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Tax exemptions opened to Elders from throughout the region

by Greg Lincoln The Bethel City Council passed an ordinance that removes the Bethel residency requirement for senior citizens sales tax exemption cards. Any senior citizen, even if they are not from Bethel, who are […]

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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. […]

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Bethel’s Sallaffie promoted

by Greg Lincoln Staff Sergeant Joseph A. Sallafie of the Alaska Army National Guard in Bethel was promoted to Sergeant First Class during a ceremony at the National Guard Readiness Center last Tuesday, June 30th, […]

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Happy 4th

by Greg Lincoln This year is the first year in 17 years that I am able to spend the 4th of July in Bethel. Usually on this day I am making my way up Mount […]

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Thank you for all that you do

by Greg Lincoln If you are a dad, happy Fathers Day! And happy Summer Solstice. Today we would like to reflect on fatherhood. Fathers, and mothers also, are to be revered and respected. They are […]

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Summer heat

by Greg Lincoln Why does it feel so hot when the temperature only reads 60˚F? It makes you do a double-take on the thermometer and you have to look really close and hard to make […]

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June 7

by Greg Lincoln On this day 107 years ago, a man by the name of Walter Harper made the first successful summit of Mount Denali right here in Alaska. Today, we celebrate this day in […]

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Tundra and Lightning

by Greg Lincoln Many years ago lightning and thunderstorms were uncommon in our area while I was growing up. I asked my dad who is 90 years old if he could recollect any storms like […]

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Memorial Day is for us all

by Greg Lincoln On the last Monday in May, we gather together in solidarity and with solemn reverence to honor and remember those who died in military service for our country so that we may […]

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Congratulations to BRHS Grads

by Greg Lincoln On this day, May 16th, 2020, the Bethel Regional High School celebrated their senior graduation with a historical outdoor drive-in style graduation. The ceremony began with a Parade of Graduates that began […]

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Time to turn the tassle

by Greg Lincoln Class of 2020, you may now turn the tassle! Congratulations! You have worked hard for your diplomas, endured through it even in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, adapted to some difficult […]

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Be counted

by Greg Lincoln Hello friends. Have you filled out your census questionnaire yet? It looks like we as a state are nearly last in the nation according to census updates. Alaska’s census self-response rate is […]

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From across the ocean

by Greg Lincoln Hello friends. Birdsong is once again filling the tundra air here in our beloved homeland – the sweetest trills, calls, and melodies that we all know and love so well. There are […]

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Flattening the curve

by Greg Lincoln Hello friends. Flattening the curve is the name given to what we, as humans, are doing now – slowing the spread of COVID-19 – by taking part in various health measures, such […]

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A case of mistaken identity

by Greg Lincoln Have you noticed that as we age, we start to look more and more like younger versions of our parents? As I started growing older, our kids would tell me that I […]

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Thank you responders, heroes

by Greg Lincoln Hello friends. You are in our thoughts continually and we are hoping that you are making the best of each day. If you think about it, evey day that we continue on […]

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A first

by Greg Lincoln Greetings friends. This, we must say, is the first time that we have experienced having to change our lives this much to deal with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic going on in our […]

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Virus concerns

by Greg Lincoln Hello friends. This past week we have been notified about many different cancellations and postponements for some of our most beloved events here in the YK delta and statewide due to the […]

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Coastal Conference has new champions

by Greg Lincoln The 33rd Annual 1A Coastal Conference Basketball Tournament has come to a close after an exciting weekend of basketball action. Our 1A teams displayed sportsmanship and discipline in the midst of extreme […]

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March Madness

by Greg Lincoln It is March Madness here in the YK Delta and teams throughout our region are having or have had their league tournaments for basketball. The long-awaited week is finally upon us here […]

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Canine friends

by Greg Lincoln People from all over the world have their own unique friendships and relationships with our canine counterparts and Bethel has its own also and you can see it firsthand at one of […]

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Food is a love language

by Greg Lincoln Hello fellow friends. I have a couple of good words for this week. Have you ever done some cleaning and you ended up finding treasures of all kinds that you had forgotten […]

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Hold fast

by Greg Lincoln Any kind of loss can be hard to bear, and to hear of loss no matter how far away you are can affect you in one way or another. When a person […]

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When the days are clear and cold

by Greg Lincoln Greetings friends. There is a phenomenon that occurs right here in our homeland when the days are clear and cold. It is when things in the distance such as the Kilbuck Mountains […]

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Kuskokwim 300 Race Weekend

by Greg Lincoln Congratulations to our local champions Pete Kaiser, Matt Scott, and Greg Larson who won the K300, Bogus Creek 150, and the Akiak Dash Sled Dog Races this past weekend! And congratulations to […]

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Wishes for a great new year

by Greg Lincoln Merry Christmas everyone! This week is the last week of 2019 and we have made it through another year with your thoughtful help and support. Quyana! So now it is time for […]

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Christmas greetings

by Greg Lincoln The refreshing of the changing seasons, the holidays, and the continuation of time and the traditions that go with it brings us something that feels like a sense of peace and rest. […]

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A season to cheer

by Greg Lincoln This past weekend we had the privilege of attending the state finals for Mixed 6 and 2A volleyball. Mixed 6 is a unique sport and one of the only sports where boys […]

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Thanksgiving wishes

by Greg Lincoln Let us be thankful in all that we do, because the opposite of thankfulness is to not care, and that is not how we should be. Folks living in our vast homeland […]

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Heart health

by Greg Lincoln In this day and age that we have been destined to be born into, we sometimes find ourselves seeking new things that are beneficial to our health. We strive to be healthy […]

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The value of shared knowledge

by Greg Lincoln Our lives are intertwined with the land we reside on. It provides us with the food that we so love to eat every day. This life/land/food relationship defines who we are, the […]

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Fish therapy

by Greg Lincoln Each fall before the grip of winter takes hold of the Kuskokwim River and the waters are still ice free, you can find folks fishing for lush fish along the seawall in […]

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A time to laugh

by Greg Lincoln As we age and our life experiences expand, the moments that we spend in laugher become less frequent than when we were children. Even in serious situations there might be something funny […]

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A day to remember

by Greg Lincoln Parents, we are proud of your kids for running with all their hearts at the State Cross Country finals this past weekend. Everyone did a great job representing their schools, communities, and […]

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In loving memoriae

by Greg Lincoln When we are beset by loss we come to a point in time when we are tasked with the great duty of writing a eulogy. It is like a tribute, an homage […]

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A common thread

by Greg Lincoln When a person is struck by some kind of tragedy or trauma, such as the loss of a close and beloved friend or family member, the feelings and the experience they are […]

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Visiting partners

by Greg Lincoln When a family is in trauma from an ordeal or tragedy that causes feelings of uncertainty, despair, or hopelessness, they need our help. What helps is to let them know that they […]

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A place of rest

by Greg Lincoln Part of losing someone that you love is having to lay them to rest. These days we have community cemeteries where our loved ones are placed, where they will return to the […]

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A season for everything

by Greg Lincoln As we age, we sometimes find ourselves not being able to remember things. For instance, we may go into the kitchen only to stop and think, what was I going to do […]

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To bear another loss

by Greg Lincoln Sometimes during the onset of grief it seems like the weather knows what you are going through and feeling and it becomes part of your grieving. The wind may pick up, the […]

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Sleep amnesia

by Greg Lincoln There is a very brief moment in time that occurs between the moments when you come out of unconsciousness from sleep and full wakefulness. During this time between sleep and full consciousness […]

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Only the essentials

by Greg Lincoln There came a point in time when we realized that we needed to do something about our energy consumption and our energy bills. What can we do to cut down costs? How […]