S. Grady Deaton

Live Content Producer

Grady is from all over Born in New Orleans, raised in Brownsville, Texas, and hailing from Boston, Massachusetts. Here are his words...

I come to you from the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where I was raised.  I have two daughters there and they are one very big reason I still call Texas home.  There in Brownsville, I steward a small Unitarian Universalist congregation to which I have made a lifelong commitment.  I organized several grass roots efforts there as I have a deep calling to organizing and community building there and everywhere I may roam.<br> 

In Massachusetts, I taught technology at Cambridge Center for Adult Education, managed a Boston Housing computer lab, and maintained a small list of computer consulting clients.  I also did seasonal work on occasion at Mahoney's Garden Center in Brighton so I could support my gardening habit and could be found at several community gardens in town. I volunteered with Veteran's for Peace and served on the executive committee as board secretary. I worked, on occasion, at the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry as an administrative volunteer.  I chaperoned urban youth on farm tours with, served meals at the Friday Night Supper Club in Boston, and  tutored GED and ESL students in the Charlestown Community Adult Education Center.  I attended Arlington Street Church downtown, and as an active congregant, I taught Sunday school in the children's religious education program.


Here in Bethel I am just as busy.  I came here to be a part of the ongoing Best in the West small business competition and hope to help form a small business networking group or "virtual incubator".  I host a monthly music night called "Bethel LIVE!" I am active as a patron and mc for Bethel Council on the Arts.  I serve on the Citizen Action Grants Committee as my civic engagement at the municipal level. You can find me running children's programs as the Children and Family Services Assistant at the Kuskokwim Consortium Library. 

Most exciting to me is my engagement with the technology and programing here at KYUK.

  You will see me walking my German Shorthaired Pointer, Atfalati.  Other than that I'm probably hiding away reading a book, binge watching a series on Netflix, or playing computer games.

Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau

Rural Alaska has been doing well on filling out the census, but the problem is in hub communities like Bethel. According to Nicole Borromeo, executive vice president and general counsel for the Alaska Federation of Natives, that failure to provide census data will cost the region lots of money.

U.S. Census

This year's census count has faced unplanned obstacles with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the September 30th deadline to respond is this week. Ana “Cungass’aq” Hoffman, The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Board Co-Chair, and Nicole Borromeo, AFN Executive Vice President and General Counsel joined us to stress how to fill out this year's census, why it's important to do so, and a special note for Native housholds.

Chelsea Hoffman received the 2020 UAF Kuskokwim Campus part-time student of the year award. She's pictured here with her fiancé, Theodore Street, and daughters Emma and Gwendolyn.
Courtesy of Chelsea Hoffman

Every year, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim Campus awards a part-time student of the year award. The 2020 recipient is Chelsea Hoffman of Bethel. 

Greg Kim / KYUK

While villages along the Kuskokwim river are preparing themselves for possible flooding this spring, Akiak is busy moving houses threated by river erosion.

The Kuskokwim River near Kalskag on April 28, 2020.
Julia Dorris

The ice has not yet broken free on the river in front of Kalskag. As of Monday, April 27, the ice was still thick in the main channel of the Kuskokwim. But according to Upper Kalskag Tribal President Julia Dorris, at the edges the water was flowing fast.

Screenshot of FAA airport camera

The message is the same up and down the Kuskokwim: don’t snowmachine on the river. The ice is melting and breaking up, and travel has become dangerous. 

The Bethel community came together to paint a panel of a glowing cube titled "Something Very Beautiful," an art exhibit by Bethel artist Josh Fisher.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Bethel Council on the Arts is planning a post-pandemic art show to exhibit objects, songs, poetry, and even food created during this time of hunkering down. 

Courtesy of Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky

Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget vetoes may leave Alaskans in the lurch during the pandemic. That’s the message from Alaska House District 38 Rep. Tiffany Zulkoksy.  

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

With school closed because of the pandemic, parents are learning to teach kids at home, which is something KYUK’s Krysti Shallenberger experienced when she was growing up. Her mother, Karin Shallenberger, taught her and her four siblings at home. Shallenberger has some advice parents who now have to do home schooling:  Relax and do simple things, like set up a space for kids to study, and create a daily routine.

Rebecca Wilmarth

The village of Red Devil is trying to respond to two threats at once this spring: river breakup and COVID-19.