Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska's Energy Desk - Bethel


Want to buy pot in Bethel? You finally can, at ALASKAbuds.

ALASKAbuds may be the first marijuana store opening in Bethel, but it won’t have the field to itself for long. Two other marijuana shops are in the process of going through the bureaucratic hoops in order to open.

Kaiser father and son take to the trails for K300 race weekend

Bethel is gearing up for a big sled dog racing weekend as top-tier mushers from around the state arrive to compete in the Kuskowkim 300.

In Bethel, 2019 was the warmest year on record

Despite the cold stretch that brought the year to an end, 2019 is the warmest year on record for Bethel.

Legislative working group recommends clarifying VPSO role

First on the list is to revise the state statute that details what the Village Public Safety Officer program is supposed to do.

Donlin Gold receives more state permits, moving closer to operating mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta

The permits will allow Donlin to build an airstrip and a port, and install fiber optic cables and build access roads for its mine, which could be one of the biggest in the world, if completed.

More resources on tap for Y-K Delta law enforcement

After visiting rural Alaska in May, U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared a public safety law enforcement emergency nd the results, Liedike said, were almost immediate.

Donlin mine enjoyed years of support in Southwest Alaska, but as the project becomes more real, that’s changing

For the last two decades, mining companies have been working to develop the massive Donlin Gold prospect in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. And most of that time, the development has claimed support from neighboring communities. But that’s changing. Tribes, organizations, and communities have begun opposing the mine development and organizing.

With more holes than usual in Kuskokwim River ice near Bethel, Search and Rescue issues safety warning

Last year at this time there was only one hole nine miles from Bethel. This year there are four open holes close to the community.

Kipnuk the latest village to flood as storms rile the ice-free Bering Sea

This has become the new norm across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Late winters and sudden thawing have turned roads into slush and made rivers and sloughs, which are necessary for travel, less safe because they take longer to freeze.

LISTEN: Santa comes to Napakiak in a Black Hawk helicopter

Each year, the Alaska National Guard flies to small, remote Alaska communities off the road system bringing presents, ice cream, and Santa. It’s a tradition that dates back to 1956.

The lights are out on the Quinhagak runway, and the village is searching for solutions

No night flights or medevacs have been able to land on the Native Village of Kwinhagak's runway for the past two months, and it doesn’t look like they will be able to any time soon.

Young filmmaker’s George Attla documentary brings together community and sled dog racing

Sled dogs, community, and teaching the next generation. These themes come together in a new documentary about legendary sprint musher George Attla from the village of Huslia.
An Alaska State Trooper cruiser parked on Nome’s Front Street in January 2015. Photo: Matthew F. Smith, KNOM file.

New rural Alaska law enforcement initiative helps nab Napakiak sexual assault suspect

The Rural Alaska Anti-Violence Enforcement Working Group was created after U.S. Attorney General William Barr released millions of dollars in federal funding earlier this year.

New report sheds more light on climate change impacts to Alaska Native villages

A recent report compiled by the Army Corps of Engineers and researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks documents erosion and other environmental threats facing communities in rural Alaska.

BLM responds to tribes’ criticism over planning process for draft resource management plan

The Orutsararmiut Native Council is calling the federal planning process for how 13 million acres of public land is managed in the region “woefully inadequate.” BLM says that they are taking more steps to reach out.

National indigenous group passes resolution opposing Donlin mine in Southwest Alaska

Another resolution against the proposed Donlin mine has passed. This time, at the National Congress of American Indians annual conference in New Mexico last month. This is the first time a national organization has supported tribes’ opposition of the mine.

Calista launches effort to help high school students plan for life after graduation

The project⁠ — called Tengluni, or "Take Wing" ⁠— aims to increase high school graduation rates and prepare students for life after high school by using Yup’ik values and curriculum.

Yup’ik elders revive traditional baby parka craft

Constructing the parka and reviving the almost extinct tradition took the efforts of many people.
Donlin runway and camp site in summer 2014. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Mountain Village corporation wants vote on Donlin mine

Azachorok, a village corporation in Mountain Village, seeks to give shareholders who live closest to the proposed Donlin mine a say in whether it’s built.