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Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel

Daysha Eaton is the News Director at KYUK in Bethel.

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
Kuskokwim Fishers: Stop Commercial Openings, Call in Feds

Kuskokwim Fishers: Stop Commercial Openings, Call in Feds

The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group wants the state to end to all commercial openings for the remainder of the summer. The say despite unmet subsistence needs the state has allowed commercial salmon openings. Some upriver fishermen are fed up with the state, and want the Federal Subsistence Board to manage the river from here on out.

July 23, 2014
Services Held for Bethel Woman

Services Held for Bethel Woman

A Bethel woman who had a baby while in a coma, then passed away was laid to rest over the weekend. The young woman was clinically brain dead for most of her pregnancy.

July 21, 2014
The barge, Shanks Ark, sitting in Steamboat Slough.

Sunken Barge Irks Kuskokwim Residents

Residents of fish camps along ‘Steamboat Slough’ near Bethel are calling for an abandoned barge to be removed. The barge has been sitting half submerged in the middle of the slough for more than a year.

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July 15, 2014
Arvin Dull, of Bethel, with his drying salmon at his fish camp in Oscarville Slough. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel)

Y-K Delta Residents Struggle To Put Up Fish

Fish camp is an annual tradition going back thousands of years for Yup’ik people living along the Kuskokwim River. But fishing restrictions this year, have hit many families hard.

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June 27, 2014

Smokejumpers Deploy to Southwest Alaska

Fire Danger is up in Southwest Alaska. Mike Roos, a Fire Management Officer with the Alaska Division of Forestry says fuels, especially tundra grasses, are drying out.

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June 27, 2014
Salmon signs began appearing along Bethel roadsides in June. (Photo By Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel)

Salmon Signs Appear And Disappear In Bethel

Brightly colored wooden fish signs have been posted along Bethel roads this summer. The signs, with conservation messages, come in a year of king salmon closures never seen before on the Kuskokwim River. But just as quickly as the signs went up, they’ve been disappearing.

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June 25, 2014
ONC Cancels ‘Cultural and Social Harvest’

ONC Cancels ‘Cultural and Social Harvest’

The social and cultural harvest of king salmon for Bethel and a subsequent community dinner have been cancelled. The events are sponsored by Bethel’s tribe, Orutsararmiut Native Council, and supported by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

June 19, 2014
Public Comment Open on ‘Land Into Trust’ Until June 30

Public Comment Open on ‘Land Into Trust’ Until June 30

The U.S. Department of Interior is asking for public comments on a new policy that will allow it to take land into trust for Alaska Native tribes. Alaska Native leaders say the change, after years of litigation, brings them one step closer to self-determination.

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June 16, 2014

Layoffs Begin At Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation started handing out pink slips on Monday. YKHC officials announced the layoffs in May.

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June 2, 2014
Michelle Konig Works on a Qaspeq with Annie Woods. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel)

Bethel Native Reimagines Qaspeq

One Alaska Native woman is putting a new spin on the traditional qaspeq. Michelle Konig uses stretchy fabric and a unique pattern to make the modern qaspeqs. With a label under her own name, the designer can barely keep up with orders and is now traveling around the state teaching others to make her designs.

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June 2, 2014
YKHC has paid $20 million dollars to keep the Elders Home open since October while officials tried to get a federal certification allowing Medicaid and Medicare billing.

Bethel Elders Home Certified

The Y-K Delta’s first skilled nursing facility is open and just received the federal certification necessary for payment from for Medicare and Medicaid. The certification comes just as Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, which runs the Elders Home, faces an $11.7 million budget shortfall.

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May 22, 2014