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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. 

How Early Voting Favors Urban Residents

Oct 28, 2016
Adrian Wagner / KYUK

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 Campaigns In Bethel

Oct 27, 2016
Katie Basile / KYUK

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.

More Questions, Fewer Answers About ATVs In Bethel

Oct 26, 2016
Dean Swope / KYUK

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.  

Dean Swope / KYUK

Over the coming months, the Calista Corporation expects to begin the process of enrolling tens of thousands of descendants as shareholders. The influx is expected to expand shareholder numbers from about 13,000 to approximately 40,000. Many of those shareholders will live in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta, where the corporation is preparing to connect them and their families with job opportunities. To do that, the corporation brought a familiar face back to Bethel.

Advisory Committee Looks At New Subsistence Regulation

Oct 24, 2016
Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game

The Central Bering Sea Advisory Committee will hold public meetings in Bethel this Tuesday and Wednesday at 1 p.m. to discuss a range of fisheries related topics. One of those topics is Tier 2 Fisheries Management, which seeks to define subsistence users based on need. Carmon Daggett, Regional Fish and Game Coordinator for Kotzebue, talked with KYUK’s Adrian Wagner to give us a preview of those meetings. The meetings will take place at the Bethel Fish and Game office this week.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The city of Bethel has had some trouble collecting taxes in recent months, but one tax they're not having trouble collecting is the 12% sales tax from alcohol.  Since the city sold its first legal alcohol in April, Bethel has collected over a quarter of a million dollars from Bethel’s two alcohol vendors. A third vendor recently opened but those numbers were not included. .   

Ron Cruz / Flickr Creative Commons

Big tobacco is standing trial in Bethel’s court.

Dolores Hunter of Marshall and her two children are suing the cigarette and tobacco company Philip Morris USA and its parent company, Altria Group, for product liability, fraud, and the wrongful death of their family member, Delores' common law husband, Benjamin Francis, of Pilot Station. Francis died in 2004 of lung cancer after a long history of cigarette smoking.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Telecommunications company GCI says Mountain Village, St. Mary’s, Tununak and Quinhagak will have their cell services upgraded to 3G. This means residents in those communities will be able to take advantage of faster video, audio, internet browsing, talk and text within the next month.