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Broken light fixtures line the Russian Mission runway following a vandalism spree by a group of young children during the third weekend in April of 2018.
Jim Duffy

Night flights can now land in Russian Mission. All the runway lights in the community are fixed following a vandalism spree over the weekend.

Extreme ice encasing a GCI communications tower near Scammon Bay has disrupted phone and internet services throughout the area since March.

City workers along the mid-Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta coast are frustrated. The extreme ice pack encasing a GCI tower has been slowing down, or simply cutting off their work for more than a month. KYUK managed to check in with a few communities while phones were connecting to see how they were doing.

Extreme ice encasing a GCI communications tower near Scammon Bay has disrupted phone and internet services throughout the area since March.

Lower Yukon and nearby coastal communities can expect spotty phone and internet services to continue. Unusually thick ice on a GCI communications tower near Scammon Bay has meant frequent service interruptions for surrounding communities since March.

Bethel Experiences System-Wide Power Outage

Apr 11, 2018
The generators at the Bethel Power Plant.
Courtesy of Lenny Welch

Update April 12, 2018 1:12 p.m.: Wednesday's brief, city-wide power outage was due to an accident in the field.

Report In On Hageland Crash Near Togiak

Apr 11, 2018

A year and a half after Hageland Aviation flight 3153 flew into a mountain on its way to Togiak from Quinhagak, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its reports on the crash along with sweeping recommendations.

The NTSB investigation also took a look at why Alaska continues to have the highest small plane accident rates in the country, and the Board has recommended major changes in the way that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) oversees the state’s numerous airlines that use small planes commercially.

Youth-to-Work Program Opens For Business

Apr 3, 2018
Coastal Villages Region Fund

It’s spring, and the Coastal Villages Region Fund’s summer jobs program has come around again.

Those interested in applying for the Youth-to-Work program need to apply before May 13. The program includes shadowing people working in village organizations and working at CVRF’s Community Service Centers. 

There are two sessions being offered, each a month long. Those who qualify will be able to work either in the first session, which starts May 30 and runs until June 29, or they may work in the second session, which starts July 5 and ends August 9.

NTSB Readies Final Report On Ravn Togiak Crash

Mar 29, 2018

A year and a half after a Ravn aircraft crashed into a mountain near Togiak, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) appears poised to issue a report on the accident.

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.

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.