YKHC Mekoryuk health aides Linda Davis (left) and Shara Davis (right) have helped vaccinate possibly 100% of their community's eligible population against COVID-19.

The Nunivak Island community of Mekoryuk has reached a tremendous vaccination milestone. It has reached as close to 100% vaccination of its eligible population against COVID-19 as the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation can confirm. Mekoryuk is the first community in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to possibly reach total vaccination for everyone aged 16 and older. 

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It’s been 10 years since the first Statewide Yup’ik Spelling Bee was held, and it will expand to include Inupiat spellers on April 17. Freda Dan, who organized the first Yup’ik Spelling Bee, said that the Inupiaq competition is the result of the efforts of one community: Brevig Mission.

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After nearly four hours of discussion during its April 13 meeting, Bethel City Council moved to postpone the vote on the proposed sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax until its next regular meeting.



The proposed Donlin Gold mine site in 2014. The site is located north of Crooked Creek, which sits on the Kuskokwim River in Alaska.
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On April 12, an administrative law judge issued a recommendation that the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation rescind a state water quality certificate that was issued to the Donlin Gold mine in 2018. The certificate is required under the Clean Water Act. Here's what rescinding the certificate could mean for the proposed mine, and how the parties involved in the decision have responded to the judge’s recommendation.

Update: Bethel Police Chief Richard Simmmons said that Madison McMillen of Bethel, age 14, was found on April 17 and returned to her family.

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COVID-19 vaccine passports are gaining some traction within the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Around the same time that the Bethel fitness center reopened to fully vaccinated individuals, Kongiganak started allowing only fully vaccinated people into stores and businesses. 


Public comments for the water quality certification permit for the Donlin gold mine are due July 13.

On April 12, an Administrative Law judge issued a recommendation that the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation not uphold a water certificate issued to the Donlin Gold mine.

Alaskans Will Need To Dial 10 Digits For In-state Calls

Apr 13, 2021
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Starting later this year, Alaskans will need to dial the 907 area code to make phone calls within the state.

A health care provider places a band-aid on the injection site of a patient who just received a flu vaccine.
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The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is putting a hold on administering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. On April 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a joint statement recommending health care providers pause administering the vaccine “out of an abundance of caution.”

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On Tuesday, April 13, city residents will get another chance to tell Bethel City Council what they think about a proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. As proposed, it would be an excise tax, paid by those who sell the beverages. It may end up back in committee for more work after the public comments come in at tonight's meeting.