April 2013

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Natalie Hanson, courtesy of Calista Corporation

Natalie Hanson, courtesy of Calista Corporation

Bethel Regional High School graduate, Natalie Hanson, is now the American powerlifting record holder in three of the sport’s biggest events. At 23-years old, Hanson set the official record for bench press, squat and total weight lifted for her age group and size. As of now, no one in the USA under 23-years old weighing under 75 kilos has ever officially lifted as much weight as she has.
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15-year-old Dakota Nicholi, of Aniak, was killed April 25th when he was struck by a snowmachine.

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While Bethel Judge, Bruce Ward, researches the testimony he heard in the Kuskokwim fishermen trial last week, the two sides of the case disagree about what happened in court.
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26042013bowlsBuy a ceramic bowl, fill it with soup, and help feed Bethel’s needy. That’s the idea behind the Bethel Empty Bowls event happening this weekend. Over 150 hand made ceramic bowls will be sold and the proceeds will help fill the shelves of the local food bank.

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About 600 young athletes from school districts around Alaska are gathered in Anchorage for the statewide Native Youth Olympics event, which started April 25. Two Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta athletes won their events in the first day of the meet.
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The City of Bethel has hired an engineering and consulting firm to do a cost analysis study of the city’s water and sewer utilities. The firm’s suggestion: generate more revenue.

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Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited hunters for not turning in their RM 615 hunt permits. Those permits were for the fall hunt on the Lower Kukokwim River.
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The Coastal Villages Region Fund held it’s board of directors meeting in Bethel April 24th. Chief Executive Officer Morgan Crow discussed the fund’s funeral assistance program and other issues.

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