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Bethel Police Department logo. Courtesy of BPD

Bethel Police Department logo. Courtesy of BPD

The City of Bethel has fired a police officer. Officials aren’t explaining why he was fired but records show the Bethel court issued a protective order against Andrew Reid on March 5th.
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Nora Guinn Justice Complex, Bethel, AK

Nora Guinn Justice Complex, Bethel, AK

Prosecutor Chris Carpeneti has resigned from the Bethel District Attorney’s office. His resignation comes on the heels of the Walker Administration’s firing of Bethel District Attorney June Stein. Carpeneti had been tapped to be interim leader at the Bethel DA’s office after Stein’s departure.

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Walker mugAt a press conference Governor Bill Walker said he fired Bethel District Attorney June Stein because she wasn’t a good fit.
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Representative Mike Hawker and House Speaker Mike Chenault at a press conference earlier this month. Photo by Skip Gray/360 North.

Representative Mike Hawker and House Speaker Mike Chenault at a press conference earlier this month. Photo by Skip Gray/360 North.

Two Republicans weighed in on the Governor’s controversial firing of the Bethel District Attorney at a press Conference in Juneau.
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YKHC consists of a regional hospital in Bethel, nine regional facilities and 47 village clinics. The corporation employs around 1,500 people and has an annual payroll of 70 million dollars.

YKHC consists of a regional hospital in Bethel, 9 regional facilities and 47 village clinics. The corporation employs around 1,500 people and has an annual payroll of 70 million dollars.

A bill that would transfer federal land to the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel passed out of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Wednesday.
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Nora Guinn Justice Center, Bethel, AK.

Bethel community members are reacting to the Walker Administration’s firing of district attorney, June Stein. While working in the office Sunday, Stein received a letter, delivered from a Deputy Attorney General informing her of her quote “impending release.”  The state, so far, is not explaining why she’s being fired.

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Kuskokwim at Bethel on 11/17.  Photo by Mark Leary.

Kuskokwim River at Bethel. Photo by Mark Leary.

As the Alaska Legislature wrestles with a 3.5 billion dollar budget deficit due to plummeting oil prices, communities around the state are bracing for the impacts. Upcoming budget cuts could wield a particularly brutal blow to one of the state’s most economically fragile areas, the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. In Bethel, where the main industries are government and non-profits, the cuts could have a wide reach.
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20110329twclogoTundra Women’s Coalition in Bethel had some good news Wednesday, when Governor Bill Walker made his final amendments to the state budget.

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Newtok (2014) - Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK

Newtok (2014) – Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK

There was a happy ending to a search and rescue mission Monday morning. 57-year-old Tom John of Newtok was traveling to Bethel when his snow machine reportedly broke down. John left Newtok Sunday morning at 10:00, and had not reached Bethel by Monday morning.
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Aniak - Photo by Karl Edwards

Aniak – Photo by Karl Edwards

An Aniak elder was reportedly taken advantage of by a woman who was assisting her with her taxes. The 66-year-old woman reported her suspicions of theft to Alaska State Troopers at the end of December 2014.
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