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Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel

Daysha Eaton is the News Director at KYUK in Bethel.

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

Troopers Investigate Aniak Infant Death

An infant was found dead Sunday morning in the village of Aniak, reportedly after sleeping on the couch with her mother.

January 6, 2015
The ‘Shanks Arc’ has been stuck in the middle of Steamboat Slough for more than a year. – (Photo by Daysa Eaton)

State Closes Bethel DEC Office

There is no longer an Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation office in Bethel. State officials say they closed the office just before the holidays because of restructuring and budgetary issues.

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January 5, 2015
Fire Marshals say PATC Fire Cause ‘Undetermined’

Fire Marshals say PATC Fire Cause ‘Undetermined’

A report from the State Fire Marshals’ office has ruled the cause of a fire that burned the new alcohol treatment center in Bethel as ‘undetermined’. The building is owned by the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation and was fully insured.

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December 26, 2014
Fire Marshal Releases Report on Bethel Fire

Fire Marshal Releases Report on Bethel Fire

A report from the State Fire Marshals’ office has ruled the cause of a fire that burned the new Phillip Ayagnirvik Treatment Center, or PATC, in Bethel as ‘undetermined’. The building is owned by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation and was fully insured. The report, completed December 10th, according to state fire officials, was released to KYUK on Wednesday.

December 24, 2014
Bethel Receives an Unusual Winter Visitor – A Robin

Bethel Receives an Unusual Winter Visitor – A Robin

A rare winter robin has been spotted in Bethel and it has folks wondering what exactly it means. Locals and a biologist say they think it has to do with climate change.

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December 22, 2014
Search and rescue crews used chainsaws to cut the ice open during their search. (Photo courtesy of BSAR)

Troopers Release Names of Missing Kuskokwim Travelers

Alaska State Troopers have released the names of the two other travelers that remain missing on the frozen Kuskokwim River.

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December 16, 2014
A Bethel Winter House volunteer welcomes guests at Bethel Covenant Church Friday night.

Bethel Winter House Reopens with New Rules

After a bumpy start, Bethel Winter House has opened its doors once again, with new rules. The all-volunteer shelter’s board, organized under a Lion’s Club, met Thursday to sort out problems that closed it last week.

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December 15, 2014
Search and rescue crews used chainsaws to cut the ice open during their search. (Photo courtesy of BSAR)

One Kuskokwim Traveler’s Body Recovered, Search for Others Continues

Bethel Search and Rescue searchers Sunday found the body of Ralph ‘Jimmy’ Demantle, one of three people who disappeared while traveling by four-wheeler from Bethel to Akiak. Searchers continue to search for another man and a woman

December 15, 2014