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Sen. Lyman Hoffman during a Senate Finance Committee meeting on March 29, 2016. Credit Skip Gray / 360 North
Skip Gray / 360 North

Climate change, Uber and its impacts on Bethel's taxi companies, and co-management of fisheries on the Kuskokwim were among the topics on Friday's call-in talk show with Senator Lyman Hoffman on KYUK.

Eighteen packs of beer lined a shelf at the opening of Bethel Native Corporation's Bethel Spirits Liquor Store on on Sept. 27, 2016. The store has only operated for 30 days since its opening.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Alcohol protests once again top the Bethel City Council meeting agenda. On Tuesday, the Council will consider protesting two liquor store applications: one for the Tundra Liquor Cache submitted by Steve Chung to turn his auto shop on Hoffman Road into a liquor store, and the other from the Alaska Commercial Company to add a liquor store by Brown’s Slough on Bridge Avenue. 

Greg Lincoln / The Delta Discovery

The Bethel Warriors, both the boys and girls, are still alive in the March Madness 3A high school state championships in Anchorage after winning their consolation matches on Friday.

In the afternoon, the Bethel Lady Warriors outran and outshot the Galena Lady Hawks to win their game 58 to 34. The game was fast and furious and Courtney Williams of Bethel was often leading the charge. In the final quarter she scored three running baskets in a row.

The Bethel girls and boys team will compete Saturday for fourth place in the state basketball championships at the Wells Fargo Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage. 

The Lady Warriors will play against Grace Christian at 8 a.m. Saturday. The Bethel team won their consolation match against Galena 58 to 34 on Friday, securing their place in the next round.

The Warrior Boys also won their consolation match on Friday, defeating Delta Junction 57 to 44. The Warriors will play for fourth place against Anchorage Christian at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Bethel City Council voted to protest a liquor license application for a package liquor store at Fili's Pizza Restaurant on February 28, 2017. The eatery already holds a restaurant liquor license to serve wine and beer and was the first establishment to se
Dean Swope / KYUK

Fili’s Pizza has dropped its application to turn its restaurant into a liquor store.

Seventh-grader Justin Stewart of Chuathbaulk shakes hands with Representative Zach Fansler before being introduced on the House floor during the 2017 Action Civics and Conservation Summit in Juneau.
Alaska Youth for Environmental Action

Two teenagers from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta recently returned from an environmental summit in Juneau. Over four days, the teens met with state legislators and advocated for measures to address climate change and to protect salmon habitats from the consequences of mining.

Lawmakers From Both Parties Join To Promote Innovation

Mar 23, 2017
Katie Basile / KYUK

A new bi-partisan caucus has formed in the state legislature. This one hopes to nurture business innovation and investment. Caucus co-chair, Democratic Representative Zach Fansler of Bethel, hopes to take the lead from small business development programs like Bethel's Best in the West competition.

Greg Lincoln / The Delta Discovery

As the Junior Classic mushers crossed the finish line on Wednesday, the 2017 Kuskokwim 300 mushing season came to an end.

Seven young mushers competed in the 17-and-under race that took teams from the Bethel boat harbor, up Straight Slough to the Hoffman Fish Camp, and back to the finish in Bethel. Mushers could take up to five dogs and accept any amount of help along the trail.

Emperor Goose in Gibson Cove
Lisa Hupp / U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The subsistence emperor goose hunt expected to open April 2 will bring more than meat and a resumed tradition to the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. In some communities, it will also bring jobs.

Eric Taylor with the USFWS Division of Migratory Bird Management addresses the AVCP Waterfowl Conservation Committee on March 20, 2017 on the coming Emperor Goose hunt.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

After 30 years of waiting and conserving, residents of the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta will be able to hunt emperor geese again next month. Wildlife managers and hunters are standing by for the federal government to release the official notice. Then residents will continue a tradition that’s skipped a generation.