Sled dogs get ready to race during the 2020 Bogus Creek 150 Sled Dog Race in Bethel, Alaska on Jan. 18, 2020.
Gabby Hiestand Salgado / KYUK

The Bogus Creek 150 Sled Dog Race, scheduled to begin Jan. 22, has been postponed until Saturday, Jan. 30.

Yvonne Jackson

Yukon-Kuskokwim Elder’s Home resident Xenia Jackson was one of the first people in the Y-K Delta to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in December 2020. The shot capped off a tumultuous year in which she tested positive for COVID-19.


Kristy Napoka

On Jan. 16, a fire in Tuluksak destroyed the village’s washeteria and water plant building, which was their only source of clean, running water. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hosted a meeting for a number of local, state, and federal agencies to address the crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic is just one of several complicating factors. 


Gladys Jung Elementary School principal Josh Gill leads the teacher parade on April 3, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Update: the Bethel Regional High School staff parade has been postponed until the week of Jan. 25 due to weather. The exact date has not yet been determined.

Bethel Search and Rescue

After heavy snowfall on Jan. 19, the ice road from Bethel to Tuluksak has been plowed and is open for use. Napaimute Traditional Council’s Mark Leary, who is in charge of maintaining the ice road, said that it took his crew all day to clear the track. There’s still unmarked open water along the route, but he said that you can easily avoid it if you stick to the plowed trail.

Senator Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, walks onto the House floor to watch Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s State of the State address on Monday, January 27, 2020 in Juneau, Alaska. Hoffman is the sole Democrat in the 2021 Senate Majority caucus.
Rashah McChesney / KTOO

The Alaska Senate has announced who will serve on its committees for the next two years. Bethel Democratic Sen. Lyman Hoffman has joined the Senate majority caucus and will retain his seat on the coveted Senate Finance Committee. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Nearly 5,000 people in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and almost a fifth of those people have also received their second dose. That makes more people in the region who have received at least one dose of the vaccine than have tested positive for the virus. Across the region, 4,248 people have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Jan. 20, according to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

Kongiganak's tribal police chief (holding cross) and other TPOs receive David Aqvang Evon's body for his burial.
Marcy Daniel

At the end of 2020, a 36-year-old former tribal police officer died from COVID-19. He was to be buried in Kongiganak, a burial which his family in Akiachak couldn’t attend because of travel restrictions. Here’s a story about how people are finding new ways to say goodbye to their loved ones during the pandemic.

Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky on the Alaska House floor in 2020.
Courtesy of Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky

The 32nd Alaska Legislature convened in Juneau on Jan. 19. The Senate organized a Republican majority caucus for the ninth straight year and selected a leader, but the House remains unorganized, without a majority or a Speaker. Democratic Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky represents the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in the House. She spoke with KYUK about how the unorganized body can move forward.


Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of Arnoldine Simone Hill, age 26, as a homicide. Troopers found her body by the Parks Highway north of Willow, AK on Jan. 9, 2021.
Courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

A Hooper Bay woman whose body was found along the Parks Highway north of Willow is the victim of homicide, according to Alaska State Troopers. The troopers are looking for help finding her killer.


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
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