May 2011

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Secretary Eric Shinseki and Senator Mark Begich present Jacob Nelson with tokens of gratitude for his service during World War II

The top official from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Secretary Eric Shinseki, spent Memorial Day afternoon in the Bering Sea village of Kwigillingok. Along with Alaska Senator Mark Begich, he praised members of the World War II era Alaska Territorial Guard, and told them he will improve service to the veterans that walk in their footsteps.

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Smelts should be arriving at Bethel any day now. As of Friday afternoon, the very first smelts showed up at Napakiak on the afternoon tide. Read more →

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City workers check the entrance for any hard objects that could damage boats. Photo courtesy of Luke Vanasse

Bethel resident Luke Vanasse says his boat was punctured and his passenger was injured when he unknowingly drove into an immoveable object near the entrance of the small boat harbor. “The boat just stops, stone cold, ” says Vanasse. “There’s a big pool of blood on the bottom of my boat.”

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Elton Cleveland holds the first, and second, kuskokwim king salmon. Photo by Harold Cleveland Sr.

The first King salmon has been reported on the Kuskokwim River. A young man in Eek caught two Kings on Wednesday. Elton Cleveland, age 21, caught two Kings downriver of the village at the mouth of Eek Island. Read more →

Bolstered by a report that shows the City of Bethel has a viable plan for a a 24 million dollar swimming pool, regional leaders met this week to discuss a potential partnership to construct the facility.

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The last remaining White Alice antenna in Bethel is a remnant of a cold war era radar system, but now it's a navigational tool in the road less YK Delta.

The United States Air Force says they intend to tear down the premier navigational landmark in Bethel, but not before giving the community time to figure out a way to keep it standing. White Alice, as it’s called, is one of the more definable structures in Bethel, especially when traveling, but the Air Force says it’s too big a liability for them to accept.

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