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Last Sunday afternoon, Bethel Housing residents were surprised when their water abruptly shut off. The shutdown started around 4:30 or 5:00 p.m. and lasted about 90 minutes. According to City Public Works Director Bill Arnold, a fitting on one of the pipes broke on the Bethel Heights water treatment plant’s main line, and workers had to shut the plant down briefly to fix it.

Governor Bill Walker signs HB 141 at Bethel's Yuut Elitnaurviat surrounded by high school students from the Kuskokwim Learning Academy on August 29, 2017. Walker's proposed budget includes funding for Y-K Delta law enforcement.
Dean Swope/KYUK

A little more law and order could be coming to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta if the legislature gives the nod to the Governor's budget. On Friday, Governor Bill Walker released a three-part budget plan that prioritizes public safety and includes funding for both an additional prosecutor and State Trooper investigator in Bethel.

Cause Of Bethel Power Outage Unknown

Dec 15, 2017
The generators at Bethel's power plant. Alaska Village Electric Cooperative still doesn't know the cause of last night's power outage.
Courtesy of Lenny Welch.

Bethel, Oscarville, and Napakiak went dark for 10 to 20 minutes last night, and the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is still not sure what caused the outage.

The pictured Bethel area, including Housing, the Bethel schools, and Ptarmigan Street until about Owl Street, may not have water until the Ridgecrest water treatment plant is repaired.
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The Bethel water treatment plant on Ridgecrest Drive began working again around 12:30 a.m. on Friday.

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A Yute Commuter Service plane missed the runway while attempting to land in the village of Kwigillingok on Thursday. The incident was witnessed by several village residents and all on board are reported to be okay.

Calista Corporation

Many elders in the Calista region will soon be greeted by hundreds of extra dollars as the year ends.  

Renfro Aviation Launches New Airline For Village Travel

Dec 4, 2017
A young Yute Commercial Services passenger watches planes land from the new airline's terminal.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

There’s a new airline in the Y-K Delta, and its name might sound a little familiar.

On Monday, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board awarded Cezary Maczynski's Kusko Liquor the final package store liquor license available in Bethel.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board awarded Cezary Maczynski Bethel’s third and final package store liquor license on Monday, but the opening date for Kusko Liquor may be months away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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The lights are back on in Newtok. After three days without electricity, power returned to the village Sunday evening.

Alaska Commercial Company stores across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have begun to roll out a special Yup’ik language translating service. The poster on the left can be found at AC's main store in Bethel.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Alaska Commercial Company stores across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have begun to roll out a special Yup’ik language translating service. It scans an electronic code on the labels, and with the appropriate application, a smartphone says the name on the label.

 

 

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