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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 […]

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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 […]

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Be vocal: State is accepting public comments about Donlin Gold

Our ancestors moved around according to the seasons, we know that and during the summer we know they occupied the banks of our Kuskoqfaq River to fish and put away the abundance of salmon and […]

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Donlin Gold Mine

Our Ancestors taught us to respect the people, Mother Nature, and in this case… the land. Not only will this destroy the animals that roam the waters, and the animals that seek water… it will […]

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Cutting 20 million from Alaska’s education budget is not good for Rural Alaska

The proposed $20M cut from Alaska’s education budget, I feel, is a bad idea! As an Alaska resident who has supported the education of our children in our communities, I am speaking up to be […]

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K300 Kalskag Checkpoint Thanks

Hi there, I’m just writing to thank our Kalskag donators who donated for the K300 this year. To the ANICA Store of Kalskag, they donated $400 worth of goods, they donate every year, which we […]

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Congratulations

Congratulations on receiving the Association of Village Council Presidents’ 2018 Small Business Award. This is a tremendous accomplishment of which I am sure you are very proud. It is no small feat to provide over […]

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Request for Major Disaster Declaration

Dear Mr. President: January 4, 2019 We write to urge your immediate consideration of Governor Michael Dunleavy’s request for a Major Disaster declaration under Section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency […]

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Statement from Coastal House Legislators and Legislators-Elect

Many conversations have taken place since the November 2018 elections in the effort to put together an effective working House coalition to serve the people of Alaska. It is our goal to be part of […]

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Sullivan Recognizes All Alaskans for Their Remarkable Response to Earthquake

Last week, as part of his “Alaskan of the Week” series, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) recognized all Alaskans for their remarkable response to the November 30, 2018 earthquake the shook Southcentral Alaska. Mr. President, […]

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Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays from Chevak Alaska!

My name is Roberta Agimuk, I am currently the Resilient Alaska Youth (RAY) AmeriCorps Member for my community in Chevak. I would like to share my deepest gratitude to thank all the people that made […]

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Help needed to raise fund for basketball trip

I am trying to start a go fund me for my 15 year old son, freshman in high school in Kotlik, Alaska. Kotlik is a small town of 600+ residents. The high school has a […]

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Thanksgiving is the peak day of the year for home cooking fires

Thanksgiving is a day that is meant to commemorate all the things that we’re thankful for in life. Sadly, the holiday also marks the peak day of the year for fires that cooking is the […]

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Nominations open for advisory committee

Do you participate in local hunting, trapping or fishing activities? Do you want to get involved in the State’s fish and game regulatory process? Nominations are currently being accepted to serve on the Bethel Fish […]

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Governor-Elect Mike Dunleavy Announces Inaugural Celebration, Co-Chairs, Swearing In Location

Today (Nov. 10th, 2018), Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy announced additional transition team members. ● Co-chair of Inaugural Celebrations: Cynthia Henry of Fairbanks ● Co-chair of Inaugural Celebrations: Rina Salazar of Anchorage Governor-elect Dunleavy said, “Alaskans are […]

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Response to comments on Calista’s PAEC endorsement decisions

Quyana Cakneq to all the Shareholders that have commented on the Calista Public Advocacy and Engagement Committee (PAEC) endorsement decisions. The Committee members are all Shareholders, from Emmonak to Chevak, Kwigillingok to Akiachak, and beyond. […]

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Begich supports protecting education funding

In villages, the school is the heart of activities. Celebrations, sporting events, and funerals take place in the largest facility available, the school. Closing a school is closing a community. Telling families they are no […]

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Gov. Walker suspends campaign for re-election

Dear Alaskans, I ran for re-election because I still believe that, more than anything else, Alaska deserves integrity, honesty, and courage. Alaska First is, and cannot only be, a campaign slogan. When I said I […]

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Yes vote on Ballot Measure 1 allows us to chart a better course

The Alaska Policy Forum is part of a nation-wide network of Koch brothers-funded extreme right-wingers advocating for the privatization of public education, “right-to-work” laws and elimination of most safeguards for our air, land and water, […]

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Board of Fisheries Should Act to Protect Wild Salmon Stocks

When the Alaska Board of Fisheries meets in Anchorage this October, it can act to place the protection of wild stocks of salmon above expansion of hatchery production of pink salmon in the Gulf of […]

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Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance, 93-638

Dear AVCP Delegates, It is my understanding that half of the 56 member-tribes of the independent Association of Village Council Presidents, Inc (AVCP), contract, if not compact their own BIA programs and services under the […]

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Mark Begich & Debra Call for Alaska

My husband, Jay Hammond, never compromised his values and that is what made him such a strong and effective Governor of Alaska. Jay always put people over his party affiliation and he understood what it […]

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Toksook Bay Blackberry Festival Thanks

The Toksook Bay 20th Annual Blackberry Festival was a success this year. This success was due to generous contributions by North Star Gas, NYC, Calista Corporation, Donlin Gold, YKHC, AVCP Inc, and AVEC. We would […]

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Thank you for your support

The family of Darlene Margaret “Goosh-Goosh” Cole would like to thank the following people and businesses for the support and donations during our loss of our loved one: BJ Hoffman, Travis Dostert, The Moses family-Floyd […]

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No to Stand For Salmon

I am writing this brief article related to the “Stand for Salmon” ballot initiative that will be voted on this November by ALL ALASKANS. This is my opinion and my opinion only! First, I want […]

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LKSD expresses gratitude to the community of Bethel

LKSD would like to express our gratitude to the community of Bethel for the patience and flexibility shown during the first few days of school as we have implemented our interim transportation plan. LKSD has […]

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We need every Inuk

On the occasion of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the UN has identified the theme of “Indigenous peoples’ migration and movement.” For Inuit in the Arctic, though we were originally a nomadic people, experiencing migration and movement […]

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Seattle Seahawks visit thanks

Dear Delta Discovery, I wanted to send a big “thank you” to the Bethel community for hosting the Seattle Seahawks in mid-July. It was made possible by the generous contributions from Alaska Airlines, Calista Corporation, […]

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Support for the Donlin Gold Mine Project

The Donlin Gold mine project represents the start of new opportunities for our children and grandchildren. As many of us have seen, the younger generations are denied the opportunity to provide for their families because […]

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Back to Chefornak in 51 years

Last week I returned to Chefornak for the first time in fifty-one years. In 1966/67, when I was 20 years old, I spent seven very formative months in Chefornak. I taught the youngsters before they […]

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Support for Col. Wayne Don

To Whom It May Concern: I am a Calista shareholder, writing to express my support for Colonel Wayne Don who, until recently, was Chairman of the Calista Board of Directors. His election into the Chairmanship […]

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AVCP Bethel Head Start Class of 2018 Thanks

The AVCP Bethel Head Start Class of 2018 would like to thank Calista, Alaska Commercial Co., Swanson’s, Bethel Native Corp., YK Delta Lifesavers, Subway, OTNC and everyone for all their donations towards Graduation. Lorli Crow […]

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Support for Loren Peterson

I strongly urge Calista Shareholders to vote for Loren Peterson for Unit 3. He will bring new energy and ideas that will benefit our shareholders. Loren is smart, has a business sense and has integrity. […]

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Bethel Wrestling Club Thanks Sponsors

The 2018 Bethel Wrestling Club regular season has come to an end and we would like to express our thank you’s to the following organizations and volunteers. Prime Sponsor: Donlin Gold Prime Sponsor: Bethel Volunteer […]

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Support for Calista Corporation Director Wayne Don

To Whom It May Concern: As a lifelong resident of the YK Delta and a Calista Corporation shareholder, I am writing to show my support for Director Wayne Don. I grew up with Wayne and […]

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What can you do after high school?

Graduation is coming close, and life after high school is much more interesting. Having a high school diploma is a ticket into the world. Mr. Dyment, the KLA Dean of Students and Math teacher, said, […]

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Opinion: Alcohol vs. Bethel

Alcohol has been known to Bethel for far too long. Citizens go to war with it every now and then, but those who stay to fight, are usually the ones making a difference. I, for […]

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A letter about injustice

I am watching 360North.org where Governor Bill Walker is dispensing awards with Elisabeth Qaulluk Cravalho and Benjamin Brown. I’m also listening to KYUK, reading a book, and a newspaper. Like always I cannot help but […]

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Youth Baseball in Bethel this summer!

Baseball is a fun, active, team sport that is a blast for boys, girls and parents alike. Who doesn’t want to swing a bat at a ball? We want to bring baseball back to Bethel. […]

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Open Letter to Governor Bill Walker, Lt. Governor Byron Mallot, Federal and State Lawmakers, Native Organizations, and their Legal Advisors, Village and Tribal Leaders

I listen to the radio station KYUK at Bethel, AK. The main topic of the Yup’ik and English talk shows is alcohol and the problems and hardship it is causing to Bethel and surrounding Yukon […]

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Setting the Record Straight on the Toxic Release Inventory

Every year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues a list called the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI). And every year, the Red Dog Mine’s ranking on this report is misrepresented by various commentators, casting our operation […]

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Should Students Have Cellphones in School?

Have you heard about the issues with students being able to have their phones in school? Well I’m going to give you my opinion of why students should be able to use their phones. I […]

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AC Quick stop liquor store

Support needed! If you believe this location is not the right place to have a liquor store or you have had a bad experience with the store, letters of complaint should be sent to the […]

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To Bethel Native Corporation Shareholders

Its that time of year again. Bethel Native Corporation is soliciting interested shareholders to file if they are interested in serving on the BNC board. Three seats are open, terms are for 3 years. I […]

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RE: Resignation of Representative Zach Fansler

Like many others, we were shocked and saddened to learn of the allegations that were reported last week in the Juneau Empire about our boss Zach Fansler. Those allegations came as a surprise to us […]

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Liquor Store traffic a concern for the safety of our children

My name is Jeffrey Evon, born and raised here in Bethel. I am the son of the late Joseph Evon and Joanne Evon. I am here tonight to voice my concern about the growing amount […]

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Thank you Veterans

Thank you to the Bethel VFW Post 1041 for the generous donation to assist with the funeral expenses for our Grandson Brandon. Words cannot express our gratitude. Many thanks to our Veterans for their kindness […]

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Quyana for your help during our loss

The family of Alexie Kanrilak, would like to extend our deepest gratitude from the bottom of our hearts to everyone that helped us out during the loss of our beloved Rose Ann Kanrilak. First and […]

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Do it yourself – eliminate Bed Bugs

I approached the Anchorage Daily News and they didn’t want to investigate or print anything. I had bed bugs I got from Black Angus Inn when me and my daughter stayed there. I learned how […]

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Moose Game limit in Unit 21E over the limit of Sport Hunters

Dear Commissioner Sam Cotten, There definitely has to be a change to keep track of Sport hunters hunting in Game Unit 21E. As far as I know there is a cap of Sport Hunters allowed, […]

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SJR 1 Resolution

Dear Governor Walker, As you put together the October Special Session call, I’d like to encourage you to include a resolution that I have sponsored for several years, SJR 1. As you know, SJR 1 […]

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AFN Resolutions due

The 2017 Annual AFN Convention Resolutions deadline is September 22, 2017. Resolutions can be submitted by: Email: [email protected] Mail: 3000 A Street, Suite 210, Anchorage, AK 99503; Fax: 907-276-7989. Below are the criteria for AFN […]

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Skipping Class

Have you ever skipped an important class or a non-important class in school? About everyone who’s went to school or going to school could say they’ve done it. There’s many different kinds of people. There […]

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Akiak Annual Clean Up Green Up 2017

We would like to recognize the community members of Akiak in their efforts to keep Akiak trash free. The annual clean up green up group commends the households that utilize the Akiak trash hauling and […]

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Problem in My Community

What’s the problem in your community? The problem from where I grew up, which is Bethel, Alaska, is alcoholism and drug abuse. It doesn’t matter what age you are, whether you are legal or illegal […]

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Cell Phones and School

I was once a student who had lost motivation in doing anything involving school related things such as homework, because my electronic device always distracted me. I told my mom I didn’t want a phone […]

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Is The Permanent Fund Dividend Constitutional?

The permanent fund dividend (PFD) appropriations unconditionally give away state assets raising serious constitutional questions whether providing for an annual wealth distribution payment to every eligible adult and child in the state is a proper […]

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Public Hearing Design Cemetery Road Project

Come learn about the new road plans for Upper Kalskag on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at the Multi Purpose Building. The project will create a new road from Quarry Road to a new cemetery site, […]

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Opposing the SAR submission

To: Anthony Christianson, Chairman On July 6, 2017, Mr. Dave Cannon submitted a SAR to the FSB for immediate action on: 1) That the FSB rescind the In-Season Fisheries Management Authority of the YDNWR Manager […]

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A vote for me is a vote for your children

Hello, My Name is Marcus Alexie and I am from Akiachak, Alaska. I grew up here knowing the struggles of an everyday student. I grew up in a time where everything seemed like it was […]

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4th of July Fire Safety

The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office realizes that Independence Day and fireworks can go hand in hand, but fireworks shouldn’t go in consumers’ hands. Fireworks cause devastating burns, injuries and even death. Knowing the harm […]

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Family ties

My dad had brothers, sisters, and other relatives on Nunivak Island but he had never explained my away-from-the-Island heritage. My grandma Edna Hooper on my mother’s side is originally from Tununak. My dad was born […]

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Request Consideration for Re-Election of Margaret Pohjola

It has been my honor to humbly serve the Calista Shareholders for 20 plus years. The beginning of my tenure was an important yet critical time for Calista. As stressful as the decision during the […]

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Keep the top open when lighting your grill

To ensure a safe Memorial Day weekend, the Alaska state fire marshal’s office wants to remind you that before the barbecue begins, follow a few simple tips to ensure your grilling experience is a safe […]

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Quyana for your support

Native Village of Hooper Bay, City of Hooper Bay, and SLC, Youth and Elder Group, Qungasvik, Wellness Center, and numerous volunteers, held the annual Louis Bunyan Festival on April 6, 7, 8, 2017. Thanks to […]

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Let’s Keep in Touch!

Good morning – Here we are at the end of April with the Legislature continuing their work on how to address our State’s fiscal deficit. Both the Senate and the House have passed legislation that […]

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Wallace and the Whale

Key Statement: What you treasure becomes precious, important, and brings great gratitude from your mind into your heart. Many years ago at NBC, a coaching team was invited to speak in schools at Barrow, Alaska. […]

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Guideline suggestions for search and rescue missions

To whom it may concern and Coastal Area Villages, Newtok Village Council would like to implore assisting agencies and other parties involved or affected to amend the guidelines for conducting ground and aerial search and […]

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Be a Good Parent

My wife, Faith, and I created three children. As they grew, they occasionally objected to our parental authority. (Especially in their teenage years). As good parents, we never allowed such behavior. They would fully understand […]

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Medicaid and PFD cuts

I’m very concerned about how our Medicaid and PFD are being cut. This is already hurting our people. Our Native hospitals are giving us cheap medication that don’t even work! So far I was given […]

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Valentine’s Event Thanks

Bethel Family Clinic would like to recognize and thank those in our community that made our Valentine’s Event such a success. Special thanks goes to: JROTC, AC Store, BFC Board Members, Staff and Volunteers and […]

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Thank you for finding our loved ones To the Search & Rescue Volunteers of Alakanuk, Emmonak, Kotlik, and Mountain Village Thank you so much for volunteering your time and resources to help search for our […]

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No Third Liquor Store

I think alcohol and marijuana should not be sold in stores in Bethel because they are the cause of money being wasted, and there are already enough of them open. Alcohol is not our culture […]

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Alcohol and Marijuana Sales

I am strongly against the legal sales of marijuana and another liquor store being opened in Bethel. I think that the people who want to get in business with selling marijuana and opening a liquor […]

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An Open Letter to the People of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region:

Happy New Year to everyone! For over a quarter of a century Bethel Search and Rescue has faithfully served the People of the region. Our all-volunteer organization has grown from just a handful of caring […]

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Nunaniq Klissmissaaq assilria-llu nutaraq allrakuq

There are issues, events, and occurrences that never have been addressed positively since the beginning of biblical, and human histories. Individuals, elected federal, local, regional, religious, and state law-makers purport to have all the answers […]

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Polar bears over people, environmentalism over economies

In the name of climate change initiatives President Obama has, over the course of his presidency, marginalized the voices of the Arctic Iñupiat while destroying our ability to develop a stable economy in Arctic Alaska. […]

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Open Letter to the Board of Game

I’ve been a resident of Alaska for 55 years and would like to express my extreme disappointment and, yes, outrage concerning the Alaska Board of Game’s Proposal 155 to kill wolves in District 15C north […]