Teresa Cotsirilos, KYUK - Bethel

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AK: In rural communities, Village Police Officers face impossible job

In the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta’s villages, local law enforcement’s job can seem impossible. Alaska’s Village Police Officers are expected to arrest their own friends and family without adequate support, and for very little pay. Listen now

Calista denies wrongdoing in sexual harassment lawsuit

The Calista Regional Native Corporation has denied any wrongdoing in an ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit against the company. Listen now

In Mountain Village, a VPO works tirelessly to save her neighbors

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has one of the highest suicide rates in the country, and Mountain Village is a place where suicide attempts are common. As in many villages, the first responder is often a Village or Tribal Police Officer. Listen now

Napakiak gets federal funding for erosion, climate change impacts

The village of Napakiak received $449,000 in federal funding on Thursday that could help them respond to the “imminent threat” of climate change. Listen now

With few buses, Lower Kuskokwim School District turns to Kusko Cab to transport students

After parting ways with a long-time contractor, the Lower Kuskokwim School District doesn’t have nearly enough school buses for the city’s students. Listen now

Nunalleq Culture and Archeology Center opens in Quinhagak

On Saturday, a large crowd of elders, scholars and artists gathered in Quinhagak to celebrate the opening of the Nunalleq Culture and Archaeology Center. Listen now

In Mountain Village, elder judges use restorative justice to find solutions

In communities like Mountain Village, tribal court systems are drawing on traditional views of justice to help residents rebuild their lives, rather than just punishing them.

Bethel’s Tundra Suites hotel charged with Medicaid fraud

The owner of Bethel’s Tundra Suites hotel has been charged with Medicaid fraud. Listen now

Seahawks linemen learn about Yup’ik culture on whirlwind trip to Bethel

Professional football players embarked on a whirlwind tour of Bethel on Wednesday. Seattle Seahawks offensive linemen Joey Hunt and Jordan Roos were in town for a grand total of nine hours and got a crash course in Yup'ik culture. Listen now

Former House District 38 Rep. Zach Fansler to plead guilty to harassment

Almost six months after he was accused of slapping a woman in his hotel room, former House District 38 Representative Zach Fansler is pleading guilty, though not to assault.

Bethel’s AC Quickstop liquor store shuts down

In a game-changing and emotional decision, the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board decided against renewing AC Quickstop’s liquor license on Tuesday night, which effectively shut down Bethel’s only operating liquor store. Listen now

Attorney: Calista CEO Andrew Guy knew about sexual harassment

Senior personnel at the Calista Regional Native Corporation are accusing each other of misconduct, and it’s not clear who’s telling the truth.

Calista denies CEO mishandled sexual harassment complaint

Calista’s Board of Directors alleges in a press release that ousted chairman Wayne Don is deliberately spreading misinformation about the company. Listen now

Calista director Colonel Wayne Don denies allegations against him

The Calista Regional Native Corporation is trying to get rid of its former chairman, and it’s not entirely clear why. Listen now

Bethel fire chief says BIA building could burn for up to two days

An abandoned Bureau of Indian Affairs school building on the outskirts of Bethel caught fire Sunday morning and could burn for a long time. Listen now

Opening statements begin in Bethel tobacco trial

On Wednesday, Dolores Hunter vs. Phillip Morris USA went to trial for the third time in seven years. The trial could have wide-reaching implications for the tobacco company. Listen now

A million airline miles reported stolen from Bethel family clinic

A million Alaska Airlines miles have been reported stolen from the Bethel Family Clinic. Listen now

Walker administration works to fix broken 911 call system

Gov. Bill Walker asked the chairs of both finance committees Monday to re-allocate $10 million toward the state’s ailing 911 system. The money was originally proposed for oil and gas research, but the governor’s office said that this was more important. Listen now

In Marshall, residents protect each other in a village without police

For most of the past two decades, Marshall has been without police. Now residents are working out ways to defend their community on their own. Listen now

In thwarted home invasion, Alakanuk shooter stopped by daughter’s boyfriend

In a violent attempted home invasion last weekend, an Alakanuk man allegedly tried to shoot his daughter and infant granddaughter with a semi-automatic rifle. He was stopped in the arctic entryway by his daughter’s boyfriend, who armed himself, tackled the shooter and held him down until State Troopers arrived. Listen now