October 2015

Bea Kristovich at her home in Bethel. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

Bea Kristovich at her home in Bethel. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

Last month Bea Kristovich of the native village of Napaimute became the first woman to be elected second traditional chief of the Association of Village Council Presidents, or AVCP.

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AVCP is a non-profit organization representing 56 villages across the YK Delta.

The traditional chief acts as a figurehead, opening meetings, saying prayers and offering traditional knowledge and guidance. The second chief takes over when the first chief, currently Peter Moore of the Native Village of Emmonak, can no longer perform his duties.

Host Anna Rose MacArthur talked with Kristovich at her home in Bethel about her election, how she would like to see the responsibility of traditional chief evolve, and the changing role of women in the region.

Delta Affairs Weekly airs every Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Listen to KYUK’s Yup’ik Halloween Special with John Active and special guest Alex Nick as they share ghost stories from the YK Delta.

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Discussion surrounding the possibility of alcohol sales in Bethel was the main focus in this weekly installment of Talk Line.

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Susan Murphy presents the proclamation to Harry Nevak at the District Office. Photo by Charles Enoch

Susan Murphy presents the proclamation to Harry Nevak at the District Office. Photo by Charles Enoch

A school employee in the village of Newtok was recognized for his role in stopping a school shooting attempt. The Lower Kuskokwim School District Board of Education recognized Harry Nevak for disarming a teenager  just outside of a school in the Southwestern Alaska village.

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Council member Nikki Hoffman at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Council member Nikki Hoffman at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Bethel City Council is debating whether members should move to city-issued laptops or tablets to conduct city business.

Council member Nikki Hoffman brought the issue to the council after refusing to use her personal devices to conduct council business like checking emails and writing amendments for proposed ordinances–in case those devices were ever confiscated and searched for public documents. Read more →

At the end of the meeting,  discussion participants were offered booklets disaster preparedness. (Photo by Lakeidra Chavis/KYUK)

At the end of the meeting, discussion participants were offered booklets disaster preparedness. (Photo by Lakeidra Chavis/KYUK)

Community members discussed solutions for improving disability services in the Y-K Delta, Wednesday at the Gladys Jung Elementary library.

The discussion is a part of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education‘s five-year plan, which is currently in development. Community members said there’s still a lot of room for improvement in rural Alaska.
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Screenshot from the National League of Cities' website.

Screenshot from the National League of Cities’ website.

Bethel will soon become the newest member of the advocacy group the National League of Cities. City council unanimously voted to join the group at Tuesday’s meeting.

The league advocates on the federal level for over 19,000 municipalities across the country. City Manager Ann Capela encouraged the council to join the NLC to help Bethel pursue federal funding. Read more →

Alaska State Trooper logo. Courtesy AST.

Alaska State Trooper logo. Courtesy AST.

A Bethel jury found 27 year old Bethel resident Thomas McCarr guilty of one count of attempted sexual assault in the third degree earlier this month. On Oct. 13 a judge sentenced him to a year in prison, he is also required to register with the Alaska Sex Offender Registry for life.
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Council member Chuck Herman, running Tuesday's Bethel City Council meeting. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Council member Chuck Herman facilitating Tuesday’s Bethel City Council meeting. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Bethel City Council continues wrestling with the city’s proposed alcohol laws.

At Tuesday’s regular meeting the council began amending a proposed ordinance that would strike the city’s current four-page code ­­­and replace it with a 22-page document. If enacted, it would change many of the existing rules while also tacking on dozens of penalties with some fines topping $1,000. Read more →

(Left to right) Cody Pequeño, 24, and Cody Ferguson, 26, spell out their name for the Facebook page, "Can I Borrow." (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

(Left to right) Cody Pequeño, 24, and Cody Ferguson, 26, spell out their name for the Facebook page, “Can I Borrow.” (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Two men are using social media to celebrate Cup’ik and Yup’ik culture in the form of comedic videos.

Their Facebook page, “Can I Borrow,” has nearly 5,000 likes. Starting almost a year ago, it’s home to videos celebrating traditions and customs, with the goal of “healing through laughter.”

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