Will McCarthy, KYUK - Bethel

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the kuskokwim river

Bethel Search and Rescue expands search area to find final missing moose hunter

The bodies of moose hunters Shane McIntyre and Justin Crow, who went missing on the Kuskowim River in late August, have been recovered. Carl Flynn remains missing.
a sand dune

Many of Hooper Bay’s dunes were washed away by the storm. Without them, residents feel exposed.

What was once a stretch of rolling sand dunes is now a flat floodplain.
water floods a wooden boardwalk

As recovery begins, Hooper Bay reckons with the emotional toll of the storm

“I’ve lived through storms before, but this was the worst,” said Loretta Smith, who lost her home in the storm. “The water came up so fast, and it was so high that the waves looked violent.”
tents outside

Southwest Alaska school district shifts to subsistence calendar in effort to center Yup’ik culture

The Yupiit School District serves students in Tuluksak, Akiak, and Akiachak.
a damaged house

Hooper Bay families displaced by storm seek sustainable housing

A Hooper Bay leader says federal temporary housing provided after a fire years ago was inadequate and "not meant for the Arctic."
a downed fuel tank in hooper bay

As the storm raged, a mad rush to keep the power on in Hooper Bay

Parts of Hooper Bay were without power for about 36 hours during the storm, but the situation could have been far worse — if not for the work of two local power plant operators.
a school in napakiak

Lower Kuskokwim students return to classrooms that served as weekend storm shelters

Lower Kuskokwim School District buildings served as evacuation centers during the storm in Newtok, Kipnuk, Nightmute, Kwigillingok, Kwethluk and Tununak.
A person with a laptop on their lap

As storm approaches, the search for a group of missing Bethel hunters becomes a race against time

The storm system is forecast to bring high storm surges and wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour.
an aerial view of Bethel Alaska

Bethel’s new finance director clashes with businesses, city officials in effort to collect sales tax

What started as a straightforward city initiative is now dividing council members, rankling business owners, and testing the resolve of Bethel’s first finance director in years.
one person on a 4-wheeler points to bulk storage tanks

Climate change has made fuel safety inspections in the Y-K Delta more important than ever

The goal of the fuel inspections is simple: prevent a catastrophic oil spill that would make its way into Y-K Delta rivers, devastate the ecosystem, and threaten a subsistence lifestyle.
two sunken boats

A landing craft sank near Napakiak. The barge sent to recover it sank, too

The barge had been sent to salvage a landing craft which sank on the Kuskokwim River carrying construction gear for Napakiak's high school.
exterior: a plane being towed away after making an emergency landing

Private plane makes emergency landing on Bethel road after running out of fuel

Tyler Bartlett and his copilot were just 3 miles away from the Bethel airport on Sunday afternoon when they felt the Cessna 172 begin to sputter.
an outdoor sign says Bethel Regional High School

A Lower Kuskokwim School District program is helping recruit local teachers and preserve the culture of the Y-K Delta

If you’re accepted into the Career Ladder program, the school district pays for your entire college degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Kuskokwim Campus, as well as books and other materials.