The Bethel Fire Dept. is asking the city to fund two extra positions after seeing a surge in alcohol-related calls. The department is straining to respond to the influx, and with legal alcohol sales coming to Bethel, it expects those numbers to rise.

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Album cover for Byron's album. Photo courtesy of Mike Mcintyre.

Album cover for Byron’s album. Photo courtesy of Mike Mcintyre.

A 17-year-old Toksook Bay teen, Byron Nicholai, released his first album last year, which was available through different digital outlets. Now fans can purchase a hard copy of the album.

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The logo of the Bethel Police Department. Courtesy of BPD

The logo of the Bethel Police Department. Courtesy of BPD

Bethel police arrested 44-year-old Frank Chanar of Bethel for kidnapping and multiple assault charges.

According to a press release, the Bethel Police Department received a call on Monday that a female had been assaulted and required medics. Police investigated and released the woman to be treated at the local emergency room.
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Mushing dogs. (Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Mushing dogs. (Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Two sled dog races are happening this weekend in Bethel: on Feb. 13th the February 50, sponsored by the Kuskokwim 300, and on Feb. 14th a 50-mile sprint, sponsored by the Bethel Sprint Club. The race routes are identical, starting and ending at the barge near the mouth of the Small Boat Harbor and following the K300 trail. Teams are limited to eight dogs and purses total $12,300. The races begin at 11 a.m.

Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 9.50.38 AMThe Cook Inlet Region Inc. has launched a website to connect Alaska Native job seekers with employers. AlaskaNativeHire.com allows job seekers from around the state to create an online profile, which generates a resume and list of related jobs openings. Employers can search resumes through specifying qualifications and can also create job advertisements. The website is open to all Alaskan employers and Alaska Native job seekers, not just CIRI shareholders.

Emergency personnel waiting outside the Bethel Regional High School. (Photo by Geraldine Brink.)

Emergency personnel waiting outside the Bethel Regional High School after Monday’s lockdown. (Photo by Geraldine Brink.)

Bethel Regional High School entered a “stay put” situation Wednesday afternoon when a student turned violent, becoming a threat to himself and others.

Director of Personnel and Student Services Joshua Gill says staff contained the student, and Bethel police officers quickly arrived on the scene and took the student in custody. The police then gave the school the all clear.

This event follows a scare on Monday when the school entered a lockdown after receiving a false bomb threat.

Pete Kaiser(right) and Lucas Salzbrun(left) at the Denali Doubles musher banquet. Photo by Carrie Skinner.

Pete Kaiser (right) and Lucas Salzbrun (left) at the Denali Doubles musher banquet. Photo by Carrie Skinner.

Kuskokwim 300 Champion Pete Kaiser and Lucas Salzbrun, both of Bethel, won first place at the 2016 Denali Doubles Sled Dog Race in what was described as a photo finish. The pair crossed the finish Saturday morning at 7:55, followed a half-second later by second place winners Nicholas Petit and Emily Maxwell.
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The Alaska State Troopers badge. Courtesy of AST

The Alaska State Troopers badge. Courtesy of AST

Alaska State Troopers arrested 23-year-old Anissum Henry of Oscarville for multiple assault charges stemming from an incident in Tuntutuliak.
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An aerial view of Pilot Station on Google Maps. Screenshot by Charles Enoch/KYUK

An aerial view of Pilot Station on Google Maps. Screenshot by Charles Enoch/KYUK

Alaska State Troopers have rescued two overdue travelers who had abandoned their vehicle on their way to Pilot Station.
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The former Swanson’s marina space on Front Street. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

750 Front Street. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Today the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is considering two Bethel liquor license applications, and Bethel City Council has requests to the board on both.

One application is for a package liquor store for Bethel Native Corporation’s Bethel Spirits, and the other is for Fili’s Pizza restaurant. Read more →