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Part 2  of the NewHour’s look at dental access and possible solutions focused on a clinic in Toksook Bay, Alaska that makes use of dental technicians and the debate over that model.  The NewsHour’s website,  has the story of a  42-year-old mother of three from Bethel who  quit her job of 19 years and cashed out her retirement savings to be able to afford the full-scale dental overhaul necessary to reverse her lifelong struggle with tooth decay.

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Bethel City Council Candidate Forum from September 28, 2011, held at the City Council Chambers.

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Water recedes in Crooked Creek to reveal damage.

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Airs Monday, April 18, 2011, at 9:30 P.M. AST on Alaska One PBS

Check out this new documentary on modern Inuit athletes’ ties to the Arctic Winter Games, an event drawing athletes from the northern territories of the Arctic Circle. Participants compete in tests of endurance, agility and mental strength. Written, produced, and directed by Jonathon Stanton, associate producers Phillip Blanchett and Carolyn Kinneen, exective producer Steven Alvarez. Music by Pamyua.

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Airs Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 8 P.M. AST on Alaska One PBS

FRONTLINE reveals a little-known chapter of the Catholic Church sex abuse story: decades of abuse of Native Americans by priests and other church workers in Alaska.

In The Silence, the first of two magazine segments airing Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS, FRONTLINE producer Tom Curran and reporter Mark Trahant examine the legacy of abuse by a number of men who worked for the Catholic Church along Alaska’s far west coast in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They would leave behind a trail of hundreds of claims of abuse, making this one of the hardest hit regions in the country.

“I was just a kid,” Ben Andrews tells FRONTLINE of the years of abuse he suffered at the hands of Father George Endal and Joseph Lundowski, a layman who was training to be a deacon. “Father Endal and Joseph Lundowski, they couldn’t stop molesting me once they started. It was almost an everyday thing. Father Endal kept telling me that it would make me closer to God.”

“I’m still having nightmares of Joseph Lundowski molesting, having sex with me,” says Peter “Packy” Kobuk. “I get up sweating, angry, feel like I could hurt somebody, but I never meaned [sic] to get angry at my children, but the anger went on my children also.”

“This was 1970,” says Anchorage attorney Ken Roosa, who represented the Alaska victims in a class action law suit against the church. “It was absolutely unthinkable that the Catholic Church could be involved in the sexual abuse of children. There was nowhere for the kids to hide. There was no one they could talk to. The adults believed the abusers over their own children. It was a perfect storm for molestation.”

As part of the church’s class action settlement with the victims, the bishop of Fairbanks, Donald Kettler, was asked to do something that no other bishop in the country had done on this scale: return to all of the villages where the abuse occurred and apologize to the victims in person. In December 2010, FRONTLINE gained unique access to Bishop Kettler’s visit to the village of St. Michael — frequently referred to as “ground zero” for the abuse — where the bishop would come face-to-face with the reality of the abuse that the church had refused to acknowledge for years.

“In St. Michael, we’ve had a great deal of our sexual abuse happen there,” Bishop Kettler tells FRONTLINE. “So I am certainly conscious of the importance of this visit. I’m anxious insofar as I’m wondering how I will be received. What will happen? What I can do?”

In the days before the bishop arrives, Elsie Boudreau, one of the first Alaska survivors to go public with her claims against the church, says: “I’ve seen how important it would be to have someone from the church say they’re sorry. The bishop has that power to reach that little kid and say, ‘It wasn’t your fault; you did nothing wrong.’ And I don’t know if he’s able to do that.”
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Highlights from the three-day dance festival held in Bethel, March 25th-27th.

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Congratulations to Nicole Twitchell and Jason Smith the 2012 Alexie Isaac Memorial scholarship recipients.  Jason is from Bethel and is attending UAF majoring in Rural Development.  Nicole is from Kasigluk and is attending UAS majoring in Elementary Education.


The application deadline for the 2013 scholarship is Friday August 2,  2012.
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Photos of the Kuskokwim 300, Bogus 150, and Akiak Dash.
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Live tracking – Kuskokwim 300

by Chris Ho on January 23, 2011

Herman Phillip wins Bogus 150

by Chris Ho on January 22, 2011

Herman "Punky" Phillip

Herman “Punky” Phillip of Kwethluk, Alaska crossed the finish line before dawn in Bethel to win the Bogus Creek 150.

Phillip dominated much of the race, leading up to the half-way point at Bogus Creek and back to Bethel through biting windchill.