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Yukon River salmon strips
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Organizations representing Yukon River communities are drafting a letter to Gov. Mike Dunleavy seeking a fishery disaster declaration for this summer’s salmon season.

The Kipnuk Falcons won the Lower Kuskokwim School District basketball tournament 51 to 23 in against the Nunapitchuk Wolves on March 3, 2018 at the Bethel Regional High School gym.
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The pandemic has changed the face of schooling throughout the Lower Kuskokwim School District, and nowhere is this more evident than in school athletics. 

2020 Bethel City Council candidates (clockwise) Perry Barr, Michelle DeWitt, Conrad “CJ” McCormick, and Rose “Sugar” Henderson
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Whoever is elected to the city council in Bethel will grapple with the city’s response to the pandemic, along with other issues like road maintenance and hiring Bethel’s next city manager. Four candidates are competing for three open seats on Bethel City Council, and each responded to these issues and more during a live forum on Sept. 23 hosted by KYUK.


Yute Commuter Service is suing its former business manager for allegedly embezzling company funds to pay for personal expenses, pay raises, and bonuses. 

Bethel City Council will discuss proposed alcohol ordinance and replacing City Attorney Patty Burley.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The Bethel City Election is on Oct. 6, but city voters can begin voting now. City Clerk Lori Strickler said that voting before the election is only one option. Others include voting by mail and online voting. Strickler said that those wanting to vote early can do so, with public health precautions, at city hall.

2020 Bethel City Council candidates (clockwise) Perry Barr, Michelle DeWitt, Conrad “CJ” McCormick, and Rose “Sugar” Henderson
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Four candidates are running for three open seats on Bethel City Council. Hear the candidates respond to questions on how the city can better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, solutions to address Bethel's housing shortage, how to retain the next city manager, and more. 

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Bethel buzzed with excitement after two F-16 fighter jets made an emergency landing at the airport on the night of Sept. 22. 

Steve Carr was checking on a few airplanes parked next to the Bethel air traffic tower, when he heard the distinctive sound of two fighter jets approaching. Carr then saw them dip low toward the runway. 


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With remote learning, parents have to play a bigger role, and it’s difficult because what and how students learn now is different from when their parents were going to school. JROTC Instructor Sgt. Calvetti is on a team at the Bethel Regional High School trying to help parents and students.

The Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center reopened on Monday, Jan. 15.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

In its Sept. 22 meeting, the Bethel City Council passed a number of budget modifications, ranging from hiring additional staff for the finance department to fixing issues with the YK Fitness Center. 

The city will spend $330,000 to help stabilize the finance department; most of that money will pay for the services of an outside accounting firm because the city is currently without a permanent finance director or acting finance director. 

Association of Village Council Presidents

Child care just got cheaper for Alaska Native families in communities served by the Association of Village Council Presidents. The program, using CARES Act funding, is paying for child care to all eligible essential workers, and there are no income requirements for eligibility. Carol Hunter, AVCP’s Child Care Coordinator, said that unlike the current program, there is no co-pay.

“Yes, that is correct,” Hunter said, “and we pay 100%, so the parents wouldn’t have to pay.”

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