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Legislators create VPSO Working Group

Senate President Cathy Giessel and House Speaker Bryce Edgmon have announced the creation of the Village Public Safety Officer working group. Presiding officers of the House and Senate, Giessel and Edgmon, made the announcement via […]

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University of Alaska and Ravn Air Group announce nation’s first Aviation Degree & Airline Pilot Employment Program

The University of Alaska, Anchorage (“UAA”) and Ravn Air Group (“Ravn”), Alaska’s largest regional airline, today (April 17th, 2019) announced the launch of the country’s first-ever program that allows students to simultaneously complete their aviation […]

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Local entrepreneurs granted funds to start up small businesses

The UAF Kuskokwim Campus Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center and Best in the West Partners are pleased to announce the winners of the eleventh annual small business competition for 2019. ·Carole Jung & John Jordan, Jung-Jordan […]

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Murkowski announces Secure Rural Schools Payments to Alaska

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today (April 16th, 2019) announced that communities across Alaska will soon receive a total of $10,990,708 to fund schools and local budget priorities. The payments are being provided through the […]

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Alaska Senate urges railroad crossing through Canada

The Alaska Senate today (April 15, 2019) unanimously voted for a resolution urging the U.S. to issue a presidential permit allowing a railroad crossing between Alaska and Canada. “A railroad connecting Alaska to Alberta would […]

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Governor Dunleavy refuses to work with Alaska Tribes

by Native People’s Action, Inc. Dunleavy administration declining multiple requests for consultation and establishment of government-to-government relations. During Governor Dunleavy’s few months in office, he and his administration have already set an alarming precedent by […]

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Southeast pink salmon forecast cause for concern, cause for conservation

by Jenny Weis As the days grow longer and summer plans start to materialize, ‘18 million’ is a number on the mind of many across Southeast Alaska, especially those in the numerous industries that rely […]

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Doyon 2019 Board Election Results

At the 2019 Doyon, Limited annual meeting of shareholders held on March 15, 2019 in Fairbanks, four shareholders were elected to the board of directors. Incumbents Jerry Isaac, Sonta Hamilton-Roach and Miranda Wright were joined […]

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Eskimo Ninja visits Bethel

GCI hosted a pool party featuring Nick Hanson, the American Eskimo Ninja Warrior as a way to say “thank you” to its Bethel customers on Thursday afternoon, April 11. The pool party was held at […]

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#FridaysOnTheFarm: Keeping it Fresh in the Last Frontier

by Dana Rogge, USDA Each Friday, meet farmers, producers, and landowners through our #FridaysOnTheFarm stories. Visit local farms, ranches, forests, and resource areas where USDA customers and partners do right and feed everyone. This week, […]

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Local star honored

Every year the Alaska Hotel and Lodging Association recognizes the best and brightest associates in their field in the hotel and lodging industry throughout Alaska. On Saturday, March 30, 2019, the industry recognized Christina Hill […]

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BRHS to host AASG Spring Conference

The AASG (Alaska Association of Student Governments) 2019 Spring Conference will be held April 11-13, 2019 at Bethel Regional High School. The theme of our upcoming Spring conference is “Forefront of the Last Frontier.” According […]

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AFN responds to Supreme Court’s decision on Sturgeon Case

by AFN Staff The U.S. Supreme Court today (March 26, 2019) issued its decision in Sturgeon v. Frost, ruling navigable waters within the National Park System are exempt from the National Park Service’s normal regulatory […]

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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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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. […]

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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 […]

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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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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, […]

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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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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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Hotel mold whistleblower case

Administrative Hearing for fired worker continues: Day 4 Anchorage On Tuesday February 19, the National Labor Relations Board began an administrative hearing at the Nesbett Courthouse which is now stretching into day 4. It continues […]

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GCI donates to ASAA and NYO

by GCI Staff GCI announced (Feb. 14th, 2019) the recipients of its 2019 philanthropy campaign – 12 nonprofit organizations that work to improve the lives of Alaskans across the state, including the Alaska School Activities […]

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2019 Alaska State Archery Results

The Bethel Schools Archery team competed against 17 other Alaskan schools in the State tournaments this year. They competed in the Bullseye and 3D competition. Winning state championship honors were the Elementary and High School […]

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Senate District S Legislative Update

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Hello Friends, Congratulation to Representative Bryce Edgmon of Dillingham for his election to his second term as Speaker of the House! We are finishing week five with Governor Dunleavy submitting his […]

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Calista statement on the passing of Director

Calista Corporation sends our thoughts and prayers to Director Leslie Hunter Sr.’s family. Leslie served on the Calista Board since 2014 and lived a productive life providing for his family. He studied engineering, earned a […]

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FNA board names Rev. Anna Frank as Elder Advisor

FNA board names Rev. Anna Frank as Elder Advisor The Fairbanks Native Association Board of Directors has appointed the Rev. Anna Frank as Elder Advisor for the Fairbanks Native Association. The appointment is for three […]

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Misconduct involving a controlled substance

Alaska State Troopers contacted Kaylena Charlie, age 23 of Minto, AK, and Lethearen Jimmie, age 20 of Fairbanks, AK, smoking THC (marijuana) concentrates at the front door of the Nenana School (with “No Smoking” signs […]

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BCSF Announces 2019 Give+Get Drawing

by BCSF Staff Bethel Community Services Foundation (BCSF) announces that the fifth annual Give+Get Drawing in 2019 will reward two lucky donors who choose to Pick.Click.Give. to a Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta-based nonprofit. The first-place winner will […]

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Senate District S Update

Sby Senator Lyman Hoffman Good morning, It is the end of week two and the Senate Finance Committee is rolling along. This week the committee reviewed John Quick, Commissioner designee for the Department of Administration. […]

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2019 Individual Artist Award application period is now open

Rasmuson Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2019 Individual Artist Awards (IAA). Applications will be accepted until midnight on March 1. The awards are solely for artists living and working in Alaska. They are […]

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Senator Hoffman’s Legislative Update

by Sen. Lyman Hoffman Good morning Family and Friends, On Tuesday, the 31st Alaska State Legislature convened. As a member of the Senate Majority, I have been assigned the following committees: Senate Finance, Community and […]

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Remains of missing man found

Officers from the Bethel Police Department responded in the area behind the Uivik Subdivision in Bethel, Alaska on a report that someone found a deceased male on the tundra on January 15, 2019, at approximately […]

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Legislation filed to impose a deadline to test rape kits in Alaska

Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) has pre-filed public safety legislation requiring the timely testing of sexual assault/rape kits in Alaska, which often go untested. House Bill 20 will help prevent a backlog of untested kits by […]

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A Celebration of Christmas

Ethan Cooke (at left) and Avery Hoffman of Bethel are the banner and star carriers for the St. Sophia Russian Orthodox Church during last week’s Slaaviq caroling at the Lulu Heron apartments. The carolers sang […]

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Alaska Marine Lines expands western Alaska service

Alaska Marine Lines, an Alaska marine transportation company, is expanding its service from Seattle and Anchorage to the Arctic Region in 2019. Bowhead Transport will provide the destination services at the North Slope villages of […]

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Pleasant and Shields chosen as First Alaskans Public Policy Fellows

by First Alaskans Institute We are excited to announce Jasmine Kóot Xheech Mattson-Wolff (Tlingit), Hunter K’ax Yeik Meachum (Tlingit), Anastasia Ciuguun Pleasant (Yup’ik/Iñupiaq), Olivia Piiyuuk Shields (Yup’ik) and Martin Stepetin, Sr. (Unangax) will serve as […]

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The Salmon State: This art is ‘WILD by Nature’

by Mary Catharine Martin About a year ago my friend Julienne Pacheco dropped by our house with an ocean-caught steelhead. Before we cooked it, she got out a filet knife and carefully separated the flesh […]

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BLM conveys title to almost 40,000 acres in Goodnews Bay

BLM Alaska comes closer to finalizing State of Alaska entitlement with largest land conveyance in eight years. BLM Alaska conveyed 39,995 acres to the State of Alaska in the Goodnews Bay area recently pursuant to […]

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Massive impact crater discovered in Greenland

by UAF Research Staff An international team including a researcher from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute has discovered a 31-kilometer-wide meteorite impact crater buried beneath northern Greenland’s ice sheet. This is the first […]

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Governor Walker issues disaster declaration

Governor Walker issued a verbal disaster declaration in response to yesterday’s 7.0 earthquake that shook southcentral Alaska at 8:29am. At Governor Walker’s request, President Trump issued a Federal Emergency Declaration to assist local, state, and […]

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AIDEA Board approves dividend

The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) Board at its meeting Wednesday in Anchorage approved a dividend of $10,285,000 to the state general fund for Fiscal Year 2020. “We are very happy to announce […]

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Short-lived salmon play a role in long-term survival

by Mary Catharine Martin If you’ve fished around Frazer Lake on Kodiak Island over the last 20 years, odds are you’re familiar with jack salmon — a salmon, usually sockeye or a king, that returns […]

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Crime lab dedicates personnel exclusively to SAK testing

The Department of Public Safety today (Nov. 2nd, 2018) released its annual report to the Legislature on the status of testing sexual assault kits (SAKs) from across the state of Alaska. The report shows significant […]

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Alaska’s Minimum Wage will increase in January 2019

The Alaska minimum wage will increase from $9.84 to $9.89 in 2019. Voters passed a ballot initiative in 2014 to raise the minimum wage by one dollar in both 2015 and 2016, and thereafter required […]

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Fuel-Tanker driver pleads guilty to oil pollution

On October 22, 2018, 52-year-old Louis Nations pled guilty to oil pollution, a violation of Alaska’s environmental laws. Magistrate Judge Kay Adams presided over the hearing. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s (ADEC) Environmental Crimes […]

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Goodnews Bay area land selected for conveyance

The Department of the Interior revokes five Public Land Orders making way for Alaska land conveyance and mineral development. The Secretary of Interior today (Oct. 4, 2018) issued a Public Land Order (PLO), which affects […]

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2017 Fire in Alaska Report Released

There were 19 fire deaths in Alaska in 2017, a 6% increase from the previous year. Of those deaths, six were children under the age of 10. Additionally, juvenile firesetters were responsible for igniting 22% […]

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Muskox transported from Greenland to Alaska

by Ned Rozell Leaving cloven hoofprints from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, more than 3,500 muskoxen live in Alaska. All of those shaggy, curly-horned beasts came from one group of muskoxen […]

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ENR approves bill to restore equity for Alaska Native Vietnam Veterans

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee yesterday advanced S. 785, the Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act, out of committee by voice vote. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski, […]

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The Salmon State: “Surfing the salmon wave” in Bristol Bay Habitat diversity produces salmon diversity — and well-nourished predators

by Mary Catharine Martin By mid-August Bristol Bay’s river systems are choked with fish, but early July, when most of the bay’s sockeye salmon are fighting their way in from the sea, is another story. […]

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Arctic ground squirrels go to bed early

by Ned Rozell Maybe she has the right idea, the arctic ground squirrel. Sniffing the chilly air, looking up to see the first stars of the season, she has decided to check out. A few […]

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State urges Supreme Court to stop federal regulation of State Waterways

The State of Alaska today (Aug. 14th, 2018) in an amicus brief urged the U.S. Supreme Court in Sturgeon v. Frost to uphold state management of state navigable waterways and overturn the Ninth Circuit Court […]

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Wildlife Troopers continue fisheries enforcement

by DPS Staff Alaska Wildlife Troopers are continuing their enforcement and patrol actions at commercial and personal use fisheries across the state. Recent patrol and surveillance efforts yielded a significant number of citations and charges […]

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State urges Supreme Court to stop federal regulation of State Waterways

The State of Alaska today (Aug. 14th, 2018) in an amicus brief urged the U.S. Supreme Court in Sturgeon v. Frost to uphold state management of state navigable waterways and overturn the Ninth Circuit Court […]

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Fall Law Enforcement Training Academy begins with 47 new recruits

ALET 1802 boasts large class of recruits for multiple police agencies. The Alaska Law Enforcement Training (ALET) Academy’s second session of the year began Sunday, with 47 recruits for police agencies across the state. The […]

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Yukon River peregrine falcon’s recovery

by Ned Rozell “She’s starting to wail,” Chris Florian says, referring to the worrisome shriek of a peregrine falcon across the river. Florian, her biologist husband Skip Ambrose and I are sitting on warm gravel […]

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Study ranks marine mammals’ risks from Arctic shipping

by Heather McFarland Bowhead whales are the marine mammals most vulnerable to disruption from increased ship traffic in waters off Alaska, a new study has concluded. Across the Arctic, narwhals are the most vulnerable. The […]

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AK Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs recognizes ATG Member

by Magen James Alaska’s Office of Veterans Affairs receives many walk-ins from service members, veterans, their families and the general public inquiring about benefits and anything to do with veteran services. They received a special […]

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Low Copper River sockeye return effects ripple outward Dipnetters optimistic

by Mary Catharine Martin It’s a summer tradition for many in Alaska: pack up the car, drive to Chitina and dipnet for Copper River red salmon. It’s a tradition, however, that many won’t fulfill this […]

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Local polling by Tribes shows regional opposition to Pebble Mine

United Tribes of Bristol Bay released new polling results today (July 19th, 2018) highlighting local concerns about the proposed Pebble mine, showing more than 80 percent of the region believes that the mine poses a […]

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Calista Corporation announces 2018 Annual Meeting Results

by Thom Leonard 44th Meeting Held in Bethel on July 6. Calista (cha-LIS-tuh) Corporation Shareholders reelected three directors and elected a new director to the Board. Additionally, the one resolution up for vote passed. A […]

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Fairbanks hosts annual World Eskimo-Indian Olympics

The annual World Eskimo-Indian Olympic Games (WEIO) will take place at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks from July 18 through 21, 2018. A four-day series of traditional Alaska Native athletic competitions, WEIO draws Native athletes […]

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Sharks may be eating more northern seals, sea lions

by Paula Dobbyn Something new is happening in the cold waters off northern and western Alaska. Unusual injuries such as bite marks and flipper amputations are showing up on seals in the Bering Strait, Chukchi […]

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The Salmon State: The impossible journey of the juvenile coho

by Mary Catharine Martin Study shows river systems behave like financial investments: diverse portfolios get better returns. Turns out finance and salmon survival have something in common: the importance of diversification. As a PhD student […]

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A True Story Told by John Active

by Ann Feinup-Riordan When word came that John Active had passed away, we at CEC (Calista Elders Council) were deeply saddened. Right now we are finishing a new bilingual book that will be published later […]

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The Salmon State: A downriver homecoming

by Mary Catharine Martin The Taku Kwáan Dancers have been traveling from Atlin, British Columbia to Juneau’s biennial Celebration for years. This year, for the first time, seven of them did it the traditional way: […]

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Congressional Candidate Alyse Galvin visits YK Delta

by Chantal de Alcuaz Last week, Alyse Galvin visited Bethel for the second time as part of her bid to unseat Don Young in Congress. She is an independent running in the Democratic Primary which […]

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Abundant hares suggest impending Tularemia outbreak

by ADFG Staff (Fairbanks) – An abundance of hares reported this week (May 30th, 2018), including dead hares with Tularemia and voles covered in ticks, could mean diagnosis of the summer’s first cases of Tularemia […]

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2018 Kuskokwim Ice Classic winners

Back on May 2nd, 2018, the Kuskokwim Ice Classic pod started to sink through the rotting ice of the river. Folks lined the banks, watching and waiting. Then, as the clock struck 7:51pm, the 100-foot […]

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Alaska Army National Guard recruits find strength in numbers during initial training

by 2nd Lt. Marisa Lindsay FORT BENNING, Georgia — Ten Alaskans earned their place within the ranks of the Alaska Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment, as infantry Soldiers after graduating from the […]

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BP commits to sell gas to Alaska LNG Project

The Alaska LNG Project reached a historic milestone today (May 7th, 2018) as BP Alaska and Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) announced the parties have agreed to key terms of a Gas Sales Agreement, including […]

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Alaska State Trooper arrested

In the interest of maintaining transparency, the Division of Alaska State Troopers (AST) is releasing the following information regarding an Alaska State Trooper under arrest for attempted sexual abuse of a minor. On Thursday, April […]

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KuC celebrates graduates at 44th Commencement Ceremony

by Sally Russell The University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Rural and Community Development (UAF CRCD) Kuskokwim Campus (KuC) held its forty-fourth commencement ceremony at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel on Thursday, May […]

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CVRF launches series of educational videos on CDQ program

by CVRF Staff Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF) is launching a series of educational videos on the CDQ program and CVRF’s operations in Western Alaska. The series of videos is designed to support and complement […]

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Senate votes to establish marijuana education & treatment fund

The Alaska Senate today (May 1st, 2018) unanimously passed a bill establishing the Marijuana Education & Treatment Fund to address the negative health and social consequences of marijuana use. “We need a way to monitor […]

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Derelict Vessel Bill Passes

by Rachel Lord On Wednesday, Alaska took a step closer to stronger laws and pro-active prevention of derelict vessels across the state. Passing both the Senate and the House, Senate Bill 92 is heading to […]

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HUD Award to help village of Chefornak to rebuild barge jetty

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded a $450,000 “imminent threat” grant to the Village of Chefornak in western Alaska to begin restoring a barge jetty that was badly-damaged in the 2017 […]

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Rookie Race Champion

Congratulations to Angela George of Kwethluk who won the 2018 Rookie Race. She took first place last Saturday in Bethel with her family’s team from the Tag Along Kennels. The Rookie Race is sponsored by […]

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Senate votes to allow PFD donations to State General Fund

The Alaska Senate today (April 6th, 2018) unanimously passed a bill to give Alaskans the option of donating all or a portion of their Permanent Fund dividend directly to the state general fund. “I’ve heard […]

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Best in the West 2018 Winners

by Laura Ellsworth The UAF Kuskokwim Campus Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center, and the Best in the West (BITW) partners are pleased to announce the winners of the tenth annual small business competition for 2018. This […]

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Andrews wins 100-Mile Challenge dog race

by K.J. Lincoln This past weekend featured another win for musher Maurice Andrews of Bethel. He and his team from the Simons Family Glare Ice Kennel won the Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee sponsored 100-Mile Challenge. […]

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Potential Botulism Case in Bethel

by YKHC Staff On March 21, 2018, the Alaska Section of Epidemiology received a report of a suspected case of foodborne botulism in an adult from Bethel. A possible source of the botulism toxin for […]

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Calista Corporation Opens 2018 Shareholder Award Nominations Winners Receive a Plaque and $1,500

by Thom Leonard Calista Corporation opens nominations for the 2018 Shareholder Awards. The Calista Awards are focused on Calista Shareholders and Descendants. Nominations are open to Shareholders and Descendants living in and out of the […]

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Tuluksak Teacher Sentenced to 48 Months to Serve in Child Pornography Case

(Bethel, AK) John Paul Donald Douglas was sentenced today in Bethel to ten years imprisonment with six years suspended and four years to serve after pleading guilty to a consolidated count of possession of child […]

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Native Village of Marshall passes resolution requesting State of Emergency declaration

Concern for the continued health, safety, and welfare of their people has driven the Native Village of Marshall Traditional Council to pass a resolution requesting the Governor Bill Walker to declare a state of emergency […]