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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

On July 17, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska finished notifying utility companies that they will not receive any Power Cost Equalization credits for Fiscal Year 2020. That means starting this month, people in rural Alaska will pay the high cost of electricity without any state subsidy. But that could still change. 


Skip Gray / 360 North

Lawmakers failed to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s line item vetoes last week. Now, as the Legislature figures out how to fund vital state programs, organizations in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are doing the same. The Association of Village Council Presidents is examining alternatives to fund programs like Head Start.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel residents may have seen a post in a Facebook group that says Alaska Airlines is going to only allow passengers to check two bags on flights between Anchorage and Bethel. The third must be on standby.

Shana Decossas helps someone renew their driver's license.
Greg Kim / KYUK

After two long months, the Bethel DMV is open for business. It had been closed while the state found and trained a new employee. She’s finally here, and her name is Shanna Decossas. KYUK talked with Decossas about how eager people are to see her.


Johnnie Evan, George Guy, and Wayne Don taking oaths of office following their reelection to the Calista Corporation board on July 5, 2019 in Toksook Bay, Alaska.
Thom Leonard / Calista Corporation

Official election results from the Calista Corporation board elections are in, and the results remain the same as the unofficial results announced by the regional Native corporation earlier this week. George Guy of Kwethluk, Johnnie Evan of Tuntutuliak, and Wayne Don of Mekoryuk were all re-elected to their seats.

AC Liquor Store receives state approval to reopen in Bethel.
Geraldine Brink / KYUK

The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board unanimously approved a liquor license transfer to the Northwest Company, doing business locally as Alaska Commercial Company, or AC. AC bought the license from Cezary Maczynski of Kusko Liquor. The approval comes with stipulations that include fire marshal approval and a background check of AC ownership. 

Johnnie Evan, George Guy, and Wayne Don taking oaths of office following their reelection to the Calista Corporation board on July 5, 2019 in Toksook Bay, Alaska.
Thom Leonard / Calista Corporation

According to unofficial election results, the Calista Board of Directors remains unchanged following the regional Alaska Native corporation’s annual meeting on Friday. George Guy of Kwethluk, Johnnie Evan of Tuntutuliak, and Wayne Don of Mekoryuk were all re-elected to the Calista Board.

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Temperatures in the northern Bering and southern Chukchi seas are once again smashing records. The warmer temperatures will weaken winter sea ice and promise a later freeze-up for coastal communities in Western Alaska. 


Skip Gray / 360 North

Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed $444 million from the state budget on Friday. Organizations across Bethel rely on that money and are asking how they can continue providing services with fewer resources. KYUK looks at some of these impacts.

Caribou Traders Liquor Store will close permanently on Saturday, Jan 4.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Caribou Traders may have new owners soon. The current management plans to buy the liquor store from UCI, a subsidiary of Hooper Bay’s Sea Lion Corporation. 

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