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.
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.
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.
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.
Hillary Clinton is campaigning in the south this week, pushing for voters to come and vote early at the polls. While many urban voters are doing so nationally, people in rural communities may be finding that more difficult.
Joe Miller is making a second run at representing Alaskans as a U.S. senator. In 2010 he rode a tea-party political tide to defeat Lisa Murkowski for the Republican nomination, but then lost to her successful write-in campaign. This time around he is running against Murkowski on the Libertarian ticket.
The Bethel City Council sought to pass an ordinance Tuesday night to clear up gray areas around the use of ATVs and snowmachines on city streets; it didn't. Council voted down one motion, and postponed the larger decision that might have taken Bethel out of vehicular limbo.
The Army National Guard has announced the start of a three year pilot program that gives waivers to Alaska Natives who might be trying to join the Guard, but face barriers to qualification. Some of these potential recruits have the very skills the military is looking for.