Daysha Eaton

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Heroin confiscated by law enforcement. - Photo courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

Heroin confiscated by law enforcement. – Photo courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

Federal officials say they intercepted nearly ten times as much heroin coming into Alaska in 2014 than compared to 2013. State law enforcement officials say heroin gets into Bethel mainly on low-security, small airline passenger flights. This is the final story in a series about the impacts of heroin in Bethel.

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Heroin confiscated by Alaska Law Enforcement. - Courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

Heroin confiscated by Alaska Law Enforcement. – Courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

Federal officials say they intercepted nearly ten times as much heroin coming into Alaska in 2014 than compared to 2013. Once in Alaska the narcotic quickly reaches rural communities, which are now organizing to push back. This is the second in a series of three stories about the impacts of heroin in Bethel and how the community is fighting it. The City of Bethel is organizing a multi-agency heroin task force.

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Neil LaLonde, Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge Manager. Photo by Geraldine Brink/KYUK

Neil LaLonde, Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge Manager. Photo by Geraldine Brink/KYUK

During a salmon management program that aired on KYUK Wednesday, fish managers gave more details about how subsistence fishing for king salmon on the Kuskokwim would be managed this year.

Federal manager, Neil Lalonde, announced a harvest of 7,000 chinook, or king salmon, no matter how poor the run, through a community permit system.
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Black tar heroin is one form of the narcotic that's reached rural Alaska. Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Black tar heroin is one form of the narcotic that’s reached rural Alaska. Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Federal officials say in 2014 they intercepted nearly ten times as much heroin coming into Alaska than in 2013. The growing use of the drug is impacting urban and rural areas. This is the first in a series of three stories about the impacts of heroin in Bethel and how the community is fighting it. It begins with one woman’s struggle to get clean in Bethel.

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Lower Kalskag. - Courtesy of Google Maps

Lower Kalskag. – Courtesy of Google Maps

A 3-year-old child was killed Saturday in Lower Kalskag when a skiff propped against a home fell on her, Alaska State Troopers say.
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Fire crews battled a blaze in the Haroldson Subdivision area. Image via google maps.

Fire crews battled a blaze in the Haroldson Subdivision area. Image via google maps.

The Bethel Fire Department reports they’re fighting a stubborn fire in Haroldson Subdivision near the dump.

Officials say the fire started early Tuesday morning, around 2:30 a.m., but the road was impassable due to muddy conditions and crews couldn’t get an engine to the site.
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150513 United WayFood pantry referrals in several communities across Alaska shot up between 2012 and 2014. That’s according to numbers released recently by Alaska 2-1-1, a social services referral system.
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