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Stories about the local, state, or national economy.

Dean Swope / KYUK

A six-seater Piper Lance operated by regional airline Yute Commuter Service crashed in Goodnews Bay on the evening of Nov. 10. Station Manager Andrew Flagg said that the pilot was the only one in the plane and escaped without injuries. Flagg declined to give any more details until the investigation into the crash concludes.

Courtesy of Peter Evon

Another resolution against the proposed Donlin mine has passed. This time, at the National Congress of American Indians annual conference in New Mexico last month. This is the first time a national organization has supported tribes’ opposition of the Donlin mine. 


The proposed store for Kusko Kush sits on 3rd Avenue between the Long House Hotel and Sammy's Market. Store owners Naim Shabani and Jared Karr built the store on land they are currently leasing from the City of Bethel.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The City of Bethel has set the price for the property that it proposes to sell to the marijuana store, Kusko Kush. A 2016 appraisal valued the land on 3rd Avenue, next to the Long House Hotel, at $173,000. That would be the price asked of Kusko Kush.

RurAL CAP's Weatherization Assistance Program serviced half the homes in Quingahak.
Courtesy of RurAL CAP

Free weatherization services are coming to homes in Bethel. RurAL CAP’s Weatherization Assistance Program is setting up shop, and will be in Bethel for several years. RurAL CAP’s Dennis Waldron talked about how home weatherization can help homeowners save money and improve their health.


Dean Swope / KYUK

A Ravn Alaska pilot was taking off from Hooper Bay on the night of Oct. 3 when a green light flashed into the cockpit, disrupting the pilot’s night vision. In response, Ravn grounded all night flights into the village as a precaution. Those flights have now been restored.

Katie Basile / KYUK

In Bethel, there are a lot of places to get a cup of coffee: the grocery store, the cultural center, the fitness center, the hospital, or the AM Coffee & Espresso Stand. You can even fill up at the KYUK public radio station. But if you wanted to sit down at a coffee house, you had to drive to the airport. Not anymore. You can now enjoy a warm, caffeinated beverage in town at Bethel’s new coffee shop: Quyana Café.


Bethel City Council added $10,000 to the recruiting budget to find a new city manager and city attorney, and is actively reviewing applications for Bethel Police Chief.
City of Bethel

If you received your Permanent Fund Dividend check last month, it may have been smaller than you were expecting. The city of Bethel has started to garnish PFD checks for city fines for minor offenses.


Courtesy of Ben Charles

How can young people address climate change? Ben Charles of Bethel is taking on that challenge as part of a new initiative from the Inuit Circumpolar Council. He’s been named to a new group called the Emerging Alaska Inuit Leaders Initiative. 


Caribou Traders General Manager Todd Perez says that Jan. 5 will be the last day the liquor store is open for business.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Bethel's vote for local option alcohol control means that the only liquor store in town, Caribou Traders, is closing. General Manager Todd Perez says that the plan for Caribou Traders is pretty simple.

Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

Calista Corporation says that this year’s Akilista distribution is the biggest yet. The amount of money that will be dispersed has increased 15 percent compared to last year. In dollars, that means Calista will distribute a total of $2.97million to shareholders. Last year, the number was $2.7 million.

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