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The Yukon Kuskokwim Ayagnirvik Healing Center provides substance abuse treatment for alcohol and opioid addiction in Bethel, Alaska.
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Last week, Governor Bill Walker declared the state’s opioid epidemic a public health disaster and issued administrative orders directing all departments of the state government to apply for federal funds to address the crisis. As the executive branch is mobilizing in hopes of mitigating the epidemic, KYUK is checking in with the opioid treatment program at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel for an update.


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Twenty years ago this past weekend, Evan Ramsey shot and killed two people at the Bethel High School: Principal Ron Edwards and student Josh Palacios. This week, KYUK, in partnership with KTVA’s Rhonda McBride, is re-broadcasting a series that looks back on the tragedy and the Ramsey family. McBride produced the five-part series for Alaska News Nightly in 1999, two years after the shooting.

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A woman was found dead after hours in the VFW sauna.

Maria Bell, age 31, of Chevak was unresponsive when she was discovered in the sauna of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) building in Bethel. She was taken to the Emergency Room and pronounced dead.

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Calista Education and Culture, or CEC, a nonprofit organization, is working to collect traditional names and stories of places in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and share that knowledge with the region. To do that they’re creating an interactive, online map of the Delta in Yup’ik and English, called the Yup’ik Atlas. This week, CEC is hosting a workshop in Bethel, teaching community members how to add their traditional knowledge to the online tool.

Dr. F. Stuart "Terry" Chapin III, University of Alaska, Fairbanks in April 2008 presenting a seminar titled "Social-ecological Sustainability in a Changing World: Concepts and Policy Strategies to Address Climate Change in Alaska."
University of Alaska Fairbanks

One of Alaska's most senior scientists advised a largely Alaska Native audience that if they want to have an impact on climate change policy, they need to find and tell their stories. 

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A man from Alakanuk was found dead about 50 yards from his house after getting his snowmachine stuck in a deep snowbank. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

At least through the spring, there will be no change in the schedule at the Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center. A motion to close the center on Fridays and open it on Mondays failed 2-2 at last week’s Bethel City Council meeting.


Kyra John of Kwigillingok builds a computer at the February 2017 Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program at the University Alaska Anchorage.
ANSEP

Thirty-six middle school students from the Lower Kuskokwim School District are in Anchorage completing their second week of ANSEP, the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program.

Twenty Years After The Bethel School Shooting

Feb 21, 2017

February 19, 1997. If you lived in Bethel on that day, you would remember exactly where you were and what you were doing, even though it was twenty years ago.  

That’s the day Evan Ramsey took a 12-gauge shotgun to school and opened fire in the lobby, just before class started.


Katie Basile / KYUK

District 38 state Rep. Zach Fansler laid out his position on proposed taxes, the Governor’s opioid disaster declaration, changes to oil and gas subsidies, and more during a live KYUK call-in show with constituents on Friday.


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