Gov. Bill Walker

National Guard members resting at the Tuluksak checkpoint inside the Tuluksak school. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.)

National Guard members resting at the Tuluksak checkpoint inside the Tuluksak school. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.)

Throughout the night and into the early morning, dozens of cameo clad men spread across the frozen Tuluksak checkpoint. When a headlamp appeared in the distance, they sprang into action. Read more →

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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Alaska Gov. Bill Walker. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska state website.)

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska state website.)

Governor Walker released his proposed 2017 budget Wednesday. Two items specific to Bethel made the list even with funds tight across the state as Alaska faces an over three billion dollar deficit. Read more →

Gov. Bill Walker visiting the Kilbuck fire site along with LKSD Superintendent Dan Walker and Rep. Bob Herron. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Gov. Bill Walker visiting the Kilbuck fire site along with LKSD Superintendent Dan Walker and Rep. Bob Herron. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Gov. Bill Walker visited Bethel Friday to meet with city and school officials as well as teachers and students displaced by Tuesday’s fire that incinerated the Kilbuck campus, housing two schools and residential dorms.

Mayor Rick Robb presented the governor with the city’s disaster proclamation, asking the governor to declare an emergency and allocate recovery resources. The Bethel City Council will vote to approve the declaration at next week’s meeting. Read more →

Fire crews dousing the Kilbuck fire. Photo by Dean Swope.

Fire fighters dousing the Kilbuck fire. Photo by Dean Swope.

The Governor and local lawmakers have committed their support to Bethel following a fire at the Kilbuck campus that destroyed one school and damaged another along with a set of dorms.

Gov. Bill Walker, Bethel representative Bob Herron and Sen. Lyman Hoffman announced their pledge to the community and the Lower Kuskokwim School District in a press release Wednesday. 

The governor is visiting Bethel tomorrow morning, Friday, to meet with local officials and students and to tour the fire site.

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Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. Photo courtesy of http://ltgov.alaska.gov/.

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. Photo courtesy of http://ltgov.alaska.gov/.

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott was in Bethel attending the Association of Village Council President’s 51st Annual Convention. Read more →

Shania Sommer announcing the 2015 PFD of $2,072. Photo courtesy of KTUU.

Shania Sommer announcing the 2015 PFD of $2,072. Photo courtesy of KTUU.

This year’s 2015 Permanent Fund Dividend will be 2,072 dollars. It is the highest dividend in the fund’s history, and it comes at the lowest point in the state’s oil revenue income. Read more →