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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CJ McCormick runs as write in for city council in September 2020
Juanita Nick

Four candidates are vying for three open seats on Bethel City Council. Conrad “CJ” McCormick is running as a write-in candidate for the 2020 election. He grew up in Bethel, and at age 23, he wants to bring a youthful perspective to the municipal governing body.

Rose "Sugar" Henderson is one of four candidates running for three open seats on Bethel City Council in the 2020 election.
Rose "Sugar" Henderson

Four candidates are vying for three open seats on Bethel City Council. The pandemic motivated Rose "Sugar" Henderson to run for the council to help her hometown.

Tune in for a live forum with all the candidates on Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Elections take place Oct. 6.

A COVID-19 test sample is collected from the drive-thru test site run by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation on April 14, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Community spread of COVID-19 is occuring in Bethel. Dr. Ellen Hodges, Chief of Staff for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, said that the evidence became apparent this week when a third positive case of the virus could not be linked back to a known source. Hodges and YKHC Vice President of Communications Tiffany Zulkosky join KYUK to talk about what actions the public can take to stay healthy and deter the spread of this disease.

Kate McWilliams opened Arctic Belle Boutique in Bethel in November 2014 and is closing the store in September 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

There are not many places to shop for clothes in Bethel, but one place that people have been able to find clothing for every season is Arctic Belle Boutique. The store sells second-hand fashion on consignment and is closing its doors this month. Arctic Belle owner Kate McWilliams opened the store six years ago when she was a senior in high school. She joins KYUK to talk about running a small business in Bethel that's focused on community and sustainability.


People leave the Alaska Airlines airport terminal in Bethel on April 29, 2020. YKHC CEO and President Dan Winkelman says that less than 50% of inbound passengers volunteer for testing at the airport.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The City of Bethel's testing mandate for passengers arriving at the Alaska Airlines terminal went into effect Sept. 3. Acting City Manager Lori Strickler, Police Chief Richard Simmons, and Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges discuss how they're prepared for an increased load in testing, and how they will gain compliance with the mandate.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Katie Basile hosts Bethel Winter House board members Jon Cochrane and Anny Cochrane on Coffee@KYUK. 

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Lower Kuskokwim School District Kimberly Hankins talked about additional schools that have opened remotely and a program to test teachers throughout the year.

Taylor Malone is a jewlery artist with roots in Toksook Bay and Bethel, Alaska.
Courtesy of Selena Malone

Krysti Shallenberger talks with Taylor Malone, an artist with roots in Toksook Bay and Bethel, whose beaded earrings were promoted by one of the most popular supermodels on Twitter.

Shane Iverson / KYUK

Katie Basile, Elle Loughlin, and Gabby Hiestand Salgado talk about working in the multimedia department at KYUK. They discuss the history of the multimedia department as they prepare to celebrate its fourth year at KYUK. They look at how the multimedia department has changed over the past four years, and future projects that they are looking forward to working on. 

Over the weekend, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced 17 positive COVID-19 results, its largest spike yet in new coronavirus cases. As of Aug. 26, the YKHC website lists 78 total cases in the region since the pandemic began; a third of those cases are currently active. YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges joins us on Coffee@KYUK to talk about this jump in cases, and what we can do to prevent another spike in the future.