Charles Enoch, KYUK - Bethel
State troopers, investigators and local police raided a house in Bethel this week and recovered heroin, crack cocaine, money and drug paraphernalia. They arrested seven people.
The State Medical Examiner has confirmed that 72-year-old Catholic Father Theodore Kestler died of natural causes before the fire started that destroyed the priest's house in Chefornak. The Fire Marshal’s office said the fire started from candles that were lit in the home. Listen Now
The village of Chefornak woke up to a Wednesday morning fire that killed one person. Officials are investigating the cause. Listen Now
Alaska telecommunications company GCI has announced $100,000 in donations to support nine suicide prevention efforts across the state. Two village organizations in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region will receive some of that money.
Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s preventative services program Calricaraq is one of a chosen few to be honored at a national awards ceremony called Honoring Nations.
KYUK has added a new service to its Yup'ik News programming. The Bethel public radio station is now airing news from around the world in Yup’ik. Their targeted audience includes elders, and people in the region who have Yup’ik as their primary language. Listen Now
The Lower Kuskokwim School District received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education to enhance language proficiency for Alaska Native students in both English and Yup'ik.
The Alaska Division of Elections is planning on contacting unregistered, but potentially eligible, voters in Alaska to encourage more registration before the October 9 deadline.
As fall time rolls in and the air takes on the familiar chill, Kuskokwim residents begin their subsistence activities, and that requires traveling in conditions that can turn hostile.
The Bethel Family Clinic recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of their new building. Board and staff members said that replacing the aging red building has been a long time in coming. Listen now
The Alaska Division of Public Health is investigating salmonella infections in the Bethel area. A team is in Bethel to track down the source of the infection. Listen now
Tribal delegates in Bethel this week tried to hold an emergency meeting of the Association of Village Council Presidents.
An interagency raid surprised a number of people in Bethel Tuesday morning. According to witnesses, Alaska State Troopers and FBI agents raided several trailers at the city's trailer court. Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters says multiple search warrants were being served on those involved in illegal alcohol sales and distribution by local companies in Bethel. Download Audio
The Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission signed a historic memorandum of understanding, or MOU, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agreement is the first formalization of co-management between the Alaska tribes along the Kuskokwim River and the federal government. Download Audio
As the Kuskokwim river ice continues to shift and rot, Search and Rescue volunteers have suspended recovery efforts for the remains of 26-year-old Tuluksak resident Dillon Lamont. Download Audio
Middle Kuskokwim River villages reported that river ice is beginning to move out in what is expected to be the earliest river breakup on record for those villages. Download Audio
A short film starring Toksook Bay high school student Byron Nicholai will air on ESPN’s SportsCenter next month. The film,‘I am Yup’ik’ was filmed in Bethel and Toksook Bay.