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Senate Plan Eliminates Public Broadcasting Funds

Mar 15, 2017
Dean Swope / KYUK

Zero state funds would go towards public broadcasting under the budget proposed by the state senate.

KYUK General Manager Shane Iverson says that such a cut would eliminate all the programs and services that residents of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have relied on for decades.

"So things like ARCS television, that would be eliminated. As far as radio, Talk of Alaska, Alaska News Nightly, Alaska Morning News, 360 North... I mean, these are some trademarks of what public broadcasting is in Alaska. This proposed budget would eliminate them."

Bethel City Council will be cleaning up some unfinished business to keep the city operating at Tuesday's meeting. The Council will also be reviewing yet another proposed liquor store. This liquor license application is from Steve Chung for the Tundra Liquor Cache. The final decision will be made by the state's Alcohol Beverage Control Board.

Sen. Lyman Hoffman during a Senate Finance Committee meeting on March 29, 2016. Credit Skip Gray / 360 North
Skip Gray / 360 North

Senator Lyman Hoffman's proposal to create a new type of borough in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta is already evolving. The senator told listeners on KYUK's call-in show Friday that Senate Bill 18 has been amended so the borough could only tax nonrenewable resources.

Gale Ekamrak / KYUK Interns

After more than a day talking about the impact Bethel alcohol sales were having on their villages, tribal members decided to write a letter to the City of Bethel, asking Bethel City Council members to pass a municipal law requiring Bethel liquor stores to only sell alcohol to customers with Bethel IDs.

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Alaska Legal Services Corporation turns 50 this year, and is celebrating by offering three free legal clinics in Bethel next week.

Unity and social justice lie at the heart of this year's planning for the 2017 Alaska Federation of Natives' annual conference in October.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Ayagnirvik Healing Center provides substance abuse treatment for alcohol and opioid addiction in Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope / KYUK

The state is continuing its fight against the opioid epidemic sweeping through Alaska by introducing legislation clamping down on the way pain medicines are prescribed and monitored.

Zach Fansler Campaign

Constituent questions for District 38 Representative Zach Fansler ran the gamut from the treatment of prisoners to state fuel and income taxes during Friday's live call-in show on KYUK.

A dog sits by emptied honey buckets in Kwethluk.
Film Academy Students / Lower Kuskokwim School District

Update: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he is advising President Trump to include water systems in his plans to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure and not limit those funds to roads and bridges. Addressing a Conference of Mayors Leadership meeting in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Pruitt said, “With the White House, and also with Congress, I am communicating a message that the Brownfield program, the Superfund program, water infrastructure, WIFIA grants, [and] State Revolving Funds are essential to protect, and it’s very important that we do that. Because water quality at its core, it something that infrastructure impacts— water quality and the health of our citizens.”

The White House wants to eliminate funding for water and sewer projects in Alaska Native villages. That’s according to a proposal revealed by The Washington Post this week that would cut more than 25 percent from the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. If the water and sewer program disappears, the fallout would hit the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta the hardest.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Bethel City Council voted to protest two liquor store applications at its meeting on Tuesday. Both applications want to turn existing businesses into liquor stores: Fili’s Pizza and Cezary’s Auto Body and Paint shop. Neither business has secured a Conditional Use Permit for their construction.