Greg Kim, KYUK - Bethel

A musher in a big parka races down a river with some dead grass on the river bank in the background.

Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race is still on

But there will be some changes to the Bethel-based race that has grown in popularity in recent years.
A dumpster with Black Lives Matter ppaitned on the front in white letters

‘Black Lives Matter’ dumpster next to Bethel City Hall is causing a stir

Last week, someone crossed out the words 'Black Lives Matter' with spray paint.
A man in a blue hospital gown and a blue surgical mask passes a swab to a man in a blue hoody from across the table

Bethel mandates face masks in public and airport testing

The move follows discussions about the city's legal authority to enforce such mandates.

‘Are stimulus checks allowed?’ How tribes are spending CARES Act money

Some tribes say the U.S. Treasury's rules make it unclear whether mass payouts to tribal members are allowed.

In Newtok and Mertarvik, nothing gets in the way of basketball

Sinking permafrost has caused basketball hoops to tilt and fall in Newtok, but kids are still finding ways to play their favorite sport.

With virus funds, Newtok will build more homes in Mertarvik

Despite the CARES Act money, there are still questions about equity and efficiency when it comes to relocating the remaining residents.

Bethel City Council passes mask resolution

The resolution says that people should wear masks in public spaces, like at work if you interact with the public, or while riding taxis, but the city doesn't have the authority to enforce it.

Inequity in alcohol enforcement in Mertarvik and Newtok causes frustration

Newtok Village Council owns most of the homes in Mertarvik, so it can evict tenants who violate its alcohol prohibition.

Mertarvik’s lack of a commercial airport may have already cost lives

The DOT said it would only fund one airport between Newtok and Mertarvik.

After moving to new village, Mertarvik residents say they are living healthier, more traditional lives

A year after Newtok's residents were forced to move, they say they're living healthier, more traditional lives.
The Lewis Angapak Memorial School

Lower Kuskokwim resumes school construction projects after COVID-19 restrictions lift

Construction crews are balancing the need for the work on the schools threatened by things like riverbank erosion with the village's fears of a COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 case in Mountain Village shuts down commercial fishing in some Yukon communities

Kwik’pak, a plant that processes Yukon River salmon, has stopped purchasing fish in District 2 of the Yukon River, which includes Mountain Village, Pitkas Point, St. Mary’s, Pilot Station, and Marshall.

Napaskiak says residents are facing discrimination after announcement of likely community spread

Officials from the village say they've heard that Napaskiak residents have been turned away from Bethel businesses after two positive tests last week. But one of those results was potentially a false positive.

Bethel to offer free hotel quarantine to travelers headed from Anchorage to villages

The city manager says Bethel is in a unique position since all traffic to smaller villages goes through town.

City of Bethel misses payday for employees, will hire help to stabilize finance department

The city finance director missed the deadline to make payments while on partial maternity leave.
A woman dressed in a white lab coat stands in front of a table. Another woman with protective gear stands in a dooray befhind her.

Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation recommends lockdown after COVID-positive person traveled to a regional village

The health corporation is not naming the village, and says the individual is now in isolation.

Alaska State Trooper from Napaskiak died from apparent self-inflicted injuries

Jerry Evan died in Bethel after over two decades in law enforcement. A spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety called his death an "enormous loss" for the communities he served.

State trooper dies in Bethel

Troopers say that Jerry Evan sustained life-threatening injuries at his home before being pronounced dead at the hospital.

Quinhagak and Napaskiak react to positive coronavirus test results

Though one of the positives turned out to be a false reading, residents of the small communities had to grapple with what life would be like if there were a real outbreak.

Bethel plans to incentivize airport testing for coronavirus

After two individuals in Bethel were notified of positive coronavirus test results on consecutive days, the city is wondering if there are more undetected cases in Bethel. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation reports that less...