation, brings them one step closer to self-determination.

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June 16, 2014 - 5:02 pm

Layoffs Begin At Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation started handing out pink slips on Monday. YKHC officials announced the layoffs in May.

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June 2, 2014 - 5:22 pm
Michelle Konig Works on a Qaspeq with Annie Woods. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel)

Bethel Native Reimagines Qaspeq

One Alaska Native woman is putting a new spin on the traditional qaspeq. Michelle Konig uses stretchy fabric and a unique pattern to make the modern qaspeqs. With a label under her own name, the designer can barely keep up with orders and is now traveling around the state teaching others to make her designs.

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June 2, 2014 - 5:21 pm
YKHC has paid $20 million dollars to keep the Elders Home open since October while officials tried to get a federal certification allowing Medicaid and Medicare billing.

Bethel Elders Home Certified

The Y-K Delta’s first skilled nursing facility is open and just received the federal certification necessary for payment from for Medicare and Medicaid. The certification comes just as Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, which runs the Elders Home, faces an $11.7 million budget shortfall.

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May 22, 2014 - 4:55 pm
Don Rearden.

Bethel Novelist Wins Rasmuson Grant

Don Rearden has won a Rasmuson Project Award grant of $7,500 to turn his novel, The Raven’s Gift, into a screenplay. Rearden says he painstakingly filled out paperwork for a handful of applications and survived years of rejection before he finally won the Rasmuson grant.

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May 14, 2014 - 10:26 am
YKHC CEO Releases Layoff Details

YKHC CEO Releases Layoff Details

Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Officials announced layoffs this week due to a $12 million budget shortfall. It’s the second round of cuts in less than a year.

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May 9, 2014 - 4:44 pm
GCI Turns 3G On In Bethel, Faces Lawsuit

GCI Turns 3G On In Bethel, Faces Lawsuit

The same week that GCI turned 3G on in Bethel, attorneys served the company with a lawsuit. It alleges that GCI over-promised and under-delivered on its wireless, smart phone and data-plans.

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May 6, 2014 - 6:02 pm

Alaska Food Policy Council Hosts Bethel Town Hall Meeting

Members of the Alaska Food Policy Council hosted a town hall meeting in Bethel last week to gather information they’ll use to guide statewide food policy.

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April 24, 2014 - 5:41 pm

YK Delta VPSOs Prepare For Firearms

When Governor Sean Parnell signs House Bill 199, approved earlier this month by the Alaska Senate, Village Public Safety Officers can legally carry firearms. The Yukon Kuskokwim region has the largest number of VPSO’s in the state.

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April 23, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Leary Vies For Miss Indian World Crown

Bethel resident Megan Leary is heading to Albuquerque, New Mexico later this month to vie for the title of Miss Indian World. The former Miss Cama-I is preparing and raising money for her trip.

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April 16, 2014 - 5:47 pm
Photo courtesy Erin Merryn.

‘Erin’s Law’ Passes Alaska Senate

The Alaska Senate unanimously passed Erin’s Law this morning. The law provides age-appropriate sexual abuse education to children in public schools.

April 14, 2014 - 1:07 pm

Troopers Name Two Pilots Killed In Crash Near Bethel

Two pilots are dead after a fiery plane crash Tuesday night just outside Bethel. Alaska State Troopers have identified the pilots who were onboard the Hageland Cessna 208 Caravan as Derrick Cedars, 42, of Bethel and Greggory McGee, 46, of Anchorage.

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April 9, 2014 - 5:32 pm

Plane Down Near Bethel, Two Reported Onboard

A Cessna 208 with two pilots on board has crashed outside of Bethel. Ravn Alaska spokesperson Steve Smith confirms the downed plane was a Hageland Aviation training flight with two pilots on board, and no passengers.

April 8, 2014 - 9:52 pm

Anchorage School Board – Seat C

Candidates for Anchorage School Board Seat C – Pat Higgins, Liz Ross, and Dean Williams – discuss local issues with host Daysha Eaton.





March 26, 2014 - 3:58 pm