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Petra Harpak

Administrative Assistant

Petra Harpak
Credit Ciera Harpak

Petra's Yup'ik name is Apaiyuk. Her parents are Paul M. & Ollie Jenkins from Nunapitchuk, AK. Her paternal grandparents are Arthur Jenkins from Alakanuk, AK and Anna Jenkins from an old village called Nanvarnarluk. Her maternal grandparents are Jimmy and Agnes Nicholai, also from Nanvarnarluk.

She lives in Bethel with her husband Francis Harpak. Their five children are Ciera, Iceis, Kyana,  Jace and Atlas.

Petra's hobbies include knitting, sewing and anything to do with subsistence activities. She also owns a Browning 20-gauge shotgun.

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Both John and Valerie Pingayak are from Chevak. David Chanar was John's inspiration in learning how to play the guitar. He now sings gospel songs, and his children have picked it up as well.


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Bethel Community Services Foundation

The #BethelGives campaign begins today and will run until Giving Tuesday, which falls on November 27 this year. One donation to the campaign goes to support 11 local organizations: Bethel Search & Rescue, Bethel Winter House, Bethel Council on the Arts, Tundra Women's Coalition, Bethel Friends of Canines, YK Delta Lifesavers, Future Delta Nurses, KYUK, Bethel Family Clinic, Kuskokwim Consortium Library, and Yuut Elitnaurviat. You can make a donation at AC, Swanson's, bcsfoundation.org, bethelgives.org, or by calling Lisa Whalen at (907) 545-1855.


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Trunk or Treat will go from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center parking lot. The United Pentecostal Church will host a Hallelujah Party starting at 6 p.m. and have requested that attendees do not wear costumes. In the audio clip below, John Active tells a scary story of hairy hands.

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Freeze up is right around the corner. The lakes are frozen at Nikolai, and there are ice flows at Sleetmute. At Kwethluk, however, the river is still open. With the changing conditions, travel can be dangerous. Anyone who plans on traveling should file a trip plan with the Alaska State Troopers to make life easier for emergency responders and search and rescue groups.

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The Bethel Lions Club will hold a Food Bank on October 27, 2018 from 10 a.m. until noon; volunteers are always welcome to help out. For more information call Susan Taylor at (907) 543-4368 or (907) 545-7524.

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Larry Lake of Chevak was working at the Chevak school when he felt an earthquake on October 24, 2018. Harley Sundown of Scammon Bay was watching TV and Winnie Sheldon of Alakanuk was in bed playing games on her cell phone when each of them felt the same thing.

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In our conversation with Bill Howell Jr., he talks about personal life events that happened to him while living in Bethel and Nome. He's been butchering meat for most of his life.

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He’s originally from South Florida and has been living on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta for 51 years. 


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Maani ellamteni qalamcit.

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October is domestic violence awareness month.


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