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A map of local option communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta as of Dec. 27, 2016.
State of Alaska

After three decades of prohibiting alcohol, the dry Lower Yukon community of Marshall wants to open a city-run alcohol store and has begun moving in that direction.


On Oct. 15, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued three boaters from Munson Island, located north of Nunam Iqua on the Yukon River mouth. The Coast Guard described the three as “severely hypothermic” in a press release, and transported the boaters to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel for medical care. 

Gladys Jung Elementary School Dancers perform at Bethel's Indigenous Peoples' Day celebration at the Bethel Cultural Center on October 14, 2019.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Bethel celebrated its third annual Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday. The celebration included an evening of Yup’ik dance, Native Olympic games, sharing of Elder wisdom, and a potluck. To begin the event, community members marched down Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway, holding signs, wearing headdresses, and beating a drum. KYUK walked with them and has this audio postcard.


Katie Basile / KYUK

A village corporation in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta wants Calista Corporation shareholders to vote on whether Calista should support the proposed Donlin Gold mine. Calista owns the mineral rights to the mine. Azachorok’s president, Loren Peterson, says that the resolution isn’t a stance on the mine, but it would give shareholders a chance to decide if they want it. 


The first residents moved into Mertarvik last weekend. About a third of Newtok, the ones closest to the erosion and flooding, will move across the river to the new village throughout this month.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News

It was 20 years coming, but it finally began this weekend: the first residents of Mertarvik moved into their new homes. 

Bethel residents have the opportunity to chat with their next city manager at 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 16 at Bethel City Hall.
City of Bethel

Bethel City Council chose a mayor and vice-mayor for Bethel. Perry Barr, who’s in the second year of his council term, was elected mayor. Brand-new council member Haley Hanson is the vice-mayor.

Bethel residents have the opportunity to chat with their next city manager at 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 16 at Bethel City Hall.
City of Bethel

Bethel residents have the opportunity to chat with their next city manager. The two final candidates, Aaron Easton and Michael Patterson, will be available to the public at 5:00 p.m. today, Oct. 16, at Bethel City Hall for a meet and greet. 

Bethel residents have the opportunity to chat with their next city manager at 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 16 at Bethel City Hall.
City of Bethel

Five candidates have expressed interest in the final seat on Bethel City Council. The seat opened up when former council member Carole Jung-Jordan resigned last month. The candidates are Rick Garcia, Courtney Trammell, Joni Beckham, Jon Cochrane, and Michelle DeWitt. Absent from the list are the two candidates who ran for city council this year but were not elected: Raymond "Thor" Williams and Fritz Charles will not be considered for the final council seat. 

National Park Service

The deadline to report the outcome of your Kuskokwim moose hunt has arrived. If you received a permit to harvest a moose in Zone 2 of the Kuskokwim’s RM615 hunt and never got a moose, Tuesday, Oct. 15 is the last day to report that information. However, no matter what the outcome or zone of your hunt, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game wants to know how it went. Biologists are relying more on this information as warming winters make other survey tools less reliable.


Katie Basile / KYUK

Novagold, one of two companies developing the proposed Donlin Gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, is looking at building the mine in stages to reduce construction costs. That’s according to its latest quarterly earnings call. 


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A talkshow about the little things that help make life healthier. With hosts, Esther Green and Diane McEachern.
A free form, caller-driven, opinion show about any and all matters. Hosted by Diane McEachern and Peter Atchak, Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
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