UPDATE – 7/26 11:15 a.m.: Alaska State Troopers say a Chevak man has admitted to killing Roxanne Smart last summer. The announcement was made Saturday through an online dispatch that they had arrested 20-year-old Samuel Atchak, of Chevak. Megan Peters, a spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers says investigators were waiting on lab results.
The Calista Corporation board has elected the first woman in its 44-year history as chair. Margaret Pohjola was voted to the job on Thursday. Pohjola has ties to Chuathbaluk. Chair Willie Kasayulie of Akiachak had served the limit of three consecutive year-long terms.
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The Bethel City Council is appealing the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s rejection of their protest of the Bethel Native Corporation’s package liquor store application. The council met in executive session Thursday evening for three and a half hours.
The ABC board on July 1st called the city’s protest of the proposed Bethel Spirits license “arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable”, sparking outrage from the council. The board is required to honor protest unless it meets those criteria. Mayor Rick Robb says he’s personally in favor of local sales. Read more →
Subsistence fishing is open indefinitely on the Kuskokwim River. But that hasn’t been the norm this summer, as the river underwent two management regimes —state and federal—and strict closures for two species. Lower river fishermen are adjusting to the new reality of Kuskokwim subsistence—where conservative management is now the status quo.
The Bethel City Council will meet in executive session Thursday.
After the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board rejected the city’s protest of the proposed Bethel Spirits license, calling it arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable, the council will discuss potential litigation regarding that decision. Read more →
The skeleton of the new Phillips Ayagnirvik Treatment Center, PATC, is coming up quickly and aims to be closed in for a winter of work. Kris Manke is Director of Construction for the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, which is leading up the project. He says about 15 crew members are working now, including close to 70 percent local Alaska Native hires.
“We do all of our own electrical, mechanical, framing, siding, we self perform all of that,” said Manke. Read more →
Searchers found the body of 28-year-old Benjamin Beaver Junior of Bethel after his boat hit a sandbar and sank. Read more →