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.

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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,,, 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.

Mike McIntyre

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.