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The state Department of Transportation, contracting with Knik Construction, broke ground this past spring on the hub village of Aniak’s new runway, a project long in the making.
Petra Harpak / KYUK


The state Department of Transportation, contracting with Knik Construction, broke ground this past spring on the hub village of Aniak’s new runway, a project long in the making.



Dean Swope / KYUK

Bethel once again has an operating liquor store, but it only sells beer and wine. Bethel Spirits, owned by Bethel Native Corporation, reopened its doors on Tuesday, July 10. The opening comes a month and a half after the state effectively shut down the AC Quickstop liquor store when the state did not renew the store’s license.

The spring chum salmon run is almost over, and fishermen on the Yukon River are still stuck using dip nets to help conserve king salmon. That’s bad news for the commercial fishery in the lower river.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is preparing to erect a 900-kilowatt wind turbine off of Bethel’s BIA Road. KYUK’s radio tower stands near the turbine site and for the safety of the construction workers, KYUK will lower the power on its 640 AM radio signal beginning Wednesday, June 27.

Three Buying Yukon Chums This Season

Jun 19, 2018
Katie Basile / KYUK

There are three buyers on the Yukon River this summer paying for chum salmon. In District 1 of the river, Kwik'Pak Fisheries, the largest processor on the river, is buying for its plant in Emmonak. The company has been a regular player on the Yukon since it was established in 2001 by the Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association. Jack Schultheis, the company’s operations manager, says, “Fishing has picked up during this opener since water levels went down, clearing some of the debris that had made fishing tough. Now that it’s easier, more people are out fishing.”  

Donlin Gold Advances In Permit Process

Jun 5, 2018
The site of the proposed Donlin Gold mine in 2014.

Last week, Donlin Gold received a state permit that regulates wastewater discharge. The mine is located in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region and is poised to be one of the biggest gold mines in the world.

How Hard Is It To Find An Electrician In Bethel?

Jun 1, 2018

A recent letter from the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative startled residents in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The letter told customers to repair their electric equipment by August or have their power cut off. While most of the repairs are minor, others require more professional handling from an electrician, which are scarce in the region. 

In Phoenix, Arizona last week, Tribal radio broadcasters meet from across the country for the 2018 Native Broadcast Summit, May 23 through May 24.
Courtesy of Native Public Media


This year’s 2018 Native Broadcast Summit in Phoenix Arizona focused on First Amendment protections as a priority. For the last 40 plus years, tribal broadcasting has spread across rural indigenous communities in America. And since 2004, the organization Native Public Media has helped to further tribes' ability to own and access resources for their own independent media. Over 60 stations are now part of its network, including KYUK.



AVEC customers have until August 15, 2018 to repair their electric equipment or else the utility will shut it off for safety reasons.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Hundreds in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta could have their power disconnected in the coming months. A letter from the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative warns residents that if they don’t repair their aging electric equipment soon, they won’t have electricity. And the customers have to foot the repair bill.

The Best In the West small business competition awarded $26,000 to local business owners in Bethel and the surrounding communities on May 21, 2018. From left to right: Louise Russell, Tracey Wilbanks, Lucas Salzbrun, Krystle Penaflor, Conor Burke, and Rey
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Some local entrepreneurs got more money this week to expand or jump-start their businesses. Seven winners took home a total of $26,000 from the annual Best in the West small business competition. The contest saw a drop in funding this year, as well as a drop in winners. All awardees came from Bethel or the surrounding communities.