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Stories about the local, state, or national economy.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Ron Hoffman is the new executive director of Bethel’s Orutsararmuit Native Council. Tuesday was his fourth day on the job, and when asked why the tribe should have confidence in his leadership his answer was simple:

BCSF to Launch The First Annual #bethelgives Campaign

Nov 21, 2016
BCSF

The Bethel Community Services Foundation is sponsoring the first ever #bethelgives campaign. It began on Nov. 18 and runs through Nov. 29. Nine organizations are participating in the campaign and are awaiting donations: Bethel Search and Rescue, Yuut Elitnaurviat, TWC, KYUK, Bethel Family Clinic, Bethel Council on the Arts, YK Delta Lifesavers, Bethel Friends of Canines and the Winter House Shelter.


Possible Shutdown For Bethel Buses. Who's Riding?

Nov 21, 2016
Adrian Wagner / KYUK

The city of Bethel is taking a look at ending its public transportation program due to low ridership and high expenses. However, the bus system serves some of Bethel’s most marginalized communities, who depend on it for basic needs. 

On a cold and snowy Thursday afternoon, riders on one of Bethel’s city buses stare out the windows while sitting in warm seats and listening to country music on the radio.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Donlin Gold has hired a new general manager. Andy Cole, Executive Director of parent company Barrick Gold, is taking over for Stan Foo. The transition will occur over the next few months and extend into the new year. 

Emmonak Works To Fix Sewer Before Pipes Freeze

Nov 17, 2016
Adrian Wagner / KYUK

The Emmonak City Council Tuesday night approved a proposal to start repairs on its crippled sewage treatment plant, which caught fire Monday.


State of Alaska

Nunapitchuk recently received a grant for $7,390 from the Rasmuson Foundation. The village's mayor, Noah Wise, says they have now spent the money on a brand new 500cc Honda ATV for their police and emergency responders to use.  

Lenny Welch / AVEC

A few minutes after 6 a.m. Wednesday, Bethel, Oscarville, and Napakiak went dark. For the third time in two weeks, an electrical brownout cut power to the communities. The culprit was same. The generator engine that's failed each time did so again.

New ATV And Snowmachine Regulations Explained

Nov 9, 2016
Dean Swope / KYUK

After a month of deliberation, Bethel City Council has passed an ordinance that legalizes snowmachine and ATV use on Bethel roads. KYUK’s Adrian Wagner sat down with Bethel Mayor Rick Robb, who helped draft the ordinance, to get a clear sense of what is and is not allowed under the new law.

Oscarville Makes Powerful New Partner

Nov 2, 2016
Theerawat Sangprakarn / Flickr Creative Commons

The small community of Oscarville, located just five miles from Bethel, will be getting a drastically reduced power bill in the next few days. A sweeping effort involving a combination of entities has made a change in the cost of the village's electricity. 

Brownouts in Bethel Caused by Generator Wire Short

Oct 31, 2016
Lenny Welch

Bethel experienced two brownouts in two consecutive days. A plant manager says that it was a wear and tear issue with one of the generator’s wires. 


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