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Angela Denning, KFSK - Petersburg

Angela Denning is a reporter at KFSK in Petersburg.

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

Bethel’s Oldest Catholic Church Burns

The original Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Bethel was totaled by a fire early Sunday morning. The structure still remains but the inside is blackened. The emergency call came into the police and fire departments at about 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 25. The caller said the outside of the building was burning.

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August 27, 2013
Mike Williams Sr. of Akiak

Mike Williams Sr. To Help Lead Suicide Prevention Summit

Tribal leaders from around the state will be gathering in Anchorage this week to address the suicide epidemic. It’s sponsored by the Alaska Tribal Leaders and is their 13th annual summit meeting. All 229 tribes in Alaska are invited.

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August 20, 2013
Photo by Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK - Bethel.

Bethel Tundra Tram Project Is Complete

Heading west from Bethel towards the Bering Sea the lakes get bigger and there are more of them. From the air, it’s a patchwork of water and land. In the winter time they become frozen into one making cross country travel by snow machine relatively easy. But the rest of the year, traveling by tundra is not. And that’s where the tundra tram comes into play.

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August 15, 2013
Gene “Buzzy” Peltola Jr.

Peltola To Run Federal Subsistence Program

Gene Peltola Jr., also known as Buzzy, has resigned from running the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge based in Bethel. He has taken a promotion and is moving to Anchorage to become the Assistant Regional Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He will head the subsistence program at the Office of Subsistence Management.

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July 26, 2013

Alaska Delegation Asks For Consensus Among CDQ Groups

Coastal Villages Region Fund, the state’s largest Community Development Quota group, has been asking for more fish for their fishermen. It would require Congress amending the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. In response, Alaska’s congressional delegation says before pursuing changes to fishing allocations they would need a consensus.

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July 25, 2013

Bethel Gas Fire Injures Three

A fire injured three people in Bethel Sunday afternoon when the gas tank they were filling in their boat exploded. The boat was on a trailer at the North Star Gas station near Brown Slough Bridge. Bethel police, fire fighters, and medics responded to the emergency call which came in around 3 p.m.

July 24, 2013

Fishery Disaster Funds Included In Early Appropriations Bill

Relief funds for last summer’s King salmon fisheries disasters on the Kuskokwim and Yukon Rivers has taken one step closer to reaching fishermen in the region.

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July 18, 2013

More Charges Surface In Bethel Child Abuse Case

Peter Tony, a 69-year-old Bethel resident, and former foster parent, is facing more charges of sexually abusing minors.

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July 16, 2013

State Files Cross-Appeal In Fishermen Trial

The State of Alaska has submitted a cross appeal in the Kuskokwim fishermen trials. About two dozen fishermen were convicted in Bethel court in May for taking King salmon last summer when restrictions were in place. Fifteen fishermen are appealing that decision.

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July 11, 2013
Peter Tony’s Stepdaughter Speaks Out About Abuse

Peter Tony’s Stepdaughter Speaks Out About Abuse

Peter Tony, age 69, is in jail in Bethel awaiting court proceedings for multiple charges of child sexual abuse. Meanwhile, his case keeps growing. It’s evolving from two sides: the past and the present; a 48-year-old alleged victim and a four-year-old alleged victim. Kimberley Bruesch is Peter Tony’s step daughter who says he abused her when she was 8. She says her abuse lasted for about a year but the aftermath went on for decades.

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July 9, 2013

Kuskokwim River Gear Restrictions To Start Friday

The main stem of the Kuskokwim River has gone without restrictions for salmon fishing this season. At least, up until now. Restrictions will go into affect this Friday in the form of 6-inch gear limitations.

June 27, 2013