Tara Sweeney, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of Interior, thanked tribal delegates from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta for inviting her to the listening session on public safety.
Association of Village Council Presidents

Representatives from the U.S. Department of the Interior visited Bethel on Wednesday to hear from tribal representatives about the public safety issues unique to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The visit comes in the wake of Attorney General William Barr's tour of the region for similar reasons. 

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Donlin Gold may not be building their gold mine right now, but they are in the middle of construction. The company that wants to build one of the world’s biggest gold mines is currently renovating a church in Chuathbaluk in the middle Kuskokwim River. Why? Donlin says that investing in communities near the mine is being “a good neighbor.” 

A water truck fills up at the Bethel City Subdivision water treatment plant.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

On Tuesday, the City of Bethel held a public meeting to address concerns regarding recent water tests. In September 2018, test results showed elevated levels of copper and lead exceeding federal standards in some locations in Bethel’s City Subdivision. Testing in July of this year showed decreased levels of copper and lead that meet federal standards. 

After the City of Bethel doubled the amount of water flowing through the City Subdivision water treatment plant in fall of 2018, it failed to properly treat it, leading to the water pulling lead and copper into the city's drinking water.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

This week, the City of Bethel held a meeting to address public concerns regarding Bethel’s water test results. State officials, along with the city’s engineers, explained why copper and lead levels increased in the water last year and what homeowners can do to protect themselves.

People ride on a four wheeler in front of the Napakiak school fuel tanks, which sit 76 feet from the Kuskokwim River following accelerating erosion. Pictured here on August 8, 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The U.S. Coast Guard calls the Napakiak school fuel tanks an “environmental hazard” to the Kuskokwim River and has ordered the fuel’s removal. An officer says that the Coast Guard could not issue the order until the situation got serious enough.

The William Miller Memorial School in Napakiak, Alaska. September 27, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Lower Kuskokwim School District has contracted with Bethel-based company Faulkner-Walsh Constructors to remove the oil from the Napakiak school fuel tanks threatened by the Kuskokwim River.

Pete Kaiser wins the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska on March 13 at 3:49 a.m.
Zachariah Hughes / APRN

Pete Kaiser, last year’s Iditarod Champion and Bethel’s own hometown hero, will deliver the Keynote Address at this year's Alaska Federation of Natives Convention. Kaiser is the first musher of Yup’ik descent to win the Iditarod and is a four-time winner of the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race.

Area Subsistence Moose Hunt Open To All

Aug 22, 2019
Karen Laubenstein / USFWS

This year's Unit 18 September subsistence moose hunt on the Kanektok River will be open to all qualified state subsistence hunters, even inside the federally managed wildlife refuge lands. 

Six candidates are running for four open seats on Bethel City Council.
City of Bethel

The packets are in, and the Bethel City Clerk has finalized the list of candidates running for Bethel City Council. Two sitting members filed for re-election: Vice-Mayor Raymond "Thor" Williams and council member Fritz Charles. Former council member Mark Springer is also in the race this year, along with three new faces: Alyssa Gustafson-Leary, Haley Hanson, and Cece Franko.

The Napakiak School fuel storage facility sits 76 feet from the riverbank’s erosion point along the Kuskokwim River on Aug. 16, 2019. The fuel storage facility, owned by the Lower Kuskokwim School District, contains an estimated 36,000 gallons of diesel f
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is watching the situation developing with threatened fuel tanks at Napakiak. The U.S. Coast Guard ordered the Lower Kuskokwim School District to move the school’s estimated 36,000 gallons of diesel fuel away from the eroding Kuskokwim riverbank by the end of the month. DEC will determine if more action is needed to treat the site.



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