Greg Kim, KYUK - Bethel
For two best friends from the Y-K region, a one-two finish in the Kuskokwim 300 was especially sweet this year. Richie Diehl beat Pete Kaiser to Bethel by 43 minutes for his first ever K300 win.
On his thirteenth K300, Diehl got his his first win, set a new record and earned $25,500.
At the end of November 2020, Nastasia “Bea” Xavier and her older brother checked into Pilot Station’s health clinic. They both had COVID-19.
Parents are becoming increasingly distressed about their children’s education during the pandemic after more than half of students failed their classes during the last semester, according to a report from the school district.
In Chefornak, a family was forced to evacuate their home because a sinkhole caused by thawing permafrost formed underneath it. That family had to move into a building intended to be a quarantine facility.
‘She’s been through a pandemic before’: Bethel elder who had COVID-19 is one of the first to get vaccine
Yukon-Kuskokwim Elder’s Home resident Xenia Jackson worked through tuberculosis outbreaks as a health aide. Now she's one of the first in the region to be fully immunized against COVID-19.
David Aqvang Evon was to be buried in Kongiganak, a burial which his family in Akiachak couldn’t attend because of travel restrictions. That forced his family to come up with their own way to say goodbye.
The LKSD hoped that their intranet system would help get kids in remote communities connected, but months in, many students still haven't been able to access it.
189 inmates in the jail have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The facility has a capacity of 232.
The post offices in Kwethluk and Pilot Station have been closed for weeks because employees were infected with COVID-19, delaying shipments of essential medicines and supplies.
There is a large outbreak of COVID-19 at the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center in Bethel. As of Dec. 3, there are 46 inmates with active cases of COVID-19 at the Bethel jail. Since the pandemic began, a total of 65 inmates and nine staff members have tested positive for the virus.
A 37-year-old man in Pilot Station died from COVID-19 at the village health clinic before he could be transported to a hospital. Stormy conditions prevented a medevac from reaching him.
A proposed Bethel road passes through a Native allotment. Owners say the state isn't offering a fair price for the property, and are threatening to take it by eminent domain.
Mike Williams Sr. said that even the few remaining villages that don’t have documented cases of COVID-19 can’t be certain that their community is virus-free.
Chicken keepers in Bethel suspect a mustelid murderer has been killing the defenseless poultry for sport.
Carmichael pleading guilty to federal charges of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor, which could include at least ten years in prison.
With emergency declaration set to end, Bethel leaders fear airport testing program could be shut down
In a private conversation Bethel Mayor Michelle DeWitt urged Gov. Mike Dunleavy to extend the disaster declaration so that the city could keep testing arriving passengers, as a surge in COVID-19 cases rocks the region.
The state of Alaska doesn't release the names of villages with a population under 1000, but regional health authorities hope that naming the villages will help encourage people to take more precautions.