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Angela Denning, KFSK - Petersburg

Angela Denning is a reporter at KFSK in Petersburg.

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
Regina and Don Johson hold a picture of their family inside their Bethel home. Photo by Angela Denning-Barnes

Boarding Schools Offer New Opportunities For Some Families

This time of year, many students at Alaska’s boarding schools are heading home for winter break. Boarding schools have a long and complicated history for Alaska Natives; some blame them for loss of indigenous languages, and some students suffered abuse at schools.

December 18, 2012

Another Person Dies in Bethel After Being Found Cold

A second person has died in Bethel after being found in an unheated home. 60-year-old June Swope was found unresponsive Friday morning at 102 East Avenue, located across the slough.

December 10, 2012

Caribou Hunting Opens Near Bethel

Caribou hunting is open in Unit 18 near Bethel. Like last year, subsistence hunters can take two caribou, but some of the language surrounding how hunters are able to take caribou is different.

December 4, 2012

Over Half Of Women In Y-K Delta Experience Partner, Sexual Violence

More than half of women in the Y-K Delta have experienced partner violence or sexual violence within their lifetime. That’s according to a new study led by the state.

November 27, 2012

New Calista Board Makes Changes At First Meeting

A lot is changing with Calista, the Native corporation that represents more than 12,000 shareholders from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Shareholders voted in two new board members at their annual meeting and the new board has continued to seek change.

November 14, 2012

Subsistence Fishermen Trials Get Pushed Back

The subsistence fishermen trials that were scheduled to start today (Tuesday) in Bethel have been postponed.

November 13, 2012

Andrew Guy Reinstated As Calista President

Andrew Guy has been reinstated as Calista’s President and CEO. The corporation announced the move this afternoon after a special meeting of the new board of directors today.

November 8, 2012

The Scam “Toner Phoners” Reach The Y-K Delta

Bethel may be 400 miles off the road system, but it’s no stranger to fraud. Most recently, there have been office supply scams. Bethel Native Corporation was approached last week with a Xerox scam, but President Ana Hoffman suspected something was amiss.

November 7, 2012

First 3 Subsistence Fishermen Found Guilty

Trials began yesterday for two dozen Kuskokwim subsistence fishermen who allegedly fished with salmon nets when they were restricted this past summer. The first three fishermen were found guilty at the Bethel District Court House today. The politics of subsistence rights versus state restrictions weighs far heavier on the trials than the violations themselves, worth $250 each

October 30, 2012

Fishermen Trials Begin In Bethel

Trials began today for fishermen who allegedly fished with salmon nets when they were restricted this past summer. Seats were full at Courtroom 4 at the Bethel Court House. Representatives with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were present along with several staff from the Association of Village Council Presidents, other tribal leaders, and seniors from the Bethel Senior Center.

October 29, 2012

$1.2 Billion Spent On Alcohol And Drug Abuse

Alcohol and drug abuse cost Alaska’s economy $1.2 billion in 2010, according to a report released today by the research and consulting firm, McDowell Group.

October 25, 2012

Subsistence Fishermen To Be Represented Pro Bono

About 25 subsistence fishermen along the Kuskokwim River will soon head to trial for alleged illegal fishing during closures this past summer. Many of them are being represented for free by a civil rights law firm.

October 18, 2012

Bethel Police ID Man Killed In Officer-Related Shooting

The man that was shot dead by Bethel police officers Tuesday night has been identified as Sam Alexie Jr. , 24. He was allegedly pointing a rifle at officers before they shot him.

October 4, 2012

Bethel Road Reopening Delayed At Least One Year

It’s been four years since the road that created a loop around Bethel has been closed. It has forced traffic to maneuver through town via a horse shoe shaped road system. The town’s 6,000 residents will have to wait at least another year before it can re-open.

October 3, 2012

Bethel Police Shoot, Kill Man

A Bethel man died Tuesday night after police officers shot him. The Bethel Police Department has not released the name of the person, saying they still need to contact his next of kin and confirm his identity.

October 3, 2012
This adult male Dickcissel has been seen in Bethel since mid-August, thousands of miles from his normal range. Photo by Kevin Morgan

AK: Off Course

They say birds of a feather flock together. But try telling that to a small, brightly colored songbird that showed up in Bethel last month. The unusual bird is thousands of miles outside of his normal range. And he hasn’t started flying south yet. That has many birders wondering why he sticking around and if he’s going to try to survive the harsh Alaska winter.

September 21, 2012

Airport Construction Complicates Bethel Air Traffic

The Bethel airport is the third busiest passenger airport and the second busiest cargo airport in the state. But air traffic has been more complicated this summer because of on-going construction at the airport. High winds, which are common in the region, are all it takes for a flight delay or cancellation.

September 4, 2012