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After a year of searching, The Kuskokwim Corporation has named a new President and CEO: Andrea Gusty, who will step into the responsibilities immediately.

Workers unload a Grant Aviation aircraft on the Toksook Bay runway on Dec. 14, 2019.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

There are no injuries following a minor Grant Aviation incident in Hooper Bay on Tuesday. One pilot and seven passengers were on board the Cessna 208 when the plane’s propeller apparently struck something. Little information about the incident is known at this time.

General Communications Inc. (GCI) has just finished a project to ensure that their towers and fiber-optic cable all operate on the same platform in the Y-K Delta region. Previously, GCI had to make do with a patchwork of platforms inherited from other providers. Heather Handyside is GCI’s vice president of communications.

Bethel GCI customers experienced intermittent internet connectivity on Jan. 28 and 29, and the problem could have been caused by a break in a subsea fiber-optic cable. GCI discovered the cable break on Jan. 28 in Cook Inlet near Kenai.

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

Three Lower Kuskokwim River communities lost power around 7 p.m. on Jan. 28 during extreme subzero temperatures and severe wind chill. Alaska Village Electric Cooperative CEO Meera Kohler confirmed that the outage shut down power across Bethel, Oscarville, and Napakiak.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The U.S. Census began on Tuesday, Jan. 21, in Toksook Bay. Inclement weather kept the census workers from flying into the community in the morning as scheduled. By the afternoon, the clouds lifted, allowing the census crew to land. 

Fire Severely Damages Home In Bethel

Jan 18, 2020
Ben Matheson / KYUK

A fire severely damaged a home on Kilbuck Street near the Faulkner Walsh buildings on the evening of Jan. 17. The next morning, Acting Fire Chief Daron Solesbee said that there were no injuries. 


Two fire engines and six water trucks arrived on the scene, along with an ambulance. Solesbee said that the fire began when a tenant was attempting to thaw a frozen p-trap in a bathroom. The tenant was able to get out quickly. 


Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Bethel’s first marijuana store opens for business on Friday, Jan. 17. It took a year and a half to jump through all the bureaucratic hoops, but ALASKABuds, located on Third Avenue by Stan’s Barbershop, will start selling weed in all of its forms in Bethel at noon on Jan. 17.

“Eighteen months. That’s a long time,” said company owner Nick Miller. “And it’s obviously the first retail store in Bethel. It’s a lot of work. You wouldn’t think it would take that long to open a business, but it really, really does in the marijuana industry.”

Nunakauyak Traditional Council Tribal Administrator Robert Pitka points to Toksook Bay on a Yup'ik language map in his office. Dec. 12, 2019.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The  U.S. Constitution requires that the government undertake the massive project of counting every person living in the United States every 10 years. The numbers determine how many representatives each state gets in the U.S. House and how much government money that’s available to communities over the next decade. 

The national count will begin in two weeks in a town in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Toksook Bay,  population 590 during the previous census.

The Eek Traditional Council has approved funds to bring DMV workers to its community to issue Read IDs to residents.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Starting October 1, 2020 Alaskans will need Real ID compliant identification to board commercial airlines, access military bases, and enter federal facilities. The Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles issues these IDs, but it doesn't have offices in most rural communities. To bridge the gap, a Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta tribe wants to bring the DMV to its town.