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KeoStrong shirts line the halls of Chief Paul Memorial School.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Graduations are in the air; BRHS celebrated theirs last Friday. In Kipnuk, seniors finished a week earlier, concluding a difficult school year in which senior basketball star Keoni Aliralria passed away from cancer. At graduation, diplomas were awarded to all the graduates, including Aliralria, who was nicknamed "Keo."


Making Art In A Changing World

May 20, 2019
Johanna Eurich KYUK

Four people from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta were awarded arts grants from the Rasmuson Foundation this year. Two are from the same family: Stephen Blanchett and his mother, Marie Meade. Blanchett, one of the founders of the musical group Pamyua, will use his $18,000 fellowship grant to focus on dance. He plans to use many techniques, including masks and the internet, to experiment with the traditional forms of Yup’ik dance.  

Quinhagak Begins To Look At Climate Change

May 20, 2019
Katie Basile / KYUK

Like many coastal communities in Alaska, Quinhagak is keeping a close eye on how warmer temperatures are affecting the community. Located with the ocean in front of it, and two rivers and a swamp on the other sides, Quinhagak is assessing the hazards, everything from sea water rise to increased river erosion and permafrost melt.

On Tuesday, Bethel City Council chose an executive search firm to find a new city manager.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The City of Bethel could be on the hook for a lot of money. Bethel’s insurance company told the city council on Tuesday that the city is on its own if former City Manager Pete Williams files a wrongful termination lawsuit. 

Barbara Thurston, the executive director of Alaska Public Entity Insurance, said the reason the city would not be covered can be seen in the insurance contract the city signed.

"It requires that members consult an attorney before terminating an employee and following the recommendations of the attorney," Thurston said.

Jeremy Hsieh / KTOO

The Alaska Legislature wants to set aside the month of November to celebrate Alaska Native heritage, and a bill to make that happen just passed both houses. All it needs is Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s signature. 

Two Charged In Long House Beating

May 16, 2019

Bethel Police are looking for two people that were indicted in last month’s beating of the manager of the Long House Hotel. 

It was April 18, about 2:15 a.m. on the night before Easter, when Don Black, the hotel manager, was awakened to help deal with a noise complaint. In his pajamas, he and Wesley Alexie, another employee at the hotel, approached a second-floor room to find out what was going on. Black says that when he said he was the manager and tried to enter the room, things escalated quickly. He sent Alexie to call the police.

ALASKAbuds owner Nick Miller plans to open his store next month.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Bethel is now only weeks away from its first marijuana store. The state Marijuana Control Board approved the license for ALASKAbuds "with delegation."  That means it’s approved with a condition, the condition being state fire marshal approval. 

Nick Miller owns ALASKAbuds with his wife. He also sits on the Marijuana Control Board, but he didn’t get to vote on his own application. Miller says that he is not worried about getting fire marshal approval.

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Sex Offender Jailed

May 15, 2019

An alcohol-fueled sexual assault in Newtok has landed a man in the Bethel jail. Troopers were called Friday about the assault. They arrived Monday. Their investigation revealed that Jonathan Usugan, age 41, allegedly broke into a home Friday morning and sexually assaulted a woman. Usugan is already on the state’s sex offender registry. He is now in the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center facing two charges for sexual assault and one for entering the house illegally. Troopers report that alcohol was “a factor in the incident.”

It’s Almost Time For Salmon On The Yukon

May 15, 2019
Katie Basile

Salmon are expected to show up in the Yukon River in just a few weeks, and biologists say that fishermen can expect a similar or slightly higher number of kings in the river than last year. They predict a run size of 168,000 to 241,000 kings this summer.

“This current outlook is similar to last year,” said Holly Carroll, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's manager of the Yukon River’s summer king and chum runs. “The midpoint for this year is about 204,000. So if it comes in at the low end, it will be similar to last year.”

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