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Non-Profits Discuss Their Pivotal Role In Y-K Delta Economy

Aug 15, 2018
According to the Foraker Group, almost 50 percent of Bethel residents work in the nonprofit sector.
Courtesy of the Foraker Group

Non-profits aren’t usually considered big money makers, but they play a pivotal role in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s economy. In a series of meetings last week, Bethel non-profits explored how they could leverage that economic power to empower the communities they advocate for.


Sam and Tina Chung stand in front of Casa, the late-night delivery restaurant they've operated for over a decade.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

The Alaska Cab Company is under new leadership, and its new owners know what it takes to work long hours and nights. Sam and Tina Chung own Casa, Bethel’s only late-night delivery joint. Their foray into the transportation business is just the latest of the couple’s entrepreneurial business moves in town.

Calista Corporation

Robert Beans of Mountain Village has been elected as the new Board Chair for the Calista Regional Native Corporation. Shareholders elected board members earlier this month at the corporation’s annual meeting in Bethel. The board has since selected its officers.

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.

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