Artist Sarah Davies leads the 100 Stone project. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK.

Artist Sarah Davies leads the 100 Stone project. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK.

An artist is creating life-sized sculptures of Alaskans to tell the story of those who struggle with mental health. Sarah Davies travelled to one of the state’s most vulnerable regions, recently for a project called, ‘100 Stone’. She’s attempting to highlight the toll that depression takes and what people can do to help those in need.

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KUC Faces Budget Cuts

by Ben Matheson on July 30, 2015

The Kuskokwim Campus of University of Alaska Fairbanks in Bethel will face budget cuts in FY 16.

The Kuskokwim Campus of University of Alaska Fairbanks in Bethel will face budget cuts in FY 16.

The Kuskokwim Campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks will be hit with newly-announced budget cuts.

One unfilled Yup’ik language faculty position will stay empty. A developmental studies faculty job will not be filled nor will one for an administrative support position.
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Coho salmon are picking up at the Bethel Test Fishery. Graphic courtesy ADF&G.

Coho salmon are picking up at the Bethel Test Fishery. Graphic courtesy ADF&G.

Silver salmon are running up the Kuskokwim River and managers say the coho at the Bethel Test Fishery will soon be more abundant than chums.

They say it’s too soon to predict the run strength, but they note that the very early data indicate the run is shaping up to be average. But the fishing effort on the silvers may be above average. Read more →

Bethel can create a 12-percent sales tax on marijuana and a local advisory board. Photo by Flickr user BoQuanbo.

Bethel can create a 12-percent sales tax on marijuana, and a local advisory board. Photo by Flickr user BoQuanbo.

The Bethel City Council is preparing for the possibility of future marijuana sales in Bethel. A proposal for an October ballot question to establish a twelve-percent marijuana sales tax advanced Tuesday night and will see a public hearing next month. It’s the same tax rate that voters could add to future liquor sales.
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Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council last night took one step towards a possible return to local option status. By a four to three vote, they introduced an ordinance, which, if passed by council next month would let voters would decide in October whether to allow local alcohol sales solely through a city-run liquor store.

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Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council this evening could take the first step towards returning Bethel to local option status. The Council will consider introduction of an ordinance asking voters whether the city should only allow local sales through a city-run liquor store. Read more →

Courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

Courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

State troopers arrested a man in Shageluk who was reportedly intoxicated and shooting a rifle in the air.

On Friday Troopers arrested 22-year-old Ezra B. Golilie Junior. They responded with a VPSO after they received word in the early morning that he was walking through the village and shooting the gun. Read more →

Runners, walkers, and relay teams took part in the 2015 Bethel Half Marathon. Photo by Jennifer Dobson.

Runners, walkers, and relay teams took part in the 2015 Bethel Half Marathon. Photo by Jennifer Dobson.

Nate DeHaan won the Bethel half marathon Saturday evening. He completed the 13.1 mile course in one hour and twenty-two minutes. Santina Hancock was second across the line and the winner of the women’s race. Her time was one hour and 38 minutes. Read more →

The Bethel air monitoring station has been online since mid-July. Photo courtesy of Andrea Nick.

The Bethel air monitoring station has been online since mid-July. Photo courtesy of Andrea Nick.

After smoke from this summer’s historic fire season forced partial evacuations of middle Kuskokwim communities, federal air quality experts have stationed an air monitoring device in Bethel. Read more →

Investigators interviewing children at the scene of the fire Sunday evening. Photo by Ben Matheson.

Investigators interviewing children at the scene of the fire Sunday evening. Photo by Ben Matheson.

Sunday evening around 8:20, Bethel fire fighters put out to a blaze at the old senior center in the Housing neighborhood. Bethel Fire Chief Bill Howell said the fire appeared to have started in an old appliance outside the building.
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