February 2016

The House Administration Subcommittee closed out their budget recommendations. Rep. Gattis (R., Wassilla), proposed zero funding for public radio, public TV and the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission- total elimination of funding in FY17. This would mean no State funds for public radio or public TV, including KYUK, and elimination of the ARCS system. In this time of fiscal crisis, there are some legislators who view public broadcasting as a non-essential service and therefore not worthy of State funding during this budget crisis. Attempts were made to zero out our State funding last year and that effort continues anew this year.

Photo by Dean Swope

KYUK broadcasts 640 AM, 90.3 FM, digial TV Channel 15 (15.1, 15.2, 15.3, 15.4), and analog TV Channel 21 (ARCS). Photo by Dean Swope.

The Subcommittee’s recommendation is now before the full House Finance Committee for consideration as HB256.

It’s critically important all House Finance Committee members and all House Majority members hear from supporters of public broadcasting as soon as possible over the next few days to let them know how important public broadcasting is to you and to our rural communities.

If you can, over the next few days please call House Finance Committee member and House Majority members to thoughtfully and politely express your concerns about a complete elimination of State support for public broadcasting. If you have time to call all of them, that would be great. If you only can call a handful or two or three that will also be very helpful. Calls are preferred but email is also an option.

Below are talking points for you to use if you want to do so and a list of House Finance Committee members and House Majority members with toll free phone numbers and the email address for the full House Finance Committee if you would rather send an email.

TALKING POINTS
• Appreciate the difficult financial circumstances and decisions facing the legislature and thank them for their service to the state.
• A 100% cut will cause serious and permanent financial harm to KYUK and system wide.
Discuss impact to stations:
• Loss of all State funding will put KYUK and other stations at risk of losing federal matching grant funds. That would shut down KYUK and at least 9 other stations if it happened.
• Layoffs and corresponding loss of local services:
*Essential daily local, regional, state news and information.
*Essential local/community health, public safety, emergency information.
*Commercial broadcasters will not replace what KYUK does.
• The Internet is not local.
• Inability to recoup lost revenue through community resources alone.
• Inability to pay for satellite interconnection, APRN, NPR and other programs.
• A loss of this size will lead to a collapse of the entire public broadcasting system as stations become unable to sustain themselves without State support.
• Ask them if they support the proposed 100% cut.
• Be polite, respectful, direct and keep emotions in check and thank them for their time and service to the State.
Bethel LIO:

301 Willow Street Bethel, AK
Toll-Free: 855-543-3541; Phone 907-543-3541
Fax: 907-543-3542

Yukon-Kuskokwim Representatives:

Rep. Bob Herron
District: 38
Party: Democrat
Email: Representative.Bob.Herron@akleg.gov
State Capitol Room 406 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 800-323-4942; Phone: 907-465-4942
Fax: 907-465-4589

Sen. Lyman Hoffman
District: S
Party: Democrat
Email: Senator.Lyman.Hoffman@akleg.gov
State Capitol Room 508
Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 866-465-4453; Phone: 907-465-4453
Fax: 907-465-4523

House Finance Committee Members:

Rep. Mark Neuman
District: 8
Party: Republican
Email: Representative.Mark.Neuman@akleg.gov
State Capitol Room 505 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 800-505-2678; Phone: 907-465-2679
Fax: 907-465-4822

Rep. Steve Thompson
District: 2
Party: Republican
Email: Representative.Steve.Thompson@akleg.gov
State Capitol Room 515 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 877-465-3004; Phone: 907-465-3004
Fax: 907-465-2070

Rep. Dan Saddler
District: 13
Party: Republican
Email: Representative.Dan.Saddler@akleg.gov
State Capitol Room 513 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 877-460-3783; Phone: 907-465-3783
Fax: 907-465-2293

Rep. Bryce Edgmon
District: 37
Party: Democrat
Email: Representative.Bryce.Edgmon@akleg.gov
State Capitol Room 410 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 800-898-4451; Phone: 907-465-4451
Fax: 907-465-3445

Rep. Lynn Gattis
District: 7
Party: Republican
Email: Representative.Lynn.Gattis@akleg.gov
State Capitol Room 500 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 800-782-4833; Phone: 907-465-4833
Fax: 907-465-4586

Rep. Cathy Muñoz
District: 34
Party: Republican
Email: Representative.Cathy.Munoz@akleg.gov
State Capitol Room 501 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 800-968-6744; Phone: 907-465-3744
Fax: 907-465-2273

Rep. Lance Pruitt
Email: Representative.Lance.Pruitt@akleg.gov
District: 27
Party: Republican
State Capitol Room 421 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 888-478-3438; Phone: 907-465-3438
Fax: 907-465-4565

Rep. Tammie Wilson
Email: Representative.Tammie.Wilson@akleg.gov
District: 3
Party: Republican
State Capitol Room 412 Juneau AK, 99801-1185
Toll-Free: 800-860-4797; Phone: 907-465-4797

Rep. Les Gara
District: 20
Party: Democrat
Email: Representative.Les.Gara@akleg.gov
State Capitol Room 400 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 888-465-2647; Phone: 907-465-2647
Fax: 907-465-3518

Rep. David Guttenberg
District: 4
Party: Democrat
Email: Representative.David.Guttenberg@akleg.gov
State Capitol Room 415 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 800-928-4457; Phone: 907-465-4457
Fax: 907-465-3519

Rep. Scott Kawasaki
District: 1
Party: Democrat
Email: Representative.Scott.Kawasaki@akleg.gov
State Capitol Room 418 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 866-465-3466; Phone: 465-3466
Fax: 907-465-2937

Rep. Mike Hawker
District: 28
Party: Republican
Email: Representative.Mike.Hawker@akleg.gov
State Capitol Room 502 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 800-478-4950; Phone: 907-465-4949
Fax: 907-465-4979

*Gara, Guttenberg, and Kawasaki are not House Majority Members but they still need to hear from us.

Other House Majority Members:
Rep. Chenault Toll Free: 800-469-3779 House Speaker
Rep. Millet Toll Free: 888-269-3879
Rep. Foster Toll Free: 800-478-3789
Rep. Olson Toll Free: 800-463-2693
Rep. Stutes Toll Free: 800-865-2487
Rep. Talerico Toll Free: 800.491.4527
Rep. Colver Toll Free: 888-465-4859
Rep. Johnson Toll Free: 866-465-4993
Rep. Tilton Toll Free: 800.342.2199
Rep. Lynn Toll Free: 800-870-4931
Rep. Seaton Toll Free: 800-665-2689
Rep. Wilson Toll Free: 800-860-4797
Rep. Nageak Toll Free: 888-288-3473
Rep. LeDoux Toll Free: 800-689-4998
Rep. Keller Toll Free: 800-468-2186
Rep. Hughes Toll Free: 800-565-3743
Rep. Herron Toll Free: 800-323-4942
Rep. Vazquez Toll Free: 866.465.3892

Written testimony email address: lhscfin@akleg.gov

Thank you again for your support for KYUK and public broadcasting and for taking the time to express your support to legislators.

Mike Martz
General Manager
KYUK AM/FM/TV

Bob Heron - Courtesy of the Alaska Legislature

Rep. Bob Heron – Courtesy of the Alaska Legislature

There’s a lot of recommendations in the Alaska House on how to construct the state’s budget. One of those ways members of the House Finance Committee are proposing is to zero out state funding for public broadcasting.

If KYUK were to lose all state funding, it would devastate the station within two years, because we would not have the matching monies to be eligible for federal funding, according to General Manager Mike Martz. Many other Alaska public radio stations are in the same situation. Read more →

Kwethluk students march for sobriety in their community. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Kwethluk students march for sobriety in their community. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Tired of seeing families and children harmed from alcohol and drug use, a group from Kwethluk organized a march for sobriety through the streets of their community on Wednesday. Leading with a sign saying, “Enough is Enough,” new voices spread their message through the village.

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The House Administration Subcommittee has closed out their budget recommendations.  Rep. Gattis(R, Wassilla), proposed zero funding for public radio, public TV and the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission- total elimination of funding in FY17.  This means no State funds for public radio and public TV, including KYUK, and elimination of the ARCS system. In this time of fiscal crisis, there are some legislators who view public broadcasting as a non-essential service and therefore not worthy of State funding. Attempts were made to zero out our State funding last year and that effort continues anew this year.

The Full House Finance Committee is now considering HB 256, their operating budget legislation.   It’s critically important that all House Finance Committee members and all House Majority members hear from supporters of public broadcasting as soon as possible this week to let them know how important public broadcasting is to you and to our rural communities.

If you can, over the next few days please call House Finance Committee member and House Majority members to thoughtfully and calmly express your concerns about a complete elimination of State support for public broadcasting.  If you have time to call all of them, that would be great.  If you only can call a handful or two or three that will also be very helpful.  Calls are preferred but email is also an option.

Below are talking points for you to use if you want to do so and a list of House Finance Committee members and House Majority members with toll free phone numbers and the email address for the full House Finance Committee if you would rather send an email.

TALKING POINTS

  • Appreciate the difficult financial circumstances and decisions facing the legislature and thank them for their service to the state.
  • A 100% cut will cause serious and permanent financial harm to KYUK and system wide.  Discuss impact to stations:
  • Loss of all State funding will put KYUK and other stations at risk of losing federal matching grant funds.  That would shut down KYUK and at least 9 other stations if it happened.
  • Layoffs and corresponding loss of local services: Essential daily local, regional, state news and information; essential local/community health, public safety, emergency information; commercial broadcasters will not replace what KYUK does.
  • The Internet is not local.
  • Inability to recoup lost revenue through community resources alone.
  • Inability to pay for satellite interconnection, APRN, NPR and other programs.
  • A loss of this size will lead to a collapse of the entire public broadcasting system as stations become unable to sustain themselves without State support.
  • Ask them if they support the proposed 100% cut.
  • Be polite, respectful, direct, keep emotions in check and thank them for  their time.

House Finance Committee:  

Co-Chair Mark Neuman                   800-505-2678

Co-Chair Steve Thompson                877-465-3004

Vice Chair Dan Saddler                    877-460-3783

Rep. Bryce Edgmon                           800-898-4451

Rep. Lynn Gattis                                 800-782-4833

Rep. Cathy Munoz                             800-968-6744

Rep. Lance Pruitt                               888-478-3438

Rep. Les Gara*                                   888-465-2647

Rep. David Guttenberg*                   800-928-4457

Rep. Scott Kawasaki*                         866-465-3466

Rep. Mike Hawker (alternate)           800-478-4950

*Gara, Guttenberg, and Kawasaki are not House Majority Members but they still need to hear from us.

Other House Majority Members:

Rep. Chenault Toll Free: 800-469-3779 House Speaker

Rep. Millet Toll Free: 888-269-3879

Rep. Foster Toll Free: 800-478-3789

Rep. Olson Toll Free: 800-463-2693

Rep. Stutes Toll Free: 800-865-2487

Rep. Talerico Toll Free: 800.491.4527

Rep. Colver Toll Free: 888-465-4859

Rep. Johnson Toll Free: 866-465-4993

Rep. Tilton Toll Free: 800.342.2199

Rep. Lynn Toll Free: 800-870-4931

Rep. Seaton Toll Free: 800-665-2689

Rep. Wilson Toll Free: 800-860-4797

Rep. Nageak Toll Free: 888-288-3473

Rep. LeDoux Toll Free: 800-689-4998

Rep. Keller Toll Free: 800-468-2186

Rep. Hughes Toll Free: 800-565-3743

Rep. Herron Toll Free: 800-323-4942

Rep. Vazquez Toll Free: 866.465.3892

Public testimony is being taken across the state this week.  Use this email address:  lhscfin@akleg.gov to send written testimony that will be sent to all House Finance Committee members at once.

Thank you again for your support for KYUK and public broadcasting and for taking the time to express your support to legislators.

Clevon Constantine of the Bethel Warriors. Photo by Dean Swope- KYUK.

Clevon Constantine of the Bethel Warriors. Photo by Dean Swope- KYUK.

The Bethel Regional High School Lady Warriors varsity basketball team won two games by a total of 6 points this weekend in Kotzebue, while the boys team notched up wins for the final home games of the season.
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Wreckage of the Cessna 208 that killed two pilots in April. Photo courtesy of the Alaska State Troopers.

Wreckage of the Cessna 208 that killed two pilots in April. Photo courtesy of the Alaska State Troopers.

Federal investigators have released their reports on two fatal plane crashes that happened in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta in 2014 and 2013. Both crashes, according to the reports, involved pilot errors.
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The truck that fell into an open hole near Tuluksak. Photo by a RAVN Air pilot.

The truck that fell into an open hole near Tuluksak. Photo by a RAVN Air pilot.

Bethel Search and Rescue is warning the public about holes opening up on the Kuskokwim River during this warm spell, and they’re especially concerned about an area where holes are opening on an established trail.

The volunteer organization says two people traveling on the Kuskokwim by truck upriver fell into an open hole earlier this week but they got out safely.

Searchers say on Tuesday the pair was traveling from Kalskag heading downriver and took a shortcut above Macivik Slough by Tuluksak where they fell into an open hole.
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Executive council of the Association of Village Council President's 51st annual conference, Oct. 2015. (Photo by Dean Swope/ KYUK)

Executive council of the Association of Village Council President’s 51st annual conference, Oct. 2015. (Photo by Dean Swope/ KYUK)

Update: This story has been updated with information from AVCP’s 2015 Annual Report.

The Allanivik Hotel and adjoining Mud Hut restaurant will close their doors April 15. The Association of Village Council Presidents operates the establishment and announced the shutdown Wednesday. Read more →