Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation confirmed two more positive coronavirus cases from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta on July 9. One of new cases is a family member of a person who was confirmed to be positive earlier this week in a possible travel-related case. Another lives in a Y-K Delta village, but was tested in Anchorage. Both individuals are currently self-isolating.

The Bethel City Council will hold a special meeting to discuss increasing the police chief salary and adding a fund to provide homelessness services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The City of Bethel has finished drafting an itemized budget for the $8.4 million in federal CARES Act Funding it received, which the city council still has to approve. The CARES budget includes $2 million in grants for Bethel businesses and non-profits that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Bethel's finance department has lost 14 employees over the course of as many months, with the most recent loss being former Finance Director Christine Blake who left on May 22.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The coronavirus pandemic and changes in local alcohol law have lowered the expected revenue for the City of Bethel by almost $1 million. Plus, the city’s budget for policing continues to go up, even as a national movement calls for the opposite.

Felix Patrick pulls a chum out of the Yukon with a Kenai style dip net.
Kyle Clayton / KYUK

The entire Kuskokwim River mainstem opened to gillnets on July 7. Gillnets are the dominant gear to harvest salmon on the Kuskokwim. But in recent years, as restrictions on gillnets have increased, some lower river fishermen have begun experimenting with dipnets to harvest salmon. One of those fishermen is Bethel resident, Aaron Moses. He’s turned dipnetting into a summer pursuit and has begun teaching others how to use this method as well.

Dean Swope / KYUK

NovaGold, one of the companies developing the proposed Donlin Gold mine, has filed a lawsuit against a short-selling research firm. That firm released a report in May opining that the proposed Donlin Gold mine would not be built, and that NovaGold was overvalued. 

Ravn Sells Off Dozens Of Small Planes To Alaska Companies, Including Grant And Yute

Jul 8, 2020

Ravn Alaska prepares to board a de Havilland Dash 8 for a flight from Dillingham and King Salmon to Anchorage.Credit Avery Lill / KDLGEdit | Remove

The bankrupt RavnAir Group sold off dozens of its small planes to several Alaska aviation companies at auction on July 7, but Ravn’s largest planes and most valuable airline operating certificates won’t be sold until July 8.

Alaska’s Top Doctor Lays Out Four Ways To Reduce COVID-19 Exposure

Jul 8, 2020
Dr. Anne Zink, chief medical officer for the State of Alaska, briefed reporters on the coronavirus at a press conference with Gov. Mike Dunleavy on March 10, 2020.
Liz Ruskin / Alaska Public Media

Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said that Alaskans can slow the spread of COVID-19 by minimizing contact with microdroplets from others in the air.

Calista has filed a confidential report under seal in their ongoing lawsuit against the corporation's former chairman, Wayne Don.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

A federal judge issued an injunction that prevents Alaska Native corporations from receiving part of Tribal funding set aside in the CARES Act.

More Subsistence Openings On Yukon River

Jul 8, 2020
Katie Basile

Enough king salmon have entered the Yukon River drainage system to meet escapement, but not enough to support harvest levels as high as last year’s.  

The YKHC Aniak COVID-19 airport screening team.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation wants everyone who travels into the region from Anchorage to get tested for the coronavirus, and it’s trying to make the process as easy as possible. 


Fishing Regulations

When and where you can fish on the Kuskokwim River.

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Stay healthy and safe in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta during the COVID-19 outbreak.


Yup'ik Word of the Week

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
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