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The warm winter and prolonged freeze/thaw cycle has severely damaged Bethel’s Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway and made traffic unpredictable and dangerous. Picture taken March 28, 2018.
Amara Freeman / KYUK

The state is about to go to work responding to Bethel's pothole predicament. Starting Thursday, the Department of Transportation will begin repairing Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway. The warm winter has wreaked similar havoc on highways across Alaska.

Bethel's two-lane Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway becomes three lanes as drivers swerve to avoid the massive potholes that have developed on the road this winter. Picture taken March 23, 2018.
Aleina Tanabe / KYUK

In Bethel the roads are a wreck, making the traffic unpredictable and dangerous. Drivers are swerving across lanes, narrowly avoiding other cars and pedestrians as they try to dodge extreme potholes that have grown into craters, trenches, ravines, and small ponds. With few city resources on hand, the problem is expected to get worse over the coming months.

Regional Y-K Delta Economic Summit Comes To Bethel

Mar 23, 2018
Shelly Wade of the Agnew::Beck Consulting Firm moderates a lunch panel with (from left to right) President/CEO Andrew Guy of Calista Corporation, CEO Vivian Korthius of the Association of Village Council Presidents, President/CEO Mark Charlie of AVCP Regi
Christine Trudeau / KYUK


It’s no secret that many challenges stand in the way of economic growth in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, among them the high cost of energy and transportation. But this week, leaders of Native non-profit agencies, corporations, and other entities teamed up in a two-day meeting to look at the issues.


Eric Whitney stands next to the tripod he constructed for the Kuskokwim Ice Classic. The tripod was erected on the river ice in front of the Bethel seawall on March 21, 2018.
Michelle DeWitt / Bethel Community Services Foundation

One of the signs that winter is nearing its end can now be seen on the river. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod was erected in front of Bethel. Whoever guesses the closest time to when the ice breaks and carries the tripod away will win $12,500, the same amount as last year.


Leaders of local non-profit agencies and corporations have planned a regional economic development conference this week. Federal, state, and regional representatives and businesses will be in Bethel for what they are calling the "Y-K Region Economic Summit" this Thursday and Friday, March 22 and 23.


The AC Quickstop liquor store in Bethel will now be closed on Sundays, partly to relieve Bethel Search and Rescue and the Bethel Police Department. Both have seen an increase in alcohol-related calls since the store opened. Bethel resident Sharon Chakuchi
Geraldine Brink / KYUK

Bethel’s only operating liquor store will now be closed on Sundays. This past weekend was the last Sunday for AC Quickstop alcohol sales. Now the company has actively entered into a dialogue about the impact of alcohol on the city and surrounding area.

An indictment of the men shows that the manslaughter charges stems from a provision in state law, allowing the offense to be charged against someone who “knowingly manufactures or delivers” a Schedule IV A controlled substance when “a person dies as a dir
Marc Lester / ADN

The company that owns a chain of liquor stores in Anchorage has agreed to close one of them because of neighborhood complaints of problems caused by public inebriates.  

Fish drying in Toksook Bay, Alaska.
State of Alaska

The Trump administration has talked a lot about funding infrastructure projects. Now some federal infrastructure money is making its way to Nelson Island in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

The Calista Board of Directors voted to remove Col. Wayne Don of Mekoryuk from his position as Calista Board Chair on March 9, 2018.
Courtesy of Calista Corporation

The Calista Corporation Board of Directors has removed Director Wayne Don of Mekoryuk from his position as Board Chair. 

A van drives over a warped section of road on Bethel's Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway near Watson's Corner on March 12, 2018.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Next summer Bethel’s Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway will be upgraded, and here's your chance to let the state know how they could make the road better.