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Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel

Daysha Eaton is the News Director at KYUK in Bethel.

Bethel Man Arraigned on Murder Charge After Weekend Stabbing of Girlfriend

Bethel Man Arraigned on Murder Charge After Weekend Stabbing of Girlfriend

A man accused of killing his girlfriend in Bethel over the weekend was arraigned Tuesday. Twenty-four-year-old Justine Paul appeared by video from the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center.

May 27, 2015

Remains of Boy Found in Kotlik

Remains of a child found Sunday in Kotlik are believed to be that of a boy who went missing there last year, according to Alaska State Troopers.

May 27, 2015
Black tar heroin is one form of the narcotic that’s reached rural Alaska. Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Heroin Hits Home: A Bethel Woman’s Struggle to Get Clean

Federal officials say in 2014 they intercepted nearly ten times as much heroin coming into Alaska than in 2013. The growing use of the drug is impacting urban and rural areas. This is the first in a series of three stories about the impacts of heroin in Bethel and how the community is fighting it. It begins with one woman’s struggle to get clean in Bethel.

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May 26, 2015
Heroin Hits Home: One Woman’s Struggle to Get Clean in Bethel

Heroin Hits Home: One Woman’s Struggle to Get Clean in Bethel

Federal officials say in 2014 they intercepted nearly ten times as much heroin coming into Alaska than in 2013. The growing use of the drug is impacting urban and rural areas. This is the first in a series of three stories about the impacts of heroin in Bethel and how the community is fighting it. It begins with one woman’s struggle to get clean in Bethel.

May 25, 2015

Police Identify Body Found in Bethel Park

A woman found dead in a park in Bethel on Sunday has been identified. Bethel Police Lieutenant Joe Corbett says she was from Bethel.

May 25, 2015

Sleetmute Man Arrested on Sexual Abuse Warrant

Alaska State Troopers arrested a Sleetmute man Friday on a warrant for sexual abuse of a minor. Aniak-based Troopers arrested Sakar N. Zaukar of Sleetmute at his Housing Road residence around 3 p.m.

May 25, 2015

Yup’ik fishermen won’t appeal to Alaska Supreme Court

The Yup’ik fishermen who were cited for fishing during a closure on the lower Kuskokwim River will not appeal their case to the Alaska Supreme Court.

May 7, 2015

Surveillance Video Shows Former Bethel Police Officer Slamming Man to Ground

Surveillance video shows a former Bethel city police officer repeatedly slamming a man to the ground in the parking lot of a grocery store during an arrest last summer. The man eventually pleaded guilty to harassing the officer. But with the new evidence, an attorney is trying to bring the case back to court.

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April 2, 2015
Yup’ik Fishermen Case Likely Headed for Alaska Supreme Court, Federal Court

Yup’ik Fishermen Case Likely Headed for Alaska Supreme Court, Federal Court

The Alaska Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s decision that Yup’ik fishermen who fished for King salmon during a state closure should be convicted. The decision was issued Friday.

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March 31, 2015

Court of Appeals Affirms Lower Court in Yup’ik Fishermen’s Case

The Alaska Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s decision that Yup’ik Fishermen who fished during a state closure should be charged. The decision was issued today.

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March 27, 2015
Bethel Prosecutor Chris Carpeneti Resigns

Bethel Prosecutor Chris Carpeneti Resigns

Prosecutor Chris Carpeneti has resigned from his position at the Bethel district attorney’s office. His resignation comes about two weeks after the firing of Bethel District Attorney June Stein.

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March 6, 2015

Bethel Reacts to Walker Administration’s firing of DA

Bethel Community members are reacting to the Walker Administration’s firing of District Attorney, June Stein. While working in the office Sunday, Stein received a letter, delivered from a Deputy Attorney General informing her of her quote “impending release.” The state so far is not explaining why she’s being fired.

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February 24, 2015
Bethel dorms feature the integrated truss design. (Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK)

YKEDC Gets Grant to Improve Economy, Housing

The State of Alaska has awarded a grant to the Yukon Kuskokwim Economic Development Council, YKEDC, for a truss-manufacturing project. If the plan goes forward, local workers would use the region’s wood resources to build frames for highly energy efficient housing.

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February 19, 2015
Alaska Legislature Takes Second Look at Erin’s Law

Alaska Legislature Takes Second Look at Erin’s Law

Erin’s Law is back in the legislature. If passed, the bill would require school districts, statewide, to provide age-appropriate K-12 sexual abuse education. Last session Representative Geran Tarr, a Democrat from Anchorage, introduced Erin’s Law which died in the House Finance Committee.

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February 2, 2015
(Courtesy of Foraker Group)

Foraker Says Bethel Residents Out-Give Urban Alaskans

A recent study about Alaska non-profits confirms what many in the field know: that federal grant money has been drying up over the past couple of years. On the other hand, it shows that non-profits are developing new revenue streams, and counting on personal giving, particularly in rural areas.

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January 26, 2015
Body of Second Missing Kuskokwim Traveler Recovered

Body of Second Missing Kuskokwim Traveler Recovered

Bethel Search and Rescue reports they’ve found a body of a man that went missing in December near Kwethluk. The body is believed to be that of 26-year-old George Evan of Akiak. Evan was one of three people that went missing while traveling on a four-wheeler during a storm on December 12th.

January 23, 2015
Colten Zaukar (center) visits with his brother and father after his sentencing Friday. (KYUK photo)

Zaukar Sentenced to 61 years for 2012 Rape, Kidnapping

On Friday, a judge sentenced 24-year-old Colten Zaukar, of Sleetmute to spend what could be rest of his life behind bars for a violent 2012 rape. Bethel Superior Court Judge Charles Ray sentenced Zaukar to 61 years, with another 10 years suspended.

January 20, 2015

Tuluksak Man Arrested For Alleged Arson

A Tuluksak man is under arrest after he allegedly set fire to a home in Kwethluk. The incident happened Tuesday.

January 7, 2015

Troopers Investigate Sexual Abuse Allegation In Chuathbaluk

Alaska State Troopers in Aniak recently received a report that a 4-year-old girl in Chuathbaluk was possibly sexually abused.

January 7, 2015
Bethel Bethel Boat Harbor November 13th, 2014. – (Photo by Dean Swope)

Bethel’s Warm Temperatures Break Records

Bethel broke the record for highest-average temperature in 2014. It’s included in a broad swath of Western and Southwestern Alaska which have had above normal temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.

January 7, 2015