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Katie Basile / KYUK

Christmas isn’t over yet, as many on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta know. The Russian Orthodox Church is preparing for its big celebration, which includes Orthodox members and non-members going door-to-door, singing and feasting with neighbors. KYUK’s Krysti Shallenberger talked with Father Michael Trefon about what to expect this year, and about some of his favorite memories from past Slaviqs. 


The Bethel community came together to paint a panel of a glowing cube titled "Something Very Beautiful," an art exhibit by Bethel artist Josh Fisher.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Over the New Year’s holiday, members of the Bethel community came together to create Something Very Beautiful. That name, “Something Very Beautiful,” is the title of local artist Josh Fisher’s recent art exhibit: a larger-than-life, glowing cube. The Bethel community picked up paint brushes and markers to help Fisher with his piece, which has been in the works for more than a decade.


Bethel’s First Christmas Tree Lighting

Dec 13, 2018
KYUK

If you were driving by the Bethel courthouse Wednesday evening, you may have noticed a crowd. If you were lucky, you may have caught sight of the first lighting of the city Christmas tree.   If you missed it, just close your eyes and imagine being there while listening to this audio snapshot.


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.

 

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