September 2011

Star witness Nick Cooke of Bethel provided damaging testimony against Jeffery Hout of Bethel and Harry Williams of Kwethluk as the two faced first degree murder charges Thursday in a Bethel courtroom. Cooke told the jury the two men brutalized a nearly lifeless Kaiser as he hung from a table saw in Hout’s shop.

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The murder trial has begun for Jeffrey Hout of Bethel and Harry Williams of Kwethluk in the torture killing of 19-year-old Benjamin Kaiser of Hooper Bay.

In opening arguments on Wednesday, one of the prosecuting attorneys showed the jury evidence they were going to bring into the case: an electrical wire, angle irons, a table saw, and a hand sander. They said these were all used to torture Kaiser of to death and they gave a preview of how it happened.

During testimony friends of Hout testified that he confessed to hurting and killing Kaiser.

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Bethel City Council Candidate Forum from September 28, 2011, held at the City Council Chambers.

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YK RAC to meet in Bethel

by Sophie Evan on September 28, 2011

The Yukon Kuskokwim Regional Advisory Council, or Y-K RAC, will be meeting to discuss fish and wildlife regulation changes this week. The Y-K RAC operates under the Alaska Native Claims Interest Lands Act, or ANILCA, which has ten regional councils statewide. Their job is to send recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board who has the final authority to act on changes made to federal hunting and fishing regulations. Read more →

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