Nina Kravinsky, KYUK - Bethel

Nina Kravinsky, KYUK - Bethel
Santa and Mrs. Claus in Scammon Bay

‘It was a real joy’: Alaska National Guard brings Santa to Scammon Bay

Kids in Scammon Bay welcomed a special guest a little bit early this year when Santa and Mrs. Claus visited the Bering Sea community of around 600 in late November.
Yute Commuter Service plane crash

No injuries in Yute Commuter Service crash near Bethel

Alaska State Troopers report that no one was injured in a Yute Commuter Service plane crash about 10 miles south of Bethel on Sunday.
a Bethel Winter House sign

‘Honestly, where are they gonna go?’: Bethel’s only low-barrier emergency shelter may close early this year

After sheltering hundreds from the cold last winter, Bethel Winter House is grappling with the possibility of closing its doors early this season due to lack of funding.
The Kuskokwim 300

Alaska is getting a new sled dog competition: the Delta Championship

The Delta Championship will be based on points awarded to the top 10 finishers in most Kuskokwim 300 season races, depending on their finishing positions.

Kipnuk students shift to remote learning after council banishes school principal

The Kipnuk Traditional Council wrote a formal banishment letter to the school’s principal, LaDorothy Lightfoot, calling for her to leave the village on the noon flight on Friday.
a net stretches across the water

Y-K Delta subsistence council talks fishing and low salmon runs: ‘These restrictions are killing our culture’

Myron Naneng said that overregulation of subsistence fishing left fish racks and smoke houses empty.
Bethel City Hall

Bethel City Council approves waiving penalties and fees on unpaid sales taxes for some businesses

The new council voted 4-3 to create an amnesty program for certain business owners who owe the city unpaid sales taxes. The program will only apply to penalties and interest.
a cash-only sign at a store

‘Like night and day’: Fiber-optic cables aim to make Y-K Delta internet faster, cheaper

Two subsea cables being deployed with $100 million in federal funding will bring fiber-optic internet service to Bethel and many other Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities.
Kelly Tshibaka

U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka talks fish during Bethel visit

U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka stopped in Bethel Thursday as part of her campaign vying for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s seat.
a vote here sign in bethel

Bethel voters decide to keep the city’s alcohol laws as they are

“Alcohol has destroyed a lot of families, continues to do so,” said Nick Thompson. “So we don’t need more of it.”
two people at a table

Swiss paddlers arrive in Bethel after 700-mile journey down the Kuskokwim

Thomas and Tomi Isenschmid's journey got off to a rocky start.
tuntutuliak alaska

NTSB finds bad communication, weather in fatal 2020 Yute Commuter crash near Tuntutuliak

The board found that “inadequate operational control procedures” were to blame for a 2020 Yute Commuter Services plane crash that killed five people near Tuntutuliak.
soldiers exiting a transport plane

National Guard troops land in Bethel to join storm relief effort

About 75 Guardsmen landed in Bethel on Wednesday, with more than 100 people deployed to Bethel and Nome to help with storm relief.
remnants of a flooded town.

Alaska National Guard begins to mobilize in wake of Western Alaska storm

Guardsmen will help with debris removal and damage assessment from Western Alaska's historic storm, with more being sent to Hooper Bay, Nome and Bethel.
two people hug inside

Mary Peltola visits friends, family and supporters in Bethel ahead of her historic swearing-in

Peltola on Tuesday will become the first Alaska Native person to serve in Congress and the first woman to hold Alaska's sole U.S. House seat.
a woman stands among a happy crowd of supporters at a small airport

Congresswoman-elect Peltola lands in Bethel before heading to Washington D.C.

“I am so excited that we have actually elected a U.S. representative who is from here and she’s a woman," said Kathy Hanson.
a woman in a windbreaker

Y-K Delta leaders celebrate Peltola’s congressional victory

Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta leaders are hailing congresswoman-elect Mary Peltola's rural knowledge and aptitude for consensus-building.
A woman behind a microphone, with a blue background

Mary Peltola talks salmon, bipartisanship and winning Alaska’s U.S. House race

KYUK’s Nina Kravinsky spoke with Mary Peltola by phone shortly after the election results were announced on Wednesday.