Loren Holmes / ADN

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is one of the few places in the nation where, across most of the region, the general public is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. The tribal health corporation has been able to rapidly expand vaccine eligibility for two reasons. First, it received more doses than expected. Second, many people declined to take it.

For August 7 on City Corner, City Manager Pete Williams.
Katie Basile / KYUK

In their meeting on Jan. 13 meeting, Bethel City Council officially offered the city manager position to Pete Williams.

Earl Atchak

Chevak's Kashunamiut School District Superintendent, David Lougee, died from COVID-19 complications on Jan. 10. Lougee had been hospitalized at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, a hospital spokesperson said.

Katie Basile / KYUK

In recent months, burglars have stolen Toyo stoves from homes and nonprofits in Bethel. Police are encouraging everyone to record their stove’s serial number in case it’s taken.


Caribou roaming near Denali.

Hunting for Mulchatna caribou is closed on both state and federal lands. Game managers hope that the closure will help the herd grow after years of decline.

Calista Corporation

A second man has been charged in the murder of a man in Emmonak on New Year’s Day. Thirty-nine-year-old Brian Agwiak was found dead in his home in Emmonak on Jan. 1. In their original dispatch, Alaska State Troopers said that they arrested Rudolf Waska, 27, for beating Agwiak to death.

The Napakiak School fuel storage facility sits 76 feet from the riverbank’s erosion point along the Kuskokwim River on Aug. 16, 2019. The fuel storage facility, owned by the Lower Kuskokwim School District, contains an estimated 36,000 gallons of diesel.
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage

A teenager was found dead outside the village of Napakiak on Jan. 8. Troopers suspect that Arthur Dull, age 18, died of exposure.

In their meeting on Jan. 11, Bethel City Council could decide who to hire for the open Bethel City Manager position.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

In their meeting on Jan. 11, Bethel City Council could decide who to hire for the open Bethel City Manager position. They have an executive session scheduled. In their Jan. 5 meeting, they conducted second round interviews with two candidates: Pete Williams and Janette Bower.

Volunteers search for the body of Peter Sallaffie in an open hole in the Kuskokwim River ice near Tuluksak, AK on Jan. 9, 2021. Sallaffie drowned in the open water on Jan. 1, 2021.

The body of the man pulled from the open hole near Tuluksak has been identified as Joseph Hale of Hooper Bay.

Chris Pike / KYUK

The 2021 mushing season took another step forward with the K300 Holiday Classic on Sunday, Jan. 10. The race was originally delayed by the pandemic and then postponed because of weather, but eventually 20 mushers took the field on a beautiful windy day on the Kuskokwim River.