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Two proposals to shake up the Alaska Native power structure in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta will get a close look next year, including one that could create the first new regional tribal government in decades.

Lisa Demer
 Bethel’s tiny 6-year-old public bus system is in danger of shutting down just as it is about to really get going. This month, the City Council learned the Bethel tribe will no longer match funds, leaving the city is scrambling to come up with the money.Lisa Demer
Tables were tipped over, items were knocked from shelves, chairs were thrown about, and laptops ended up on the ground in a burglary and vandalism at the Aniak library, Alaska State Troopers reported Monday.Lisa Demer
A mining company hoping to turn a large graphite deposit on the Seward Peninsula into the country’s only large-scale graphite mine met with residents in Teller this week to discuss its findings and hear from the locals who would live closest to any potential mine.Matthew F. Smith / KNOM
Bethel's new pool reopened at noon Saturday, its filter system fixed and volunteers conducting fire watch.Lisa Demer
A long-term fix for the fire-suppression sprinkler system at Bethel’s much anticipated swimming pool has been identified, and repairs should be underway by early December, the city announced Friday afternoon.Lisa Demer
The U.S. Postal Service says dozens of post offices across Alaska face potentially reduced hours of operations beginning in January.Francesca Fenzi | KNOM
Shungnak School’s motto “It’s a ‘We’” was put to the test when the Arctic Alaska village’s water system froze, leaving the community of around 260 people high and dry.Jillian Rogers | The Arctic Sounder
A new report suggests prioritizing law enforcement, funding Alaska's tribal courts and subsistence rights as possible remedies to high rates of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault.Laurel Andrews
Bethel’s new pool and fitness center will open Tuesday for the first time since the Nov. 1 grand opening, the pool manager announced on Facebook. Volunteers were trained over the weekend and on Monday for fire watch duty.Lisa Demer

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