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Lower Kuskokwim School District

The Lower Kuskokwim School District, like most school districts in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, will be in high-risk mode with remote learning through the end of the semester. This action comes at the recommendation of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

A musher leaves the starting chute during the 2018 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Registration for the 2021 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race opened on Oct. 5. “An impressive list of mushers” is how Race Manager Paul Basile described the initial lineup.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel fans may be happy that the Kuskokwim 300 sled-dog races are going forward as scheduled, but it’s also good news for mushers, who have been feeling the economic pinch in the wake of COVID-19. Race Manager Paul Basile said that the race purse could help. 

Kuskokwim 300 Race Is On

Sep 11, 2020
Gabby Salgado / KYUK

Mushing is still on for the Y-K Delta. On Sept. 11, the Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee announced that the K300, Bogus Creek 150, and Akiak Dash, along with the usual five local races, are all on the schedule for this winter. But there will be some changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Newtok, Byron John and some friends stand back up the village's outdoor basketball hoop (right). In Mertarvik, kids play on a portable hoop that has already seen some wear and tear in its first year (left).
Katie Basile / KYUK

An ongoing relocation effort caused by climate change-fueled erosion has separated friends across 9 miles of river. But if there’s one thing that unites them, it’s their love of basketball. In Newtok and Mertarvik, during a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has closed school gyms, kids are still finding a way to play the game they love.


Hayden Lieb just before his last high school wrestling match. Lieb was awarded the "Pride of Youth Award" by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame on May 6, 2020.
Courtesy of Darren Lieb

High schoolers Hayden Lieb of Bethel and Aedyn Concepcion of Anchorage are the first wrestlers to win the award.

High School All-American Honors For Bethel Wrestler

May 4, 2020
Courtesy of Darren Lieb

Bethel’s Hayden Lieb continues to rack up wrestling honors. He is one of 96 wrestlers around the nation chosen to be a 2020 High School All-American, and the first Bethel wrestler to earn that recognition. 

Alaska Sports Hall Of Fame Looks At Hayden Lieb

Apr 23, 2020
Alaska Sports Hall of Fame

A Bethel wrestler is one of three male finalists for the boys' side of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame 2020 Pride of Alaska award, and the only athlete from rural Alaska to make the cut.

Klejka In Nome

Mar 19, 2020
Zachariah Hughes

Bethel’s Jessica Klejka became the 22nd musher to cross the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race finish line in Nome on Thursday, March 19.

Kaiser In Nome

Mar 18, 2020
Zachariah Hughes

At a few minutes before 1 p.m. on March 18, Bethel’s Pete Kaiser crossed the finish line in Nome with nine dogs in harness. His was the 14th team to complete the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race this year.

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