Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Alaska officials are hosting a public hearing at the Bethel Cultural Center on September 25 about a controversial salmon habitat initiative. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott will attend.

Residents of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta can testify about the salmon habitat ballot initiative from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The state will use a translator for those who wish to testify or listen in Yup’ik.

The Bethel ONC Tribe passed a resolution supporting a controversial salmon ballot initiative last week. Thus far, the tribe is the first one in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to pass a resolution specifically endorsing it.

"We see this as just another step for protecting our river and protecting our way of life subsistence-wise," said ONC Executive Director Peter Evon.

Changing the retirement terms for future employees and approving a five-year infrastructure plan are some of the big action items that sit before the Bethel City Council on September 24, 2018.
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Changing the retirement terms for future employees and approving a five-year infrastructure plan are some of Tuesday night's big action items that sit before the Bethel City Council.


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While Alaska’s two biggest sled dog races have reduced their prize money, the Kuskokwim 300 is doing the opposite. The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee has raised the purses of its three largest races for the fifth time in seven years. The increase is $10,000 per race. 

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In what’s being called “The Year Of The Woman,” State Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky has been using her legislative position to recognize the achievements of women across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Patrick Sergie.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has the highest rate of airport runway vandalism in the state, and the village of Kasigluk is the latest community to suffer from it. This time the consequences are severe: medevacs weren’t able to land in the village at night this week. 

Alaska’s U.S. senators have signed onto a bipartisan bill that would require states to include Native tribes and tribal organizations in suicide intervention and prevention planning.

Courtesy of Tim Leach

Colleen Fisk works for the Renewable Energy Alaska Project. She travels all over the state to talk about electricity to students, and she visited Bethel last week.

"So the main purpose was visiting the schools," Fisk said. "Part of my job is teaching about energy efficiency and wind energy." 

Dean Swope / KYUK

The Association of Village Council Presidents has joined the Alaska Federation of Natives and Tribal groups across the nation in opposing the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.

A small group of Bethel citizens are organizing a campaign to rally support for a "yes" vote on the October 2, 2018 local option proposition.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

In less than two weeks, Bethel residents will head to the polls to vote on representatives for Bethel City Council. They’ll also vote on a proposition asking residents whether Bethel should return to local option status. The change would end legal alcohol sales in Bethel but would still allow for limited alcohol importation. With voting day approaching, local option supporters have begun to mobilize their campaign. KYUK attended their first public meeting on Wednesday.


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