Courtesy of Julie Carter

On the night of January 31 of this year, a Bethel man named Michael "Big Mike" Chris was found dead outside his home. At the time, police called it an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, but his family believes that this was not a suicide or an accident. 

Larson Wins Close Kwethluk Sled Dog Race

Feb 14, 2017
Mike Williams Sr.

It was a tight sled dog race at Kwethluk this weekend. Fourteen mushers competed in the forty-mile Kwethluk Sprint Race on Friday. Running 20 miles a day over two days, the top three mushers came in with less than a minute separating each other.

House Representative Fansler Checks In With The Delta

Feb 13, 2017
Katie Basile / KYUK

Just a month into the session, Zach Fansler, state House Representative for District 38, visited the YK Delta over the weekend to do a check-in with his constituency. On Saturday he spoke to a crowd of people in Bethel, and traveled to the nearby village of Napaskiak on Sunday. KYUK’s Adrian Wagner attended those meetings and has more.

At both meetings this weekend, Zach Fansler said that one of his goals at the legislature was to dispel the myth that Western Alaska is subsidized by urban Alaska.


After decades of conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has submitted a proposal to open a subsistence hunt and a general hunt for the Emperor Goose in Alaska. An egg hunt for Cackling Canada geese could follow.

Rep. Zach Fansler of Bethel and Rep. Tammie Wilson of North Pole listen to public testimony on the state of the Office of Children Services at the Bethel Legislative Information Office on February 11, 2017.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

On Saturday, Bethel residents weighed in on child welfare issues. Republican State Representative Tammie Wilson of North Pole has long been concerned about the state of the Office of Children's Services. Back when she was in the majority, Wilson called for a grand jury probe of OCS. KYUK reports that Bethel residents meeting with Wilson did not have much to recommend about criminal charges against OCS, but they did recommend more support, more training, and smaller case loads.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Every year mountains of things are shipped into the Yukon Kuskokwim region, much of it headed to remote communities. The result is growing mountains of trash that villages are trying to ship back out, or back-haul, so that the materials will not pollute the land and water they depend on to feed themselves. Reporter Johanna Eurich attended a unique workshop in Anchorage designed to help villages in the Delta back-haul their trash.

Governor Bill Walker has announced his appointments to several state boards and commissions. The announcement, issued Friday, includes two residents from Bethel.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Members of the Mid-Lower Yukon Fish and Game Advisory Committee agreed with a proposed nonresident hunt for antlerless moose on Thursday night. 

Alaska Court System

Governor Bill Walker has appointed Nathaniel Peters to serve as Bethel’s Superior Court Judge. Walker made the announcement Thursday, along with judge appointments in Dillingham, Nome, and Kenai.

Alaska State Legislature

State Representative Tammie Wilson (R) of North Pole will travel to Bethel this weekend to hold a community forum on the status of the Office of Children's Services in Alaska. Wilson has called for a grand jury investigation into how the agency is performing, along with its entire parent agency, the Department of Health and Social Services. The meeting will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 11  at the Bethel Legislative Information Office. KYUK’s Adrian Wagner spoke with Wilson to find out more.