Greg Kim, KYUK - Bethel

A square, beige heater.

Toyostoves are scarce this year. That’s bad news for keeping homes in rural Alaska warm.

Step into any home in rural Alaska and there’s a good chance that a Toyostove is what’s keeping it warm. Toyostoves are heaters that run efficiently on stove oil. But the supply of Toyostoves in Alaska is running low, and it’s yet another symptom of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A map shows a red flag close to the water.

2 men rescued after their boat overturns in Southwest Alaska

“I had to make a quick decision to go get them before the storm hit,” said Kongiganak Search and Rescue member Roderick Phillip. “I don't know if they would have survived a second storm.”

Canadian company explores potential gold mine near Donlin

The mine project is called “Flat Gold.” It consists of 92,000 acres of land located in Flat, between Holy Cross and McGrath, 25 miles north of the Donlin Gold project.
Two women and a man post for a photograph in front of a quilt.

Faced with dozens of open jobs, Lower Kuskokwim schools look outside the U.S. for teachers

This year was the first time the Lower Kuskokwim School District recruited and hired teachers from outside of the United States. It had dozens of open jobs in the months leading up to the school year, and the pandemic made a tough hiring market even more difficult.

Storms, high winds projected to be more frequent in Western Alaska

A University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist said that the reason why Western Alaska is getting windier is that it will soon inherit the Aleutian Islands’ storms. In today’s climate, the Aleutian islands are the windiest area in Alaska.
Two signs on a glass door ask customers to wear a face mask.

Lower Kuskokwim School District requiring indoor sports spectators to be vaccinated

The school district is requiring that everyone attending indoor sports events be vaccinated and masked at all times. Attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination at the door.
A crane and backhoe put up a house in a green field

How COVID-19 is slowing down the relocation of a Southwest Alaska village

With Newtok continuing to erode at alarming rates, the urgency to move grows by the day. But construction in Mertarvik, the new village that will replace the eroding one, has been slow the past two summers, and COVID-19 is a big reason why.
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Bethel suspends criminal jury trials due to rise in COVID-19 cases

Criminal jury trials in Bethel are suspended for two weeks in response to the rise in COVID-19 cases across the region.
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Searchers look for unknown plane that sent distress signal near St. Mary’s

State troopers are looking for an aircraft that emitted a distress signal near St. Mary’s over the weekend. On Sunday night, troopers received a signal from an emergency locator transmitter activated about 40 miles northwest of St. Mary’s.
A TERRA network radio tower. (Photo via GCI)

Two projects compete to bring high-speed broadband internet to Bethel

Fiber vs. Satellites: There are two plans to bring high-speed, broadband internet to Bethel, but they’re competing against each other for the same funding.

Alaska school district will pay $3.8M to settle with victims of a predatory Bethel principal

KYUK’s Greg Kim spoke with Anchorage Daily News reporter Kyle Hopkins who published a story on the Lower Kuskokwim School District's settlement.
Two children walk through puddles on a muddy, empty street.

Bethel records wettest July in more than 90 years

Some people in Bethel have called this the dreariest, wettest summer of their lives, and they're right. Last month was the wettest July in Bethel in over 90 years.
A red building on top of an eroding river bank

Napakiak sets up temporary classrooms as river expected to reach school

There's concerns Napakiak's school could be partially underwater before the district has the money for a new building.
An Alaska Native man stands on the beach with bots seen behind him.

Akiak to become first in Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta with high-speed broadband internet

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is the second largest region in the United States without access to broadband internet, but not for much longer.
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Former Bethel elementary school principal gets 25-year state sentence

The judge imposed what he called a severe sentence because the former principal had abused the trust he cultivated in his victims and the community.
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Health authority recommends masking most Y-K community schools

Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is recommending that students and staff practice universal masking if less than 70% of the entire community is fully vaccinated or if there are any active local cases of COVID-19.
A dark red suc with a taxi sign on it parked in an icy road

Recent shooting of Korean cab driver in Bethel leaves community reeling

Myoung Keun Lee was shot in the face on July 5 and survived the attack. It's the third violent attack on Korean cab drivers in Bethel since 2006.
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Here’s how a Bethel woman survived 2 nights on a mountainside after being charged by bears near Palmer

After getting lost on the trail, she said that she was charged by multiple bears and survived by eating last year’s cranberries.
A small airport next to a river as seen from above

Passengers safe after 18-year-old takes control of plane in Southwest Alaska

An Alaska State Troopers report says that Bethel resident and flight passenger Jaden Lake-Kameroff entered the cockpit of a Cessna Caravan on a flight from Bethel to Aniak. The 18-year-old took control of the yoke, causing the plane to nosedive.
A boat with two people in it

With fisherman caught in middle, state and feds promise more cooperation on fishing regulations

Six local fishermen called in to the state’s Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group meeting on June 30 to express frustration with the state opener.