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Update 5:15 p.m. Tuesday: The cause of the death of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta student is still under investigation by the State Medical Examiner in Anchorage. Mitchell Forbes, the Public Information Officer with the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, says the Examiner completed the autopsy on the student Tuesday and is waiting on lab test results. YKHC will release more information as it becomes available. The Upper Kalskag school confirmed that one of their students, ninth-grader Katie Wooten, died on Monday.

Update 2:30 p.m. Tuesday: The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has issued the following statement on the recent death of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta student: "After working with the State Medical Examiner, YKHC does not recommend antibiotic treatment to anyone other than the immediate family of the deceased student and others who may have been in close contact. This means, unless you have been contacted by medical staff from YKHC, you do not need to visit the emergency room for treatment regarding this incident. More information will be released as it is available."

Bethel Regional High School senior Matthew Hunter hugs coach Darren Lieb after winning the 126 lb. boys bracket at the 2017 Great Alaska Conference Wrestling Championship on December 9, 2017.
Patrick Williams / LKSD

Bethel Regional High School dominated the 2017 Great Alaska Conference Wrestling Championship this weekend. Across Friday and Saturday, 19 teams from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and Unalaska competed for a chance to wrestle at State. Bethel Regional High School correspondent Hunter Carter was there and joined KYUK after the conference.


Bethel Search and Rescue marks the trail between Bethel and Kwethluk using willows and orange stakes on December 9, 2017.
Bethel Search and Rescue

There is now a marked trail between Bethel and Kwethluk. On Saturday, Bethel Search and Rescue planted markers between the two communities using willows and orange stakes. The ice ranges from five to eight inches thick along the trail; although it's only four inches in some spots. In other areas, open holes remain. Bethel Search and Rescue says the trails are only thick enough for snowmachines and four-wheelers.

Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Principal Zachary Bastoky stands at the school’s current location in the Kipusvik Center next to the floor plans proposed new school building, December 7, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Last week architects from ECI, the firm working on the design for new Ayaprun Elitnaurvik building, presented their plans to the Lower Kuskokwim School District Board and to parents and staff. KYUK’s Education reporter Christine Trudeau met up with Ayaprun Principal Zachary Bastoky at the school’s current location in the Kipusvik Center across from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Bastoky also mentioned that the architects took sound recordings of the students' dance performances last week to inform their choice of materials for the walls of the new building to ensure proper acoustics.


From left to right: Kwigilingok junior Brea Paul, Bethel Regional High School senior Caitlyn Twito, and Tuntutuliak junior Katya John use their new stethoscopes to listen to the lungs of a health training mannequin.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

More and more programs have sprung up locally to familiarize students with trades and professions in the hopes of getting more Alaska Natives employed. That’s what the University of Alaska Anchorage did 20 years ago for Alaska Native nurses. The program is called RRANN: Recruiting and Retaining Alaska Natives into Nursing. Over the weekend, RRANN held a camp in Bethel for high schoolers to show them how they, too, can enter the field.


This article was updated with further reporting on December 12, 2017

Kipnuk resident Nace Paul was convicted of sexual assault last night, although the jury did not find him guilty of all charges.


Bethel Regional High School juniors Marc Adlaon (left) and Hunter Carter (right) host the first episode of "News from LKSD," a weekly update of what's happening across the Lower Kuskokwim School District.
Patrick Williams / LKSD

With 22 schools, there’s always a lot happening across the Lower Kuskokwim School District. To find out the latest, KYUK is partnering with Bethel Regional High School to bring you a new, weekly segment called “News from LKSD.” Here with the first episode are high school juniors Hunter Carter and Marc Adlaon.


The State of Alaska courthouse in Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope/KYUK

Yesterday was the first day in the trial of Garrett Walters of Bethel, who is charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and abuse.


Troy and Ethan Wilkinson build the traditional kayak frame with the help of their father, Bill Wilkinson.
Gaetana DeGennaro/NMAI

Traditional Yup’ik artisanship and acumen are about to gain a national audience.


Parents contacted the Lower Kuskokwim School District staff this past September with suspicions that their children might be involved in dealing or buying marijuana edibles.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Several students have been caught selling marijuana edibles at Bethel Regional High School. The incidents took place this past September to early October. Parents contacted the Lower Kuskokwim School District staff with suspicions that their children might be involved.  

 


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