Greg Kim, KYUK - Bethel

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Napaskiak says residents are facing discrimination after announcement of likely community spread

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Officials from the village say they've heard that Napaskiak residents have been turned away from Bethel businesses after two positive tests last week. But one of those results was potentially a false positive.

Bethel to offer free hotel quarantine to travelers headed from Anchorage to villages

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The city manager says Bethel is in a unique position since all traffic to smaller villages goes through town.

City of Bethel misses payday for employees, will hire help to stabilize finance department

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The city finance director missed the deadline to make payments while on partial maternity leave.
A woman dressed in a white lab coat stands in front of a table. Another woman with protective gear stands in a dooray befhind her.

Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation recommends lockdown after COVID-positive person traveled to a regional village

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The health corporation is not naming the village, and says the individual is now in isolation.

Alaska State Trooper from Napaskiak died from apparent self-inflicted injuries

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Jerry Evan died in Bethel after over two decades in law enforcement. A spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety called his death an "enormous loss" for the communities he served.

State trooper dies in Bethel

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Troopers say that Jerry Evan sustained life-threatening injuries at his home before being pronounced dead at the hospital.

Quinhagak and Napaskiak react to positive coronavirus test results

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Though one of the positives turned out to be a false reading, residents of the small communities had to grapple with what life would be like if there were a real outbreak.

Bethel plans to incentivize airport testing for coronavirus

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After two individuals in Bethel were notified of positive coronavirus test results on consecutive days, the city is wondering if there are more undetected cases in Bethel. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation reports that less...

Bethel cab company says it will go bankrupt if customers keep insisting on private rides

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Some people are refusing to share a cab with strangers, causing financial problems for at least one Bethel cab company, Kusko Cab, that says going out of business is a possibility.

Bethel finance director quits amidst rampant turnover at city’s finance department

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Fourteen employees have left the city's finance department during the last 14 months over what one employee called a "chaotic and unprofessional environment."

After armed resident thwarts shooting, Kwethluk VPOs consider carrying guns

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When a 19-year-old man broke into a village public safety building dressed for combat, state troopers say tragedy was avoided thanks to an armed resident who got the man to give up his weapon and lie on the ground.

Kwethluk man broke into VPO building, took guns in evidence locker, fired at officers, troopers say

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Police say the man, when asked why he was shooting, said he'd "seen it in a movie"

In the wake of elementary school abuse scandal, district trains staff to recognize grooming behavior

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State law mandates that school districts conduct training to identify warning signs of sexual abuse, but critics say the policy is too vague. A new training program that started this February in the Lower Kuskokwim School District aims to change that.

Four girls now allege Bethel school principal abused them. They’re suing the school district for inaction.

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The four plaintiffs say that the Lower Kuskokwim School District failed to properly investigate and sanction a former principal of a Bethel elementary school even after multiple allegations of inappropriate contact with underage girls.

Gravel-filled ghost barge on Kuskokwim heads downstream, owners hatch recovery plan

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The barge got stuck in the ice on its way to Red Devil last October, but with the river break up has already floated 100 miles downstream.

Bethel prepares for flood evacuations amid COVID-19 pandemic

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River forecasters say it's likely that flooding will be worse than usual this spring, and officials are scrambling to find adequate evacuation shelters.

After a rabid coyote attacked a dog, Quinhagak lifted travel ban for a vet

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When a rabid coyote attacked a local dog, it forced the village to bring in a veterinarian from outside the village - and temporarily lift the Southwest community's travel ban.

State files two new charges of sexual abuse against former Bethel elementary principal

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The charges come from investigations that were reopened after Carmichael was charged federally for transmitting illicit images of underage girls.

Rural schools struggle to move online when promised internet access isn’t available

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With teachers relying on paper packets to monitor students progress, some fear that students are learning to dislike school.

With employees in quarantine after first regional COVID case, Lower Kuskokwim schools tighten protocols

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The Lower-Kuskokwim school district is tightening protocols after the region's first positive COVID case.