Sunni Bean, KYUK - Bethel

Sunni Bean, KYUK - Bethel
a torn-down house

As Nunapitchuk aims to relocate, it has support from powerful allies

Last fall, Nunapitchuk was selected as a testing ground for a new approach to climate-driven village relocation.
a house

As the permafrost melts, the houses in Nunapitchuk are breaking down

Settling homes across the Western Alaska village have suffered damage that makes them leak, leading to mold and long-term health issues.
a barge

The rivers froze before gasoline arrived in Nunapitchuk

A fuel barge sent to the Western Alaska village got stuck in forming ice last week. Vitus Energy plans to supply the fuel later when an ice road forms.

Bethel judge’s departure to head public defenders leaves hundreds of court cases in limbo

About 450 of Superior Court Judge Terrence Haas' cases will have to be reassigned, as he leaves the bench to lead the state Public Defender Agency.
a vigil

Bethel residents light candles for victims of domestic violence

The Tundra Women's Coalition hosted its final event marking this year's Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a Thursday candlelight vigil in Bethel.
power lines

Feds award $19M in grants for Alaskans facing high energy costs

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says more than half of the funds are from Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program funding.

Fall fuel barge makes its last Y-K Delta village visits before freeze-up

John Wagner with Northstar Gas said that the last of the villages, Nunapitchuk, will probably receive its fuel by the weekend.
the Kuskokwim River

After electricity-rate shock, Aniak seeks changes from state utility regulators

A resolution headed to the Alaska Federation of Natives convention next month calls for a Native seat on the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.
a person looks into a microscope next to another person

Quinhagak’s museum has the world’s largest collection of Yup’ik artifacts, and archeologists keep finding more

This year alone they found five complete masks, new arrowheads, spoons, stick dolls, ivory earrings, ulus and more.

State regulators help alleviate Aniak residents’ extremely high power bills

Residents' electricity bills suddenly quadrupled this summer. The changes from state regulators should ease, but won't remove, the financial burden.
a movie theater

Bethel joins ‘Barbenheimer’ buzz, even before ‘Oppenheimer’ arrives

Western Alaska was no exception to Hollywood's "Barbenheimer" buzz last week, linking an unlikely duo of movies — one of which isn't in Bethel yet.

Bethel’s first car show is a blast from Alaska’s past

It takes a lot of work to maintain a vehicle in Bethel, and that’s a big part of why Zack Huckstep organized the city’s first car show.

‘It’s not right’: Aniak residents share pain of spiking power bills with regulators

More than 30 Aniak residents spoke about the hardship caused by the quadrupling of their May power bills from Aniak Light & Power Company.
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Aniak residents shocked by quadrupled power bills

Aniak Light & Power's unannounced rate hike has left residents and businesses trying to figure out how they'll keep the lights on.
cars in Bethel

Bethel, off the U.S. road system, to host its first auto show

Alaska State Trooper Zack Huckstep decided to bring together Bethel’s unique collection of vehicles, some dating back to the 1940s.
a nurse

APU receives federal grant to diversify and expand Alaska nursing

Alaska Pacific University is using the nearly $3 million grant to form a new nursing program focused on improving health outcomes in rural Alaska.
a Napaskiak well

Rural Alaska could lose out on critical water and waste infrastructure state funding

Bethel leaders are asking whether the state is making a good-faith effort to financially support sustainable water and sewer services in rural Alaska.
a school

Lower Kuskokwim School District measures Yugtun in a Yup’ik way

The district has rolled out an innovative language test based on Yugtun, or central Alaskan Yup'ik, for students up to sixth graders.