April 2016

April 29, 2016, Talkline

by Julia Jimmie on April 29, 2016

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Following the first sighting of  wild-born wood bison calves near the Yukon River, on this episode of Delta Affairs Weekly, KYUK’s Adrian Wagner speaks with Tom Seaton, a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, on the wood bison reintroduction in Western Alaska.

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The Bethel AC Quickstop. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

The Bethel AC Quickstop. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Bethel’s first liquor store in over 40 years is set to open next week. AC Quickstop received the town’s first liquor license last fall after decades of restricted alcohol sales, and Walter Pickett, AC general manager, says the store could open as early as Monday.

A few details still have to be worked out: wiring security cameras, hooking up a phone, and installing a bulletproof front door. Pickett says they’re also waiting for the beer to arrive. The wine and spirits, he says, are already in stock. Read more →

13063206_1026207080779597_4143309282961091683_oWood bison, recently reintroduced by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game into Western Alaska, have begun to rome throughout the region and have even been spotted near Bethel. We could be seeing a lot more of them with the first wild born animals just documented.

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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.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted a one-month extension on the comment period for the Donlin Gold mine draft environmental impact statement, or EIS.

The comment period, originally set to end Saturday, now will close May 31. The extension stretches the comment period for the more than 5,000 page document from five months to six—a time much shorter than many wanted. Read more →

2015/2016, Statewide Placement Winners. (Left to right.) 1st place, Daniel Hunter, 7th grade, Sheldon Point School; 2nd place, Celeste Katcheak, 7th grade, Tukurngailnguq School; and 3rd place, Emery Lockwood, 6th grade, Tukurngailnguq School. (Photo by Max Dan.)

(Left to right.) 1st place, Daniel Hunter, 7th grade, Sheldon Point School; 2nd place, Celeste Katcheak, 7th grade, Tukurngailnguq School; and 3rd place, Emery Lockwood, 6th grade, Tukurngailnguq School. (Photo by Max Dan.)

Young Alaska Natives are spreading Yup’ik literacy. Six students from across the state competed in the fifth annual Yup’ik Spelling Bee for Beginners in Anchorage over the weekend. The contest is open to third through eighth grade and run by volunteers. It’s a lot of work. And with responsibility concentrated to a few individuals, the future of the event is in question.

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A tundra fire is blazing about a mile north of Bethel’s Tundra Ridge subdivision. Bethel Fire Department spotted the smoke this afternoon and report they don’t know when or how the fire started or the extent of the flames. The department is sending a plane to fly over the burn site to survey the area and is dispatching six ATV’s with firefighting equipment to the front.

Tundra fires are common this time of year, and after this winter’s low snowfall, officials are expecting more fires than usual.

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Today’s show was mostly about racism.

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