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Pete Kaiser at the start of the 2017 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
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Pete Kaiser is in 16th position on the Iditarod trail and left the Galena checkpoint at 10:33 a.m. with 15 dogs after completing his 24 hour layover. The Galena checkpoint is 396 miles into the historic trail. While in Galena, APRN’s Zachariah Hughes talked with Kaiser about his dogs, trail conditions, and strategy moving ahead.

Bethel Regional High School

Both the Warrior Basketball Boys and the Lady Warrior Girls teams came out behind in the first round of games on Thursday at the Western Conference Basketball Tournament in Anchorage.

Gale Ekamrak / KYUK Interns

After more than a day talking about the impact Bethel alcohol sales were having on their villages, tribal members decided to write a letter to the City of Bethel, asking Bethel City Council members to pass a municipal law requiring Bethel liquor stores to only sell alcohol to customers with Bethel IDs.

K300 Campout Race This Weekend

Mar 10, 2017
Katie Basile / KYUK

It's an old school sled-dog race with camping required.

The Kuskokwim 300 Campout Race begins Saturday at noon at the small boat harbor. Teams will run 45 miles up the Gweek River trail and camp overnight. The results from Saturday’s run will decide who starts in what position for the final leg of the race back to Bethel at 11 a.m. Sunday morning.

Organizers predict good camping weather Saturday night for the field of approximately 10 mushers expected to compete.

Bethel Search and Rescue President Mike Riley and Vice President Fritz Charles address BSAR members at a regular meeting on February 2, 2017.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The real heroes of the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta will be comparing notes next week at a Search and Rescue Conference in Bethel.

Just about anyone involved with public safety in the region, such as the Alaska State Troopers, Air National Guard, Village Public Safety Officers, Alaska Search and Rescue, and volunteers from search and rescue groups across the Delta will be looking at ways they can tighten the region's safety net.

Bethel Police Department

Initial concerns appear to be unfounded that a young man found dead in a Bethel residence in January may have died from suspicious causes.  

According to information released by the Bethel Police Department, the state Medical Examiner's report classifies the death as an accident and indicates that Kyle Thomas died from acute alcohol poisoning. Thomas was found dead at 7:35 a.m on January 9, 2017.

Thomas was 30 years old. The full medical report was released to family members.    

Danielle Shawgo, Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health with YKHC, says the health corporation has not seen an increase since Bethel opened its liquor stores in people looking for help to sober up, and she says the numbers of visits to the emergency roo
Gale Ekamrak / KYUK Interns

Has the Bethel liquor store fueled an increase in domestic violence in the region? That is one of the questions at the heart of the tribal meeting held in Bethel this week. The answer is not clear-cut.

Bethel Regional High School

The last games of the year before the final match-up happens between the state's best high school basketball players are taking place.

The Bethel Warriors are playing today at Anchorage's Diamond High School in a basketball conference hosted by Kotzebue.

The boys play Kotzebue in the afternoon and the Lady Warrior face Barrow on the court at 7 p.m.

Go Warriors!

Gale Ekamrak / KYUK Interns

Bethel’s alcohol stores are affecting the entire region, and it’s up to the tribes to do something about it. That’s the message from a tribal gathering held in Bethel on Wednesday. Representatives from more than a dozen tribes across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta came together to share how their communities have been affected since Bethel started selling alcohol last spring.

Alaska State Troopers

An Akiak woman died after being thrown from a snowmachine driven by an intoxicated driver. Alaska State Troopers responded to the crash west of Akiachak on the Gweek River trail Wednesday morning. Troopers say that Alfreda Evan, age 30, of Akiak died from her injuries. William Peter, age 33, of Tuluksak, was the driver and has been charged with a DUI and criminally negligent homicide. Evan’s next of kin have been notified.