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 →

Cabs line up outside Bethel's AC store, waiting to pick up passengers. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Cabs line up outside Bethel’s AC store, waiting to pick up passengers. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

In four months Bethel cabs and other regulated vehicles will be required to carry surveillance cameras and GPS.

The ordinance narrowly passed in a 4-3 vote at Tuesday’s city council meeting with members Chuck Herman, Byron Maczynski, and Alisha Welch in opposition. Read more →

The Donlin Gold mine draft EIS. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.)

The Donlin Gold mine draft EIS. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.)

Bethel City Council is set to introduce a resolution Tuesday that asks the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a minimum six-month extension on the public comment period for the Donlin Gold mine draft environmental impact statement, or EIS.

The comment period currently spans five months for the 5,384-page document. Read more →

Fish and Wildlife Service logo. Courtesy of U.S. FWS

Fish and Wildlife Service logo. Courtesy of U.S. FWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held a public hearing in Bethel on Monday to gather public testimony on proposed changes to federal predator controls in Alaska refuges. The hearing was one of nine scheduled hearings throughout the state. Only Fish and Wildlife and other wildlife officials attended, most likely because few hunters target predators in the Bethel area.

The proposed changes would affect all refuge lands in the state including Unit 18. They would not affect any laws regarding subsistence harvests.
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Mark Charlie Junior was arraigned on a murder charge in Bethel court. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Mark Charlie Junior was arraigned on a murder charge in Bethel court. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

A Bethel judge sentenced 28-year-old Mark Charlie Jr. of Bethel to serve 20 years for the murder of Leann Berlin, a 26-year-old originally from Kasigluk.

Berlin’s body was found in the BNC apartments and had been there for days after she died, Charlie later admitted to strangling her.
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Lucy Williams, Tribal Court Administrator for Akiak, talking with tribal and non-tribal entities about VAWA. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Lucy Williams, Tribal Court Administrator for Akiak, talking with tribal and non-tribal entities about VAWA. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

The first day of the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, training began Monday in Bethel. The three-day session marks the first VAWA training in the state since Alaska’s Attorney General, Craig Richards, issued an opinion last summer that law enforcement must uphold tribal protection orders the same as state orders.

Tribal and non-tribal judicial and law enforcement officials from across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and other areas of the state have gathered to understand how VAWA applies to Alaska Native communities and to create a dialogue between tribal and non-tribal entities on enforcing protection orders across jurisdictions. Read more →