Bethel Search & Rescue gifted a new 600cc Skidoo snowmobile by the Lions Club.
Perry Barr / Courtesy of Bethel Search & Rescue

Bethel Search and Rescue President Mike Riley says that last week's meeting was a big success in more ways than one. Riley was re-elected as BSAR president; Treasurer Bertha Chase and Secretary Donna Riley were also re-elected.

Representative Dan Ortiz, an Independent from Ketchikan, introduced a resolution last week calling for Governor Bill Walker to “issue an administrative order recognizing a ‘linguistic emergency” for Alaska Native languages.

A Southeast Alaska state legislator wants action to save Alaska Native Languages.


Former representative Zach Fansler resigned his seat earlier this month. On Sunday night, House District 38's Democrats nominated three potential candidates to replace him
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On Sunday night, the Democrats of House District 38 selected three potential nominees to replace Representative Zach Fansler, who resigned earlier this month following assault allegations. Two of their three choices are Alaska Native women, and all three candidates have deep ties to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Representative Zach Fansler meets with District 38 constituents at an open house meeting at the Kuskokwim University Campus on February 11, 2017. Fansler resigned earlier this month following assault allegations.
Katie Basile/KYUK

Today is the filing deadline for potential candidates who hope to replace Zach Fansler as House District 38's State Representative. Fansler resigned after being accused of domestic violence related to alcohol.

KYUK has been interviewing Bethel residents who know Fansler and asking whether they ever suspected that there might be trouble ahead for him. Whoever takes his place may face closer scrutiny than usual.

Civil Rights In Alaska Before Statehood

Feb 16, 2018
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Today, February 16, is Elizabeth Peratrovich Day. Long before Martin Luther King Jr. led the battle for civil rights in the United States, Elizabeth Peratrovich, a Tlingit woman from Southeast Alaska, helped lead the effort to pass civil rights legislation in our state.

Mining companies are putting money into a campaign to defeat the “Stand for Salmon” fish protection initiative.
Dave Cannon

Mining companies are putting money into a campaign to defeat the “Stand for Salmon” fish protection initiative.


The Bethel Winter House will open every night at 9 p.m. from December 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018 at the Bethel Evangelical Covenant Church.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Every night since December 1, community members in Bethel have cooked a meal for the Bethel Winter House. Each meal is a donation cooked in the home and brought to the shelter to share with people needing a warm, safe place to spend the night. After two-and-a-half months of hot meals, the Winter House needs help. It’s facing its first gap on the meal calendar on Sunday, and needs people to volunteer to make meals for most of March.

A former employee is suing AVCP for pushing her out of the organization after she became a parent.
Dean Swope/KYUK

A former employee is suing the Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP) for discrimination. Alexandra Werba claims that the tribal non-profit organization pushed her out of her job shortly after she became a mother and decided to work from home.

The Bethel Police Department is investigating the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of a minor. The crime was reported by a 14-year-old girl, though Acting Police Chief Burke Waldron would not confirm whether she was also the alleged victim.

Former KYUK General Manager John McDonald has begun the long process of organizing, cataloguing, and packing the KYUK 5,000-piece video collection for shipment to Anchorage where they'll be preserved. He is pictured here in the KYUK television studio on F
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Inside KYUK, tucked deep in the station, sits the world’s largest collection of videos documenting life in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. No one knows what all 5,000 tapes contain. The cataloguing is inconsistent, and the hours of footage are uncounted. But the station believes that it’s all important and is taking steps to save it.