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Troopers: Heroin From Quinhagak 'More Fentanyl Than Heroin'

The heroin seized in Quinhagak that was responsible for three overdoses and one death was found to contain large amounts of fentanyl. State tests showed that there was more fentanyl than heroin in the samples tested from the village. Troopers say this is the first time such large amounts of fentanyl have surfaced in a sample at the crime lab.
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Federal and state authorities followed up Wednesday's sentencing of former Bethel Police office Andrew Reid with a news conference in Anchorage.  Alaska Department of Law Criminal Division Director John Skidmore said that Reid's plea deal means that he can't return to police work.

Former Bethel Police Officer Andrew Reid has been sentenced by a Bethel judge to the maximum penalty allowed for the two crimes he pled guilty to: one count of first degree assault, and one count of fourth degree official misconduct. Reid will spend a maximum of 120 days in detention. Reid's sentence would have carried a maximum of 180 days in detention, but was reduced under the recently passed Senate Bill 91.

Mike McIntyre

Yup’ik rap has hit Facebook, and people are loving it. A local rap video posted last week has been viewed more than 59 thousand times and stars Byron Nicholai, the Toksook Bay teenager who’s made himself a household name in the Delta with his Yup’ik singing and dancing videos. Mike McIntyre produced the track and talks with KYUK about exploring a new genre and why Yup’ik raps so well. The song "Tuallu", which translates to "Ready!" in English, is the first single on the pair’s second album. 

Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Bethel City Council has decided not to protest a liquor license requested by Snack Shack restaurant. If granted a license, the eatery would become the second restaurant in Bethel to serve alcohol.

Anthony Nelson, a minister at the nearby Bethel Dream Center, pointed out that having a liquor-serving establishment close by could tempt the recovering alcoholics at the Center.

Police Chief Andre Achee presented an update to Bethel City Council on the department's recruiting efforts since the city gave it the ability to raise its salary budget by more than 25 percent.

The chief reported that the department is still only at 50 percent capacity, with many of the officers working two weeks on, two weeks off. These officers do not get benefits, but have a base pay of $60/hour with $90/hour for overtime. Achee was not concerned that this was impacting the department's spending ability, and said that he would not be seeking additional funds from council.


When you look to the sky Wednesday, you might see fighter jets flying between Bethel and McGrath. NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, is holding flight exercises along the Kuskokwim River from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Mitchelle Matthew

The city of Quinhagak is moving two buildings across town and wants families to keep an eye on their small children who are playing in the streets.

The structures are sitting at the city playground and will be relocated near the clinic and washateria buildings.

Adrian Wagner / KYUK

The City of Quinhagak will not receive disaster relief funds from NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Quinhagak City Administrator Michelle Matthew says NOAA denied the request because the community is not facing a natural resource disaster.


There are more geese and ducks on the tundra this year, and hunters will get an extra shot at them.

Starting September 1, bag limits for three waterfowl species will go up as the state takes over for federal managers.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Wednesday is the final day to get free fish from the big green bin by the mouth of Brown Slough. Since July the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has loaded the bin with salmon and whitefish from the Bethel test fishery for community members to take home. The fishery is used to estimate the number of fish running up the Kuskokwim past Bethel, and Wednesday is the final day that it will operate this season. ADF&G has provided 6,226 fish from the test site to the Kuskokwim River communities this summer.