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Rep. Bob Herron addresses the Alaska House of Representatives in 2014. Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska.

Rep. Bob Herron addresses the Alaska House of Representatives in 2014. Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska.

Alaska’s legislative council voted 10-to-1 this week to sue Governor Walker to halt Medicaid expansion. Among the votes for the lawsuit was Vice Chair, Bethel representative Bob Herron, who caucuses with the majority.

“I support Medicaid expansion and if I would have had an opportunity to vote on it on the house floor, I would have been one of those to say yes,” said Herron.
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Seven individuals will seek four city council seats. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Seven individuals will seek four city council seats. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Seven candidates have filed for four two-year Bethel City Council seats for the October ballot. Mayor Rick Robb, Vice Mayor Leif Albertson, and Mark Springer will seek reelection. Heather Pike was not registered at the deadline Thursday afternoon.

In addition to the three incumbents, Jason Smith, Nikki Hoffman, Alisha Welch, and Mary Nanuwak will seek to serve on council. Read more →

Commercial fishing takes place Friday on the Kuskokwim. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

Commercial fishing takes place Friday on the Kuskokwim. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

The next commercial fishing on the Kuskokwim River takes place Friday.

The waters from 15 miles below the Johnson River to Eek Island are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. From Bethel down to the marker located 15 miles below the Johnson, fishing takes place from noon to 6 p.m.
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The Nunalleq excavation near Quinhagak is revealing artifacts that have survived hundreds of years in permafrost. The site is threatened now by coastal erosion. Photo by Daysha Eaton / KYUK.

The Nunalleq excavation near Quinhagak is revealing artifacts that have survived hundreds of years in permafrost. The site is threatened now by coastal erosion. Photo by Daysha Eaton / KYUK.

At a site near the Southwest Alaska village of Quinhagak archeologists are racing against time to uncover Yup’ik artifacts before the effects of climate change cause them to erode into the sea. The old village continues to reveal artifacts that give a glimpse into the daily lives of Yup’ik people hundreds of years ago.

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The crowning artifact found this season, says Rick Knecht, the lead archeologist and a professor from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, is a mask half human, half walrus, in nearly perfect condition. It’s wrapped in several layers of plastic as Knecht keeps the mask damp and cool in a refrigerator at base camp.


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Bethel Police have identified five juveniles suspected of trashing the preschool. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK.

Bethel Police have identified five juveniles suspected of trashing the preschool. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK.

Bethel police have identified five juveniles, ages 10 and 13, suspected of vandalizing preschool classrooms and smashing windows in more than a dozen cars owned by the Lower Kuskokwim School District. Charges are being sent to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Lieutenant Joe Corbett says this is not the first time police have dealt with vandalism in the school, which has high quality cameras that were rolling.

“We [passed] the images around the police department, we put them in front of school administrators to try to get those kids identified,” said Corbett. “It normally doesn’t take us very long.”

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The 2015 federal moose hunt will take place September 1 through 8. Photo by Pat Gaines via flickr.

The 2015 federal moose hunt will take place September 1 through 8. Photo by Pat Gaines via flickr.

The Kuskokwim fall moose hunt takes place in just a couple of weeks with an expected 110 antlered bull moose to be taken on state lands, and 45 on federal lands in unit 18. The state expects to close the hunt by emergency order after their quota is reached.

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Damage could exceed $100,000 in the preschool vandalism/ Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK.

Damage could exceed $100,000./ Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK.

Vandals trashed preschool classrooms and smashed windows in 13 of the Lower Kuskokwim School District’s vehicles over the weekend.

LKSD Superintendent, Dan Walker, says it appears people threw rocks at cars parked near the district office. Inside the M-E preschool they made an absolute mess.

“All of the toilets were clogged, the water was left running. We had several smart boards that were torn off the wall. There are computers that were thrown off onto the floor and a few computers that were missing,” said Walker.

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Commercial fishing takes place Monday, August 17, 2015. File Photo by Mike Martz / KYUK.

Commercial fishing takes place Monday, August 17, 2015. File Photo by Mike Martz / KYUK.

The summer’s second commercial fishing opening on the Kuskokwim River takes place Monday.

The waters from 15 miles below the Johnson River to Eek Island are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. From Bethel down to the marker located 15 miles below the Johnson fishing takes place from noon to 6 p.m.
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The plane was recovered from an area of mudflats. Photo by Devin Kelly/Alaska Dispatch News.

The plane was recovered from an area of mudflats. Photo by Devin Kelly/Alaska Dispatch News.

UPDATED: 8/14, 10:20 a.m. – Alaska State Troopers have released more information about their investigation into what happened with an emergency phone they believe came from pilot Seth Fairbanks after his Supercub crashed into Cook Inlet around midnight August 6th. Troopers launched an investigation into the initial call after receiving scrutiny about the timeline of the call and response, says Trooper Spokesperson Megan Peters.
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Police says the stolen port truck reached 60 to 80 miles per hour. Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK.

Police says the stolen port truck reached 60 to 80 miles per hour. Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK.

Bethel police say a man stole a Bethel Port truck and led two officers on a chase early Thursday morning.

Officers say the vehicle reached 60 to 80 miles per hour. The early morning pursuit ended when the intoxicated driver crashed into a ditch near Watson’s corner.

31-year-old Robert Brink of Kasigluk was arrested and faces multiple charges. He sustained minor injuries.

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