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School Bus Delays For City Subdivision And Slough Neighborhood

Oct 24, 2019

There is a school bus schedule change taking effect Thursday, Oct. 24. In the morning, Bethel students will have to wait an extra 15 or 20 minutes for the bus to show up if they live in the City Subdivision or Slough neighborhoods.

Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Dan Walker says that it’s because the district is adjusting the route to “deliver students home more efficiently.”

Gov. Dunleavy Promises To Work With Tribes Over Education

Oct 22, 2019
Tripp Crouse / KNBA

Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced that he will propose legislation that recognizes tribal authority over education in their communities. He made the announcement last week at the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention in Fairbanks.  

Lower Kuskokwim School District Safety Coordinator Perry Barr addresses parents, school staff, and students at a school safety meeting in the Bethel Regional High School cafeteria on Oct. 10, 2019.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

A rumor that no parent wants to hear circulated Bethel last week. The Lower Kuskokwim School District disclosed that it had received a threat of a school shooting in the same high school where, a little over 20 years ago, a shooting took the lives of a student and the school principal. This time, no evidence supporting the threat ever emerged. The situation prompted parents to talk with their children about what to do if a shooting occurred.

LKSD Investigating School Shooting Report

Oct 8, 2019

Update 3 p.m. Oct., 8, 2019: Acting Bethel Police Chief Amy Davis says the Bethel Police Department still has not substantiated the report detailing plans for a school shooting in Bethel. Davis says the report comes from a student who found a note in a school bathroom describing plans for a shooting. The student reported the contents of the note to school officials but had thrown the note away, and it has yet to be recovered. Davis has posted a Bethel police officer at the main Bethel school campus this week to provide extra security to the schools. She had already scheduled an extra police officer to be working in Bethel this week in anticipation of any trouble arising from Permanent Fund Dividend deposits. 

The Lower Kuskokwim School District was awarded a $34 million grant to build a new school building in Eek.
Courtesy of LKSD

Election results for the Bethel Advisory School Board are finalized. Among four candidates, voters chose Nili Sundown and Dalarie Peters to take three-year terms on Bethel’s ASB. The ASB advises the Lower Kuskokwim School District on matters regarding Bethel Regional High School, Gladys Jung Elementary, and Mikelnguut Elitnaurviat.

Katie Basile / KYUK

It took a little longer than planned, but a window of clear weather allowed the old Napakiak school fuel tanks to be moved to Bethel. The U.S. Coast Guard ordered the Lower Kuskokwim School District to empty the tanks to prevent an environmental disaster as the eroding Kuskokwim riverbank advanced towards the fuel site. Wednesday's forecasted storm could cause more erosion at Napakiak. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Lower Kuskokwim School District met its deadline to move the Napakiak school’s fuel away from the eroding Kuskokwim riverbank after the U.S. Coast Guard granted a 24-hour extension and the operation extended into the weekend. The school district finished transferring the 36,000 gallons of diesel Saturday afternoon. The community wishes action had happened sooner.

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Lower Kuskokwim School District met its deadline to transfer the fuel at the Napakiak school away from the eroding Kuskokwim riverbank. Steve Walsh, co-owner of Faulkner-Walsh Constructors, says his crew finished pumping the 36,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the new tanks Saturday afternoon. LKSD contracted Faulkner-Walsh Constructors, a Bethel-based company, for the project. 

People ride on a four wheeler in front of the Napakiak school fuel tanks, which sit 76 feet from the Kuskokwim River following accelerating erosion. Pictured here on August 8, 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Two weeks ago, the U.S. Coast Guard gave the Lower Kuskokwim School District until Aug. 30 to transfer 36,000 gallons of diesel fuel away from the eroding Kuskokwim riverbank. The day of the deadline, the Coast Guard granted LKSD a 24-hour extension to complete the project. KYUK's Anna Rose MacArthur reported from Napakiak on Friday afternoon, and talked with KYUK's Krysti Shallenberger about the project's status.

The Napakiak School fuel storage facility sits 76 feet from the riverbank’s erosion point along the Kuskokwim River on Aug. 16, 2019. The fuel storage facility, owned by the Lower Kuskokwim School District, contains an estimated 36,000 gallons of diesel.
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage

Friday, August 30, is the deadline for the Lower Kuskokwim School District to move tens-of-thousands of gallons of diesel fuel away from the eroding Kuskokwim riverbank at Napakiak. There is a good chance that the school district will complete the project on time under the watch of military and government officials.