August 2011

Shawn Paul soars over the competition in Saturday's BMX Contest. Photo and editing by Kristy Newell.

The Bethel Community Fair sponsored a Skateboarding & BMX Contest on Saturday evening, August 27th. The event drew a large crowd of all ages to Pinky’s Skate Park and showcased many talented, local athletes.

Click below (read more) to view the results and a photo gallery of the contest.

To view the fair photo gallery click here.

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The steel posts that support White Alice point towards the sky moments after it is toppled. Photo by Shane Iverson.

Bethel will be without a major historical and navigational landmark. Under direction from the Air Force, the 611th Civil Engineer Corp toppled the White Alice radar this weekend. The tropospheric antenna towered over the city, and much of the low lying region, before it came crashing down Friday afternoon.

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Photos: Before and after
Video: Side view of White Alice crashing
Video: Head-on view of White Alice crashing
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Bethel Fair photo gallery

by Rybo on August 29, 2011

The Bethel Community Fair was August 26-28th.

The Bethel Community Fair drew crowds this weekend. Top events included live bird demonstrations with a Great Grey Owl and Bald Eagle, Saturday Market fun, and a Skateboarding & BMX Contest.

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A young Bethel woman was medically evacuated to Anchorage after allegedly getting run over. The incident happened the afternoon of August 26.

Police are being very tight lipped about what happened, as per instructions by the police chief. Read more →

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The State of Alaska is trying to improve the Yupiit School District on the Kuskokwim River after it failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress for eight straight years, but the district’s administrator, and lawmaker both say the state should lay off and let the communities lead the way.

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Mayor Eric Middlebrook is not impressed so far with the effort to unite around a proposed swimming pool in Bethel. He said currently the regional partners look more like customers. “If every one of these agencies put up real money, then we’d have a community project,” the mayor said at the last city council meeting.

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Europeans love chum salmon fillets, so why not vacuum seal the meat right here in Bethel? That’s what one company is trying to do.

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Bethel Community Fair schedule

by Rybo on August 25, 2011

Lots to do this weekend, August 26-28th, in Bethel! Check out the items on display at the Cultural Center – the primary fair venue- or participate in some of the other fun activities for kids or adults. There’s a little something for everyone!

Friday, August 26th:

9 – 9 pm – Fair items on display at the Cultural Center

11- 6 pm – Fair Photography Contest on display at the Art Guild

6 pm – Talent Show & Open Mic Night at the Cultural Center (with prizes!)

7 pm – Cribbage Tournament at the Log Cabin by Pinky’s Park

Saturday, August 27th:

10- 5 pm -Fair items on display at the Cultural Center

10- 2pm – Saturday Market at the Cultural Center

10 am – Fun Run/Walk begins at the Cultural Center

9 – 5 pm – Bird viewing with local experts all day by the park across from the Lion’s Club (special demonstrations with a Bald Eagle and a Great Gray Owl at 11 am & 2 pm)

11- 6 pm – Fair photography contest on display at the Art Guild

1:30 pm – Bethel Garden Tours; tour bus leaves from the Cultural Center at this time- ride along or follow

2 pm – Free hot dogs provided at the Log Cabin by Pinky’s Park

2 – 5 pm – Games & Activities for youth 12 and under at the Log Cabin by Pinky’s Park (capture the flag, musical chairs, scavenger hunt…)

5- 7 pm – Skateboarding/ BMX Bike Contest at Pinky’s Skate Park

5- 9 pm – $5 BBQ & Pool Tournament at the Bethel Youth Center (for adults ages 18-30)

5- 7 pm – Very Berry Clean Fish Moose Harvest Community Potluck at the ONC Multipurpose Building (please bring a dish to share)

7- 12:30 am – Fiddle Dance at the ONC Multipurpose Building (no admission fee)

Sunday, August 28:

11-2 pm – Fair items and live animals will be on display at the Cultural Center. Refreshments will be served and winners highlighted- come celebrate!

A Pilot Station man is dead after a 32-foot tender he was piloting flipped over in the Yukon River.Alaska State Troopers are reporting the pilot as 23-year-old Gerald Richardson Minock. Read more →