Dec 082014

BCSF is pleased to announce that we are making the first grant from the John Malone Fund.

The John Malone Fund was established at Bethel Community Services Foundation in 2008 to honor John Malone, a founder of BCSF’s originating organization which was known first as Bethel Social Services and later as Bethel Community Services. John dedicated a large portion of his time to improving the lives of people living disabilities and/or mental illness, both in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region and throughout Alaska through his leadership with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. John also helped lead the vision to transition the service-providing organization he inspired to what BCSF is today- a broad community foundation benefitting our community through capacity building, leadership and grant support. IMG_0639

The John Malone Fund was created in 2008 by BCSF’s Board of Directors to honor John’s legacy. Grants made annually will benefit individuals with disabilities and/or mental illness who are residing in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region of Alaska. The amount available in 2014 is $634.The grant deadline is Thursday, Dec. 18 at 5 pm. Applications may be submitted using an online form at: 2014 John Malone Fund Grant Application. For those who have limited internet access, the form was in the December 9 Delta Discovery and can be requested in word document form by emailing

Any individual, business or organization who would like to donate to the John Malone Fund at BCSF may mail a contribution to PO Box 2189 Bethel, AK 99559, drop off a contribution at 1795 Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway in Bethel or click the Donate Now button to the right to make an electronic contribution.

Nov 022014

BCSF celebrated with leaders from throughout Bethel, the region and the state at the November 1 grand opening of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Regional Aquatic Health & Safety Center. You can contact the poIMG_1245ol by calling 543-0390 or “like” their Facebook page- listed as YK Fitness Center.

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May 112014

Two Bethel men, Alvin Jimmie Sr. and Harry Pavilla, are the winners of the 2014 Kuskokwim Ice Classic. They will split the jackpot of $6,927.50- winning $3,463.75 each.

Alvin and Harry guessed the exact time that tripod movement on the Kuskokwim River stopped the clock – May 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

There were 134 guesses returned to the Ice Classic for May 2nd and more than 3,200 total guesses submitted this year.

The 2014 Kuskokwim Ice Classic had the second-largest jackpot in 10 years.

Bethel Regional High School’s Native Youth Olympics, Music and Special Olympics programs will benefit from the $6,347.50 BRHS will earn for their database entry efforts, student ticket sales and ticket sales at Swanson’s, Crowley and ID Variety.

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May 042014

See More Photos on the Kuskokwim Ice Classic Facebook page!

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The clock has stopped!

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May 022014

The tripod’s movement stopped the clock at 5:00 pm today, May 2nd.

The Breakup Bash will be Sunday, May 4 from 3 pm-5:30 pm at the river wall. There will be juice, hot dogs and music. Come join the fun on Sunday!

Bethel Regional High School has not completed the database that will determine the winner or winners who guessed May 2 at 5 pm (or the closest guess to that without going over). Please stay tuned for a few more days to find out about the lucky Ice Classic Winner (or Winners)!

May 022014

There is Breakup excitement happening now in Bethel! Around 12:50 p.m. today the tripod moved about 100 feet and out of sight of the webcam. That distance isn’t enough to stop the clock- the tripod needs to move about 100 yards for that- but people are checking the river – probably the times of their guesses, too- and BCSF staff are talking about the Breakup Bash. The Breakup Bash will not be scheduled until after the official clock is stopped- and we have no way of knowing exactly when the tripod will move again- so check back here, on the Kuskokwim Ice Classic Facebook page, or KYUK announcements for more information about that event.

In other news, Bethel Regional High School (the beneficiary of Ice Classic proceeds) has not yet completed entries for the Ice Classic “guess” database. After the clock is stopped, a winner cannot be announced until that database is finished. Word from BRHS is that they hope to be finished with entries by Wednesday, May 7th.


Apr 252014

There is $6,302.50 in winnings at stake in the 2014 Kuskokwim Ice Classic. The winner will take home the entire $6,302.50 or split it, if there are multiple guesses for the same winning time.

Last year’s Ice Classic winner earned $6,243.50.

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Tripod photo taken April 24, 2014.

Bethel Regional High School will earn $5,722.50 for their student ticket sales and Ice Classic database entry efforts. BRHS student activities groups that will benefit from the earnings this year are Music, Native Youth Olympics and Special Olympics. Staff are still entering guesses into the Ice Classic database.  The database should be complete before the river breaks up, which means the winner announcement should be made soon after the tripod’s movement stops the Ice Classic clock.

The Breakup Bash Celebration, sponsored by BCSF, will take place at the riverfront. An announcement about the time for the Breakup Bash will happen after the Ice Classic clock is stopped. Most years, the celebration happens the same day the river breaks- but that is dependent on the time of day that the river goes out.