Coffee at KYUK

Weekdays after the news, closing out the 8 o'clock and noon hours; ~8:40 a.m. and ~12:40 p.m.

Each weekday a member of the community is invited to talk about issues and information relative to Bethel and the Kuskokwim Delta.  Sometimes light, sometimes serious. "Coffee at KYUK" is where our community connects.

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In the upcoming general election, Alaskans will vote on two ballot measures. One of these is called the Top-Four Ranked-Choice Voting and Campaign Finance Laws Initiative, also known as Ballot Measure 2, and we’ll hear from people on both sides of the measure. First we’ll start with the supporters Robert Dillon, who’s with the group Alaskans for Better Elections, and Joy Huntington, who’s Koyukon Athabscan and the founder and president of Uqaqti Consulting. Huntington is also a consultant for the campaign.

In Alaska's 2020 election, ballot measure one would increase North Slope oil production taxes. Jane Angvik is a representative of the group, Alaska's Fair Share, which supports ballot measure one. Angvik talks about why Alaskans should vote yes on ballot measure one.

In Alaska's 2020 election, ballot measure one would increase North Slope oil production taxes. Chantal Walsh is the chairwoman of One Alaska, a group opposing ballot measure one. Walsh talked about why Alaskans should vote no on ballot measure one.

To provide a safe education this school year, the Lower Kuskokwim School District has been in close consultation with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Earlier this week, LKSD Superintendent Kimberly Hankins spoke with YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges about the state of the pandemic in the region and how to stay healthy. This conversation was recorded on Sept. 28 by YKHC and has been shared with KYUK. We join the conversation after Hodges shared the latest COVID-19 case numbers in the region. As of Sept. 30, that count has reached 153 total cases since the pandemic began; 15 of those cases are active. In the interview, LKSD’s Kimberly Hankins speaks first.

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.

The Association of Village Council Presidents is offering child care for essential workers during the pandemic through CARES Act funding. AVCP's Beverly Turner, Education, Employment, and Training Manager; Carol Hunter, AVCP's Child Care Coordinator; and Azara Mohammadi, AVCP's Communications Director, talked about the child care program on KYUK's morning show. 

Courtesy of AVCP

This week, one of Bethel’s own will be honored at the Association of Village Council Presidents' annual convention on Sept. 23. Nikki Corbett's small business, Sew Yup’ik, won small business of the year for her role in donating masks to various organizations. Corbett joined KYUK to talk about her contributions during the pandemic.


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KYUK Intern Tatyana Avugiak hosts Coffee @ KYUK from Chefornak with fellow interns Payton Chanarr and Ethan Lincoln of Toksook Bay. 

A sled dog waits at the K300 start line on Jan. 17, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Winter is coming, and that means sled dog racing is on its way. The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee plans to sponsor a local race season throughout the winter, and to run its main event, the Kuskokwim 300 Seld Dog Race, on Jan. 15, 2021. Plans could change as the pandemic changes. Kuskokwim 300 Race Manager Paul Basile joins KYUK to talk about the race season as it currently stands.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Michelle DeWitt is one of four candidates running for the three open seats on Bethel City Council. Tune in for a live forum with all the candidates on KYUK next Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Elections are a couple weeks after that, on Oct. 6.