Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska's Energy Desk - Bethel
Calista Corporation has reaffirmed its Alaska Federation of Natives membership in response to a caller on a Feb. 28 KYUK talk show who claimed that Calista had pulled out of the organization.
Grant Aviation is suing the company that runs air traffic control at Bethel’s airport, claiming the company is responsible for a July plane crash.
The Red Devil mercury mine used to be the largest in the state. But once it was no longer profitable, the owners walked away, leaving behind a toxic mess for someone else to clean up.
In the YK Delta, a murder acquittal gives one young man his life back, while miles away, a mother grieves her son
Adam Williams, the young man who shot and Eliza Wassillie’s son in 2017, was acquitted on murder charges. She is still looking for justice.
For the first time ever, the ice road on the frozen Kuskokwim River has been plowed to Sleetmute, a village north of Bethel.
The plane, operated by Yute Commuter Service, was found crashed 11 miles southwest of Tuntutuliak.
In January, one village in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta removed all its stray dogs with the help of two nonprofits, including Bethel Friends of Canines. It took a lot of planning to ensure that the ambitious effort was a success.
Taxis are a main form of transportation to and from medical appointments for people who travel to Bethel for healthcare, but cab companies in Bethel have decided to stop accepting Medicaid vouchers for payment.
The Red Devil mercury mine permanently closed in 1971 after the price of ore fell and the owners walked away, leaving it up to the state and federal governments to clean up the site.
The Kuskokwim Corporation, which represents 10 villages in the Middle Kuskokwim River area, has a new CEO. Andrea Gusty, who stepped into the role on Feb. 6, grew up in Aniak, one of those villages.
State approves pipeline lease for Donlin Gold, another step toward building the mine in Southwest Alaska
The state of Alaska approved a right-of-way lease for Donlin Gold’s proposed 315-mile gas pipeline on Jan. 17. The lease is an important step forward in the company’s quest to build the Donlin Gold Mine, which could be one of the largest in the world if completed.
There was only one substantive change to the recommendations: the working group now recommends keeping unfunded mandates for the VPSO program because of the state budget shortage.
ALASKAbuds may be the first marijuana store opening in Bethel, but it won’t have the field to itself for long. Two other marijuana shops are in the process of going through the bureaucratic hoops in order to open.
Bethel is gearing up for a big sled dog racing weekend as top-tier mushers from around the state arrive to compete in the Kuskowkim 300.
First on the list is to revise the state statute that details what the Village Public Safety Officer program is supposed to do.
Donlin Gold receives more state permits, moving closer to operating mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta
The permits will allow Donlin to build an airstrip and a port, and install fiber optic cables and build access roads for its mine, which could be one of the biggest in the world, if completed.
After visiting rural Alaska in May, U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared a public safety law enforcement emergency nd the results, Liedike said, were almost immediate.
Donlin mine enjoyed years of support in Southwest Alaska, but as the project becomes more real, that’s changing
For the last two decades, mining companies have been working to develop the massive Donlin Gold prospect in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. And most of that time, the development has claimed support from neighboring communities. But that’s changing. Tribes, organizations, and communities have begun opposing the mine development and organizing.
With more holes than usual in Kuskokwim River ice near Bethel, Search and Rescue issues safety warning
Last year at this time there was only one hole nine miles from Bethel. This year there are four open holes close to the community.