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Rep. Zach Fansler is accused of assaulting a woman when she rejected his sexual advances, though she denies the allegations.
Katie Basile/KYUK

A week after his own coalition demanded his resignation, House District 38 Representative Zach Fansler stepped down on Friday morning. The freshman Democrat from Bethel is accused of assaulting a woman when she rejected his sexual advances, though he denies the allegations.


Andrea Gusty, Vice President of Corporate Affairs for The Kuskokwim Corporation, testifies in support of Donlin's waste and wastewater draft permits in Anchorage on January 26, 2018.
Victoria Petersen / APRN

The tone of a hearing in Anchorage on two draft permits for the proposed Donlin Gold mine was very different from those held in the region where the mine would be located. In Anchorage last week, those who gave public comments to state regulators expressed trust and support for the proposed project.


Rep. Zach Fansler, D-Bethel, addresses the Capitol Press Corps in March 2017. Fansler submitted a letter of resignation to the House Legislature on February 2, 2018, six days after the Juneau Empire published allegations of him assaulting a woman in his h
Skip Gray / 360 NORTH

House District 38 Representative Zach Fansler's resignation becomes effective February 12.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Ayagnirvik Healing Center provides substance abuse treatment for alcohol and opioid addiction in Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope / KYUK

On Monday, all smoking areas and ash cans will disappear from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation as the organization goes tobacco free. That means no tobacco use of any kind, including chewing tobacco, will be allowed for employees, patients, or visitors on YKHC grounds throughout the region. 

"What It Is" From LKSD: Basketball, Music, Archery, And Student Honors

Feb 1, 2018
Bethel Regional High School Student Correspondents Hunter Carter and Marc Adlaon record LKSD's weekly update newscast on January 31, 2018.
Patrick Williams / LKSD

Update: Senior Night for the Bethel Lady Warriors basketball team will occur at 7:15 p.m. on Friday. The event was originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Original story: Basketball season is in full swing across the Lower Kuskokwim School District. This weekend there’s also music, archery, and student honors to attend. Here to tell us about it are Student Correspondents Hunter Carter and Marc Adlaon from Bethel Regional High School.


Seraphim Evan and Stanley Morgan of Kalskag pose near a marked hole on the ice road.
Courtesy of Mark Leary

Update Thursday 4 p.m.: The Kuskokwim ice road is now plowed and marked from Bethel to Aniak.

Original story Wednesday: The ice road is smooth, well-marked, and ready to go from Bethel to just above Kalskag - though there are still twice as many holes as usual.

A Bethel jury found Nathan Agwiak not guilty of sexual assault on Tuesday. The case dates back three years to a party in St. Mary's, and revolved around consent.

District 38 Representative Zach Fansler speaking with Bethel resident Mary Nanuwak at the December 12, 2017 Bethel City Council meeting. Fansler is accused of hitting a woman when she tried to leaveh is hotel room.
Christine Trudeau/KYUK

Representative Zach Fansler refuses to resign from the House, but his constituents are already planning to replace him.


Native language experts are urging the state to declare a "linguistic emergency," and work with tribes to open a discussion about the endangerment of indigenous languages.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Native language experts are urging the state to declare a "linguistic emergency," and work with tribes to open a discussion about the endangerment of indigenous languages. In a report to both the legislature and Governor Walker, the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council warned that most of the 20 indigenous languages recognized by the state are expected to go extinct by the end of the century.

Bethel resident Joni Beckham poses outside "The Price Is Right" studio on November 13, 2017 after winning $63,000 worth of prizes as a Double Showcase Winner. The game show episode aired on January 29, 2018.
Courtesy of Joni Beckham

If you are from rural Alaska, winning on the television game show "The Price is Right" carries a price tag they don’t tell you about on the show, as a Bethel resident recently learned when she won big on the program.

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