Stories about local, state or national economy.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Commercial fishing could be returning to the Lower Kuskokwim this summer. Washington state fish buyer Pacific Harvest Seafood is working to anchor a fish processing vessel along the Bethel seawall from late July through August to buy silver salmon from Quinhagak to Bethel.

CVRF Partners With Honda For ATV Maintenance Training

Apr 4, 2017


 ATV and snowmachine owners will soon be able to fix machines locally, instead of shipping vehicles as far away as Anchorage. Christine Trudeau reports that last week, Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF), the area's CDQ Fisheries organization, teamed up with a Honda dealership in Homer to give this area's mechanics training on the latest repairs.

Calista Corporation

The Calista Corporation is offering an incentive for descendants and other qualified applicants to enroll in the corporation. Calista is offering $1,000 cash to five applicants who apply by June 2. The names will be chosen in drawings, and those who apply earlier will also be eligible for smaller drawings of $100 and $50.

Dean Peterson /

A major KYUK funding source is under threat by a proposed budget cut from the Trump Administration. 

Lawmakers From Both Parties Join To Promote Innovation

Mar 23, 2017
Katie Basile / KYUK

A new bi-partisan caucus has formed in the state legislature. This one hopes to nurture business innovation and investment. Caucus co-chair, Democratic Representative Zach Fansler of Bethel, hopes to take the lead from small business development programs like Bethel's Best in the West competition.

A Ravn Alaska flight attendant handles a pet snake a passenger left on a Ravn plane flying from Aniak to Anchorage on March 19, 2017.
Anna McConnaughy

Snakes aren’t native to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, but one made it’s way on a Ravn Alaska plane from Aniak to Anchorage on Sunday.

Police Want To Fill Ranks With Locals

Mar 15, 2017
KYUK Staff

The Bethel Police Department wants to hire more local people. Along with the Bethel Fire Department, it is setting up shop at Thursday's job fair at the Cultural Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Natalie Hayes, the Dispatch Supervisor, is among the people who will be there to talk about careers in community policing.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Help is on the way for residents of the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta trying to file their taxes, and some of that help is coming from across the continent. New York University law school students have volunteered to help file taxes in 28 communities in the Delta.

Oscar Samuelson hauling the last load of the sawmill components. The Napaimute crew will continue hauling a small building and returning equipment this week
Mark Leary / Native Village of Napaimute

The Native Village of Napaimute is starting a commercial lumber business in the middle Kuskokwim this year. The workers are currently moving the sawmill 40 miles downriver from Chuathbaluk to three miles below Kalskag where the mill will cut commercial lumber on demand, creating jobs and providing cheaper, locally sourced lumber for Kuskokwim residents.

Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Commercial fishing might be coming to the Kuskokwim this summer.