Greg Kim, KYUK - Bethel

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Bethel Woman Arrested For Killing 2-Year-Old Daughter

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A Bethel woman has been arrested for murder after her 2-year-old daughter died of traumatic injuries March 12.
A bus stop halfway covered with snow

Heavy winter snowfall may become more common in Y-K Delta

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Recent storms have battered the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta coast and dumped many feet of snow in various places. Some are saying this is more snow than they’ve seen in decades. Scientists say that heavy snowfall may become more common in Alaska in the future.
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Grant Aviation plane goes off runway in Chevak

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The incident occurred on Friday, March 12 shortly after 5:00 p.m.
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State files action to take Native allotment to build road in Bethel

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The Alaska Department of Transportation wants to pave a road that passes through a Native allotment owned by three Polk brothers.
A windswept road

Body of Kasigluk woman found south of Bethel

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Troopers say that the body has been identified as 44-year-old Kasigluk resident Minnie Kalila, and that the family has been notified.
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Satellite internet promises fast, cheap service in rural Alaska, but remains out of reach so far

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Questions remain about technologies made by Elon Musk's company about whether the satellite internet service will work in inclement weather that is common in some parts of Alaska.
A metal tower with some satelite dishes on the side

With $350 monthly internet bills, Y-K Delta residents face high hurdle for connectivity

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The pandemic has exacerbated the problem of limited and expensive connectivity in Western Alaska, and residents are hoping that infrastructure investments can bridge the digital divide.

Buddies Richie Diehl and Pete Kaiser lead local mushers’ domination of Kusko 300

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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.

Aniak’s Richie Diehl reaches first Kuskokwim 300 win in record time

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On his thirteenth K300, Diehl got his his first win, set a new record and earned $25,500.

After two months, Pilot Station COVID-19 survivor wakes from coma to return home

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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.
A dog sled team leads some cars on a snowy road.

Beloved Tuluksak musher dies of COVID-19

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Joe Demantle Jr. was known to have a hand in just about everything in Tuluksak, from building structures, to giving rides to the airport. He died in January at 66 years old.

After more than half of Bethel students fail their classes, some parents urge reopening schools

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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.
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Sinkhole opens under Chefornak home, forcing family to evacuate

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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.
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‘She’s been through a pandemic before’: Bethel elder who had COVID-19 is one of the first to get vaccine

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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.
A half dozen officers dressed in black stand around a coffin that is blue

After Y-K Delta tribal police officer dies from COVID-19, flyover gives family final goodbye

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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.
A white stove in a log cabin

Bethel burglars seek unique target: Toyo stoves

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A local foundation had its oil stove stolen twice since September. Others have also had stoves taken. Police say one arrest has been made.
A white woman in a white blazer sits at a child's desk on a laptop in a classroom

Digital divide interrupts education on the Lower Kuskokwim

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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.
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COVID-19 outbreak in Bethel jail winds down after running out of people to infect

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189 inmates in the jail have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The facility has a capacity of 232.
A village

After COVID-19 closes post offices for weeks, Western Alaskans suffer critical mail delays

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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.
square building with flags outside in the summer

Large COVID-19 outbreak at Bethel jail

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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.