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Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

Ben Matheson is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.

Dipnets May Be Allowed On Kuskokwim

Kuskowkim fisherman are expected to face serious restrictions on subsistence salmon fishing this summer in efforts to bring more king salmon to the spawning grounds. With fishing closed possibly all of June, the working group is asking that dipnets be used selectively to harvest non-Chinook salmon.

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March 6, 2014

Legislature Considers Changing Autopsies In Rural Alaska

When a person dies under suspicious or unusual circumstances, the state has an obligation to make sure that evidence is processed and that they can protect the victim and their family. In rural Alaska, that means sending the body to the medical examiners office in Anchorage. If the legislature acts on a bill, part of that examination could take place locally.

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March 5, 2014

Bethel Man Up For National Environmental Health Award

A YKHC employee is up for the national Indian Health Service Environmental Health Specialist of the Year. Brian Berbube is representing the Alaska region.

February 27, 2014

Quinhagak Man Arrested For Murder of 25-year-old Woman

Harold Smith, 26, was arrested in Quinhagak Monday and charged with the first degree murder of 25-year-old Lisa Johnson. Johnson’s body was found off a trail near the end of the new runway in Quinhagak on February 3.

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February 25, 2014

Peter Tony Pleads Guilty To 3 Counts Of Child Sexual Abuse

Former Bethel foster parent Peter Tony has pleaded guilty to three counts of child sexual abuse in a plea deal. In the agreement with prosecutors, the 70-year-old pleaded guilty to charges of sexually abusing a minor in 2012 when he abused a 4-year-old his wife had in day care at their home. Those charges carry sentences anywhere from 5 to 99 years each.

February 25, 2014

BLM Plans Summer Work At The Red Devil Creek

The BLM has a plan for realigning a portion of Red Devil Creek this summer to stop mercury, arsenic, and antimony from eroding away into the river.

February 25, 2014

Mekoryuk Residents Seek More Musk Oxen For Local

Residents of Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island are seeking more involvement, and more musk oxen harvest. This is happening as the 20-year-old agreement that guides management is set to undergo changes.

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February 21, 2014

Search Crews Find Missing Nunapitchuk Man Deceased

Search and rescue crews have found the body of Wassillie Berlin. Searchers found him deceased on the trail between Atmautluak and Bethel. The Nunapitchuk man was reported missing by his brother on Saturday. Crews had found his snowmachine earlier.

February 20, 2014

NTSB Says Pilot Error To Blame In Fatal Midair Crash

The National Transportation Safety board has found that pilot error was to blame in the 2011 crash that killed one pilot and injured another in separate planes.

February 18, 2014

Black Tar Heroin And Marijuana Seized In Bethel

This week’s drug-related arrests came after a several-month-long investigation involving the work of a confidential informant. It led to seizures of heroin, pot, and the arrest of an alleged bootlegger who bought over 1,500 bottles of whiskey.

February 14, 2014

Y-K Delta Regional Committee to Develop Strategic Plan

The Y-K Delta Regional Committee has selected a small steering committee and charged them with drafting strategic plan for the YK-Delta. The 16-person panel is tasked with coming up with a strategic plan by the end of the year.

February 7, 2014

Hooper Bay to Pay Nearly $1 Million for Death in Jail

A Bethel jury has ordered that the city of Hooper Bay pay close a million dollars to the family of a man that died at the Hooper Bay jail. The jury found that the City of Hooper Bay was negligent in the death of 22-year-old Louis Bunyan. Judge Charles Ray read the next portion of the jury’s verdict, which came in after 8 pm Tuesday.

February 6, 2014
Kuskokwim River at Bethel on January 25, 2014. Photo by Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel.

Warm Winter Brings Open Water To Y-K Delta

Record warm temperatures have depleted Alaska’s snowpack and melted river ice. And residents of the YK Delta have noticed more open water in recent weeks. It’s not technically breakup, but in many places, it sure looks and feels like it.

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January 28, 2014

Calista Develops Regional Committee

The Calista board of directors is putting the pieces together of the new regional committee. The committee had a start in the 1980s, but it is getting new life this spring.

January 22, 2014
2014 Kuskokwim 300 Brings Past Champions And New Trail

2014 Kuskokwim 300 Brings Past Champions And New Trail

Twenty-four mushers, including six past champions will be at the starting line for the 35th running of the Kuskokwim 300. The start is scheduled for 6:30 this evening, but an incoming winter storm could hold up the race.

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January 17, 2014
Photo courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

Ravn Investigating Cause Of St. Mary’s Crash

The NTSB is investigating the Era commuter plane that crashed and killed four people and injured six outside St. Mary’s. The government’s full report is many months away, but in the meantime, Era, now known as Ravn and others are digging into the cause of the crash.

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January 10, 2014

Police Find Deceased Akiachak Man In Bethel

Police on Wednesday afternoon found a deceased man who was partially frozen to the ground. He was identified as 37-year-old Marvin Paine of Akiachak. Andre Achee is the Bethel Police Lieutenant. He says police took a call about a body at the 150 block of Akakeek street in a cul-de-sac.

January 10, 2014

Bethel Artists To Learn About Fish Skins

There aren’t a lot of luxury items that come out of southwest Alaska. But there is group of artists working with a product that Alaskans know quite well, if they’ve ever put away fish. Local artists have a chance to learn to work with fish skin and bring it to new audiences and customers.

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January 8, 2014
Era Alaska Changes Name To Ravn Alaska

Era Alaska Changes Name To Ravn Alaska

The umbrella brand Era Alaska brought together Hageland Aviation, Era Aviation, and Frontier Flying Service five years ago. That’s history now.

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January 7, 2014

Yukon Commercial Fishermen May Be Able To Use Purse Seine Gear

As fish managers attempted preserve the Yukon River king salmon last summer, commercial chum fisherman tried out some new gear. They used dip nets and beach seine gear by emergency order during the many king salmon closures. They brought in nearly 200,000 fish, but some say that’s not enough for their income, or for the future of the fishery.

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January 2, 2014