July 2012

The Middle Kuskokwim village of Chuathbaluk is known for its beautiful mountains and dense spruce trees. Not that long ago, villagers sometimes solely relied on the land for subsistence, but as KYUK’s Mark Arehart found out, that may have changed.

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The administrative building of the Lower Kuskokwim School District in Bethel was broken into sometime Sunday night and items were stolen.
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The average suicide rate of Alaska Natives was more than two times higher than non-Natives, according to a report released Monday by state health officials. The report covers a six-year period and looks at the characteristics of suicide among Alaska Native and non-Native people from 2003 to 2008. According to the Associated Press, Alaska Native males in their 20s had the highest suicide rate.
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Yako Fisher, age 34, of Kwethluk was found deceased Sunday in the Eenayarak River, a tributary of the Kuskokwim River North of Eek. According to the Alaska State Troopers, Fisher and his wife were berry picking and staying at a cabin about 25 miles up the river early last week.
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Police chase in Bethel

by Mark Arehart on July 30, 2012

Police respond to an alleged chase in Housing Subdivision. Photo by Joycelyn Alirkar

Multiple Bethel residents say there was a car chase in the Housing Subdivision early this morning.

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Twelve ounces of marijuana believed to have been destined for sale in Mountain Village was seized by law enforcement officials at the Anchorage Airport July 26. Alaska State Troopers say that Martin Kokrine, age 39 of Mountain Village, was trying to smuggle the drugs in his baggage.
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After Barrick Gold announced Thursday that it was not prepared to construct the Donlin Gold mine, Donlin Gold says nothing has changed. Donlin Gold spokesperson, Kurt Parkan says, “the announcement doesn’t change anything for Donlin Gold at this point.”
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