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Weekdays after the news, closing out the 8 o'clock and noon hours; 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Sometimes light, sometimes serious. "Coffee@KYUK" is where our community connects.

Ways to Connect

A fisherman pulls a king salmon from the Kuskokwim River during a subsistence fishing opening on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Kuskokwim River salmon fishing is just around the corner. On Monday, June 1, sections of the river, along with certain tributaries, will begin closing to gillnets to allow the initial push of king salmon to reach the headwaters. Joining KYUK to talk about these restrictions is Ray Born, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Acting Refuge Manager for the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. 


Windy Willow Hair and Nail Salon in Bethel, Alaska.
Courtesy of Tracey Wilbanks

Last Friday, May 22, Gov. Mike Dunleavy lifted many of the state's health mandates, allowing businesses around Alaska to open at full capacity. While Dunleavy recommends that people continue practicing social distancing, mask wearing, and frequent hand washing and disinfecting, he left it up to business owners to decide how to enforce these recommendations within their own establishments. 

 

Here to talk with us about running a business throughout the pandemic is Tracey Wilbanks of Windy Willow Hair and Nail Salon in Bethel. Not only has she managed to keep her business afloat during the pandemic, but she also recently expanded it.

 


Alaska Chamber of Commerce.

As summer kicks into high gear, Aniak is figuring out how to protect its community from the novel coronavirus with two major construction projects underway. Also, the tribal council is starting a community garden program for everyone in town. With us today is Wayne Morgan, Chief of the Village of Aniak  



Earlier this month, KYUK produced a video in collaboration with the musical group Pamyua. We asked people to submit videos of themselves dancing to a specific song called "Tarvarnauramken," also known as the Blessing or Purification Song, while social distancing. We then edited the videos together into one cohesive dance. On this episode of Coffee@KYUK, we welcome one of the founders of Pamyua, Phillip Blanchett, and humanities professor, Yup’ik Tradition Bearer, and Phillip’s mother, Marie Meade. Both Phillip and Marie are featured in this video. 

Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

The packets are on their way to Calista Corporation shareholders. Calista Director of Communications Thom Leonard says that information for the annual meeting in July will go in the mail Friday, May 22, and arrive in electronic mailboxes that afternoon.


YKHC Nurse Kerry Cobbledick hands out swabs at a station set up for coronavirus testing outside of the Alaska Airlines airport terminal in Bethel, Alaska on April 28, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Health officials sprang into action Friday when the second case of COVID-19 was discovered by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation through its airport testing, offered free to those flying into Bethel. This was the first case in a village.

 

 


Bethel Regional High School seniors Canaar Charlie (left) and Iris Jimmie (right) graduated on May 16, 2020.
Courtesy of Canaar Charlie and Iris Jimmie

Bethel Regional High School seniors graduated on Saturday, May 16. They didn't have the traditional graduation ceremony. Instead, seniors rode in a parade down Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway, and then gathered in a school parking lot to listen to commencement speeches over the KYUK airwaves with their families. It was another adjustment in a semester of adaptation during the coronavirus pandemic. Two of the seniors, Iris Jimmie and Canaar Charlie, joined KYUK to talk about this unusual graduation, and their final semester during the pandemic.


Yukon River salmon strips.
ADF&G

Boats are on the water again, and salmon fishing is right around the corner. Biologists will be monitoring subsistence catches to give them a picture of how many and what kinds of salmon are returning to the Kuskokwim, and how many of those fish are being harvested. These monitoring programs have been occurring for many seasons, and social distancing precautions amid the coronavirus pandemic mean that they will look a little different this year. Orutsararmiut Native Council Biologist Janessa Esquible-Hussion outlines what Bethel-area subsistence families can expect this summer.


Gladys Jung Elementary School, whose former principal has been accused of sexual abuse of a minor and other crimes involving children.
Katie Basile / KYUK

KYUK, in collaboration with Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica, aired stories this week detailing criminal investigations into a former Bethel elementary school principal. The stories outline what school district administrators knew about those investigations and how they responded. Reporters Kyle Hopkins with Anchorage Daily News and Greg Kim with KYUK take listeners on an inside look into their investigation.


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