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AVEC CEO and President Meera Kohler says that you can expect your electricity bill to go up next month.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

On July 17, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska finished notifying utility companies that they will not receive any Power Cost Equalization credits for Fiscal Year 2020. That means starting this month, people in rural Alaska will pay the high cost of electricity without any state subsidy. But that could still change. 


Skip Gray / 360 North

Lawmakers failed to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s line item vetoes last week. Now, as the Legislature figures out how to fund vital state programs, organizations in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are doing the same. The Association of Village Council Presidents is examining alternatives to fund programs like Head Start.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel residents may have seen a post in a Facebook group that says Alaska Airlines is going to only allow passengers to check two bags on flights between Anchorage and Bethel. The third must be on standby.

Shana Decossas helps someone renew their driver's license.
Greg Kim / KYUK

After two long months, the Bethel DMV is open for business. It had been closed while the state found and trained a new employee. She’s finally here, and her name is Shanna Decossas. KYUK talked with Decossas about how eager people are to see her.


YKHC opened the doors to its new hospital. The outpatient clinic opened July 15, and other departments will move in to the new building in phases throughout the year.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation opened its outpatient clinic at the new hospital yesterday. The organization will be moving into the new state-of-the-art facility in phases throughout the year. Inpatient services will move over in two to three weeks, with dental and behavioral health following in November. 

The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee welcomed two new board members this year: current Iditarod champion and four-time K300 race winner Pete Kaiser, and longtime race volunteer Ashley Glasheen.

Photo courtesy of Ruby Egrass

There have been 178 fires so far this summer in Alaska, and 58 of those are currently burning in the Southwest Region. While most of the fires are remote, a few are threatening communities on the Kuskokwim River and the proposed Donlin Gold mine site. 


Nick Phillips watches the overflow pipe during a water delivery.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Nick Phillips just finished his 30th year of hauling water in Bethel. That's 30 years in a position that is often understaffed. KYUK spent a morning with Phillips to see what he does, and what keeps him doing it.


Former City Planner Betsy Jumper was fired a month ago.
City of Bethel

The City of Bethel's planning department is the latest to lose its leader. The former city planner was fired a month ago according to the planner herself, Betsy Jumper. 

The state medical examiner has confirmed that the body recovered several weeks ago is that of Paul Kaganak. His body was recovered on June 19, a month after Kaganak fell into the Kuskokwim River near Crowley Dock.

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