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Adventures on the Yukon and Kuskowim Rivers

by Greg Lincoln Last week we featured the Yukon/Kuskokwim adventure canoers 22 year old Thomas Dyment and 23 year old Luke Wenger from Bethel who paddled all the way from Fairbanks to Bethel via the […]

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BRHS sends of graduating class of 2022

by Greg Lincoln The graduation class of the Bethel Regional High School honored 34 graduates at a much-anticipated commencement ceremony at the WarriorDome, home of the Warriors on Saturday, May 21st, 2022. Wearing their blue […]

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Kuskokwim Campus 2022 Commencement

by Greg Lincoln The Kuskokwim Campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Rural and Community Development celebrated their Forty-Eighth Commencement on April 29th, 2022. The graduates clad in their graduation gowns, mortar boards, […]

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NYO family spans four generations

by Greg Lincoln The Phillip family of Kongiganak is strong in Native Youth Olympics here in the coastal region of southwest Alaska. Their founding father is Tommy Phillip who has coached NYO for many years, […]

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Edward S. Curtis’ Unpublished Alaska

by Greg Lincoln A new book featuring one hundred images of Alaska Natives has been released by the Curtis Legacy Foundation – Unpublished Alaska. This project showcases previously unpublished photos including some from Nunivak Island, […]

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Representative Don Young

by Greg Lincoln On March 18th, 2022 we were at State 1A basketball tournament when we got the news that our Congressman Don Young passed away. We were shocked, saddened, concerned for all of Alaska. […]

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Cama-i welcomes back dance groups in 2022

by Greg Lincoln The Cama-i Dance Festival has returned after a couple years break due to the COVID-19 pandemic as a two-day event at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel and folks are happy […]

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People First Initiative Councils

by Greg Lincoln The Dunleavy Administration today (February 25th, 2022) announced the appointment of Alaskans to various councils as part of his People First Initiative announced in December of 2021. Several appointees are from the […]

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Chefornak Lady Shamans and Toksook Bay Islander boys win 1A Coastal Conference basketball tournament

by Greg Lincoln Congratulations to the 34th Annual 1A Alaska Coastal Conference basketball tournament champions as of this Saturday, March 5th, 2022 – the Chefornak Lady Shamans and the Toksook Bay Islander boys. These teams […]

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March Madness

by Greg Lincoln March Madness is here folks, and conference tournaments are underway this week for most of our region’s local teams. For our smallest schools, the 1A teams, tournaments are going on in host […]

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Kaiser wins 2022 Bogus Creek 150

by Greg Lincoln Pete Kaiser of Bethel is the 2022 Bogus Creek 150 sled dog race champion! He crossed the finish line at 5:12am on Sunday morning, February 20th, 2022 with his 10-dog team. In […]

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The Battle of the Bays

by Greg Lincoln The Hooper Bay Warriors hosted their annual Bering Sea Classic, an invitational basketball tournament this past weekend following their winning first place at the Nenana Invitational Tournament, or the NIT. The Hooper […]

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Arctic Innovation Competition

by Greg Lincoln Hello everyone! It is time once again for the annual Arctic Innovation Competition (AIC) sponsored by the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Business and Security Management. The contest is now accepting […]

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K300 Mushers for 2022

by Greg Lincoln The Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race is happening this weekend, starting on Friday January 28th, 2022. We have 16 contestants signed up for this year, the 43rd running of the K300 – […]

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Christmas Candlelight Service

by Greg Lincoln Alusistuami Kinurayagarluting Agayutlerkaat The Bethel Moravian Church held their annual Yup’ik Candlight Service on Christmas Eve in Bethel to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus. The beautiful service was led by […]

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AFN hosts virtual convention

by Greg Lincoln This year’s Convention theme is “ANCSA at 50: Empowering Our Future.” to commemorate the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act fifty years ago. The 2021 AFN Convention was all virtual […]

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Lighting of the Tree Ceremony

by Greg Lincoln Last week on Friday, the community of Bethel came together to celebrate the Lighting of the Christmas Tree. Local dignitaries, organization members, community members, children, and students came together to commemorate the […]

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Nominate a youth

by Greg Lincoln The folks at Spirit of Youth are asking you to make a nomination for the next cohort of youth awardees and we are due for some new winners for 2021. Several YK […]

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Native Youth Olympics virtual meet

by Greg Lincoln Our athletes from the Yukon Kuskokwim delta region are deeply talented in Native Youth Olympics (NYO). This region has produced champions and record holders year after year. These athletic events encourage involvement […]

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AVCP honors award recipients

by Greg Lincoln The Association of Village Council Presidents 2021 Awards have been announced, congratulations to the award recipients. The awards were recently announced following the 2021 AVCP Annual Convention which took place virtually on […]

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UAF names spring, summer 2021 honors students

by Greg Lincoln The University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced the students named to the deans’ and chancellor’s lists for the spring and summer 2021 semesters. The lists recognize students’ outstanding academic achievements. Students receiving […]

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Cross country season

by Greg Lincoln With school in session and kids in sports, fall time is always an exciting time of year. Kids have been running and they are doing great! In Bethel we have the Mamterilleq […]

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Inspiring entrepreneurs

by Greg Lincoln Do you dream of owning your own business? Here is some inspiring encouragement for you to help you get started – check out this year’s awardees for the Best in the West […]

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Inspiring elders keep going

by Greg Lincoln Another year is in the books for this journey, the trek up Mount Marathon in Seward that we take each year. Thank you to the good Lord for another year of health […]

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World Eskimo Indian Olympics coming up

by Greg Lincoln The 60th Anniversary year for the World Eskimo Indian Olympics, or WEIO, is coming up later this month, to be held in the interior city of Fairbanks. After being put on hold […]

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Traditional games bring back NYO culture

by Greg Lincoln It’s so good to see everyone in person, said Nicole Johnston – head judge and volunteer for the 2021 Traditional Games that were held in Anchorage this past weekend, which were hosted […]

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Salmon catch update

by Greg Lincoln Thank you to the folks at the Kuskokwim River InterTribal Fish Commission who gave this June 11th salmon catch update on fishing in the Kuskokwim (from the Mouth to Aniak). More fishing […]

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Traditional Games

by Greg Lincoln For the past two years – 2020 and 2021, we have missed the live, in-person Native Youth Olympics statewide event that is usually held every spring in Anchorage. This year, the Sealaska […]

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Memorial Day Remembrance

by Greg Lincoln Monday, May 31, 2021 is Memorial Day – a day to remember and honor the heroes of our country who died while serving in the U.S. military. On this day, the Veterans […]

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Local region wrestlers battle at State

by Greg Lincoln This past weekend we had the opportunity to see some of our local wrestlers compete at the 2021 State Wrestling finals. It was the first Division II wrestling tournament since 2019 and […]

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Class of 2021 BRHS Commencement

by Greg Lincoln Forty-five mortarboard and gown clad Warriors graduated May 15, 2021 in the Bethel Regional High School commencement ceremony to the cheers of their family and friends. The graduation took place outside at […]

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LKSD Board approves sports and travel

by Greg Lincoln The Lower Kuskokwim District School Board voted to approve indoor and outdoor athletic activity practices and in and out of region travel for competition. The decision took place during the Board’s April […]

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Yup’ik and Inupiaq Spelling Bee Championships

by Greg Lincoln The ninth annual statewide Yup’ik spelling bee championship and the first annual statewide Iñupiaq spelling bee championship took place on Saturday, April 17th. The spelling bees were held at the Arctic Rec […]

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UAF fall honors students

by Greg Lincoln Congratulations to our honor roll students for your outstanding academic achievements, we are very proud of your accomplishments. The University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced the students named to the deans’ and […]

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Who would have thought

by Greg Lincoln This week will be seeing several of our YK delta area teams traveling to the State 1A and 2A Basketball championships. Games start on April 1st and will take place at the […]

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Daylight savings time

by Greg Lincoln Here in Alaska we follow the same Daylight Savings Time schedule as the rest of the country. Our clocks “spring forward” on the second Sunday in March by one hour and then […]

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A tribute

by Greg Lincoln Hello friends! We are glad to see the Bogus Creek sled dog race come to completion after a delay from the warm spell we had a couple weeks ago. It was an […]

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Appreciation and thank you

by Greg Lincoln Hello everyone. Do you have a friend or relative that works in the healthcare field? Most all of us do, and we are fortunate for that. Where would we be without our […]

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Merry Christmas

by Greg Lincoln Greetings friends and Merry Christmas! We hope that you are having a good Christmas season and that you are enjoying the beautiful outdoors. We’ve always loved this time of year and love […]

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Gateway to fast broadband

by Greg Lincoln Hello Friends. Here’s something interesting from the cyberworld for us folks living in rural Alaska. Pacific Dataport, Inc. is announcing it has received its Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Grant of Authority for […]

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Arctic innovation

by Greg Lincoln Hello friends. Do you know a person who finds ways to make tasks and jobs easier and or safer that are related to living in the arctic (or subarctic) by building their […]

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Your voting results

by Greg Lincoln Alaskans voted and here are the results as of Nov. 18th. The Alaska Division of Elections posted their newly updated counts last Wednesday. The final regional count of absentee and questioned ballots […]

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Sunlight

by Greg Lincoln Alaskans living in our native homeland, the YK delta region, have long benefitted from the natural native foods that are found here that are high in vitamin D, which our bodies need […]

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Something else

by Greg Lincoln I thought it was very rude of CNN to describe the voters who are not white, black, Latino, or Asian as “something else” during their election coverage on Tuesday, November 3rd. That […]

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Close elections

by Greg Lincoln Did you know that your vote could change the outcome of an election? That is why it is important to cast your ballot. Here are some examples: Back in 2016, there was […]

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REAA Election results

by Greg Lincoln Voting for the Regional Educational Attendance Area or REAA took place on October 6th, 2020 and the election results have been posted. Overall voter turnout was 17.75% statewide with 5,494 voters voting […]

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Fall time gathering of grasses

by Greg Lincoln Each year during the cool fall months the folks in our coastal communities begin gathering beach grass for their projects – for braiding subsistence fish for drying, and for creating works of […]

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Sharing goes a long way

by Greg Lincoln Hello friends. I wanted to say a heartfelt quyana to our sharing community. Bethel is a sharing community. It is one of the nicest things that we love about living here. A […]

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F-16 fighter jets land in Bethel

by Greg Lincoln Two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing diverted to the Bethel Airport when one of the aircraft experienced an in-flight emergency. The F-16s were on their […]

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Remembering this day

by Greg Lincoln Hello friends. This past week we remembered those who perished during the attacks on our nation on September 11th, 2001. On that day we were at home in our village. The very […]

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City passes Mask Mandate

by Greg Lincoln On August 31, 2020 the City Council passed Emergency Ordinance 20-27 which enacted a mask mandate. The mandate states that masks or similar face-coverings be worn in public in indoor and indoor-adjacent […]

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Alaska Primary Election

by Greg Lincoln The primary election is scheduled for this Tuesday, August 18th, 2020. On the official ballot for the Democratic and Independence Party are four candidates for U.S. Senator: Edgar Blatchford of Anchorage, Chris […]

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2020 REAA Election Candidates

by Greg Lincoln This year, the election for REAA or Regional Education Attendance Area will be on October 6th, 2020. The Alaska Division of Elections has the following candidates listed as certified as of this […]

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Mask wearing mandates

by Greg Lincoln Hello friends. The communities of Cordova, Anchorage, Seward, Valdez, Dillingham, Kotzebue, Gustavus, Tununak, Tuluksak, and Emmonak and our capital city of Juneau (and possibly others) all have mask-wearing requirements for indoors in […]

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Berry season

by Greg Lincoln It is Salmonberry Season, and berry pickers all over the YK delta are getting ready to harvest the bounty of the tundra. Some folks have already started picking this most beloved berry. […]