Greg Kim, KYUK - Bethel


Kuskokwim River freeze-up is looking closer to normal than last year, but still not safe for travelers

Despite a late freeze-up again this year, the Kuskokwim River looks different than it did at this time last year - in a good way. But Bethel Search and Rescue doesn’t think people should be revving up their snowmachines just yet.

Bethel sees spike in stolen vehicle reports

In the past month, reports of stolen vehicles in Bethel have more than doubled — despite the fact the community's off the road system, and there are only so many places for drivers to go.

Bethel’s only dog groomer is overwhelmed with four-legged clients

Bethel Dog Groomer Raeann Grantham holds KoKo giving her a quick trim. For the first time in a long time, Bethel has a dog groomer. Raeann Grantham started...

City Of Bethel sets price for sale of property to Kusko Kush

For the past six months, the city has been leasing the land to a local cannabis business — a situation that can no longer continue, the city says, because selling marijuana remains federally illegal.

Kuskokwim River freeze-up causes complications for Bethel barge service

Last month, one boat belonging to Alaska Logistics spilled oil and another got stuck, both due to ice.

Alaskan developer releases Bethel-based video game

Developed and set in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, the game ThreeStep is available via the distribution platform Steam.

In erosion-threatened Akiak, emergency management officials assess aid options

An erosion event last spring left several homes less than 100 feet away from the river.

After 20-year wait, Newtok residents leave home to pioneer Mertarvik

How are you supposed to feel when you’ve left your home, your family, and your friends to pioneer a brand new village? Mertarvik residents say that it’s complicated.

Newtok moves first families into new homes in Mertarvik

Throughout this month, over 130 people from Newtok — roughly a third of the village — will cross the Ninglick River to pioneer Mertarvik, their new home.

How do police enforce bootlegging laws under local option?

With Bethel voting to enter local option alcohol regulation, bootlegging becomes a felony.

Bethel limits alcohol, rejects pot restrictions, reopening public debate about addiction

Bethel is likely returning to damp status. Unofficial results from the election earlier this week show Bethel re-entering local option for alcohol sales. Under local option, voters have chosen to make furnishing alcohol to someone under age 21 a felony. In the same election, voters rejected entering marijuana local option and cast ballots for Bethel City Council candidates, favoring the challengers over the incumbents.

Crooked Creek receives $16M to rebuild runway

The longer, lighted runway has been in the works for more than a decade.

Running water is coming to all of Lower Kalskag

For residents, the infrastructure expansion means better health outcomes, less time spent hauling water and more time doing other things — like moose hunting.

Dealing with erosion is complicated. Who can help?

Navigating a web of bureaucracy is one of the biggest challenges eroding communities face when pursuing relocation. Here's how Akiak's handling it.

Bethel community gathers to remember beloved teacher Sophie Alexie

The community of Bethel lost one of its most beloved teachers of Yup’ik language and culture when Sophie Alexie passed away on Aug. 6. Community members gathered for a potluck in Bethel on Aug. 19 to celebrate her life.

Students in Mertarvik will go to school in evacuation center

This school year, some students in Newtok will leave behind most of their friends. In October, 21 families from Newtok will relocate to their new village, Mertarvik, and kids in those families will have to transfer schools.
Capt. Alyson White and Jennifer Brown exchange a laugh during a traditional dance in Newtok on July 25, 2019. Capt. White leads a rotating group of military trainees who are working on the village relocation project. (Photo by Katie Basile, KYUK - Bethel)

Newtok partners with military to escape coastal erosion

Newtok is the nation’s first community to relocate due to climate change, and the military is lending a hand. U.S. troops are working side by side with Newtok residents to build new homes.
The Ninglik River shoreline is mere feet from houses in Newtok on July 26, 2019. As Newtok residents await relocation, the infrastructure erodes as quickly as the land. (Photo by Katie Basile, KYUK - Bethel)

Newtok’s infrastructure erodes like the ground below it

The village of Newtok has been waiting over two decades to move to its new home in Mertarvik. As they’ve waited, their public health infrastructure has eroded like the ground beneath the village.

Celebrating Nick Phillips’ 30 years of delivering water to Bethel residents

Tom Phillips detaches a big blue hose from the back of his truck and drags it around a house to the water tank in the back. Then Phillips waits, anywhere from three to 10 minutes depending on the size of the tank.

Amid PCE issues, what Y-K Delta residents can expect electric bills to look like

Starting this month, people in rural Alaska will pay the high cost of electricity without any state subsidy. But that could still change.