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.

Ways to Connect

On Aug. 13, A Grant Aviation pilot was confirmed to have tested positive for coronavirus, exposing nearly a hundred people who flew with him to villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Grant Aviation Vice President of Operations Dan Knesek joins Coffee@KYUK to talk about what precautions Grant is taking.


Lower Kuskokwim School District

Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Kimberly Hankins looks at what it will take to reopen Bethel classrooms, how athletic programs will work, and the effort to create district-wide virus testing programs and tracking systems.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Following last week's sharp increase of COVID-19 cases in Bethel, Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation CEO and President Dan. Winkelman urged employers, the State of Alaska, and the City of Bethel to use their authority to mandate COVID-19 testing at the Bethel airport.

Coffee@KYUK, August 18: Kuskokwim And Yukon Salmon Runs

Aug 19, 2020
A gillnet soaks in the Kuskokwim River during the opening on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Two biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game talk about this summer’s salmon season on the Kuskokwim and Yukon Rivers. Fred West, who tracks the Yukon River returns and manages the summer run on the Yukon, and Sean Larson, who keeps track of the Kuskokwim River, explore the late and low returns that dominated the summer season this year.

YKHC Dentist David Humphrey holds a test tube at the drive-thru test site where he was helping on April 10, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

On Aug. 12, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation reported that five people tested positive for coronavirus. This is the biggest spike of cases in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta since the pandemic began. All were close contacts of prior cases. YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges and Director of Communications Tiffany Zulkosky talked about the implications for the region on Coffee@KYUK.

Bethel Community Services Foundation Executive Director Michelle DeWitt talks about the city’s program to distribute CARES Act funds to Bethel’s nonprofits, and to individuals hurt financially by the coronavirus pandemic. The city partnered with Bethel Community Services Foundation to distribute these federal dollars. 

The U.S. Census Bureau will end its count a month earlier than planned, which could leave a lot of rural Alaskans uncounted. That means communities might lose thousands of dollars in funding, and Alaska already has a low response rate. Bethel's Donna Bach, tribal partner specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, talks about the new deadline on Coffee@KYUK.

The annual YK Work Session kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 12. The session typically brings stakeholders from all over the region to talk about some of the biggest economic issues facing the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and how to solve them. While normally held in Bethel, this year the session is going online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Clarence Daniel, AVCP Community Development Division Director, and Shelly Wade from Agnew Beck, a consulting firm that helps put on the session, talk about what to expect on Coffee@KYUK.

The Lower Kuskokwim School District is offering breakfast and lunch to all students.
Lower Kuskokwim School District

Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Kimberly Hankins says that smaller classes and lunch at the desk are some of the changes ahead for students this year. She outlines changes to both classes and school athletic programs, saying that each school will be a bit different, but all students will be attending classes with the same small group of 12 or fewer kids. It’s called a “cohort” system.

Bailey McCallson

Bailey McCallson flies a unique plane. It is a Ventura ultralight amphibious airplane that came in a box. He put it together, and has been using it to explore the region.