Michael Ulroan / ANSEP

The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, or ANSEP, is collaborating with the Lower Kuskokwim School District and University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim Campus to create a permanent Acceleration Academy at Bethel Regional High School. Enrollment for the program, which enables students to study college classes while in high school, is open now. Michael Ulroan, with ANSEP, said that the program could save as much as $75,000 in college costs for students.

Kuskokwim Ice Classic Board Member Eric Whitney designed and constructed the 25-foot-tall 2021 Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod.
Shane Iverson / KYUK

A sign of spring has emerged in Bethel. The Kuskokwim River Ice Classic tripod has sprouted and bloomed on the river ice.

YKHC Mekoryuk health aides Linda Davis (left) and Shara Davis (right) have helped vaccinate possibly 100% of their community's eligible population against COVID-19.

The Nunivak Island community of Mekoryuk has reached a tremendous vaccination milestone. It has reached as close to 100% vaccination of its eligible population against COVID-19 as the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation can confirm. Mekoryuk is the first community in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to possibly reach total vaccination for everyone aged 16 and older. 

Max Dan

It’s been 10 years since the first Statewide Yup’ik Spelling Bee was held, and it will expand to include Inupiat spellers on April 17. Freda Dan, who organized the first Yup’ik Spelling Bee, said that the Inupiaq competition is the result of the efforts of one community: Brevig Mission.

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After nearly four hours of discussion during its April 13 meeting, Bethel City Council moved to postpone the vote on the proposed sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax until its next regular meeting.



The proposed Donlin Gold mine site in 2014. The site is located north of Crooked Creek, which sits on the Kuskokwim River in Alaska.
Dean Swope / KYUK

On April 12, an administrative law judge issued a recommendation that the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation rescind a state water quality certificate that was issued to the Donlin Gold mine in 2018. The certificate is required under the Clean Water Act. Here's what rescinding the certificate could mean for the proposed mine, and how the parties involved in the decision have responded to the judge’s recommendation.

Update: Bethel Police Chief Richard Simmmons says Madison McMillen, age 14, of Bethel was found on April 17 and returned to her family.

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COVID-19 vaccine passports are gaining some traction within the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Around the same time that the Bethel fitness center reopened to fully vaccinated individuals, Kongiganak started allowing only fully vaccinated people into stores and businesses. 


Public comments for the water quality certification permit for the Donlin gold mine are due July 13.

On April 12, an Administrative Law judge issued a recommendation that the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation not uphold a water certificate issued to the Donlin Gold mine.

Alaskans Will Need To Dial 10 Digits For In-state Calls

Apr 13, 2021
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Starting later this year, Alaskans will need to dial the 907 area code to make phone calls within the state.


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


Yup'ik Word of the Week

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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.
Unuakumi Qanemcit Kuigpiim Kusquqviim-llu nuniinek taqellrit KYUK-m qanemcistain Yugtun.
Morning newscasts from and about the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta produced by the KYUK newsroom and aired in English.