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Students defy gravity in Native Youth Olympics

Students defy gravity in Native Youth Olympics

Who needs the Sochi Winter Olympics when you have the Native Youth Olympics right here in Bethel? This past weekend, competitors from all over the Delta gathered for a regional meet at the Bethel...

Bethel prepares for low king salmon run

People looking to get a taste of one of the Kuskokwim’s most prized fish, the king salmon, may be disappointed this season. Current projections show that king salmon return will be poor, similar to 2012 and 2013, and is estimated to be at...

Rio Tinto pulls out of Pebble Mine

Rio Tinto, a British and Australian mining company, became the latest entity to withdraw from the Pebble Mine project. The company announced that their shares in the project would be divided equally between the Alaska Community Foundation to fund...

Windmill to power aquatic center

There's a new addition to the Bethel skyline: A giant, 165-foot high wind turbine. The turbine, which is easily the tallest in town, has blades that radiate 35 feet and will produce about 100...

Marshall holds first ordination

Fr. Dn. Jason Isaac was ordained to the priesthood in Marshall on March 30 by His Grace Bishop David Mahaffey of the Orthodox Church in America. It was the first time a priest has been odained in the ...

FAA responds to Alaskan pilots' concerns

The FAA has begun a rule making process to allow certain pilots to use their driver’s license to demonstrate readiness to fly. This is in direct response to a letter sent by Sen. Mark Begich two weeks ago citing concern that some Alaskan pilots...

Bethel's Subsistence Harvest

There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it: Bethelites love salmon. According to a Comprehensive Subsistence Harvest Survey conducted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2012, 41 percent of Bethel’s subsistence harvest consisted of...

Kodiak seiners trying hand at pollock

Kodiak seiners will be scooping up pollock in their nets starting this week. You heard right. Seiners have a chance to test the waters to determine if a directed pollock fishery makes sense for that...

Don't be fooled by phony support for minimum wage

In the Superman comic books of my youth, “Bizarro World” was a parallel universe where everyday was Opposite Day. Up meant down, bad meant good, the world was a cube, and Bizarro Superman and Bizarro Lois Lane looked like the Addams family on a...

Alaska Natives shouldn't wait a century to get a fair shake

The Katie John case is at an end. Or perhaps another beginning. First the background: The Supreme Court recently rejected the State of Alaska’s petition to review lower court rulings that affirm...

Thank you

Thank you to all that helped with the Choose Respect walk and thank you to all those that walked with us. This is a statewide event on a designated day with an inspirational message for all to take heart. Every time a decision needs to be made,...

Kids2College teaches students to plan for college

This spring, nearly 2,000 Alaskan fifth and sixth grade students from 17 communities will take what for many will be first steps toward exploring their college and career interests. The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education and UA College...

Seniors awarded June Nelson Memorial Scholarship

Eleven Alaska high school seniors were chosen out over 100 applications to receive a $1,200 scholarship. The scholarship, named after a long-time Kotzebue school board member, is an annual tradition of the Association of Alaska School Boards. Each...

Fair seeks 2014 scholarship applicants

The Alaska State Fair is currently accepting applications for its 2014 scholarships. All Alaska junior and senior high school students who plan to attend college or vocational school are eligible to apply. Applications should be mailed or hand...

Place your bets on Kuskokwim Ice Classic

Each year, Bethel Community Services Foundation partners with Bethel Regional High School to conduct the Kuskokwim Ice Classic. The event is established in state statute and grants to the foundation the exclusive right to conduct the event. High...

K300 Logo Competition now open

The K300 Race Committee reminds everyone that they are now accepting submissions for the 2015 logo competition. To enter, simply design a logo for the 2015 K300. All entries should include the year (2015), either “K300” or “Kuskokwim 300,”...

ANTHC names Engineer of the Year

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Associate Engineer Lieutenant Max Goggin-Kehm was recently named the Ian K. Burgess Young Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Engineer of the Year for his...

Food town hall set

Alaska Food Policy Council is holding a town hall meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Solo Cafe on Wednesday, April 16. The meeting is one of a series throughout the state to discuss food topics like distribution, production and subsistence. Information...

Kayleen Bernice Theresa Greene

Kayleen Bernice Theresa Greene was born at 4:43 a.m. March 2, 2014 at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She weighed 9 pounds 9 ounces and was 21.5 inches long. Her parents are Morris Sr....

Kuskokwim Calendar - April 10, 2014

Send listings for Kuskokwim Calendar to editor@TheTundraDrums.com. Native Youth Olympics District Meet Where: Kwethluk Ket’acik and Aapalluk Memorial School When: April 10-12 More info: sites.lksdonline.org/kwethluk/nyo/ Seed Starting Workshop...

Turn Back the Pages - March 5, 1998

Rural schools stand to lose funding in proposed education bill – A proposed Senate bill that aims to change the way the state distributes education funding would take nearly $12 million from the Lower Kuskokwim School District, a district that is...

Weather Permitting - April 10, 2014

This past week temperatures continued to dip below freezing at night but warm up to over 40 degrees during the day. Snow attempted to make a reappearance over the weekend but after a day it was mostly just a memory. The ice is continuing to slowly...