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At their December 11 meeting, the Bethel City Council will reconsider the Avenues piped water and sewer project. The above map shows where the proposed water and sewer pipes would go.
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Tonight the Bethel City Council will reconsider the Avenues piped water and sewer project to build lines from 3rd to 7th Avenue along Main Street.

 

Winter Dividends From Calista

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This year, there are more happy Calista shareholders than ever as the holiday season begins.  

“We’re getting a lot of very positive comments,” said shareholder and Calista Communications Manager Thom Leonard.

Leonard says that the number of people receiving corporation dividends this year is more than twice as high as last year. The reason? A decision shareholders made to open enrollment to people who had not been born before 1971, when enrollment closed originally, and also to people who failed to enroll by that deadline.

Courtesy of Alaska Center For Climate Assessment And Policy

Alaska is warming twice as fast as the rest of the U.S., and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is seeing the impacts faster than than most of the state. 


Katie Basile / KYUK

For decades, Napakiak has been picking up and moving its buildings further from the encroaching Kuskokwim River. The City of Napakiak, the Napakiak Tribe, and the Napakiak Village Corporation have worked together to fund and coordinate the effort. Now, the erosion is accelerating and threatening critical infrastructure that’s too big for the community to move on its own. The community is seeking outside funding to help.


Katie Basile / KYUK

Napakiak needs a new school. The Kuskokwim River is less than 200 feet from the current building and the question is when, not if, the water will overtake the ground beneath it. The current school is too big and too old to move. In this third story in a series on the threat posed by increased erosion caused by climate change, KYUK brings us a report on the limited funding options for reconstructing a school in rural Alaska.


Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim River is getting too close to the Napakiak school. Currently the river is frozen and sits about 150 feet from the school fuel tanks and less than 200 feet from the school building itself. School district officials expect the water to reach the structures before new ones can be built. KYUK traveled to Napakiak to find out how the local school staff is approaching the issue.


Katie Basile / KYUK

Donlin Gold is waiting on one important permit for its proposed gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The state says that it will issue a decision by the end of 2018. And next year looks pretty busy for Donlin as state agencies prepare for public hearings over more permits. The company needs at least 100 permits before it can start mining.  


Courtesy of Bethel Search and Rescue

Bethel residents should stay off a trail that goes from northwest of Hangar Lake to the dump, according to Bethel Search and Rescue. 

BSAR says that a creek northwest of Hangar Lake runs alongside the trail, and that creek is wide open and “very dangerous.”

Instead, residents should use the trail that snakes along Hangar Lake road.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving $23 million to the coastal village of Emmonak to improve maritime transportation access by adding a permanent dock, barge landing and ramp, and funding extensive road renovation.
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The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving $23 million to the coastal village of Emmonak to improve maritime transportation access by adding a permanent dock, barge landing and ramp, and funding extensive road renovation.

Courtesy of Bethel Search and Rescue

The temperatures have dropped significantly, which is good news for those who want to travel on the Kuskokwim River. But even though conditions are projected to improve, Bethel Search and Rescue is  warning people to travel very carefully, stay aware, and stay on established trails. 

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