Bethel City Council member Fritz Charles is running for re-election.
Katie Basile / KYUK

With Bethel City Council elections coming up, KYUK wants to learn more about the candidates that are running. Some are fresh faces, some are familiar. KYUK’s Greg Kim sat down with incumbent Fritz Charles. You can listen to the full Coffee@KYUK interview online.

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Kwethluk is partnering with Nuvista Light and Electric Cooperative to build a battery storage system. It will keep the power on during outages, and could one day help wean the community off diesel fuel. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Lower Kuskokwim School District met its deadline to transfer the fuel at the Napakiak school away from the eroding Kuskokwim riverbank. Steve Walsh, co-owner of Faulkner-Walsh Constructors, says his crew finished pumping the 36,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the new tanks Saturday afternoon. LKSD contracted Faulkner-Walsh Constructors, a Bethel-based company, for the project. 

Akiak receives funding to move the 6 homes closest to the eroding riverbank.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Money is arriving to help move some buildings in Akiak to safer ground. Last week, the village of Akiak received funding to move the six homes closest to the eroding riverbank. One of those homes is within 20 feet of the water. 

People ride on a four wheeler in front of the Napakiak school fuel tanks, which sit 76 feet from the Kuskokwim River following accelerating erosion. Pictured here on August 8, 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Two weeks ago, the U.S. Coast Guard gave the Lower Kuskokwim School District until Aug. 30 to transfer 36,000 gallons of diesel fuel away from the eroding Kuskokwim riverbank. The day of the deadline, the Coast Guard granted LKSD a 24-hour extension to complete the project. KYUK's Anna Rose MacArthur reported from Napakiak on Friday afternoon, and talked with KYUK's Krysti Shallenberger about the project's status.

The high-water erosion event in May swallowed 75 to 100 feet of Akiak's riverbank.
Ivan Ivan / City of Akiak

The village of Akiak has submitted its hazard mitigation plan to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. That makes Akiak eligible for the larger-than-usual hazard mitigation funding that Alaska has available this year, due to the Nov. 2018 earthquake in the southcentral part of the state. But how did Akiak know to take advantage of that? They had some unique help.

Moose Season Is Here

Aug 30, 2019
Karen Laubenstein / USFWS

On Sunday, it begins. Hunters will be out looking for moose along the Kuskokwim River. In Zone 1 of Unit 18, the season is a week long. It starts Sunday, Sept. 1 and ends Saturday, September 7.

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

Friday, August 30, is the deadline for the Lower Kuskokwim School District to move tens-of-thousands of gallons of diesel fuel away from the eroding Kuskokwim riverbank at Napakiak. There is a good chance that the school district will complete the project on time under the watch of military and government officials.


In Bethel, there’s a shortage of public health nurses. The situation is easing, but has been limiting what is available for people who depend on public health services in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. 

The City of Bethel approved the sale of old tanks to aid in LKSD's emergency fuel transfer in Napakiak.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Last night, the Bethel City Council quickly and unanimously approved the sale of two used fuel tanks to the Lower Kuskokwim School District to help deal with erosion.