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Courtesy of Rick Garcia

Winter storms battered the coast of Western Alaska and made their way up the Kuskokwim River. Some communities, like Hooper Bay, reported some flooding, but little to no damage. In Bethel, linemen were up in the late hours of the night restoring power to much of the town and schools were delayed.

Courtesy of Calista Corporation.

Calista Corporation has named a new Vice President for Lands and Natural Resource Development with a long history of working for Donlin Gold, the company that wants to build one of the biggest gold mines in the world. The rights to that prospect are held by Calista. 

Calista Corporation shareholders will get a chance to win $1,000 if they make a stock will.

Three hard-working Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta leaders are receiving vacations funded by the Rasmuson Foundation.

Bethel Dog Groomer Raeann Grantham holds KoKo giving her a quick trim.
Greg Kim / KYUK

For the first time in a long time, Bethel has a dog groomer. Raeann Grantham started seeing her first four-legged clients two weeks ago, and she says that business is booming. 

Dean Swope / KYUK

A six-seater Piper Lance operated by regional airline Yute Commuter Service crashed in Goodnews Bay on the evening of Nov. 10. Station Manager Andrew Flagg said that the pilot was the only one in the plane and escaped without injuries. Flagg declined to give any more details until the investigation into the crash concludes.

Courtesy of Peter Evon

Another resolution against the proposed Donlin mine has passed. This time, at the National Congress of American Indians annual conference in New Mexico last month. This is the first time a national organization has supported tribes’ opposition of the Donlin mine. 

Kusko Kush, owned by Essenkay LLC., has obtained site control and a conditional use permit, leaving a few final state inspections of the facility before it can open.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The City of Bethel has set the price for the property that it proposes to sell to the marijuana store, Kusko Kush. A 2016 appraisal valued the land on 3rd Avenue, next to the Long House Hotel, at $173,000. That would be the price asked of Kusko Kush.

RurAL CAP's Weatherization Assistance Program serviced half the homes in Quingahak.
Courtesy of RurAL CAP

Free weatherization services are coming to homes in Bethel. RurAL CAP’s Weatherization Assistance Program is setting up shop, and will be in Bethel for several years. RurAL CAP’s Dennis Waldron talked about how home weatherization can help homeowners save money and improve their health.