Angela Denning-Barnes

Rural Alaskans are generally skilled at finding ways to ship in goods, sometimes cheaper than they can find them at local stores. Bethel resident, Bob Carlson, has been mailing 70-pound packages from Anchorage for over 20 years. When he’s in the city, he packs up groceries and goods and makes sure that the scale reads exactly 70 pounds. That way he’ll get the largest savings at the post office.
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"Bottomless" overflow like this is present between Bethel and the Johnson River. Photo/BSAR.

“Bottomless” overflow like this is present between Bethel and the Johnson River. Photo/BSAR.

The volunteer group Bethel Search and Rescue did an aerial survey of the Kuskokwim River ice, Jan. 29. They traveled with Alaska State Trooper pilot Earl Samuelson from the Johnson River upstream to Tuluksak. They found that the extended warm weather has deteriorated travel conditions but the low snow pack and small amount of rainfall has kept the amount of runoff flowing into the Kuskokwim minimal.
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Photo courtesy of Anchorage Police Department

Photo courtesy of Anchorage Police Department

A 29-year-old man with ties to the Y-K Delta has been charged with sexually abusing a girl at an Anchorage church. David Chiklak, originally from Mountain Village, was arrested Sunday outside a church in the Mountain View neighborhood on the city’s northeast side, according to the Associated Press.
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KYUK Acting General Manager, Shane Iverson, receives the grant from Patrice Kunesh with Jim Norlund looking on. Photo by Dean Swope

KYUK Acting General Manager, Shane Iverson, receives the grant from Patrice Kunesh with Jim Norlund looking on. Photo by Dean Swope

Patrice Kunesh, Under Secretary of the USDA Rural Development, visited the Bethel region Tuesday to see some of the department’s projects in action. Kunesh and an entourage from D.C. and Anchorage toured the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, met with the Association of Village Council Presidents and stopped into Meyers Farm.

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Gene Peltola Sr.

Gene Peltola Sr.

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation employs more than 1,600 people. It’s the largest employer in Bethel and has been led by Gene Peltola Sr. for 24 years. However, the CEO spent this past weekend clearing out his office amid controversy with the board of directors.

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Kristy Berington, 29, Kasilof

Kristy Berington, 29, Kasilof

The K300 banquet and awards ceremony took place in Bethel last night. Kristy Berington of Kasilof took home two prestigious awards. One was the “Humanitarian Award” for the good care she took of her dog team. She also received the “Sportsmanship Award” which is voted on by other mushers for helping to stop Mike William Sr.’s run-away dog team.
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At Thursday night’s mushers meeting, 10 teams signed up to run the 26th Bogus Creek 150 sled dog race. With the trail change this year the Bogus mushers decided to designate a drop dog zone right outside of Akiachak for the return trip to the finish line, about halfway between Bethel and the first official checkpoint of Tuluksak. The drop dog zone will allow handlers to take drop dogs from the mushers but it is not a food drop spot. Mushers chose their starting positions last night:
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Mike Williams Sr., age 61, of Akiak

Mike Williams Sr., age 61, of Akiak

The 35th annual K300 sled dog race starts tomorrow in Bethel. Mike Williams Sr. of Akiak probably knows the K300 trail better than any musher in the race this year. He’s run it 25 times.

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Myron Angstman, Chair of the K300 Race Committee.

Myron Angstman, Chair of the K300 Race Committee.

There will be a new K300 race trail this year. The first 50 miles will head over the tundra to Tuluksak instead of following the river. Myron Angstman is the Chair of the K300 board and a past champion of the race. He says even with the recent snowfall, the trail won’t change at this point. It’s just too late to remark it.

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The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee has decided to postpone the 65-mile Akiak Dash that was scheduled to start Friday, Jan. 17. The decision was made, in part, because the race trail this year follows the tundra and does not go to Akiak. A makeup date for the Akiak Dash will be announced at a later date.
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