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Police blocked off the crime scene at Pinky’s Park Sunday.

Bethel Police have identified the woman found dead in Pinky’s Park Sunday as 23-year-old Eunice Whitman, of Bethel and report they have a suspect in custody.

Police say witnesses reported the body early Sunday and remains were found around 4 a.m. Sunday. Investigators from the Alaska State Troopers Alaska Bureau of Investigation were dispatched to the scene from Anchorage and are working with the BPD Investigations Unit.
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Bethel Police blocked off the boardwalk at Pinky’s Park Sunday to investigate. – Photo by Daysha Eaton/KYUK

Alaska State Troopers and Bethel Police are investigating after a body was found in a Bethel park. A press release from the Bethel Police Department Sunday said, in the early morning hours, around 4 a.m., witnesses reported a dead body near Pinky’s Park Boardwalk. Police responded and found the remains of a female in nearby bushes.
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Alaska State Troopers logo. Courtesy of AST

Alaska State Troopers logo. Courtesy of AST

Alaska State Troopers arrested a Sleetmute man Friday on a warrant for sexual abuse of a minor. Aniak-based Troopers arrested Sakar N. Zaukar of Sleetmute at his Housing Road residence around 3 p.m.

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Heroin confiscated by law enforcement. - Photo courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

Heroin confiscated by law enforcement. – Photo courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

Federal officials say they intercepted nearly ten times as much heroin coming into Alaska in 2014 than compared to 2013. State law enforcement officials say heroin gets into Bethel mainly on low-security, small airline passenger flights. This is the final story in a series about the impacts of heroin in Bethel.

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Lisa Unin of Chevak, 2015 Rasmuson Project Award recipient. -Photo courtesy of the Rasmuson Foundation

Lisa Unin of Chevak. -Photo courtesy of the Rasmuson Foundation

Lisa Unin, a resident of Chevak, has received a 7,500-dollar Project Award from the Rasmuson Foundation for her traditional Cup’ik parkas.

Using this money, Unin will make two full-sized parkas.
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Artist Confer, Doll Making Symposium photo by Geraldine Brink/KYUK

Artist Confer, Doll Making Symposium photo by Geraldine Brink/KYUK

Local artists are working together to complete two dancing Yup’ik dolls at an artist workshop at the Yupiit Cultural Center in Bethel.
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Heroin confiscated by Alaska Law Enforcement. - Courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

Heroin confiscated by Alaska Law Enforcement. – Courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

Federal officials say they intercepted nearly ten times as much heroin coming into Alaska in 2014 than compared to 2013. Once in Alaska the narcotic quickly reaches rural communities, which are now organizing to push back. This is the second in a series of three stories about the impacts of heroin in Bethel and how the community is fighting it. The City of Bethel is organizing a multi-agency heroin task force.

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Neil LaLonde, Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge Manager. Photo by Geraldine Brink/KYUK

Neil LaLonde, Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge Manager. Photo by Geraldine Brink/KYUK

During a salmon management program that aired on KYUK Wednesday, fish managers gave more details about how subsistence fishing for king salmon on the Kuskokwim would be managed this year.

Federal manager, Neil Lalonde, announced a harvest of 7,000 chinook, or king salmon, no matter how poor the run, through a community permit system.
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Surveillance video shows the arrest on July 12, 2014. Screenshot from AC surveillance video.

Surveillance video shows the arrest on July 12, 2014. Screenshot from AC surveillance video.

Wassillie Gregory and the City of Bethel have settled out of court related to an incident in which the man was roughly arrested by a former Bethel police officer in the AC parking lot.

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Black tar heroin is one form of the narcotic that's reached rural Alaska. Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Black tar heroin is one form of the narcotic that’s reached rural Alaska. Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Federal officials say in 2014 they intercepted nearly ten times as much heroin coming into Alaska than in 2013. The growing use of the drug is impacting urban and rural areas. This is the first in a series of three stories about the impacts of heroin in Bethel and how the community is fighting it. It begins with one woman’s struggle to get clean in Bethel.

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