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Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel has a new mayor. Fred Watson will replace outgoing mayor Richard Robb after a special city council meeting Monday night. Raymond “Thor” Williams will be Bethel's vice mayor. 

Populations of Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta villages are growing faster than the population of the regional hub city, Bethel, Alaska.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The overall population of Alaska has remained steady over the past five years. But in certain areas of the state, it’s on the rise. Some of those areas are Alaska’s smallest communities.


U.S. Census Bureau

One of the most important tools for ensuring government representation and the distribution of federal funds relies on neighbors counting neighbors. The 2020 United States Census is more than a year away, and government officials are already planning the effort to count each person living in rural Alaska.


Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

The village of Aniak’s runway construction could cause more headaches for the community during spring breakup. Aniak’s city manager Kevin Toothacker says that the state’s plans to modify a road that runs next to the runway could compromise it.


Generators at the Bethel Power Plant in 2016.
LENNY WELCH / AVEC

On Tuesday evening, Bethel, Napakiak, and Oscarville will experience a four-hour power outage. Between the hours of 10 p.m. Tuesday and 2 a.m. Wednesday, all three communities will be without electricity. During this time the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative will be installing equipment inside the Bethel power plant to increase capacity for the New Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Clinic expansion.

Bethel Wrestling Tournament Yields Ribbons

Oct 15, 2018

It was a good weekend for Bethel’s high school wrestlers. 

Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

The Calista Regional Native Corporation just announced its candidate endorsements for the upcoming November elections.  

To get Calista’s backing, these candidates had to support the proposed Donlin Gold mine, be against a controversial salmon habitat ballot measure (Ballot Measure 1), and prioritize public safety and education funding.  


Patrick Williams / LKSD

In Quinhagak, there will be a Mix Six Volleyball tournament. Two teams, Eek and Toksook Bay, will be there to compete. The games will start on Friday at 6 p.m. and resume on Saturday at 9 a.m. There will be concessions to raise money for Quinhagak sports travel. These are Quinhagak’s first volleyball games of the year. Good luck everyone!


VPSO Jacob Tobeluk of Nunapitchak and Sergeant Jonathan Otto of Kongiganak at Yuut Elitnaurviat in Bethel in 2014.
Ben Matheson / KYUK

Public safety is a leading issue across Alaska, and in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, it has been voted the region’s top issue by delegates attending the Association of Village Council Presidents' annual convention. After the convention adjourned last Thursday, Alaska’s three gubernatorial campaigns presented their solutions on the topic.


Screenshot from Google Maps

Alaska State Troopers arrested a Napakiak tribal police officer on charges of sexually abusing a minor. 

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