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A couple of months ago, many Bethel residents got a surprise after receiving a letter from Alaska Village Electric Cooperative. 

AVEC's letter told residents that they needed to repair their power equipment to put it in compliance with the National Electical Code. That included anything attached to the house. 

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The village of Tuluksak got good news this month: it gets a new generator and an emergency opening to hunt moose. The village had a couple of power outages this summer that nearly wiped out the food stores residents had socked away for winter. 

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Three people were found dead on the banks of the Kuskokwim River, near its tributary, the Tuntutuliak River on Sunday. 

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This past Saturday, hundreds packed the Bethel Cultural Center for the second annual Taste of Bethel. KYUK was on the scene with 17 vendors representing over 14 countries and cultures' sweet and savory delights. Dishes included foods from Greece, Ireland, Israel, Austria, Hawaii, Mexico, Iran, Thailand, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, and the Philippines. If you didn’t make it to the event you can still enjoy some of this year’s tastes of Bethel by purchasing the cookbook, available now through the Kuskokwim Art Guild.  



This article was updated with further reporting on August 20, 2018

A boat collision on the Kuskokwim River early Saturday morning left one Bethel resident dead and several others seriously injured.

The village of Napakiak received $449,000 in federal funding on Thursday that could help them respond to the “imminent threat” of climate change. 

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The Federal Subsistence Board has opened an emergency moose season, but only for Tuluksak. The moose opener begins on Saturday, August 18, and ends on August 31. 

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The Nunavut Alaska Provisional Government held a meeting in Bethel over the course of two days, and focused on the proposed Donlin Gold mine. However, no resolutions either supporting or opposing the proposed project were passed by attendees. The group aims to unite all 56 of the villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Cars backed up to the Bethel Cultural Center on Wednesday morning.
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Wednesday was the first day of school for many Bethel students. And it was the first day for the Lower Kuskokwim School District to put its plans to get kids to school into effect after it cut ties with longtime bus contractor, Golden Eagle Unlimited.  

Nora Lefferts gets ready for kindergarten with her big brother, Silas, and her mother, Lori Strickler.
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Nora Lefferts had a big day on Wednesday: her first day of kindergarten. Like most kindergartners, she was nervous, but also a little excited. 

She ate her breakfast, packed her bag, and practiced her Yup'ik on the way to Ayaprun Elitnaurvik. KYUK tagged along.