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S. Grady Deaton

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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 theMove.org, 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.

Annalyne Ulroan / Lower Kuskokwim School District

The art made by students in the Lower Kuskokwim School District will take center stage at the Bethel Cultural Center on Friday, May 7. Up until now, all the art made by students could only be viewed virtually. The instruction that took place was also done remotely because of the pandemic.

Representative Geran Tarr

A bill has been introduced in the Alaska legislature that would change Alaska laws concerning sex abuse and rape. House Bill 5, introduced by Rep. Geran Tarr of Anchorage, would change the definition of “consent” to make it easier to convict people accused of rape. Statistics indicate that in 2015, more than 90% of the reported felony-level sex offenses did not result in a conviction.

April is sexual abuse awareness month, and the Y-K Delta region has one of the highest rates of sexual abuse and rape in the state. Joining us for Coffee at KYUK this morning is Rep. Geran Tarr from Anchorage.


Michael Ulroan / ANSEP

The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, or ANSEP, is collaborating with the Lower Kuskokwim School District and University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim Campus to create a permanent Acceleration Academy at Bethel Regional High School. Enrollment for the program, which enables students to study college classes while in high school, is open now. Michael Ulroan, with ANSEP, said that the program could save as much as $75,000 in college costs for students.

Postsecondary education opens the door to many career options but can be expensive. Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) has developed a program which can help students afford the high cost of a college degree. On Coffee at KYUK we find out about ANSEP’s new Acceleration Academy at Bethel Regional High School.


In this episode we talk with Elena W. Aluskak, outreach coordinator for the Children's Advocacy Center, or Irniamta Ikayurviat. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Aluskak discusses Pinwheels for Prevention, which is a nationwide campaign that focuses on bringing attention to the issue of child abuse. April is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and we talk to Lori Jump, director of StrongHearts Native Helpline, about their new website, 24/7 assistance, and how text advocacy is now available from the service. 


Geoff Kennedy, a former KYUK reporter, has written a play about the multicultural nature of Bethel.


Edward Eagerton / Alaska National Guard Public Affairs

A Bethel woman made history recently by becoming the first infantrywoman in the Alaska National Guard. When Serita Unin, who is Cup’ik, joined the National Guard in 2009, combat arms jobs weren’t open to women.

Coffee at KYUK takes a look at sobriety through the eyes of Tiffany Hall, executive director of Recover Alaska, and Alice Qannik Glenn, producer and host of the podcast “Coffee and Quaq."  Both guests talk about what it means to take on a sober lifestyle, and the different ways of thinking and talking about it. Recover Alaska has many resources available on their website, recoveralaska.org, including links to various podcasts in this series on sobriety. Coffee and Quaq can be found at coffeeandquaq.com.


Several dog mushers who built their skills in the Kuskowkim 300 are competing in the 2021 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which began on March 7. Coffee at KYUK features a conversation with local K300 racer Fr. Alexander Larson, who talks about dogs and mushing with KYUK interns Kaylee King and Jamin Crow.


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