November 2014

Talk Line host Diane McEachern. Photo by Geraldine Brink

The topic of a regional tribal government was a reoccurring theme in this edition of Talk Line.  Ideas on the true meaning of “sovereignty” and “Black Friday” were shared via email.

Tune in for Talk Line live Friday mornings beginning at 10:00 a.m. & listen for the Talk Line Replay Friday evening starting at 7:00 p.m.

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Here is the YKHC Preventative Services Calricaraq Iinruguq Agenda.

Calricaraq Bethel Agenda December 2014

Calricaraq Iinruguq will start December 1st at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center.

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The first full Regional Committee meeting took place in February 2014 in Bethel. Photo by Thom Leonard, Calista.

The first full Regional Committee meeting took place in February 2014 in Bethel. Photo by Thom Leonard, Calista.

The Calista-sponsored Regional Committee voted Monday to hold a Governance Convention next year to pursue the possibility of a creating a regional tribal government or making changes to the Association of Village Council Presidents or another non-profit.

Calista says there was unanimous support for making changes to regional governance. They say 76 percent of delegates agreed to look at establishing a constitutional government, while 58 percent voted to consider changing the role of a regional non-profit, such as AVCP.
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The Alaska State Troopers badge. Courtesy of AST

The Alaska State Troopers badge. Courtesy of AST

The Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team seized a box Monday they say belongs to thirty-five year old Derek Anaruk of Kipnuk.
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Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council will spend nearly $100,000 in 2016 to keep the Bethel transit system running. The council voted in their Tuesday regular meeting to step in after Bethel’s tribe, the Orutsararmuit Native Council, which had formerly provided the matching funds, stopped providing the money.

They debated whether to reduce the match level down to $60,000 which is what ONC puts up currently, to get the federal match. Mayor Rick Robb spoke in favor of sticking with current levels.
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Open Holes on Kuskokwim

by Ben Matheson on November 26, 2014

The Kuskokwim still has many open holes. Photo from Bethel Search and Rescue.

The Kuskokwim still has many open holes. Photo from Bethel Search and Rescue.

Bethel Search and Rescue says it’s still unsafe to travel on the Kuskokwim River.

Mark Leary and Earl Samuelson flew Tuesday afternoon. They say a few days of cooler weather has helped the river somewhat, and it’s six inches thick in many spots. There are still large holes near every community. They report spotting at least five open holes between Napaskiak and Bethel, and six between Bethel and the Gweek River.
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