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Bethel Regional High School's graduating class of 2019.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Bethel Regional High School just celebrated their graduation. Forty-six seniors walked last Friday. If that sounds like more than usual, that’s because it is. 

LKSD Superintendent Dan Walker says that the graduation rate increased about 10 percent from last year, and more than 20 percent over the last 4 - 5 years.

Teachers In Rural Alaska: Growing Our Own

May 15, 2019
Kaylee King / KYUK

This school year, Kaylee King produced and directed a film with her fellow KYUK interns Katya John, Dorothy Jackson, and Lucilia Angaiak. The focus of their film is the impact that teacher turnover has on students in the Lower Kuskokwim. You can check out their documentary here.

Kuskokwim Campus Honors Mary Ciniuq Pete During 45th Commencement

May 3, 2019
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

The University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim Campus notched another graduation, celebrating its 45th commencement on May 2. But this time, there was a notable absence. Staff and attendees paid tribute to former director Mary Pete, who passed away last year.  


Donlin Gold Looks To Schools, Workforce Development For Future Employees

May 3, 2019
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Donlin Gold promised to hire local workers for its proposed gold mine. To fulfill that promise, the company knows that it has to start now and it has to start young. Donlin is already investing in schools and programs in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in anticipation. 


LKSD will take over operations of Suurvik Cinema, beginning Jan. 1, 2020.
Airn Carl

Bethel residents might have to find a new place to watch this summer’s blockbuster movies. The Suurvik Cinema at Kipusvik will likely close down July 1, at least temporarily. That’s according to Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Dan Walker. KYUK sat down with Walker to find out why plans being made for the Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Yup’ik Immersion School would affect Bethel moviegoers.

Through Language, A Yup’ik Teacher Passes On A Way Of Life

Apr 22, 2019
Alice Fitka in her classroom on April 3, in Tuntutuliak, Alaska.
Rashah McChesney / Alaska's Energy Desk

On a warm, sunny day in the village of Tuntutuliak, a group of children run around each other on a boardwalk outside of the bright blue building that houses the village’s K-12 school.

BRHS students Nicholai Chase and Calvin Samson in front of their science fair posters
Greg Kim

Two Bethel Regional High School students took top honors in the state science and engineering fair. Calvin Samson won first place in the “Animal Science” category, and Nicholai Chase took home the “In Vitro Biology” award. The contest took place in Anchorage last month. KYUK sat down with the students to talk about their accomplishments and future plans.


Yup’ik Literacy Reaches New Heights In Spelling Bee

Apr 15, 2019
Max Dan

This weekend, the longest battle in its short history took place at the Statewide Yup’ik Spelling Bee for Beginners.

KYUK reports from Anchorage on the toughest spell-off in the eight year history of the event.


The abandoned BIA school in Eek partially burning on April 2, 2019.
Alexander Alexie

The abandoned BIA school in Eek caught fire on Tuesday evening. No injuries have been reported. 

Local Superintendents Say Dunleavy's Budget Would Be Devastating

Feb 26, 2019
Dean Swope / KYUK

Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed deep cuts to education funding from kindergarten through 12th grade. Those cuts could more than decimate the budgets for school districts in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, according to two superintendents of regional school districts. 


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