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Mystery #15

by Tad Lindley If you are an avid Bible reader you probably already know that the word mystery appears in the Bible 27 times. You probably also know that the record holder is the Book […]

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Tasty Ramen Salad

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Happy New Year. I hope you had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. One of my favorite meals is a simple salad made by Diana Gamez. It’s a meal in […]

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Timing is everything

by Dave Kutcher Hi, my name is Dave Kutcher. I write articles pertaining to the functional areas of Retirement Planning. Let me tell you, there’s a lot to talk about when it comes to planning […]

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Always with us

by Peter Twitchell I never knew growing up that I would be called to be an alcohol counselor. I became a substance-abuse counselor in 1995 working at the Phillips Alcohol Treatment Center in Bethel, Alaska. […]

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The land sustains us

by Peter Twitchell When I left my home in Bethel I knew I would miss our subsistence way of living and the people of southwest Alaska and the Yukon. I will never forget the land, […]

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We Three Kings of Orient Aren’t

by Tad Lindley Warning: Do not read this article unless you have someone nearby who can give you immediate emotional support. This may be worse than the terrible sense of deception you experienced when you […]

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Becoming a Morning Person

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury What are the benefits of being a morning person, an early riser, one that rolls out of bed by 7:00 A.M.? Are there any benefits at all? According to Charissa Chamorro, […]

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Celebrating Christmas

by Peter Twitchell Worldwide we as a human race have had our share of turmoil and anxiety with viruses, storms, wars, and anger. December is the time of peace and joy when families, tribes, and […]

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Pray, or Be Prey

by Tad Lindley My grandmother used to have a play on words that went like this: “Seven days without prayer makes one weak.” As someone who prays every day, I feel like maybe it should […]

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Christmas Turkey with dressing

by Millie Bentley Greetings. We always had turkey and dressing for Thanksgiving as long as I could remember. Mom cooked the turkey in different ways over the years. The last I can remember is she […]

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Preserve the teachings of old

by Peter Twitchell Our way of life as we knew it has changed drastically in the last few decades. The teachings of our ancestors the ancients, the elders is being forgotten and not practiced anymore […]

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God is a God of Order

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Crime breeds in chaos. This is one of the tenets of the Broken Windows Theory. If you have a disorderly household, you have a greater likelihood of producing children with delinquent […]

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Snow Bunting Uksullaraq/Kanguruaq

by Frank Keim If you’re out hunting or walking on the tundra, you may see large flocks of Snow buntings drifting like giant snowflakes over open country. If you’re lucky and you stay completely still, […]

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Today is a gift

by Peter Twitchell Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ of Nazareth I believe has a purpose for each and every one of us who are still able. I know Almighty Creator God plays an important […]

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Sears Roebuck catalogue days

by Peter Twitchell There are countless humorous stories from the early days. One story involves the Sears Roebuck catalog. Here is as I heard it. I was told by an Elder on the southwest coast […]

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Loving memories

by Peter Twitchell My first cousin Mary Evon told me when I was a teenager that all my cousins were my brothers and sisters. I began looking at Mary as a leader, an Elder who […]

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Things to Tell Your Husband

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I’ve been married several years, and there have been some pretty serious ups and downs in our relationship. Growing up, I always heard my mother say that you never build […]

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The great voices of radio past

by Peter Twitchell Through the years since May 1971 KYUK has had great announcers – people like Levi Lott. He was one of the first announcers, he was from Tuluksak knowing the traditional language of […]

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Live in the present

by Peter Twitchell I try my best to live in the present, in the moment because that’s all I have in my life – this moment to breathe fresh air, to feel the sun’s warmth on […]

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The Golden Years

by Peter Twitchell Life gets interesting as I age. First, I’ll admit time flew by from my youth to my retirement age. I have to admit again that it seems like it’s slowed down to […]

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Calling All Tin Foil Heads

by Tad Lindley Did you know that Jesus was tempted to use painkillers? No, nobody came up to him with a sheet of tinfoil, a lighter, a hit of Oxycontin, and a ballpoint pen casing, […]

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Remembering 9/11

by Peter Twitchell It just dawned on me on this day 9/11/2001 between 9:30 and 10 o’clock I was camped across from the Aniak gravel bar watching two American jet fighters behind the Korean Airlines […]

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A Better Seat on the Titanic

by Tad Lindley When the ocean liner Titanic left Queenstown, Ireland, she had about 2,224 souls aboard. Some were crew members (176 crew men did nothing, but keep shoveling coal 24 hours a day to […]

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Never again to be seen

by Peter Twitchell When I was a boy about 13 my mom made a profound statement that I never forgot. As a matter of fact, she brought this up twice to me into my teens […]

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It’s time to grow up

by Peter Twitchell Each one of us are given gifts that help us to grow in the body of Christ. In Ephesians 4:16 Christ Jesus is the head of the church. As followers of Christ […]

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We live on through our music

by Peter Twitchell I returned to Bethel over the last couple days to clear out my Bethel storage. It didn’t make any sense to live in the Matanuska Valley and have storage in Bethel. It […]

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Where Does Psychology Come From?

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Where does the study of psychology come from? Answer: The earliest origins of psychology are in the writings of the ancient Greek philosophers, particularly Aristotle. They wrote about the nature […]

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Boreal Owl Takvialnguaraq

by Frank Keim The Boreal owl is just about the tamest large bird in Alaska. Many years ago near Scammon Bay I skied so close to one I could probably have put my hands around […]

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Some things don’t make sense

by Peter Twitchell I didn’t want to watch the news after the multiple shootings and needless mass killings across our country in the last three years, it’s been a really sad state of our country now […]

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Cauga?

by Tad Lindley Imagine living to be 100 years old. Now think about all the food you would eat over that 100 years. Gather it all up in your mind. It would be numbers of […]

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LUV Talk

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: My husband and I love each other, but it seems that he never wants to deal with the issues that cause the problems in our marriage. Instead, he is likely […]

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The choice is yours

by Peter Twitchell I can share that I have been in church gatherings since infancy. Mom always bundled me up and brought me to worship services in church for the family of God gatherings, to […]

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Hope Lives Next Door to Defeat

by Tad Lindley All these years I never noticed Romans 12:12. It starts with the words, Rejoicing in hope… I’ve always just skated right by and thought, “Yeah, I’m down with that, ‘rejoicing’ is a […]

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Yup’ik word origins

by Peter Twitchell I had no clue that some Yup’ik words had their origins from the Natives from Russia. Words like milk (mulukuuq), miiskaq (large bowl for making Eskimo Ice Cream or, “Akutaq”), tengmiaq (goose), […]

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Token Economy

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I have four children, ages 4, 5, 7, and 8. When they were babies, they were so sweet and cuddly, but now that they are older, I am pulling my […]

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Blue-slipped By Jesus

by Tad Lindley The Blue Slip Explained Many of us in Bethel live in houses with a water tank and a sewer tank. At my house, every two weeks the sewer truck comes and pumps […]

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Carrying on the torch

by Peter Twitchell All our Elders are going home, now we are the Elders. Yes – baby boomers. It was wonderful to grow up from kids to adults being fed a daily diet of words […]

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Protection of private property

by Peter Twitchell This is Peter Twitchell, lifelong citizen of Bethel. My family settled and lived in Bethel Alaska since time immemorial. I for one, although I live far from the city limits of Bethel, […]

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Parenting Issues

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: What are some of the most common parenting issues you have seen in your practice? Answer: Probably the most common parenting issue that I see is one parent sabotaging the […]

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Our sacred land

by Peter Twitchell Who is teaching our kids about our sacred Tundra land, air, and sea? We the people are the stewards of this land to take care of it as we would an infant […]

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Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi

by Frank Keim Although I’ve never seen an Olive-sided flycatcher in the YK Delta, I have been assured they nest there – probably more in the semi-open boreal coniferous forests with bogs and muskeg in […]

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Sexual Addiction, Perception or Fact

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I recently married, and I know my husband is cheating and it’s with multiple women not just one. He holds me when we sleep, sometimes we hold each other while […]

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When Joseph Got Psycho With Them Part 2

by Tad Lindley Last week we left Joseph (still undercover and speaking through an interpreter) and his 11 brothers having a feast. If you have not read last week’s column, please go back and read […]

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School years of old

by Peter Twitchell I want to write a little story about village of Akiak in 1962. When I was 11 years old in ‘61 dad David Adams Twitchell took me up to the village of […]

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Guardianship

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: My mother is quite elderly, and I am concerned that she may be in need of a guardian. I recently found that there are a number of bills that have […]

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Believe it or not

by Peter Twitchell There was an interesting question posed to two contestants on the Family Feud show today. Host Steve Harvey asked each member of the family this question: “What makes you suspect that your […]

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The best gift

by Peter Twitchell When I was growing up across the river from Bethel it was also our fish campsite where mom and dad made the best fish salmon slabs and strips. The fish was always […]

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Remodeling Your Living Room Part I

by Tad Lindley If you have an average American living room in your house, it’s time to remodel. I’m talking about a living room that has a couch and some chairs and perhaps other furniture. […]

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Teaching  Children to be Respectful

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Can you give me tips on how to teach children to be respectful? Frequently, children take their cues from their parents. If they are around respectful parents they learn respect; […]

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We can’t give away what we don’t have

by Peter Twitchell I heard someone make the statement that “alcohol does not let people get violent.” I myself would never make such a statement. I couldn’t because I believe alcohol fuels our negative emotions […]

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Marriage vs. Cohabitating

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I’m preparing to graduate from high school. I’ve had some dates, but I have never been sexually active. I made a choice not to become sexually involved with any of […]

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Live and learn

by Peter Twitchell Live and learn! Until today I didn’t know plants needed food! Growing up I never gave this a second thought! I guess I never looked deep enough into the soil so to […]

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Innocent lives

by Peter Twitchell I am amazed about talk shows on TV, especially since the pandemic started in 2020. Many of them are of a personal nature, such as people who don’t have an idea whose […]