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Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel

Daysha Eaton is the News Director at KYUK in Bethel.

A year after Roxanne Smart was killed, Chevak still waits for justice

A year after Roxanne Smart was killed, Chevak still waits for justice

The community of Chevak in Southwest Alaska has been breathing a collective sigh of relief after the arrest of a man in July for the murder of Roxanne Smart. The 19-year-old was found stabbed to death in the middle of town last August. But it was a tough year for the tight-knit community as they waited for an arrest. The town lived for nearly a year with a killer among them.

August 21, 2015
Archaeologists uncover new Yup’ik artifacts near Quinhagak

Archaeologists uncover new Yup’ik artifacts near Quinhagak

At a site near the Southwest Alaska village of Quinhagak archeologists are racing against time to uncover Yup’ik artifacts before the effects of climate change cause them to erode into the sea. The old village continues to reveal artifacts that give a glimpse into the daily lives of Yup’ik people hundreds of years ago.

August 21, 2015
Emergency Call from Wrecked Pilot Believed to Be From Sat Phone

Emergency Call from Wrecked Pilot Believed to Be From Sat Phone

Alaska State Troopers say they believe Seth Fairbanks made an emergency call with a Satellite phone when his Supercub crashed into Cook Inlet around midnight August 6. They also say their investigation reveals he called the non-emergency number for the Alaska State Trooper Post in Bethel, not 9-1-1.

August 14, 2015
Missing pilot, passenger in Knik Arm plane crash ID’d

Missing pilot, passenger in Knik Arm plane crash ID’d

Alaska State Troopers have identified the missing pilot and passenger in the Knik Arm plane crash as 29-year-old Seth Fairbanks and 23-year-old Anthony Hooper, both of McGrath.

August 10, 2015

Newtok Tribal Governance Dispute Settled By Federal Panel

A federal appeals panel has sided with the new leaders in a tribal power dispute that has complicated efforts to relocate a badly eroded village in western Alaska.

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August 7, 2015
‘Expedited Partner Therapy’ Lowers YK Gonorrhea

‘Expedited Partner Therapy’ Lowers YK Gonorrhea

There’s been a big decrease in the number of gonorrhea cases in Southwest Alaska over the past five years, according to the state Department of Health. It comes after local doctors tried a new strategy, called expedited partner therapy.

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August 5, 2015
Artist Casts Bodies in Bethel to Highlight Mental Health

Artist Casts Bodies in Bethel to Highlight Mental Health

An artist is creating life-sized sculptures of Alaskans to tell the story of those who struggle with mental health. Sarah Davies travelled to one of the state’s most vulnerable regions, recently for a project called, ‘100 Stone’. She’s attempting to highlight the toll that depression takes and what people can do to help those in need.

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August 4, 2015
Troopers: Chevak Man Admits to Murder of Roxanne Smart

Troopers: Chevak Man Admits to Murder of Roxanne Smart

Alaska State Troopers say a Chevak man has admitted to killing Roxanne Smart last summer. The announcement was made Saturday through an online dispatch that they had arrested 20-year-old Samuel Atchak, of Chevak.

July 27, 2015

No 4th of July Fireworks or Fires in the YK Delta

A burn ban that has been lifted for most of the state remains in affect for the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta region. Fire officials say drought conditions have fire danger at high levels throughout the region and no burning or setting off fireworks will be allowed.

July 3, 2015

Crooked Creek Man Charged with Attempted Murder

A man is under arrest after shooting at people in the middle Kuskokwim village of Crooked Creek, Wednesday.

July 3, 2015

Two Children Allegedly Set Fire to Grayling School

Alaska State Troopers report that two children intentionally set fire to the school in Grayling Monday.In an online dispatch Troopers say a 6-year-old and a 7-year-old are responsible for the fire.

June 3, 2015

City of Bethel Settles For $175,000 Over Violent Arrest

The City of Bethel has settled with Wassillie Gregory, a man who was violently arrested by a Bethel Police Officer in 2014. Bill Ingaldson, an attorney hired by the City says the settlement was dispersed last week.

June 1, 2015
A still frame from store surveillance video released by the BPD Thursday. – Photo Courtesy of the Bethel Police Department

Bethel Police Ask For Help ID’ing Man in Video Related to Sunday Stabbing

Bethel Police are asking for the public’s help identifying and locating a person of interest in the homicide of Eunice Whitman. Whitman was found stabbed to death early Sunday morning along a boardwalk in a Bethel park.

May 29, 2015
Heroin Hits Home: Small Airlines Are The Drug’s Major Inroad

Heroin Hits Home: Small Airlines Are The Drug’s Major Inroad

Federal officials say they intercepted nearly ten times as much heroin coming into Alaska in 2014 than compared to 2013. State law enforcement officials say heroin gets into Bethel mainly on low-security, small airline passenger flights.

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May 28, 2015
Heroin Hits Home: City of Bethel Forms Heroin Task Force

Heroin Hits Home: City of Bethel Forms Heroin Task Force

Heroin use in Alaska is on the rise. This is the second in a series of three stories about the impacts of heroin in Bethel and how the community is fighting it. The City of Bethel is organizing a multi-agency heroin task force.

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May 27, 2015
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