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James Evans / University of Alaska Anchorage

A Yup’ik college student has won an international award for finding a way to extract rare earth metals without hurting the environment. Michael Martinez is a University of Alaska Anchorage science student, whose mother’s family hails from Kotlik.

A fleet of Cessna 207 airplanes owned by Ravn Air sit grounded on the tarmac after the airline announced they were cutting 90% of their service on April 2, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Ravn Alaska will begin flying to St. Mary’s on May 6. Ravn will fly direct, roundtrip flights between Anchorage and St. Mary’s each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Kuskokwim Ice Classic Board Member Eric Whitney designed and constructed the 25-foot-tall 2021 Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod.
Shane Iverson / KYUK

A sign of spring has emerged in Bethel. The Kuskokwim River Ice Classic tripod has sprouted and bloomed on the river ice.

The road leading to the rock quarry on Nelson Island doubles as an airstrip for non-commercial flights in Mertarvik. The new village may not have a commerical airport until 2022. July 16, 2020 in Mertarvik, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Newtok residents are one step closer to having an airport in the new community of Mertarvik, which is being built for the relocation of the village. On April 1, the Federal Aviation Administration announced in a press release that the Newtok airport project would receive $21.1 million in funding.


Tundra Women's Coalition

Domestic violence shelters around the nation are preparing for a large decrease in federal funding that will take effect in a few months. Tundra Women’s Coalition in Bethel said that it will mean a 20% cut in its operating budget, and could lead to a significant loss in services.


Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel’s public buses are back up and running as of late March.

Alaska Tribes Prepare For Another Round Of Pandemic Relief Funds

Apr 5, 2021

One day last year, $13 million arrived in the bank account of Bethel’s tribe, Orutsararmiut Native Council.

Alaska Tribal Administrators Association

A huge amount of money is on its way to Alaska tribes under the American Rescue Plan Act passed by the U.S. Congress in March. Alaska tribes will receive over one billion dollars ($1,019,259,405) of the $1.9 trillion dollars the act provides.

Alaskans: Today Is The Deadline To File For Your 2021 Permanent Fund Dividend

Mar 31, 2021
Rachel Waldholz / Alaska Public Media

It’s that time of year again: The deadline to apply for a Permanent Fund dividend is upon us.

Alaska State Troopers shot and killed Dwight Heckman, age 27, near Pilot Station last week.
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Pilot Station has been under a boil water notice for three weeks, since Feb. 25, after pressure dropped in its water system. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is looking at the issue and has drafted a preliminary report on how to fix the problem.