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Bethel residents get a special treat today: the town’s first Christmas Tree lighting. The event will be held in front of the Bethel  courthouse starting at 5:45 p.m. It’s expected to last until 6:30 p.m.

There will be singing, hot chocolate, and other refreshments hosted by various organizations. Vice Mayor Raymond “Thor” Williams will plug in the Christmas tree lights in the stead of Mayor Fred Watson. 

Tom Burke

Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities showed up in several motion pictures at the Anchorage International Film Festival last week. Two of them dealt with climate change, something that surfaced as a theme at the festival. 


On Saturday, November 17, friends, family, and Elders gathered at Bethel Search and Rescue headquarters to share memories and a meal in honor of the late William “Gubby” Samuelson.
Gabby Salgado / KYUK

  

Over the weekend, Bethel Search and Rescue hosted a one-year honorary feast to celebrate the life of one of their own: the late William “Gubby” Samuelson. Family, friends, and community Elders gathered to share memories and a meal in Gubby’s honor.

 


Matt Faubian

The late and beloved John Active has joined the ranks of the Alaska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. John worked with KYUK for more than 40 years in both radio and television as a journalist, Yup’ik translator, storyteller, talk show host, and radio personality. The Alaska Broadcasters Association inducted John on Friday at the Association’s annual awards ceremony in Anchorage. KTVA "Frontiers" host and former KYUK News Director Rhonda McBride, along with KYUK General Manager Shane Iverson, nominated John and presented the award. John’s cousin Marie Meade, a professor of Alaska Native Studies at UAA, accepted the award on behalf of John’s family. Below are their speeches in full. John, congratulations. We wish you could have been there.


A vital voice of KYUK's programming, John Active has retired from KYUK.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The late, beloved John Active will be inducted into the Alaska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame on Friday evening. John worked with KYUK for more than 40 years in both radio and television as a journalist, Yup’ik translator, storyteller, talk show host, and radio personality.


John Active carving up some pike for a co-worker lunch at KYUK in 2017.
Katie Basile / KYUK

On Friday evening, the late and beloved John Active will be inducted into the Alaska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. John died in June of this year after working with KYUK for more than 40 years in both radio and television as a journalist, Yup’ik translator, storyteller, talk show host, and radio personality. 


Yuraq Culture Monday At KuC’s Indigenous Peoples Day

Oct 7, 2018
Courtesy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks

  

Happy Indigenous People's Day! It’s Alaska’s second annual Indigenous People’s Day, a day that did not exist until last year.

 

Katie Basile / KYUK

ALAXSXA|ALASKA is back and still packing them in. The production by Ping Chong, a company based in New York City, uses puppets, Yup’ik drumming, and dance to produce a theatrical collage based on Alaskan history, personal stories, and climate change. At the core of ALAXSXA|ALASKA stands Gary Beaver, who is from Kasigluk in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Beaver says that being part of the production helped him come to terms with his own addiction to alcohol, and he says that the play is making a difference for others.

A Packed Bethel Crowd Reads Poetry With US Poet Laureate

Aug 30, 2018
U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith treated Bethel residents to an intimate poetry reading on August 28, 2018.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Courtesy of Library of Congress

Bethel residents crowded into the town’s Cultural Center on Tuesday night to attend an intimate reading with U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith.


Bethel Prepares For Visit From US Poet Laureate Tracy Smith

Aug 28, 2018
U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith is hosting a poetry reading at Bethel's library on August 28, 2018.
Charles Enoch/KYUK

The U.S. Poet Laureate is speaking at Bethel's library on Tuesday evening.

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