The State of Alaska Division of Elections' 2020 “I Voted” sticker created by Alaskan artist Barbara Lavallee.
Alaska Division of Elections

Kusko Cab will provide free rides to and from the polls in Bethel on Election Day. There will be only one voting location in Bethel on that day, at the Cultural Center, where doors will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 3. There are several ways to vote before Election Day.

Elyssa Loughlin / KYUK

Bethel’s hauled water deliveries scheduled for Oct. 28 may be delayed, according to Acting City Manager Pete Williams. Williams said that many of the city’s utility truck drivers have been working since the evening of Oct. 27, when the sewer lift station in Bethel Heights Subdivision stopped working. 

AVEC power plant in Bethel, Alaska
Lenny Welch / AVEC

On Thursday, Oct. 29, there will be a power outage between 9 a.m. and noon across all of Bethel, Napakiak, and Oscarville. On Saturday, Oct. 31, all of Napakiak and large portions of Bethel will be without power between noon and 5 p.m. All of Napakiak, and some areas of Bethel, may regain power by 3 p.m. that day.

The coronavirus pandemic has shifted life dramatically for all of us, including our youngest citizens. How are youth coping with everything from health mandates to remote learning? KYUK interns Kaylee King and Tatyana Avugiak, along with Multimedia Director Katie Basile, interviewed kids in the region about their lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

YKHC is recommending drastic changes for the Y-K Delta, including all schools go to remote learning and 19 villages lock down.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Y-K Delta is now one of the nation’s leaders in COVID-19 infection rate. In order to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the region, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is asking for drastic actions. The organization’s recommendations include 19 villages locking down, and that villages in the region shut down schools for now.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Due to the huge surge in COVID-19 cases in Bethel and the region around it, the Bethel City Council passed a resolution asking people to hunker down on Oct. 27. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel has a new mayor, and her name is Michelle DeWitt. DeWitt was recently re-elected to a two-year term after serving on Bethel City Council for the past year. Haley Hanson remains Bethel's vice mayor. The city council chose the two women to lead it in a unanimous vote on Oct. 19.

Calista Corporation

It’s is the biggest distribution to shareholders since the regional Native corporation Calista created a settlement trust. 

The Nunalleq dig site is located just off the beach on the Bering Sea coast near Quinhagak. A portion of the site has already eroded into the sea. The threat from erosion increases each year as the warming climate worsens storm surges.
Katie Basile

Update Oct. 27, 2020 5 p.m.:

Searchers continue looking for the seven people who went missing while boating to Quinhagak last week. 

Alaska Public Media

On Oct. 26, the City of Bethel and the Lower Kuskokwim School District began their operation to deliver a pumpkin to every kid in Bethel from Pre-K to 6th grade. The City of Bethel is hoping kids stay home this year to carve a pumpkin instead of going out to trick or treat.


COVID-19 case count for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, updated daily M-F.


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Each weekday, the community is invited to "Coffee@KYUK" to discuss news and information relative to Bethel and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Hosted By S. Grady Deaton
A free form, caller-driven, opinion show about any and all matters. Hosted by Diane McEachern Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
A talkshow about the little things that help make life healthier. With hosts, Esther Green and Diane McEachern.
Morning newscasts from and about the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta produced by the KYUK newsroom and aired first in English, then in Yup'ik.