The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation Hospital in Bethel, Alaska. - Courtesy of YKHC

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel, Alaska. – Courtesy of YKHC

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is working towards a 250 million dollar project that would build a new clinic connected to the hospital. It would be double the size of the current hospital, which itself would be renovated. YKHC President and CEO Dan Winkelman says the region needs more services for the long term.
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Photo by US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Photo by US Fish and Wildlife Service.


An arraignment was held Wednesday in federal court in Anchorage for XS Platinum Inc and two employees indicted on charges of violating the Clean Water Act.

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YKHC consists of a regional hospital in Bethel, nine regional facilities and 47 village clinics. The corporation employs around 1,500 people and has an annual payroll of 70 million dollars.

YKHC Hospital – Bethel, AK.

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation received good news this week for the prospect of building a new clinic and renovating the hospital. Last year YKHC submitted a proposal to the Indian Health Service for their joint venture construction program to build a new outpatient clinic and renovate the hospital.
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2014 saw the first dipnetting on the Kuskokwim river. Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK.

2014 saw the first dipnetting on the Kuskokwim river. Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK.

The Federal Subsistence Board voted Wednesday to allow dipnets as a gear option for federal managers. Fishermen last summer used dipnets for the first time on the Kuskokwim River when state managers opened the fishery by emergency order in June. Dipnets are a permanent gear option for state-run fisheries. The board is meeting in Anchorage.
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Bethel Search and Rescue building, Bethel, AK. - Photo by Daysha Eaton

Bethel Search and Rescue building, Bethel, AK. – Photo by Daysha Eaton

Bethel Search and Rescue reports they’ve found a body of a man that went missing in December near Kwethluk. The body is believed to be that of 26-year-old George Evan of Akiak. Evan was one of three people that went missing while traveling on a four-wheeler during a storm on December 12th.
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2014 saw the first dipnetting on the Kuskokwim river. Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK.

2014 saw the first dipnetting on the Kuskokwim river. Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK.

The Federal Subsistence Board is meeting in Anchorage this week to work through a long list of proposals, including a couple of Kuskokwim salmon initiatives.
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2nd place Rohn Buser was fined for going off the race trail, as well has his father Martin Buser.

2nd place Rohn Buser was fined for going off the race trail, as well as his father Martin Buser.

The Kuskokwim 300 race committee is adding 10 minutes to the race times of mushers Martin and Rohn Buser and fining them 10 percent of their prize money for going off the main race trail near the end of the race. Their finishing positions will not change. The race says they gained an unfair competitive advantage by taking an unmarked trail through Church Slough.
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Lance Mackey was one of the feautred mushers in LKSD's eJournalism video projects. Image courtesy LKSD.

LKSD eJournalism screenshot.

Students from all over the YK Delta produced several videos about the 2015 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. KYUK provided a few pointers to the students at the start of their eJournalism intensive. The intensive course is aimed at training and preparing students for careers in media and information technologies.

Check out their projects below.

K300: Start to Finish

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The Alaska State Troopers badge. Courtesy of AST

The Alaska State Troopers badge. Courtesy of AST

A safe was stolen from the Atmautluak tribal office over the weekend. Alaska State troopers report that on Saturday afternoon, a resident noticed a broken window at the Tribal Office. Investigation by local law enforcement and village officials revealed that a safe, containing items confiscated by tribal police officers, was missing.
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troopers, alaska state troopersState troopers say an intoxicated Emmonak man shot his hand while cleaning his rifle. According to a trooper report, the man came to the local clinic close to 1 a.m. Monday with a severely injured hand.

He was medevaced to Anchorage. Troopers investigated and determined he was cleaning his .22 when it fired. They planned to forward weapons misconduct charges.