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Angela Denning, KFSK - Petersburg

Angela Denning is a reporter at KFSK in Petersburg.

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 - 4:20 pm

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 - 5:19 pm

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 - 10:48 am

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 - 5:24 pm

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 - 5:21 pm

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 - 5:56 pm
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 - 5:18 pm

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 - 10:24 am

Former Bethel Foster Parent, Daycare Provider Arrested On Sex Abuse Charges

A former foster parent and daycare provider in Bethel has been arrested for charges that he sexually abused a 4-year-old. Bethel police arrested 69-year-old Peter Tony June 13 after investigating him for six months. They say he could have many more victims going back to the 1970s.

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June 25, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Kuskokwim Subsistence Salmon Fishery Starts With No Restrictions On Main River

The first King salmon are being caught on the Kuskokwim River and state managers don’t foresee any restrictions for at least a few weeks. Fishermen on the Kuskokwim River can use 8 inch King nets right now, something that was highly restricted last year due to a very poor run. The State’s preseason data calls for another low return this year but so far, managers say there’s no reason to restrict fishing.

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June 12, 2013 - 5:31 pm
Brown Bear Cub Found Near Platinum

Brown Bear Cub Found Near Platinum

A young brown bear cub was recently found near Platinum and turned into the Fish and Game office in Bethel. The bear was a tiny male, 9 pounds in all. It was reportedly being chased by some dogs so Jay Bitney picked him up to try to keep him safe. Bitney had been in the area for work, crushing gravel.

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June 11, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Emotions Run High As Fishermen Testify On Religion

The Kuskokwim fishermen trials continued today at the Bethel Court House. More fishermen were found guilty for illegal fishing last summer during King salmon closures. The fishermen’s defense attorney continued to ask the court to dismiss the cases and the judge continued to find the fishermen guilty. The fishermen took turns on the stand, some breaking down when they talked about what subsistence meant to them.

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May 21, 2013 - 5:19 pm
Napaskiak elder, Noah Okoviak, was one of several fishermen to be sentenced May 20. Photo by Lillian Michael.

Fishermen Found Guilty, Although Court Agrees Subsistence Salmon Fishing Is Religious

Nearly 50 fishermen were cited for illegal salmon fishing last June. Half of them pled not guilty and have been fighting it in court ever since.

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May 20, 2013 - 5:31 pm

Musk Ox Herd Spotted Along Kuskokwim River

A herd of musk oxen was seen on the frozen Kuskokwim River recently. It’s a sign that the population is expanding in the region.

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May 14, 2013 - 5:41 pm

Bethel Cop Charged With DUI At Police Shooting Scene

A former Bethel police officer is being charged with being intoxicated while on the scene of a police shooting last fall. Last October, a Bethel police officer shot and killed a man in a neighborhood near Brown’s Slough. The man, 24-year-old Sam Alexie Jr., was intoxicated and pointed a rifle at the officer who then shot him.

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May 8, 2013 - 5:34 pm

Subsistence Fishermen On Kuskokwim Should Get More Kings This Summer

Last year, an unprecedented 12-day King salmon fishing closure on the Kuskokwim River devastated the subsistence harvest of the fish. Instead of taking about 75,000 Kings as usual, residents only caught 20,000. However, this year should be different.

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May 1, 2013 - 6:03 pm
Photo by Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK - Bethel

Bethel Residents Hold Rally For Subsistence Rights

A group of about 40 people held a rally in Bethel this morning for subsistence rights. They gathered in the parking lot of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game office. Most of them were Yup’ik, from Bethel and nearby villages.

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April 22, 2013 - 5:21 pm

Bethel Court Hears Closing Arguments Of Subsistence Fishermen

Closing arguments were heard today in a Bethel courtroom in the trial of 22 subsistence fishermen accused of fishing for king salmon during closures. The trial began on Monday and included testimony from expert witnesses on both sides.

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April 18, 2013 - 5:15 pm

Tribal Management Of Fish And Game Sought At Hearing

Senator Lisa Murkowski hosted a Senate hearing on subsistence in Bethel Tuesday afternoon. Over 25 people spoke and many more turned in written testimony.

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April 3, 2013 - 5:22 pm

U.S. Arctic Research Commission Meets In Bethel

The U.S. Arctic Research Commission is in Bethel for their 100th meeting. The Commission is an independent federal agency that helps plan arctic research goals on the national level.

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March 22, 2013 - 4:39 pm