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Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel

Daysha Eaton is the News Director at KYUK in Bethel.

State Ordered to Improve Voting Materials for Alaska Natives

A federal judge issued an order to the State of Alaska in a voting rights case Monday. In her 8-page order, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason said the state must take additional steps to provide voting materials to Alaska Natives with limited English.

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September 22, 2014

Tribes Request King Bycatch Reduction as Pollock Season Wraps Up

As the Pollock season wraps up in the Bering Sea, the Association of Village Council Presidents and the Tanana Chiefs Conference want immediate action to protect declining Western Alaska King Salmon stocks from trawl bycatch. Wednesday they filed a joint petition for emergency regulations with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to crack down on king bycatch for the remainder of the 2014 season.

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September 19, 2014
Attorneys Respond to State’s Proposed Translation Plan

Attorneys Respond to State’s Proposed Translation Plan

Attorneys have responded to the State of Alaska’s proposed plan to address a state Supreme Court order to improve translation of voting materials in Native languages before November 4th Elections.

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September 12, 2014
Voters at the Lower Kuskokwim School District choosing primary election ballots on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014.

State Presents Election Translation Plan

The state of Alaska is proposing several changes in how they deliver voting information to Alaska Natives whose first language is Yup’ik or Gwich’in.

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September 9, 2014

Reaction to Alaska Voting Rights Ruling

Plaintiffs in a voting rights lawsuit are reacting to news that a Federal Court Judge has ruled in their favor. Wednesday a judge ruled that the State of Alaska violated the Voting Rights Act by failing to provide translations into Native languages.

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September 5, 2014
Screenshot of a witness video of the incident that led to police shooting Aaron Moses.

Bethel Man Shot by Officer Arrested in Anchorage

A man shot in Bethel last month during an altercation with police was arrested Wednesday by Alaska State Troopers after being released from the hospital in Anchorage.

September 4, 2014

Change Coming to Lower Kuskokwim School District

Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Jacob Jensen says change is on the horizon for the district with the largest number of rural students in the state.

September 1, 2014
Judges Weigh Yup’ik Religious Appeal

Judges Weigh Yup’ik Religious Appeal

Three judges with the Alaska Court of appeals are now weighing whether Yup’ik Fishermen, who targeted Chinook or king Salmon during a closure on the Kuskokwim River in 2012, were wrongfully convicted. Their attorney based their defense on a 1970s moose-hunting case. The fishermen say state fisheries managers interfered with their religious rights and they want new regulations to insure it won’t happen again.

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August 27, 2014

Attorney: Yup’ik Fishermen Wrongfully Convicted

Attorneys argued before the Alaska Court of Appeals in downtown Anchorage today about whether Yup’ik fishermen, who fished for Chinook or king Salmon during a closure on the Kuskokwim River in 2012, were wrongfully convicted.

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August 26, 2014

Lower Kuskokwim Schools: New Leaders, New Changes

Students returned to classes recently across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Jacob Jensen says change is on the horizon for the district with the largest number of rural students in the state.

August 26, 2014

Anchorage Attorney Hired in Cases Against Bethel Police

Interim Bethel city manager Greg Moyer confirms the city has hired Anchorage law firm Ingaldson, Maassen & Fitzgerald to represent the city in cases involving allegations of police brutality and an officer-involved shooting.

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August 21, 2014

Bethel Man Recovering From Gunshot Wound After Altercation With Police

A 31-year-old Bethel man is recovering after being shot by a police officer during an altercation Friday. The man, Aaron Moses, was stabilized in Bethel and medevaced to Anchorage. One officer was also treated for minor injuries.

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August 18, 2014
Regulators Issue Trespass Notices for Kuskokwim Vessels

Regulators Issue Trespass Notices for Kuskokwim Vessels

State regulators are issuing dozens of trespass notices for old vessels sitting in the Kuskokwim River. Some of the barges and boats pose navigational and safety hazards, while others are just tied up on state land without a permit. Officials say it’s the first step toward getting owners to take responsibility for vessels that are causing problems.

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August 15, 2014

Tribal Leaders Speak Out on Police Brutality Allegations

Bethel’s tribe, ONC, wants people to come forth regarding allegations of city police mistreating Native people. In addition, the Association of Village Council Presidents released a letter that they sent to Bethel mayor, Joe Klejka about the matter.

August 12, 2014

Troopers Find Body of Missing Bethel Man

Alaska State Troopers found the body of Nick Cooke near Tuntaltuliak Friday. They received a report from the tribal police officer from Tuntutuliak that a body had been located on the bank of the Kuskokwim River just south of the Kialik River.

August 11, 2014

Bethel Investigating Police Brutality Charge

A woman from Arizona who works as a professor doing seasonal research in the Y-K Delta says she witnessed an arrest of a citizen by a Bethel Police Officer and she alleges police brutality. City leaders say they’re investigating.

August 11, 2014
Alaska Dispatch News to Open Bureau in Bethel

Alaska Dispatch News to Open Bureau in Bethel

The Managing Editor of the Alaska Dispatch News says a Western Alaska Bureau should be up and running by the end of the month. The new bureau will be based in Bethel and will be staffed by veteran reporter Lisa Demer.

August 7, 2014
The view of the Children’s Home near Kwethluk, as seen from the river earlier this summer.

Children’s Home Featured at Bethel Cultural Center

A multimedia show on the Moravian Children’s Home near Kwethluk is on display at Bethel’s Cultural Center. The show profiles the demise of the orphanage which was home to many of the regions Native children after epidemics of the early and mid- 20th century and captures oral histories of the people who remember growing up there.

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August 6, 2014

Aniak Youths Rescue Bald Eagle

An Aniak woman came across an injured bald eagle earlier this week. With help from her community in remote Southwest Alaska, she gave the bird a second chance and brought it to the care of veterinary experts.

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July 31, 2014
New UAF Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community & Native Ed

New UAF Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community & Native Ed

Evon Peter has been selected to run the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ rural campuses. He will serve as the new vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education.

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July 29, 2014