Bethel City Council added $10,000 to the recruiting budget to find a new city manager and city attorney, and is actively reviewing applications for Bethel Police Chief.
City of Bethel

Bethel City Council extended the application periods for both the city manager and city attorney positions. Council introduced a budget modification to pay the search firm another $10,000 for the additional recruitment. The city has already paid $28,000 for candidates that council ultimately rejected.

Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

Figuring out how to navigate life after graduating high school is tough. But thanks to a recent grant from the Alaska Department of Education, the Calista Corporation has a plan to help students in three Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta school districts. They call their project Tengluni or "Take Wing," which they hope will increase high school graduation rates and prepare students for life after high school by using Yup’ik values and curriculum.  

Bethel City Council added $10,000 to the recruiting budget to find a new city manager and city attorney, and is actively reviewing applications for Bethel Police Chief.
City of Bethel

A dispute over a piece of City of Bethel property near the Long House Hotel may be coming to an end. On Oct. 29,  Bethel City Council voted to introduce the sale of the land at 718 3rd Avenue to a marijuana retail store, Kusko Kush, owned by Jared Karr and Naim Shabani. 

Bethel drivers, remember those long traffic lines this summer around the road reconstruction? Buckle up for even more traffic next summer, along with smoother roads. That’s because Knik Construction will finish repaving Bethel’s Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway and Ridgecrest Road in 2020.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The population of the Mulchatna Caribou herd has dropped, and so has the bag limit for harvesting the animals. This season, hunters are limited to taking one caribou instead of the usual two. The bag limit applies to game units 9A, 9B, 9C, 17A, 17B, 17C, 18, 19A, and 19B.

Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Dan Walker will retire after this school year, completing a 28-year career at LKSD.
Courtesy of LKSD

The Lower Kuskokwim School District Board has begun its search for a new superintendent. At last week’s special board meeting, the board voted to contract the Association of Alaska School Boards to recruit candidates for the position.

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Sewing atasuaq, traditional baby parkas, was almost a lost skill until a Yup’ik Elder helped revive it. And the result? An atasuaq, sewed with bird skin, from the coastal village of Toksook Bay. 

Caribou Traders General Manager Todd Perez says that Jan. 5 will be the last day the liquor store is open for business.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Bethel's vote for local option alcohol control means that the only liquor store in town, Caribou Traders, is closing. General Manager Todd Perez says that the plan for Caribou Traders is pretty simple.

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

Last week, state emergency management officials visited Akiak to see how they can help with the erosion confronting the village. An erosion event last spring left several homes less than 100 feet away from the river. 

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

What does it take to be a good parent? Mary and Ulrich Ulroan from Chevak say that it takes raising children with a fierce love for subsistence and their Yup’ik and Cup’ik cultures. Those efforts were rewarded last week when the Alaska Federation of Natives honored the Ulroans as Parents of the Year.