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The National Transportation Safety Board says that Alaska needs a comprehensive effort to improve aviation safety.

The NTSB issued a safety recommendation to the Federal Aviation Administration on Feb. 20, calling for the formation of a working group to help improve safety in a state where the aviation accident rate from 2008 to 2017 was more than two times higher than the rest of the U.S.

Courtesy of Mark Leary

For the first time ever, the ice road on the frozen Kuskokwim River has been plowed to Sleetmute, a village north of Bethel. According to Mark Leary, who helped lead the effort, the ice road now stretches about 355 miles from Tuntutuliak, located south of Bethel, to Sleetmute.

Kusko Kush co-owner Naim Shabani says that the store plans to open in early March.
Naim Shabani

Bethel’s second marijuana store is almost open for business. On Feb. 13, the state’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office conducted its final inspection of Kusko Kush. Store co-owner Naim Shabani said that it “passed with flying colors,” and he plans on opening in early March.

Courtesy of Peter Evon

Peter Evon is leaving his job as executive director for the Orutsararmiut Native Council in Bethel, but he saw some big milestones at ONC during his nearly two-year tenure there. 


Courtesy of TKC

The Kuskokwim Corporation, which represents 10 villages in the Middle Kuskokwim River area, has a new CEO. Andrea Gusty, who stepped into the role on Feb. 6, grew up in Aniak, one of those villages.


Courtesy of TKC

After a year of searching, The Kuskokwim Corporation has named a new President and CEO: Andrea Gusty, who will step into the responsibilities immediately.

Workers unload a Grant Aviation aircraft on the Toksook Bay runway on Dec. 14, 2019.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

There are no injuries following a minor Grant Aviation incident in Hooper Bay on Tuesday. One pilot and seven passengers were on board the Cessna 208 when the plane’s propeller apparently struck something. Little information about the incident is known at this time.

General Communications Inc. (GCI) has just finished a project to ensure that their towers and fiber-optic cable all operate on the same platform in the Y-K Delta region. Previously, GCI had to make do with a patchwork of platforms inherited from other providers. Heather Handyside is GCI’s vice president of communications.

Bethel GCI customers experienced intermittent internet connectivity on Jan. 28 and 29, and the problem could have been caused by a break in a subsea fiber-optic cable. GCI discovered the cable break on Jan. 28 in Cook Inlet near Kenai.


AVEC CEO Meera Kohler said power went out in Bethel, Napaskiak, and Oscarville the night of Jan 28., with outages ranging between 20 minutes and two hours.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Three Lower Kuskokwim River communities lost power around 7 p.m. on Jan. 28 during extreme subzero temperatures and severe wind chill. Alaska Village Electric Cooperative CEO Meera Kohler confirmed that the outage shut down power across Bethel, Oscarville, and Napakiak.

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