Menu Schedule Links

Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel

Daysha Eaton is the News Director at KYUK in Bethel.

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.

Download Audio

June 27, 2014
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.

Download Audio

June 25, 2014
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
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.

Download Audio

June 16, 2014

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.

Download Audio

June 2, 2014
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.

Download Audio

June 2, 2014
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.

Download Audio

May 22, 2014
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.

Download Audio

May 14, 2014
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.

Download Audio

May 9, 2014
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.

Download Audio

May 6, 2014

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.

Download Audio

April 24, 2014

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.

Download Audio

April 23, 2014

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.

Download Audio

April 16, 2014
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

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.

Download Audio

April 9, 2014

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

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

Anchorage School Board – Seat D

Candidates for Anchorage School Board Seat D, Kameron Perez-Verdia and Don Smith, discuss local issues with host Daysha Eaton.



March 26, 2014
2014 Anchorage Assembly Candidates. Photo by Alaska Public Media.

Candidates Compete for Six Assembly Seats

Candidates are competing for six seats on the Anchorage Assembly. The Assembly has been deeply divided this past year and faced many challenges – a controversial labor law, a rewrite of Title 21, and a troubled port project, to name a few. And the challenges will continue in 2014.

Download Audio

March 26, 2014
2014 Anchorage School Board Candidates. Photo by Alaska Public Media.

Candidates Vie for Two School Board Seats

Two School Board Seats are up for grabs during the April 1 Municipal election. Three candidates are running for Seat C and two are running for Seat D.

March 26, 2014