December 2015

2015 Year In Review

by Anna Rose MacArthur on December 31, 2015

Bethel fire crews responding to the Kilbuck campus fire around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

Bethel fire fighters dousing the Kilbuck campus fire around 10 a.m. on Nov. 3, 2015. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

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January

Bethel’s Pete Kaiser won the Kuskokwim 300, marking the first time a local has won the race in 29 years.

GCI brought 3G service to some of Bethel’s surrounding villages, firing up data speeds. Read more →

The Kuskokwim ice trail near Napaskiak. Photo by Earl Samuelson

The Kuskokwim ice trail near Napaskiak. Photo by Earl Samuelson

Bethel Search and Rescue Chief Mike Riley recently posted a warning on the search and rescue trail conditions Facebook page, asking people to stay off the river if they don’t have to be on it and to stay on the trail if traveling.
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Photo courtesy of Pictures of Money from Flickr CC.

Photo courtesy of Pictures of Money from Flickr CC.

Thousands of workers across Alaska will receive a raise this New Year. On Jan. 1, 2016 Alaska’s minimum wage will increase to $9.75 per houra one dollar jump from the state’s current rate.

For a full-time worker that’s about $2,000 extra dollars in annual income, according to the Alaska Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development. The department estimates about 12,000 jobs will see a pay bump from the changes. Read more →

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The new Yup’ik Bible, ‘Tanqilriit Igat,’ as it’s displayed at the Bethel Moravian Bookstore. Photo by Charles Enoch/KYUK

The Holy Bible is now available in the modern Yup’ik orthography after nearly half a century of work put in by fluent Yup’ik speakers in the area and the American Bible Society. KYUK’s Charles Enoch spoke to a couple of elders who were involved with the project.

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An infrared satellite picture of the storm from the National Weather Service website. Photo by Charles Enoch/KYUK

An infrared satellite picture of the storm from the National Weather Service website. Photo courtesy of National Weather Service website.

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for the Kuskokwim Delta including Bethel, Hooper Bay and Nunivak Island. The NWS also issued a high surf warning for the Kuskokwim coast. The wind warning will last from 10am – 4pm, and the surf warning from noon to 9pm. Both warnings will expire on December 31st. The NWS website posted the information just after midnight.
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An Alaska State Trooper cruiser parked on Nome’s Front Street in January 2015. (Photo by Matthew F. Smith/ KNOM)

An Alaska State Trooper cruiser parked on Nome’s Front Street in January 2015. (Photo by Matthew F. Smith/ KNOM)

Monday evening a four-year-old died in the State Trooper Housing in Bethel. Despite emergency officials’ efforts, the child didn’t survive.
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The upcoming Salvation Army building that will permanently shelter the Bethel Winter House. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The upcoming Salvation Army building that will permanently shelter the Bethel Winter House. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

For two years the Bethel Winter House has roved from church to church. On January 1, it will move to a permanent location at the Salvation Army building in Tundra Ridge. The building was the old Bethel Alternative Boarding School, which the Salvation Army bought in September and has been fixing up ever since.

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Richard Hildreth (right), senior enlisted leader to the Agent General, and Bob Doehl (left), deputy commissioner with the Alaska Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Richard Hildreth (left), senior enlisted leader to the adjutant general, and Bob Doehl (right), deputy commissioner with the Alaska Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

With National Guard recruitment numbers at a low in Alaska and concerns for Arctic security at a high, Gov. Bill Walker wants to start a new line of defense across the state. He’s included $2.3 million in his proposed budget for the project, and he wants this new force to begin in Bethel.

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Command Sgt. Maj. Hildreth meets with guardsman at the Bethel National Guard building. Photo by Sgt. Marisa Lindsay/Alaska NG

Command Sgt. Maj. Hildreth meets with guardsman at the Bethel National Guard building. Photo by Sgt. Marisa Lindsay/Alaska NG

Most villages in the region have old National Guard armories. There was a time when they were all manned by guardsman from the community but now they are mostly vacant. A statewide effort is underway to strengthen the dwindling guard presence in rural Alaska villages.

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