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Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The ink is drying on a lease that could house Bethel’s first cannabis shop. The owner of an Anchorage marijuana store wants to expand his business to Bethel and bring Alaska’s booming cannabis industry to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.


Sea Share Executive Director Jim Harman [left] pictured with Bethel's Wells Fargo branch manager Jon Cochrane [right], who also serves as Bethel's Lions Club President. July 19, 2018.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

    

By this time next year, Bethel will become the first distribution hub on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta for donated seafood from Sea Share.

 

 


Ravn Alaska is currently not flying into the village of Newtok until contractors hired by the Department of Transportation finish resurfacing the runway. Photo taken August 10, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Ravn Alaska is currently not flying into the village of Newtok. The air carrier is waiting until contractors hired by the Department of Transportation finish resurfacing the runway. The DOT project is to resurface, or cap, the runway, taxiway, and the apron of Newtok’s airport.

 

There has been a delay in the capping process, which began when some materials were damaged and left at the end of the runway, according to DOT officials. The contractors need to remove and replace the damaged material before the capping can begin.

A new 900 kwh wind turbine off Bethel's BIA Road is expected to supply energy to Bethel, Oscarville, and Napakiak's power grid beginning September 2018.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

More of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s electric needs will soon come from wind. AVEC, the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, is installing identical wind turbines in Bethel, on the Kuskokwim River, and another in St. Mary’s, on the Yukon River. 


AM Coffee & Espresso Drive-Thru Opens In Bethel

Jul 17, 2018
Since April, Bethel has been a-buzz with its own, homegrown drive-thru coffee shop: AM Coffee & Espresso, located at 107C Alex Hately Drive off Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

Since April, Bethel has been a-buzz with its own, homegrown drive-thru coffee shop: AM Coffee & Espresso. KYUK checked out the caffeine buzz on Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway at Alex Hately Drive.

 

 


Construction On Aniak’s New Runway Is Underway

Jul 11, 2018
The state Department of Transportation, contracting with Knik Construction, broke ground this past spring on the hub village of Aniak’s new runway, a project long in the making.
Petra Harpak / KYUK

  

The state Department of Transportation, contracting with Knik Construction, broke ground this past spring on the hub village of Aniak’s new runway, a project long in the making.

 

 


Dean Swope / KYUK

Bethel once again has an operating liquor store, but it only sells beer and wine. Bethel Spirits, owned by Bethel Native Corporation, reopened its doors on Tuesday, July 10. The opening comes a month and a half after the state effectively shut down the AC Quickstop liquor store when the state did not renew the store’s license.

The spring chum salmon run is almost over, and fishermen on the Yukon River are still stuck using dip nets to help conserve king salmon. That’s bad news for the commercial fishery in the lower river.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is preparing to erect a 900-kilowatt wind turbine off of Bethel’s BIA Road. KYUK’s radio tower stands near the turbine site and for the safety of the construction workers, KYUK will lower the power on its 640 AM radio signal beginning Wednesday, June 27.

Three Buying Yukon Chums This Season

Jun 19, 2018
Katie Basile / KYUK

There are three buyers on the Yukon River this summer paying for chum salmon. In District 1 of the river, Kwik'Pak Fisheries, the largest processor on the river, is buying for its plant in Emmonak. The company has been a regular player on the Yukon since it was established in 2001 by the Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association. Jack Schultheis, the company’s operations manager, says, “Fishing has picked up during this opener since water levels went down, clearing some of the debris that had made fishing tough. Now that it’s easier, more people are out fishing.”  

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