September 2012

A fugitive wanted for kidnapping and rape has been apprehended after eluding Troopers for two and a half days. The incident happened in Sleetmute, a village on the Upper Kuskokwim River.

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It’s been four years since the road that created a loop around Bethel has been closed. Tundra Ridge Road-also known as the Polk Road-closed to the public when the Polk family blocked off their Native allotment. It has forced traffic to maneuver through town via a horse shoe shaped road system. The State has been in negotiations with the family to purchase the right of way, but Alaska Dept. of Transportation representatives say the process has been pushed back another year. Still, the State and the family are hopeful a resolution isn’t too far away.

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With three council seats open, and just three candidates running, the next Bethel City Council is all but set in stone. Gearing up for Tuesday’s Municipal Election, we hear from the candidates.

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Topics of conversation for this week’s show included calls about Calista Corporation, upcoming local and national elections, the Armory in Bethel, hunting stories, and some quality safety tips to keep in mind while traveling this season.

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To run for local office in Bethel, people are required to fill out a lengthy state issued financial disclosure form. Some feel this has inhibited people from running for local office. Voters decide whether or not to scrap the state form, in favor of a city generated one, at the Bethel Municipal Election October 2nd.

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Forty-eight boxes of donated kids clothing from Anchorage are being given away for free at the Mikelnguut Elitnaurviat (M.E.) Elementary School Friday afternoon. For the fifth year in a row, M.E. school staff and Donlin Gold workers in Anchorage have sponsored the event.
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Trainee learns from elders too

by Sophie Evan on September 27, 2012

The 60-plus direct-care employees that are meeting in Bethel are being taught by trainers with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. It is a State Corporation that manages a perpetual trust worth one million acres of prime land, and $200-million dollars.
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