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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. .   

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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.

Mayor And Vice Mayor Reelected

Oct 20, 2016
Anna Rose McArthur

Mayor Rick Robb and Vice Mayor Byron Maczynski have both been reelected to their respective positions by the Bethel City Council.

Calista Corporation

The Calista Corporation has announced a second dividend for shareholders this year. The Akilista dividend is based on the corporation's investments and will total $2.2 million this year, 10 percent higher than last year. This is in addition to the spring dividend based on Calista's profits. 

Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Bob Sivick visited Bethel this week as a prospective city manager and left with no offer and no decisions made.

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The idea of creating Indian Country in Alaska by putting private lands into federal trust status has many tribal advocates excited because they see it as an avenue leading to everything from administering justice in their villages to imposing taxes on tribal lands and escaping state and municipal taxes.