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Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

Ben Matheson is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.

Bethel Fire Department responds to fire at M.E. School. Photo/Dean Swope

Fire Damages Classroom At Bethel School

Fire crews responded to a fire today at the Bethel ME school, which houses pre-school through second grade.

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November 13, 2013 - 6:05 pm

Bethel Search And Rescue Ends Role In Search For Missing Men

Bethel Search and Rescue has ended its participation in the search for Nick Cooke and Jim Lee Napoka due to deteriorating weather conditions and the coming freeze up.

November 13, 2013 - 3:51 pm
Sea Lion Corporation Receives Final ANCSA Conveyences

Sea Lion Corporation Receives Final ANCSA Conveyences

The Bureau of Land Management has conveyed the final 4,516 acres to the Hooper Bay Sea Lion Native Corporation as required under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The entitlement lands are located are north east of Hooper Bay near the Askinuk Mountains.

November 8, 2013 - 12:29 pm

Legislative Ethics Committee Says Senator Hoffman Failed To Disclose Income

Senator Lyman Hoffman failed to file complete financial disclosures, according to a decision by the Senate Committee on Legislative Ethics. The committee found that Senator Hoffman “knowingly” prepared and filed incomplete disclosures, leaving out a “substantial” amount of income.

November 7, 2013 - 11:18 am
Photo by Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel.

Gourds Fly In Bethel With Pumpkin Trebuchet

Less than 48 hours after trick or treating, the sugar buzz should be mostly worn off. But there’s still thrills to be had in the form of launching pumpkins through the air.

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November 7, 2013 - 11:13 am
Bering Sea Western Interior Planning Area. Image courtesy of BLM.

BLM To Write Land Use Plan For 10 Million Acres In Southwest Alaska

The Bureau of Land Management is beginning a four year planning process to set a strategy for over 10 million acres of BLM land across a vast section of southwest Alaska. The Bering Sea Western Interior planning area runs from the coast up the Kuskokwim to Nikolai and follows the Yukon River up to Grayling.

November 6, 2013 - 11:39 am
Image from the National Weather Service.

6 Boats Drag Kialik River As Bering Sea Storm Moves In

Six boats are dragging the Kialik River today in efforts to find Nick Cooke and James Napoka. Teams from another two boats continue the search on land. Two teams of specially trained search dogs are set to arrive tonight. They will head to the scene and spend Wednesday searching for the men.

November 6, 2013 - 11:36 am

3 Kwethluk Men Charged With Sexual Abuse Of Minors

Three men from Kwethluk have been arrested and charged with felony sexual abuse. A grand jury indictment on Thursday led the arrest of 23-year-old John Olick, 56-year-old Nick Epchook Junior, and 31-year-old John Fischer.

November 5, 2013 - 11:36 am

Calista Board Sanctions 6 Board Members For Ethics Violations

The Calista board is publicly censuring three current directors and three past directors for ethics violations. The infractions are related to improper use of stipends and per diem or falsifying meeting minutes. At its October meeting, the board set sanctions for the six individuals. There were a total of 11 directors investigated over a year-long period.

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November 1, 2013 - 5:01 pm

Troopers Suspend Search For Men Missing Near Bethel

Alaska State Troopers have ended their involvement in the search for Nick Cooke and Jim Lee Napoka. Trooper Sergeant Greg Lavin says there’s been a huge ground, water, and air effort over the past several days.

November 1, 2013 - 9:56 am
Longtime Pen Pals Meet in Eek

Longtime Pen Pals Meet in Eek

After eight years of exchanging letters from their homes in rural Alaska and Vermont, two pen pals met each other face to face this month in Eek.

October 30, 2013 - 4:02 pm

State Seeks to Build Decentralized Water and Sewer

Six-thousand homes in Alaska are not connected to a central water and sewer system – and the state may want to keep it that way. The Department of Environmental Conservation has spent decades working with communities to build water and sewer system.

October 24, 2013 - 11:56 am

Tuntutuliak Man Dies of Huffing Propane

A Tuntutuliak man had died from huffing propane. Alaska State Troopers responded Sunday morning to reports of a death in the community.

October 22, 2013 - 11:06 am

Kwethluk Turns On Water, Sewer Service

In 1995, Governor Tony Knowles set a goal to put the honey bucket in the museum within a decade. That exhibit is one step closer to reality in Kwethluk, a community of 700 located 15 miles upriver of Bethel. Residents are starting receive water and sewer service in their homes.

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October 21, 2013 - 5:02 pm
Salvage Crews Move Sunken Tender Lone Star

Salvage Crews Move Sunken Tender Lone Star

The salmon tender Lone Star is still submerged in at the mouth of the Igushik river near Dillingham, but salvage crews have successfully moved it. The Coast Guard says that Resolve-Magone crews on Monday pulled the vessel 200 feet to the east shore of the river.

October 3, 2013 - 11:58 am
Five Arrested in Undercover Drug Sting

Five Arrested in Undercover Drug Sting

Five people are facing felony drug charges after being arrested Tuesday. Unalaska police say they’ve been conducting an undercover investigation for the past four months, which allegedly revealed sales of black tar heroin and crystal meth in town.

September 26, 2013 - 10:00 am

Solo Rower Reaches Adak

The British woman attempting a solo crossing of the North Pacific arrived today in Adak. 28-year-old Sarah Outen left Japan this April in a one-person partially enclosed boat. This afternoon she was being towed by a small boat around the island, into Adak’s Harbor. She saw a person face to face today for the first time in 150 days.

September 24, 2013 - 11:36 am

Hundreds Of Aftershocks Rock Aleutian Chain

Hundreds of aftershocks are rattling the Aleutian Chain following a 7.0 earthquake near Adak on Friday. Residents are ready for life to go back to normal – but it could be months before the quakes subside.

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September 5, 2013 - 5:25 pm

AK: Fishing

This week on AK: We go fishing. A group of four female soldiers spent a weekend last month on the Naknek river. The weather was gorgeous, the fish were biting, and the company was unmatched at the Project Healing Waters retreat. Through the program, the fishing community and veterans organizations hope to help injured veterans in their long recovery. KDLG’s Ben Matheson takes us out on the water.

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August 23, 2013 - 4:05 pm

FedEx Plane Makes Emergency Landing At King Salmon Airport

A Fedex plane made an emergency landing at the King Salmon Airport today. The plane landed safely shortly before 1 o’clock this afternoon. The airport heard a call from a Fed Ex MD- 11 needing to land at the nearest available airport.

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August 2, 2013 - 6:25 pm