Greg Kim, KYUK - Bethel
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Criminal jury trials in Bethel are suspended for two weeks in response to the rise in COVID-19 cases across the region.
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.
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.
KYUK’s Greg Kim spoke with Anchorage Daily News reporter Kyle Hopkins who published a story on the Lower Kuskokwim School District's settlement.
There's concerns Napakiak's school could be partially underwater before the district has the money for a new building.
The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is the second largest region in the United States without access to broadband internet, but not for much longer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.