BRHS graduates throw their caps and confetti, marking the end of their high school career. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

BRHS graduates throw their caps and confetti, celebrating the end of their high school career. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

It’s that time of year when Pomp and Circumstance and mortarboard caps fill the air, a time of teenage passage. And for most students at Bethel Regional High School, it’s a time of saying goodbye to friends who’ve been together with since kindergarten and preparing for a future apart. So before receiving their diplomas, the 48 Bethel graduates gathered backstage one last time. KYUK’s Anna Rose MacArthur was there and has this story.

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This week we speak with one recipient of this years Rasmuson Artist Grant, renowned Alaskan musician Phillip Blanchett.

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Bethel city council has voted against replacing polling stations with mail-in ballots for the upcoming presidential election.
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Kuskokwim villages say they’re feeling the effects of Bethel’s new liquor store. The shop opened last week in the Kuskokwim’s hub after decades of banned sales.

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Rock Mountain School seventh-grader Alexie Evan using the Scholastic Read180 program. (Photo by Sherri Carmichael.)

Rocky Mountain School seventh-grader Alexie Evan using the HMH Read180 program. (Photo by Sherri Carmichael.)

Pizza is a rare treat in Goodnews Bay. No pizzerias or even restaurants exist in the 250-person community in southwest Alaska. So Wednesday morning when 22 fresh pizzas arrived at the school, it was a big deal. But the even bigger deal was the national winner inside the building.

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Donlin runway and camp site in summer 2014. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Donlin runway and camp site in summer 2014. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

What does rural healthcare in Alaska have to do with jobs? A lot, according to The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. The regional healthcare provider is opposing the Donlin Gold mine. And a big part of an anti-Donlin resolution the corporation passed last month focuses on the potential for jobs to leave the region if the mine is developed.

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Myron Naneng addressing the Association of Village Council Presidents' 51st Annual Conference. (Dean

Myron Naneng addressing the Association of Village Council Presidents’ 51st Annual Convention. (Dean Swope / KYUK)

Myron Naneng has resigned as president and CEO of the Association of Village Council Presidents. Naneng announced his decision at an Executive Board meeting Wednesday. The resignation became effective immediately, according to a press release from the regional tribal nonprofit. Read more →

Smelts caught just below the Napakiak airport. Photo by Michael Black.

Smelts caught just below the Napakiak airport. Photo by Michael Black.

After the earliest breakup on record, the smelts are spawning their way into the Bethel area.

Tuesday morning, Napakiak resident Michael Black posted a picture on Facebook of the smelts he caught near Napakiak. He was still smelting when he talked with KYUK.

“Yeah, they’re hitting pretty hard. I’m getting like half a net-full each time. Well, most of the time I’m getting half a net-full,” Black said.
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An aerial satellite view of Akiachak on Google Maps. Screenshot by Charles Enoch/KYUK

An aerial satellite view of Akiachak on Google Maps. Screenshot by Charles Enoch/KYUK

Alaska State Troopers arrested 38-year-old Akiachak resident Harry Nose last week on multiple felony assault charges.

Troopers say on Thursday Tribal Police Officers in Akiachak requested their assistance regarding an assault. Police say Nose assaulted his female guardian at their residence where he was released under a court order after serving out a prior conviction.
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Bethel Mayor Rick Rob (left), BSAR President Mike Riley (middle), Red Cross Volunteer Francy Bennett (right). Photo by Adrian Wagner / KYUK.

Mike Riley, Bethel Search and Rescue president, has won the 2016 American Red Cross Real Hero Award.

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