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Katie Basile / KYUK

Alaska regulatory officials are holding public hearings in both the Kuskokwim and Cook Inlet areas for Donlin Gold’s proposal to lease state land for its 315-mile natural gas pipeline. The pipeline would go from Cook Inlet, across the mountains, and down to the Upper Kuskokwim area to run a large power plant at Donlin Gold’s mining site near Crooked Creek.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Donlin Gold began the new year with two major state permits in hand for its proposed mine. One approves its reclamation plans, and the other is a waste management permit. But a Montana-based nonprofit group who participates in mine permitting across the U.S. thinks that the company has room to improve. 

Volunteers with the Alaska Business Development Center will be at the Long House Hotel in Bethel Feb. 1-3, 2019 to help people file their federal taxes. The service is free.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Federal income tax filing season has begun, and free help to complete this filing is coming to Bethel this weekend. The Alaska Business Development Center is bringing volunteers to town who can walk you through the process. They'll be at the Long House Hotel this Friday through Sunday at the following times:

Katie Basile / KYUK

There are more public comments in store for the proposed Donlin gold mine. The mine could be one of the biggest in the world, and so it requires lot of infrastructure to maintain its operations. 

As the federal government shutdown continues, the Bethel Lions Club is taking food donations for furloughed employees.

Trial Date Set For Calista Case

Jan 10, 2019
Col Wayne Don

Legal maneuvering continues in the suit filed by the Calista Regional Native Corporation against its former board chairman, Col. Wayne Don. Both sides have now agreed to go into mediation, scheduled for Friday, January 18 before former State Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe. Don’s attorney, Sam Fortier, says that he has little hope that both sides will come to an agreement.

Dean Swope / KYUK

There’s a new liquor store in Bethel trying to make sure that they don’t repeat the mistakes experienced with the former AC Quickstop Liquor store. Caribou Traders Liquor has opened at the same place where Bethel Spirits used to operate.

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Eligible Alaska residents can once again apply for their 2019 Permanent Fund Dividends online. The online application system reopened on Monday afternoon following a nearly week-long shut down.


Going into the new year, the Orutsararmiut Native Traditional Council is going to be operating with more money, which means more services for members.

Dean Swope / KYUK

This year, Orutsararmiut Native Council is broadening its services for Elders and tackling potential elder abuse.