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The snowmachine trail that connects the Tuluksak River to the Kuskokwim River.
Olivia Ebertz / KYUK

After a fire destroyed Tuluksak’s water plant in January 2021, Tuluksak residents have developed several different drinking water options; each comes with its own pros and cons. Residents’ choice depends on what they trust, and what they have the means to access. 


A red fox kit runs in the snow outside of Toolik Field Station, Alaska.
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Three foxes from three Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities have tested positive for rabies in recent weeks. 

An interview with Christy Inman, owner of Corina's Caselot Groceries, and one with Kathy Hanson, who sits on the city committee that sponsored the bill. 

Tuluksak sits at the convergence of the Kuskokwim and the Tuluksak rivers.
Olivia Ebertz / KYUK

On April 8, members of the National Guard and other state officials visited the village of Tuluksak to meet with Tribal leaders and community members. The visit came nearly three months after a fire destroyed Tuluksak’s water plant. During the meeting, council members shared their current needs and discussed potential spring flooding.

YKHC Mekoryuk health aides Linda Davis (left) and Shara Davis (right) have helped vaccinate possibly 100% of their community's eligible population against COVID-19.

The Nunivak Island community of Mekoryuk has reached a tremendous vaccination milestone. It has reached as close to 100% vaccination of its eligible population against COVID-19 as the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation can confirm. Mekoryuk is the first community in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to possibly reach total vaccination for everyone aged 16 and older. 

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COVID-19 vaccine passports are gaining some traction within the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Around the same time that the Bethel fitness center reopened to fully vaccinated individuals, Kongiganak started allowing only fully vaccinated people into stores and businesses. 


A health care provider places a band-aid on the injection site of a patient who just received a flu vaccine.
Lauren Bishop / CDC

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is putting a hold on administering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. On April 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a joint statement recommending health care providers pause administering the vaccine “out of an abundance of caution.”

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On Tuesday, April 13, city residents will get another chance to tell Bethel City Council what they think about a proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. As proposed, it would be an excise tax, paid by those who sell the beverages. It may end up back in committee for more work after the public comments come in at tonight's meeting. 


Lime Village, Alaska is located about 185 miles west of Anchorage.
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The Alaska Air National Guard rescued the pilot of a crashed Cessna airplane near Lime Village on April 7.

Katie Basile / KYUK

April 6 marks one year since the first person in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta tested positive for the coronavirus.