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Angela Denning, KFSK - Petersburg

Angela Denning is a reporter at KFSK in Petersburg.

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

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
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

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
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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

Tribes Get Larger Voice At AFN With Bylaw Change

The Alaska Federation of Natives has changed its bylaws to give tribes more votes during conventions. The move separates tribal votes from tribal corporation votes.

March 1, 2013

AVCP Wants Tribes To Be Able to Prosecute Non-Members

The Violence Against Women’s Act that is making its way through Congress has the support of the Association of Village Council Presidents for the most part. However, the Native non-profit organization which represents 56 tribes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is opposing part of the legislation, the part that doesn’t allow Alaskan tribes to prosecute non-tribal members.

February 21, 2013

ACLU Supports Yup’ik Fishermen In Trial

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is joining the Yup’ik fishermen trials. The group has filed a “friend of the court brief” in support of the fishermen’s right to fish as part of their religious practice.

February 13, 2013

Bethel Police Officer Named In October Shooting

The conclusion of the investigation into the shooting death into the shooting death of 24-year-old Sam Alexie Jr. has spurred the Bethel police department to release the name of the shooting officer. It is Andrew Reid, who is still with the department. He had only been on the force for three months at the time of the shooting although he had been an officer in Massachusetts for four years prior to that.

February 8, 2013

Board of Fisheries Adopts New Kuskokwim River Plan

The Board of Fisheries adopted a new management plan for the Kuksokwim River which includes stronger language supporting the King salmon subsistence fishery.

January 29, 2013

Jeff King Wins Kuskokwim 300

Jeff King of Denali won the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race for the ninth time Sunday. Twenty-one teams competed.

January 21, 2013

Board To Consider 70 Arctic Yukon-Kuskokwim Fisheries Proposals

This week in Anchorage, the Alaska Board of Fisheries will consider 70 Arctic Yukon Kuskokwim fishery proposals. One proposal of special interest to the Kuskokwim looks to update the river’s Salmon Management Plan, including making some changes to the King salmon fishery.

January 16, 2013

K300 Looks For Volunteers To Help With Large Field

The K300 Sled Dog Race starts in Bethel on Jan. 18 and preparations are in full swing. Twenty-eight teams are signed up to compete, the largest field in about 15 years.

January 9, 2013