Plane crashes near Bethel

On April 8, a Cessna 208 Caravan plane operated by Hageland Aviation crashed near Bethel, killing two pilots: Derrick Cedars, 42 of Bethel and Greggory McGee, 46 of Anchorage. Around 5:15 p.m.,...

City Council discusses shooting in city limits

It’s illegal, but people do it. Guns get fired in city limits. This is because the otherwise empty-looking tundra surrounding Bethel is actually within city limits. Some people shoot their handguns for target practice. Others use the makeshift...

TWC honors years of service

Last weekend, The Tundra Women's Coalition honored three outstanding community members for their lifelong service: Nels Alexie of Bethel, Annie Kinegak of Akiachak and Andrew Jasper of Akiak and...

Filling stomachs with empty bowls

The annual empty bowls fundraiser is more than an excuse to eat a bowl of chili. It's a community event that, this year, raised about $2,200 for the Lions Club Food Bank. According to the Kuskokwim...

Salmon Management Working Group slams hatchery idea

At a learning session hosted by the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group on Friday, working group members discussed why creating a hatchery to boost ailing king salmon numbers would not be a good idea. According to working group members,...

Elder's home receives certification status

YKHC's skilled nursing and long term care facility, the Yukon Kuskokwim Elder's Home received a visit from the State of Alaska's surveyor on April 10 and there were zero findings. The full report and ...

Trooper Report - April 17, 2014

The following is from the dispatches of the Alaska State Troopers. Those who have been arrested, cited or summoned are presumed innocent until found guilty in court. On March 15, the Alaska State Troopers in Bethel received a report of a...

Autopsy bill passes Alaska Legislature

A bill (HB 301) that would make changes to how the state does autopsies in rural Alaska passed both the Alaska House of Representatives and Senate unanimously. It is now at the governor’s office awaiting signature. In many cases, the remains of a...

Food stamps can be used for subsistence supplies

In certain remote areas of Alaska, subsistence hunting and fishing items may be purchased with food stamp benefits. Eligible households are given a specially marked identification card. Even though some subsistence hunting and fishing items may be...

Kwethluk hosts NYO meet

Last weekend, Bethel Regional High School sent a team to the Native Youth Olympics meet in Kwethluk. The Bethel team placed third with 84 points, placing several contestants in the top five of each...

Basketball comes to Y-K Special Olympics

It's true, there's a little Michael Jordan in everyone. And at the Special Olympics on Saturday, special ed students were able to show off their ball skills to the world. The Special Olympics saw a...

Salmon catch headed down in an off year for chums

Alaska's total salmon catch for 2014 is projected to be down by almost half of last year's record haul. State fishery managers are calling for an all-species harvest of just under 133 million salmon, ...

Summer shouldn't mean hunger for our nation's children

As a child, I always looked forward to the carefree joy of summertime. I remember the long days of playing outside at a nearby park until I needed to come home for lunch. Unfortunately, many of our nation’s children do not experience the simple...

Fixing Congress: Process changes needed

These are hard times for Congress. Its approval ratings have seen a bump from their historic lows of a few months ago, but it’s a small one. Our representative democracy’s keystone political institution is widely derided as ineffective,...

Creating educational opportunity

With days left in the legislative session, I am pleased with the legislative progress on our legislation to create more educational opportunities for our children. In addition to putting more money into the classroom and improving access to...

Kuskokwim Calendar - April 17, 2014

Send listings for Kuskokwim Calendar to editor@TheTundraDrums.com. BRHS performs ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ What: Bethel High students will perform the Joseph Kesselring play, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” a black comedy revolving around the Brewster...

Turn Back the Pages – April 17, 1986

April 17, 1986 The Tundra Drums Finance committee inactive – The Bethel city Finance Committee, said to be one of the citizen committees known to have been especially active in past years, is no longer active, according to the committee chair and...

Weather Permitting - April 17, 2014

More warm weather is on the horizon. Early forecasts show partly cloudy days this weekend and leading into next week. And, get this, Saturday might see a high of 50 degrees, which is practically...