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Cama-i Festival opening night

by K.J. Lincoln The Cama-i Dance Festival opened tonight, Friday, March 29th, 2019 with traditional dancing featuring local, regional, and statewide groups. Cama-i Co-coordinator Linda Curda and Orutsararmiut Traditional Chief Louie Andrew gave the welcome […]

Village Telegraph

Calista 2019 Spring Distribution largest ever at $6.5M Shareholder population over 29,000

by Thom Leonard Calista Corporation’s Board of Directors voted to approve a spring distribution at $6.49 million, up from $6.17 million last year. The number of Shareholders also increased from about 25,000 last year to […]

Classifieds

For Sale

For Sale: Hitzer Amish built woodstoves. UHMW Plastic sled runners. 543-2379. (11)(3/1-cnx) FOR SALE 300 Gallon Plastic Water Tanks in stock. Call Shorty at Shorty’s Shop for pricing. 543-3158 or 545-3157 (19)(9/18-cnx) 18’ SSV Lund […]

Chasing the Ambulance

Bethel Fire Department Calls for week ending March 22

• On 3-15-19, 2:28 p.m. medics responded to Long Term Care for a person vomiting blood. Patient assessed and transported to the hospital. • On 3-15-19 at 9:55 p.m. medics responded to the Sobering Center […]

Village Telegraph

Yukon Sprint Race Winner

The 2019 Andrefski 90 Womens Sled Dog Mushing Champion is Sherilyn Polty of Russian Mission. Sherilyn drove a 7-dog team from Paul Larson’s kennel to win the race in 18 minutes, 25 seconds. “Thanks to […]

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Inside Bethel News

Hot Regionwide Opposition to Dunleavy Budget

by Vicki Turner Malone Over a hundred people gathered at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel on Saturday, March 21, during a town hall meeting – part of an effort by the State House […]

Delta Lifestyles

CVRF Board finalizes budget of over $18 million in community benefits for 2019

by CVRF Staff With the approval of an extra $330,000 in spending at its March meeting, the Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF) Board of Directors finalized its annual community benefits budget with over $18 million […]

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Obituaries

Sophie Olivia Hunt (Kameroff) July 15, 1929 – April 1, 1979

Sophie was born in Chaneliak to the late Jacob and Agnes Kameroff. Her siblings were: Big Unga Frank – D, Auntie Cecelia – D, Uncle Paul – D, Auntie Bernie – D, Uncle Edmond – […]

Letters to the Editor

NAPG reacts to the devastating cuts in State Budget

TO: Governor Mike Dunleavy Good morning Governor Dunleavy, The March 20, 21, 2019 session of the Nunavut Alaska Provisional Government, a consortium of Tribal Governments in Western Alaska, reviewed your proposed 24% cuts to K-12 […]

Cop Shop

State of Alaska District Court in Bethel March 17 – 22

Judgments Paul Albert II, 34 4th Degree Assault 45 Days Vasily Olick, 19 4th Degree Assault 12 Days, 1 Yr. Prob. Matthew Phillip Mike, 48 4th Degree Assault 10 Days, 2 Yrs. Prob. Eugena Hunter, […]

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Inside Bethel News

Bethel ASB hosts community forum on bullying

by K.J. Lincoln The Bethel Advisory School Board hosted a community forum on bullying and how it is being addressed. Members of the Bethel ASB, teachers and school support staff, students, and parents filled up […]

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Village Telegraph

Please keep the PCE program intact for us

by Joshua Cleveland This open letter to Representative Tiffany Zulkosky is dated March 21, 2019. Dear Representative Zulkosky, My friend and representative of the Bethel area. I want to share with you the concern I […]

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In our Native Land

AVCP objects to the Governor’s budget proposal

by Azara Mohmmadi The Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP) Executive Board passed a resolution on March 1, 2019, objecting to Governor Dunleavy’s proposed 2020 budget. In a special telephonic meeting, the Board asserted that […]

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Village Telegraph

AVCP talks Public Safety to new House Tribal Affairs Committee

by Azara Mohammadi The Alaska House of Representatives passed a resolution (37-1) in favor of creating the first Tribal Affairs Committee, chaired by our own Representative Tiffany Zulkosky. This special committee was championed by the […]

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In our Native Land

Senate Finance Committee had a productive week

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Hello- Day 67, week 9 of the 31st legislature. Senate Finance had a productive week, on Monday the Finance committee received an update of the Spring Revenue Forecast from Commissioner Tangeman. […]

Sports

Slim, Stuart power Bethel to top at Traditional Games

by Tommy Wells Raquel Slim and JoBeth Stuart teamed with Kelsie Madson this past weekend to help power Bethel to the top at the 2019 Traditional Games NYO meet in Juneau. The meet, which was […]

In our Native Land

2019 Kuskokwim Ice Classic underway

by BCSF Staff The Kuskokwim Ice Classic committee is pleased to announce that 2019 Ice Classic tickets are now on sale! We look forward to another exciting Kusko Ice Classic season and thank all of […]

Contributors

Carmel Walnut Bars

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Without any further ado let’s go to the kitchen and make some nice, comforting, low-calorie, low-carb cookie-like bars. (Comforting? Yes. Low-calorie/carb? No. Good? Yes!) Carmel Walnut Bars 2 cups flour ½ […]

From The Editor

Laughter and humor during grief

by Greg Lincoln In our Yup’ik culture and everywhere else throughout the world, people love to laugh. Sometimes when we laugh, we laugh so hard that it makes our stomach hurt. Have you ever laughed […]

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Inside Bethel News

Bill filed to strengthen Alaska’s theft laws

Today (March 15th, 2019), House Judiciary Chair Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage) filed legislation to strengthen Alaska’s laws related to theft and other offenses against property. Under House Bill 98, prosecutors would gain an important tool […]

Contributors

Congratulations to our Iditarod Champion

by Peter Twitchell Congratulations to Pete Kaiser, our 2019 Iditarod Sled Dog Race Champion! You have set the course for future generations of Yup’ik mushers! A Yup’ik by birth Pete’s ancestral roots go deep into […]

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In our Native Land

Iditarod XLVII special awards recipients honored at awards banquet in Nome

by the Iditarod Trail Committee The 2019 special awards given to mushers during and after Iditarod XLVII were presented at the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race awards banquet in Nome on Sunday, March 17. The […]

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Village Telegraph

Senate District S Update

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Hello- We have arrived at day 60 in the 31st legislative session. I want to start this week’s newsletter with a huge shout out to Bethel’s own Peter Kaiser for winning […]

Village Telegraph

Calista Connect Contest launches

by Thom Leonard Calista Corporation introduces the Calista Connect Contest. Shareholders 18 years and older who complete two easy digital options are entered to win. The contest is open now and all entries must be […]

Contributors

Breakfast Casserole Deluxe

by Millie Bentley Greetings. This week we have a recipe from Denise Thulin. Denise lived in Bethel for a number of years and cooked breakfast at the B&B. Her recipe is a breakfast entrée that […]

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Crime

Two hunters plead guilty to five misdemeanors

Last week (March 11th, 2019), following a plea deal with the state, two men pled guilty in a Glennallen court to five misdemeanors relating to an illegal hunt. The investigation done by the Alaska Wildlife […]

Letters to the Editor

Statewide affordable Pre-K education

As Alaskans, we have a constitutional and moral responsibility to provide the best education possible for our children. Yet we remain one of the only states that do not provide affordable pre-kindergarten on a statewide […]

Cop Shop

State of Alaska District Court in Bethel March 7 – 15

Judgments Tyler Green, 31 4th Degree Assault 90 Days Kassandra George, 24 4th Degree Assault 2 Yrs. Prob. Anjelika M. L. Palacios, 22 Promoting Contraband 1 Yr. Prob. Faith Pavila, 19 4th Degree Assault 1 […]

Inside Bethel News

Pete Kaiser – 2019 Iditarod Champion

by John Wallace Photos by John Wallace Nome, AK- A resurgence of dogsled mushing got a serious boost early Wednesday morning as Bethel musher Pete Kaiser crossed under the Burled Arch in Nome to win […]

Chasing the Ambulance

Bethel Fire Department Calls for week ending March 13

• On 3-08-19 at 9:00 p.m. Firefighters responded to Alder for the report of a lockout. Firefighters opened the residence. • On 3-08-19 at 11:00 p.m. medics responded to Long-Term Care for the report of […]

Classifieds

For Sale

For Sale: Hitzer Amish built woodstoves. UHMW Plastic sled runners. 543-2379. (11)(3/1-cnx) FOR SALE 300 Gallon Plastic Water Tanks in stock. Call Shorty at Shorty’s Shop for pricing. 543-3158 or 545-3157 (19)(9/18-cnx) 18’ SSV Lund […]

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In our Native Land

1A State Basketball Awards

Girls 1st: King Cove Rookies 2nd: Tri-Valley 3rd: Klawock Chieftains 4th: Buckland Sissuani 5th: St. Mary’s Eagles Sportsmanship: Kake Thunderbirds Academic Award: Nunamiut Wolves, 3.83 GPA All Tournament Team Elaina Mack, King Cove Elizabeth Fefalov, […]

Sports

Falcons advance to Class 1A consolation finals

by Tommy Wells The Kipnuk Falcons might not have won the Class 1A boys’ state basketball championship this past weekend in Anchorage. They did, however, turn in a solid effort in the four-day tournament, which […]

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Village Telegraph

Winter Muskox season extension on Nunivak Island in Unit 18

by ADFG Staff The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces an extension of the winter season for muskox hunting on Nunivak Island in Unit 18. The season will be extended until March 31, 2019. […]

From The Editor

Congratulations to Pete Kaiser, our Iditarod Champion!

by Greg Lincoln On behalf of the Delta Discovery and our family, we would like to say how proud we are of your great win and extend our sincere congratulations. This accomplishment will forever be […]

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Heard it in the Steam House

Alaska Professional Communicators offers scholarship

A $1,500 scholarship is offered to Alaska residents who are college or university students planning a career in a communications field by Alaska Professional Communicators, the Alaska Chapter of the National Federation of Press Women. […]

Sports

St. Mary’s battles to fifth at state tournament

by Tommy Wells The St. Mary’s Eagles made sure the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta was recognized at the girls’ Class 1A state basketball tournament this past weekend in Anchorage. The Lady Eagles posted a 2-2 mark at […]

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Heard it in the Steam House

Alaska Children’s Caucus forms in 31st Legislature

For the first time in nearly seventeen years, members of the Alaska House of Representatives will relaunch the House Children’s Caucus. This edition of the caucus will be co-chaired by Representative Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) and […]

Contributors

Killed By a Craving for Cucumbers

by Tad Lindley Imagine that you had been a slave, that you had been frequently beaten by the overseers. Imagine that the government had sought out your sons and killed them as soon as they […]

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Heard it in the Steam House

Nunavut Alaska Provisional Government to meet

The Nunavut Alaska Provisional Government will convene on March 20-21, 2019 at the Bethel Moravian Church Seminary building starting at 8am. “Every Tribe and Tribal Organizations are invited to talk about Regional Unity to advance […]

Speak Your Mind

Tribute to Pete Kaiser

by Senator Dan Sullivan Sullivan Honors Alaskan of the Week: Iditarod Winner Pete Kaiser U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) spoke yesterday (March 15th, 2019) on the Senate floor to recognize Pete Kaiser, of Bethel, who […]

Sports

Scammon Bay girls take 4th at 2A state tournament

by Tommy Wells The Scammon Bay girls’ basketball team continued to prove itself as one of the top basketball powerhouses in the state this past weekend as they battled their way to a fourth-place finish […]

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In our Native Land

Bristol Bay Tribes outraged at inadequate review of Pebble project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) today (Feb. 20th, 2019) released its woefully inadequate draft Environmental Impact Statement for Pebble’s plan to build a mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay. The draft EIS […]

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Village Telegraph

Kaiser wins BBNC Fish First Iditarod Award

Iditarod musher Peter Kaiser received the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Fish First Award as the first to reach the Kaltag checkpoint in the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Kaiser arrived in Kaltag at approximately […]

Inside Bethel News

Friends of The Kuskokwim Consortium Library Fund

by Bethel Community Services Foundation Staff Bethel Community Services Foundation is excited to announce the addition of the Friends of the Kuskokwim Consortium Library Fund to our growing family of funds. The Friends of the […]

Sports

Unalakleet Lady Wolfpack to play at State 2A tournament

The Unalakleet Wolfpack ball teams represented their community at the 2019 2A Great Alaska Conference Region Tournament held this past weekend at Grace Christian School in Anchorage. The winners of the tournament are the Tikigaq […]

Sports

Bethel teams see seasons end in Anchorage

by Tommy Wells The 2018-19 basketball seasons came to an end for the Bethel Regional High School boys and girls this past weekend in Anchorage. The Bethel teams finished third in the final standings at […]

Village Telegraph

Rural Airport Safety Campaign continues in YK delta

The Division of Statewide Aviation implemented the Rural Airport Safety Campaign program in 2017 in an effort to keep kids safe and off of runways and to also prevent vandalism. It’s been a team effort […]

Inside Bethel News

It takes a whole village to raise a child

A Nation that is divided against each other will not stand. In light of this phrase, I would like to be a voice not only for our children, but to our elders, our mothers and […]

Delta Lifestyles

Delta Illusion’s Into the Mist Wins Platinum & Best Choreography Award

by John Sargent Sixteen dancers with the Delta Illusion Dance Company (DIDCO) competed in the Bravo! National Dance & Talent Competition in Longmont, Colorado during March 2-3, 2019 of Spring Break. The Dance Company performed […]

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Village Telegraph

Members appointed to YK Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council

Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has made appointments to the 10 Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils including the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The Councils advise the Federal Subsistence Board on subsistence management regulations and policies […]

Speak Your Mind

Yup’ik (Cup’ik) Judicial Practices

by Charles Moses Yup’k and Cup’ik (Y/Cup’ik) Tribes make up the largest Indigenous or Native Group in Alaska. Their territory covers most of Southwestern Alaska from Bristol Bay along the Bering Sea Coast to Norton […]

Village Telegraph

Donlin-backed Skiku program ignites students’ passions for skiing

Each winter, with the support of sponsors like Donlin Gold, the Skiku program sends volunteer coaches to remote villages in Alaska to teach kids the basic techniques of cross-country skiing, a healthy sport fit for […]

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Inside Bethel News

District 38 Update

by Representative Tiffany Zulkosky  March 8, 2019 Dear friends, It is day 53 of the 2019 Legislative Session, Iditarod mushers are howling along the trail to Nome, and we’re on the second straight week of […]

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Sports

Y-K teams ready to make run at state titles

by Tommy Wells Even though the Bethel Regional High School teams won’t be competing in the Class 3A state basketball tournament, there won’t be a shortage of talented squads attempting to bring state titles home […]

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Heard it in the Steam House

Alaska Professional Communicators offers scholarship

A $1,500 scholarship is offered to Alaska residents who are college or university students planning a career in a communications field by Alaska Professional Communicators, the Alaska Chapter of the National Federation of Press Women. […]

Classifieds

For Sale

For Sale: Hitzer Amish built woodstoves. UHMW Plastic sled runners. 543-2379. (11)(3/1-cnx) FOR SALE 300 Gallon Plastic Water Tanks in stock. Call Shorty at Shorty’s Shop for pricing. 543-3158 or 545-3157 (19)(9/18-cnx) 18’ SSV Lund […]

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Delta Lifestyles

WIC launches new eWIC cards

by Clinton Bennett The Alaska Division of Public Assistance’s Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has begun providing electronic benefits transfer cards to their participants, which will be known as an eWIC […]

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Delta Lifestyles

Early funding for Education guaranteed under new proposal

Today (March 6th, 2019), a constitutional amendment was introduced in the Alaska Senate to require early-funding for Alaska’s K-12 public education system. Senate Joint Resolution 9, sponsored by Senator Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, requires the governor […]

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Heard it in the Steam House

Internet services for School Districts

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Hello, Today (March 8th, 2019) marks the 53rd day of session. This week on Wednesday, Senate Finance heard from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development Research Chief, Dan Robinson on […]

Cop Shop

State of Alaska District Court in Bethel February 26 – March 7

Judgments Billy Westlock, 30 2nd Degree Harassment 1 Yr. Prob. Shanice Teeluk, 20 Violate Conditions of Release, 1st Degree Harassment 95 Days Scott Agathluk, 30 Violate DV Protective Order 15 Days, 2 Yrs. Prob. Robert […]

Contributors

God’s Greatest Hits: the Beetles Part II

by Tad Lindley If you did not read last week’s column, please do so in preparation for this week’s column. For those of you who have been so patiently waiting all week to see how […]

Chasing the Ambulance

Bethel Fire Department Calls for week ending March 7

• On 3-2-19 at 1;11 p.m. medics responded to the Sobering Center for the report of an unresponsive person. Patient was woken by medics and walked into Sobering Center with CSP. • On 3-2-19 at […]

Inside Bethel News

Kipnuk Falcons and Newtok Jaegers champions at Coastal Conference tournament

by K.J. Lincoln The Kipnuk Falcon boys and the Newtok Lady Jaegers will be returning to represent the Coastal Conference at the upcoming State 1A Basketball Tournament. Winning two years in a row, the Falcons, […]

Village Telegraph

Calista Corporation testifies during US House Committee Hearing

by Thom Leonard Subcommittee for the Indigenous Peoples of the United States focused on climate change impact to tribal communities. On February 12, the U.S. House of Representative’s Natural Resource Committee held a hearing on […]

Classifieds

For Sale

For Sale: Hitzer Amish built woodstoves. UHMW Plastic sled runners. 543-2379. (11)(3/1-cnx) FOR SALE 300 Gallon Plastic Water Tanks in stock. Call Shorty at Shorty’s Shop for pricing. 543-3158 or 545-3157 (19)(9/18-cnx) 18’ SSV Lund […]

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Village Telegraph

Alaska State Senate Legislative Update

by Senator Lyman F. Hoffman March 1st, 2019 Hello, We are at the half-way mark of the 90-day session. This week the Senate Finance Committee completed the agency budget overviews from the departments of Labor, […]

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Delta Lifestyles

House creates special committee on Tribal Affairs

Today (Feb. 25th, 2019), the House Creates Special Committee on Tribal Affairs. Creation of such a committee has long been a goal of Representative Bryce Edgmon (I-Dillingham), Alaska’s first Alaska Native Speaker of the House. […]

Contributors

God’s Greatest Hits: the Beetles Part I

by Tad Lindley Before we get to the beetles, let me give you a brief synopsis of events leading up to the creation of the beetles. And although Google spell check does not recognize “beetles” […]

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Inside Bethel News

Governor’s Proposed FY20 Budget

by Representative Tiffany Zulkosky March 1, 2019: Dear friends, It is Day 42 in the Legislative Session and we have begun to see a lot of activity. Most notably, Governor Dunleavy released his proposed budget, […]

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Inside Bethel News

YK Delta Women in Philanthropy announces funding availability

by BCSF Staff The YK Delta Women in Philanthropy giving circle announces $8,810 in funds available for our 2019 local or regional grant. The focus area for proposals in 2018 is youth services. Members encourage […]

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In our Native Land

Drug-sniffing K9 assists in arrest

Alaska State Troopers with the Parks Highway Team contacted occupants of a vehicle in a pullout near mile post 269 of the Parks Hwy near Healy on 3/1/2019, at 1956 hours. AST realized something was […]

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Delta Lifestyles

Inuit commemorate International Mother Language Day

by ICC Staff On this day (February 21st, 2019) the Inuit Circumpolar Council honours and commemorates International Mother Language Day. It is a day to promote the preservation and protection of all languages. The day […]

Speak Your Mind

Assimilation: Killing the Indian, Saving the Man

by Jacob Sipary Imagine thousands upon thousands of little native boys and girls being ripped from their homes in order to become “civilized”. Those poor, innocent, and scared little children were forced to completely abandon […]

Contributors

What Causes Spring Fever?

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: With the weather turning warm so early, I feel like I am coming down with spring fever. What causes spring fever? When I first received this question, I thought I […]

Chasing the Ambulance

Bethel Fire Department Calls for week ending March 1

• On 2-24-19 at 1 p.m. medics responded to the Sobering Center for a person in seizure. Patient assessed and transported to the hospital. • On 2-24-19 at 3:44 p.m. medics responded to the Jail […]

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Village Telegraph

Kuskokwim Village Leaders visit Juneau pressing changes to Donlin Plan

Local tribal representatives challenging state permits, looking for changes. A group of Kuskokwim regional leaders are visiting Juneau to push for several changes to the existing and pending State of Alaska permits for the Donlin […]

Cop Shop

State of Alaska District Court in Bethel February 21 – 28

Judgments Donald Paukan, 31 4th Degree Assault 90 Days Billy A. Lee Westlock, 30 Violate Conditions of Release $100 Heather Mael, 28 Driving While License Cancelled/ Suspended/Revoked $100 John Paul, 28 Violate Conditions of Release, […]

Delta Lifestyles

Researchers delve into unexamined world of Alaska seaweed

by Lauren Frisch Growing up near the beach, Brian Ulaski often overlooked wrack, the seaweed that washes up on coastlines. Later, as an undergraduate in California, Ulaski learned that wrack holds information about a coastline. […]

Letters to the Editor

Governor’s budget needs to be revamped

Dear Governor Mike Dunleavey, The Unit 4 villages, Akiak, Akiachak, Kwethluk, and Tuluksak are letting you know that we are totally opposed to your budget proposal that cuts deep into essential services without considering raising […]