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Angela Denning, KFSK - Petersburg

Angela Denning is a reporter at KFSK in Petersburg.

Bethel Man Gets 45 Years for Killing Cab Driver

A young man was sentenced in Bethel Superior Court to 45 years in prison for murdering a Korean cab driver a few winters ago. Kyle Motgin pled guilty to murder in the second degree which dropped several other charges. He was 21 years old when he stabbed Young Suk Chong to death on January 31, 2012.

November 20, 2013

Residents Tell Bethel’s Tribe King Restrictions Are Warranted

Bethel’s Native Tribe, Orutsararmuit Native Council, held a public hearing seeking input on Chinook fishing restrictions next summer. It’s part of a call out to tribes along the river to help come up with management options after poor King salmon runs the last several years.

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November 18, 2013
Bethel Filipinos Reach Their Families After Storm

Bethel Filipinos Reach Their Families After Storm

It’s unclear how many thousands of people lost their lives in the typhoon that hit the Philippines. But Bethel’s small Filipino population has been desperately trying to reach family back home to make sure they’re okay.

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November 13, 2013

Boat Found In Lower Kuskokwim SAR

Several communities on the Lower Kuskokwim River are involved in a search for two men: Nick Cooke of Bethel and Jim Lee Napoka of Tuluksak. The two were traveling together by boat to a funeral in Tuntutuliak Oct. 23 but they never showed up. They were reported missing Friday.

October 29, 2013
Qiviut or musk ox wool. Photo from Oomingmak.

Troopers Seek Help In Musk Ox Investigation

Alaska State Troopers seek the public’s help in getting information about the musk ox found shot dead Oct. 20 across the river near Bethel. The poaching has also been on the mind of Bethel city council member Mark Springer.

October 24, 2013

Bethel Will Remain A Subsistence Use Area

The Joint Board of Fisheries and Board of Game opposed establishing a non-subsistence use area for Bethel in a meeting in Anchorage last week. The proposal was submitted by Fairbanks trapper Allen Barrette which stated that Bethel would appear to qualify as a non-subsistence area.

October 22, 2013

Mt. Village Man Arrested For Stabbing

A man in Mountain Village has been arrested for allegedly stabbing his brother. On Wednesday evening, Alaska State Troopers arrested 37-year-old Luther Aguchak who they say stabbed his 38-year-old brother with a knife.

October 17, 2013

GCI, KTUU Work Out Temporary Agreement

GCI and KTUU Channel 2 came to a temporary agreement Tuesday to keep the NBC-affiliate carriage in Bethel and eight other areas outside of Anchorage, at least for the next few weeks. It’s a temporary solution to an on-going contractual dispute between GCI and Schurz Communications, the Indiana-based parent company of KTUU. The conflict surfaced when an old agreement expired at the end of September.

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October 16, 2013

Bethel Gets Fish And Game Advisory Committee

Alaska’s Joint Board of Fisheries and Game is meeting in Anchorage. Today, they decided to create a Fish and Game advisory committee just for the community of Bethel. With over 6,000 residents, Bethel continues to grow as the hub of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The community currently has one seat on the Lower Kuskokwim Advisory Committee but local groups approached the joint board about getting their own.

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October 15, 2013

AVEC On Schedule For Bethel Utilities Corporation Takeover

Meera Kohler, President of the Alaska Villages Electric Cooperative, says they are still on schedule for a Spring takeover of Bethel Utilities Corporation. AVEC is a non-profit electric utility serving Western Alaska. The buyout would cut electric rates for customers in Bethel, Napaskiak, and Oscarville. The coop’s other 52 villages should experience lower rates as well.

October 11, 2013

Bethel Economic Summit Looks At Energy Needs

Energy and the challenges of providing it in remote Western Alaska was the main topic of a summit in Bethel on Monday.

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October 8, 2013
Y-K Delta’s First Nursing Home Opens In Bethel

Y-K Delta’s First Nursing Home Opens In Bethel

The Yukon-Kukoskwim Delta is the size of Ohio and includes over 50 villages. The region’s hub, Bethel, has over 6,000 residents. Until now, families who had an elder they couldn’t care for at home went to Anchorage, 400 miles away by airplane. That is until the first elder’s home opened up after a decade of planning.

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October 3, 2013

YKHC Lays Off Workers, Cuts Programs

Sequestration federal funding cuts are across the board unless an exemption is made by Congress. The Indian Health Service has not been exempted and non-profit corporations all over the state, like the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation based in Bethel, are feeling the hit.

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September 30, 2013

Two Dead, One Missing Near Alakanuk

Alaska State Troopers are investigating what appears to be at least two deaths from a boating incident near Alakanuk.

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September 25, 2013

Bethel Group Wants Board Of Fish To Take A Closer Look At Kuskokwim Kings

The Alaska Board of Fish has a work session planned for October 9-11 in Girdwood. And although it’s not on the agenda to talk about Kuskokwim Chinook salmon, that’s just what several local groups want the board to do.

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September 18, 2013

Man Charged With Shooting, Killing 2-Year-Old Son

Saturday State Troopers arrested a man in Tununak and charged him with shooting and killing his two-year-old son.

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September 16, 2013

Man Arrested For Heroin Possession In Bethel

Bethel police arrested a man for possessing what they believe to be heroin. On August 29, police arrested 30-year-old Travis Longbotham of Nikiski. He was staying at the Long House Inn Hotel when employees noticed the smell of drugs coming from his room and called police.

September 9, 2013

Alakanuk Gets $2.2 Million For Road Development

The Village of Alakanuk is getting a $2.2 million grant to pave almost three miles of dirt roads. The money is coming from the U.S. Department of Transportation and will pay for part of the road project. The total amount is estimated to cost around $5.2 million.

September 9, 2013
Bethel Hosts National Celebrities

Bethel Hosts National Celebrities

Bethel was a hotspot for celebrities last week. A handful showed up at Bethel Regional High School.

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September 3, 2013

King Salmon Fail to Reach Spawning Grounds

Kuskokwim Chinook salmon—or Kings as they are known locally–did not make it to the spawning grounds this year as managers had expected. Counting projects are showing the lowest escapements in history for nearly all of the river’s tributaries. Managers and residents are trying to make a plan for next year.

August 30, 2013