Chefornak, AK


Three Y-K Delta communities have received federal funding to build new housing

Federal funding for housing is coming to three Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities. Aniak, Chefornak, and Newtok have each received $1,035,000 in grant money to build new housing in their villages. Aniak will use the money to construct five tiny homes. The homes will be used as temporary shelter for families impacted...
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Watch: 'To Keep As One'

Climate change is accelerating erosion all over Alaska. When storms hit the village of Newtok, Albertina Charles is terrified of flooding and the encroaching river bank. She and her children grieve over the loss of their home and make plans for the future. Mertarvik is a new village site, 9...
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NYO Awards for 2022

The Cook Inlet Tribal Council hosted the 2022 Native Youth Olympics Senior Games and the traditional team and individual awards have been officially made public. Winning the best overall team award went to the Lower Kuskokwim All Stars. The team was represented by Kyra John of Kwigillingoak and Michael Flynn of Chefornak – Kneel Jump, Devon Mann of Kipnuk and Crystal Moses of Toksook Bay – Seal Hop, Michael Flynn of Chefornak and Crystal Moses of Toksook Bay – One Foot High Kick, Michael Flynn and Kyra John – Two Foot High Kick, Layla Kashatok of Kwigillingok and Aidan Sipary of Toksook Bay – Scissor Broad Jump, Jordan Lewis of Chefornak and Kyra John – Alaskan High Kick, Michael Flynn and Destiny Panruk of Chefornak – One Arm Reach, Johnelle Smith of Tuntutuliak and Evon Phillip of Kongiganak – Indian Stick Pull, Henry Kanuk of Chefornak and Summer Cartier of Toksook Bay – Eskimo Stick Pull, and Crystal Moses and Robert Jimmy of Chefornak – Wrist Carry.

Airports region-wide to receive airport upgrades

If things go according to plan, Newtok’s airport could be fully relocated to Mertarvik by the middle of September 2022. Newtok residents started relocating to the new village site in 2019. Ron Scearcy is a Construction Manager with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. He said that...
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NYO family spans four generations

The Phillip family of Kongiganak is strong in Native Youth Olympics here in the coastal region of southwest Alaska. Their founding father is Tommy Phillip who has coached NYO for many years, both for his home team – the Kongiganak Wolverines and also the Lower Kuskokwim School District All Stars.

Athletes of the Week: Native Youth Olympics’ Eden Hopson and Colton Paul

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - While everyone is a winner at the Native Youth Olympics by helping sustain culture and tradition, Eden Hopson of the Anchorage A team and Colton Paul from Kipnuk competing for Mt. Edgecumbe High School stole the show. Paul finished in the top five in six different...
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Court upholds verdict in favor of Chefornak family

The Alaska Supreme Court has upheld a verdict of more than 3 million dollars for a Chefornak family. According to the Opinion released on April 15th, 2022 by the Supreme Court of the State of Alaska, a boiler exploded in a home owned by a nonprofit regional housing authority, the AVCP Regional Housing Authority in Chefornak, Alaska. Dietrich Mael, who lived in the home was severely injured.
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Nelson Island School competes in statewide Power Pledge Challenge

More than 1,200 Kindergarten through twelfth grade students from 22 schools in eight regions around the state participated in the ninth annual Power Pledge Challenge (PPC), an initiative aimed at helping youth better understand energy use. Participating classes, including Caitlin Tully’s classroom at Nelson Island School in Toksook Bay, had...
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Chefornak Shamans win LKSD NYO District Meet

The Chefornak Shamans are the winners of the 2022 Lower Kuskokwim School District Native Youth Olympics tournament, held in Toksook Bay home of the Islanders on April 7-9th, 2022. Teams participating at the meet including the Shamans and Islanders were the Kwigillingok Eagles, Quinhagak SeaHawks, Kongiganak Wolverines, Akula Tundra Foxes, Tuntutuliak Bluejays, Newtok Jaegers and Mertarvik Pioneers, Eek Cougars, Mekoryuk Herders, Akiuk Grizzlies, Tununak Coasters, and Nunapitchuk Wolves.
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Patagonia’s new film is a haunting portrait of America’s climate refugees

There is a tiny Alaskan village called Newtok, built on a delta at the edge of the Bering Sea. The Yup’ik residents have lived and forged a culture in this area over thousands of years—hunting, fishing, foraging—and right now, the place they call home is sinking. To...
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Junior high athletes compete at Bluejays NYO meet

This is a continuation of the Native Youth Olympics results from last week’s issue. The Tuntutuliak Bluejays hosted their NYO event on March 25-26, 2022 and junior high athletes also competed. Junior high teams competing at this meet joining Tunt included the Bethel Regional High School, Chefornak Shamans, the Eek Cougars, Gladys Jung, Kasigluk Foxes, KPN Falcons, Kongiganak Wolverines, Kwigillingok Eagles, the Mertarvik Pioneers, Nunapitchuk Wolves, Quinhagak Seahawks, and the Toksook Bay Islanders. This is the first time since 2020 that students are participating in these events.

Tununak has a long road ahead to having a washeteria

The coastal community of Tununak has a plan to build a temporary washeteria to replace the one that burned down on Feb. 15. But the path forward is complicated, and it’s not clear when Tununak will have a new washeteria. Tununak plans to convert an old, unused Alaska National...

Toksook Bay takes 1A boys State Championship

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Toksook Bay Islanders were the sixth seeded team in the 1A state basketball tournament, but completed their Cinderella story by beating the top seeded Tanana Wolves 51-47 in front of what could have been nearly matched the entire population of the village of Toksook Bay.

Toksook Bay wins the Boys 1A State Championship

In a community alert, police wrote that they responded to a call at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday concerning an adult male who had died near 1800 Kalgin Street. Police wrote that the medical examiner will make the determination as to the cause of death. The Alaska State Troopers reported that...
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Chefornak Lady Shamans and Toksook Bay Islander boys win 1A Coastal Conference basketball tournament

Congratulations to the 34th Annual 1A Alaska Coastal Conference basketball tournament champions as of this Saturday, March 5th, 2022 – the Chefornak Lady Shamans and the Toksook Bay Islander boys. These teams battled hard to make it to the top of their brackets. They will be representing the Lower Kuskokwim School District (LKSD) and the Coastal Conference at the long awaited 2022 State 1A basketball tournament in Anchorage on March 16-19, 2022 at the Alaska Airlines Center, home of the Seawolves.

LKSD basketball champs Chefornak and Toksook Bay advance to state tournament

The Lower Kuskokwim School District’s basketball tournament concluded March 5. In the girls' championship game, the reigning champion Chefornak Lady Shamans held onto their title, defeating the Tuntutuliak Lady Blue Jays in a close match, 38-30. In the boys' game, a new champion emerged. The Toksook Bay Islanders beat the previous title-holders, the Chefornak Shamans, 78-21.