Teresa Cotsirilos, KYUK - Bethel


Akiak attempts to banish former VPO, alleged bootlegger

Akiak Native Community IRA Council issued a banishment order for Jacques Anthony Cooper, a former Village Police Officer they accuse of bootlegging. He denies the allegations and says the tribe turned against him on account of his law enforcement work. Listen now

Quinhagak commercial fishermen struggle after two years without a buyer

Several weeks ago, the financing fell through on a plan to bring the "Akutan," a floating fish processing vessel, to Kuskokwim Bay. For the second summer in a row, fishermen in the coastal community of Quinhagak have nowhere to sell their catch; many in the village are now struggling to make ends meet. Listen now
A ramp leads to a blue door. A sign abovev reads 'Nora Guinn Justice Complex)

Can Alaska Native villagers in the YK Delta get a fair trial?

A new court case argues that the way in which state juries are selected in Alaska discriminates against rural, Native communities. The case could significantly impact the Delta’s court system if it’s successful. Listen now

Gray whale harvest on the Kuskokwim stirs up controversy

In Southwest Alaska, a tired crew of volunteers on Saturday night, dragged a large whale’s carcass onto shore near Napaskiak’s airport. The whale was grey, bloody and barnacled, and the men who set to work butchering it said it was at least 37-feet long. Residents are still distributing its blubber and meat, saying it will feed families throughout the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta for months. Listen now

Stephen Wallace appointed as Bethel District Attorney

Stephen Wallace is Bethel’s new District Attorney, the town’s third DA in less than three years. The court has been operating without one for several months, since former DA J. Michael "Mike" Gray retired. Listen now

Alaska Airlines might reduce flights to Bethel this winter

Alaska Airlines might cut some of its flights between Bethel and Anchorage, which could complicate travel for residents right around the winter holidays. Listen now

Bethel native works to program a “Yup’ik Siri”

YK Delta communities are keeping Yup'ik alive through immersion schools, bilingual media, teacher training programs, and speaking the language at home. And now, Bethel native Christopher Liu is doing his part to bring his language into the 21st century. Listen now

Silver salmon buyer coming to Kuskokwim Bay

It looks like there will be a commercial fishery for silver salmon on the Kuskokwim coast this year. Listen now

Fatal December plane crash ruled a suicide

Last December, Mark and Cecilia Matter lost their lives when their red plane crashed into Marvel Dome, a snow-covered mountain near the family’s mine. Authorities now consider the Aniak couple’s death to be a suicide. Listen now