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There's a power outage planned for Bethel's eastern areas on July 21

The Bethel, Alaska power plant
Lenny Welch
The Bethel, Alaska power plant

There will be a planned power outage in Bethel on Thursday, July 21 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The outage will affect eastern areas of town along the Kuskokwim River.

Those areas include First Avenue, Front Street, Second Avenue, and Third Avenue from Swanson’s Grocery to Nicholson’s Auto. The outage will also include the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge building and nearby Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation buildings.

The outage will allow workers to move power lines from a shorter power pole to a taller pole, according to Bethel power plant Operations Manager Lenny Welch. That work will take place behind the Bethel Youth Facility, where the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is constructing a new building.

Welch said that raising the power lines will allow larger vehicles to safely pass beneath them.

Corrected: July 19, 2022 at 3:25 PM AKDT
A previous version of this story said the planned power outage on July 21 would affect the western areas of Bethel. That is incorrect. The outage would affect the eastern areas.
Anna Rose MacArthur is the KYUK News Director. She has worked at KYUK since 2015 and previously worked at KNOM in Nome, Alaska.