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2019 Best in the West winners with organizers and sponsors.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Six local entrepreneurs won funding from Bethel’s Best in the West competition this year, and are taking home their portions of the $33,500 that was awarded. That's up from $26,000 last year, all to help finance potential businesses. The winners talked about what they’ll use the money on.

The proposed location of the Ciullkulek Subdivision.
Calvin Cockroft / ONC

Last month, Bethel City Council introduced an ordinance to enter into an agreement with the Orutsararmiut Native Council to develop the Ciullkulek Subdivision. This happened the same month that the city approved the Blue Sky Subdivision agreement. 

ONC Executive Director Peter Evon says that Ciullkulek Subdivision’s focus on affordable housing makes it different from the Blue Sky Subdivision. 

ALASKAbuds owner Nick Miller plans to open his store next month.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The state board overseeing marijuana licenses has postponed its review of an application to open Bethel’s first pot shop. ALASKAbuds has applied for a license to sell marijuana on Bethel’s 3rd Avenue in the brown building holding Stan’s Barber Shop.

Courtesy of BCSF

Six Bethel businesses have won “Best in the West” small business grants. Bethel Community Services Foundation awarded $33,500 to seven local entrepreneurs.

Katie Basile / KYUK

It’s going to be a busy year for Donlin Gold. The company is gearing up for another round of geotechnical drilling, its first in two years. They are also advertising jobs for local hires, which is a vital selling point for their proposed gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. 

Micah Heakin runs the video rental store "Mo Heakin Video" in Eek, Alaska.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Small businesses are rare in villages across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Often the village corporation store is the only place in town to shop. But in Eek, customers have another place to go for a sweet treat, a movie, or tobacco.

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Update: The Kuskowkim Ice Classic clock stopped at 4:02 p.m. on Friday. Winners will be announced soon.

Original story: The Kuskowkim Ice Classic tripod fell over on April 11, but the clock is still ticking. There’s a line tied to the tripod, and it has to be dragged about 150 feet before it trips the clock.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Donlin Gold says that it will bring money and jobs to the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta with its proposed mine.

The company wants to build one of the biggest gold mines in the world, and promises to employ hundreds of local people to build and operate it. 

Calista Spring Dividends

Mar 29, 2019
Calista Corporation

The youngest Calista shareholder was born in January, and three months later the baby will get a dividend check. 

Dean Swope / KYUK

There could be a new liquor store in Bethel this summer. Alaska Commercial Company is in the process of trying to take over the Kusko Liquor license currently held by Cezary Maczynski, while purchasing a new location for the liquor store.