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EIS released, comments open on Kuskokwim gold mine proposal

The Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS, has been released for the proposed Donlin Gold mine. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the document, which is more than a thousand pages long, in late November.

Troopers: Lower Kalsag man repeatedly stabbed son

According to a Trooper affidavit, a 57-year-old man was intoxicated when he accused his 22-year-old son of stealing his alcohol. He then proceeded to stab his son multiple times all over his body -- including on his back and left eye.

Troopers establish violent crimes unit in Bethel

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has a new Alaska State Troopers unit this week. The unit’s main goal is to investigate violent crimes faster, so case reports can make it to the district attorney’s desk quickly. Download Audio

Bethel officer accused of attempted sexual assault out on bail

Former Bethel police officer Aaron Fedolfi is out on bail in Anchorage, as of Monday, Nov. 30, according to court documents. Bail was reduced from $20,000 to $2,500.

Bethel fitness center to receive over $20K from endowment fund

The YK Regional Aquatic Health and Safety Center, more commonly known as the fitness center, is expected to receive more than $20,000 from an endowment fund, by the end of this year.

Bethel tries to bolster screening process for police officers

In a little over a year, the Bethel Police Department has had two high profile cases of police misconduct–one involving police brutality and the other an attempted rape. The department is still working to improve its hiring practices, and its unclear if either of these men still have their police certification. Download Audio

Mine manager pleas to felony charge in Water Act violations

James Slade, the former XS Platinum manager convicted of violating federal Clean Water Act regulations, has agreed to plead guilty to a felony count, according to First Assistant U.S. District Attorney Kevin Feldis.

ABC Board hires first Yup’ik investigator in 15 years

The Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control hired a new investigator in early October. He’s the first Yup’ik investigator in 15 years, and maybe, the first ever. Download Audio

Fugitive Bethel police officer arrested in Anchorage

Authorities arrested fugitive Aaron Fedolfi in Anchorage. The former Bethel police officer is accused of trying to coerce a woman into performing oral sex while in his custody. Download Audio

Bethel’s new aircraft mechanic school ready, just needs students

A new aircraft mechanic school is coming to Bethel. The program’s main goal is to cater to the region’s needs and create jobs that help make that possible. Everything for the program— from the fleet of bush planes to the exams— are ready. All that’s needed is a full classroom. Download Audio

US marshals join search for Bethel officer accused of misconduct

Authorities are still searching for Aaron Fedolfi, the former Bethel police officer charged with attempted sexual assault and official misconduct. Download Audio

Former Bethel police officer charged with attempted sexual assault, currently at-large

A former Bethel Police officer has been charged with attempted sexual assault, according to press release from the Attorney General’s office Thursday.

Therapeutic foster care program struggles to get off its feet in YK Delta

A new foster care program aimed at helping keep Western children in their communities is in-development. It incorporates therapeutic methods to help fix behavioral issues in the home that might be affecting both the child and parent. But the program is facing problems with one major hiccup -- no one has signed up yet. Download Audio

2 Chevak men use Facebook to promote culture, healing

Two men Chevak men, Cody and Cody, are using social media to celebrate Cup’ik and Yup’ik culture in the form of comedic videos. Their Facebook page, “Can I Borrow,” is home to videos celebrating traditions, customs and cultural quirks with the goal of “healing through laughter.”

YK Delta sex offender rehabilitation program enters 7th year

The Yukon Kuskokwim Delta has a program that focuses specifically on sex offenders. Unlike any other program in the state, it combines both Western and Yup’ik ways of rehabilitation.

Hunting season opens for musk ox stranded on sea ice

The Dept. of Fish and Game has issued an emergency order, allowing hunting for musk oxen stranded on sea ice. Download Audio

Hooper Bay endures 4th suicide in 2 weeks

The village of Hooper Bay has suffered another loss. A fourth person has died by suicide. Alaska State Troopers received a call that 21-year-old Carl Dominic Robert Joe had died from an apparent suicide Saturday afternoon.

XS Platinum mine manager convicted of Clean Water Act violations

A jury has convicted 57-year-old James Slade of violating the Federal Clean Water Act. U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler made the announcement after a two-week trial.

3 suicides in a week leave Hooper Bay distraught

Three suicide deaths in the past week have rocked the community of Hooper Bay. Troopers believe all three victims were connected. Download Audio

GCI to Expand Network in Western Alaska

GCI recently announced plans to complete its TERRA network in rural Alaska by 2017. The expansion would offer a better and more reliable Internet connection throughout the YK Delta and much of Western Alaska.