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Coffee@KYUK

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

Michelle DeWitt

Bethel Community Services Foundation Executive Director Michelle DeWitt joined KYUK's Katie Basile for an update on COVID-19 relief efforts, and changes to the Kuskokwim Ice Classic.


Katie Basile / KYUK

In court documents, Ravn Air Group said that it may shut down for good if the government or new investors don't intervene. Nathaniel Herz, from Alaska's Energy Desk, joined fellow Alaska's Energy Desk Correspondent Krysti Shallenberger, who is based at KYUK, to talk about Ravn's financial woes, and what that might mean for Alaska. 

Courtesy of AVCP

As the pandemic progresses, the regional nonprofit Association of Village Council Presidents, or AVCP, is doing the best it can to meet needs in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. AVCP Benefits Division Director Katheryn Nenneman outlined a series of programs available to help.


Dr. Kelsey Hills-Dunlap is the Chief Resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Hills-Dunlap talked with KYUK about her experience fighting the COVID-19 pandemic on April 5, 2020.
Courtesy of Dr. Kelsey Hills-Dunlap

Medical professionals at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, like others across the nation, are preparing to care for COVID-19 patients. 


A fleet of Cessna 207 airplanes owned by Ravn Air Group sits grounded on the tarmac after the airline announced that they were cutting 90 percent of their service on April 2, 2020. They later filed for bankruptcy.
Katie Basile / KYUK

COVID-19 has disrupted air travel in Alaska, and one of the largest airlines serving the bush has abruptly grounded all of its planes. A state task force was called together to look at what to do after Ravn Air Group declared bankruptcy and stopped flying.


Registered Nurse Avelina Chung runs through protocol with a YKHC employee at the COVID-19 drive-thru test site on March 25, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The first person in Bethel to test positive for the coronavirus is self-isolating at home, and likely contracted the virus while traveling. 


Katie Basile / KYUK

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way the Bethel Food Bank delivers its monthly box of commodity foods. 

 

Bill Howell on his last day as Bethel's Acting City Manager. April 3, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

KYUK's Greg Kim talks with Bill Howell on his last day as Bethel's Acting City Manager.


William Nsoesie, medical technologist for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, works in the hospital lab in Bethel, Alaska on March 19, 2020. YKHC staff plan to increase testing capabilities for COVID-19 as soon as more tests become available.
Katie Basile / KYUK

KYUK's Katie Basile talks with Dr. Ellen Hodges and Mitchell Forbes from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation about testing and patient capacity.

Napakiak city council member Walter Nelson at a meeting addressing erosion issues on August 9, 2019. Larson says that the COVID-19 outbreak may slow down progress the village has made in mitigating erosion impacts.
Katie Basile / KYUK

KYUK's Anna Rose MacArthur talks with Napakiak city council member Walter Nelson about village travel mandates, social distancing, and what the COVID-19 pandemic could mean for erosion mitigation projects moving forward.


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