The University of Alaska Board of Regents opens two days of meetings Thursday in Bethel.
The system is searching for a new President with the retirement of Pat Gamble and will hear an update on the search process. Another high profile agenda item includes a discussion of the UA budget, which faces cuts as the Alaska Legislature grapples with a large deficit.
A handful of committees also meet. Public testimony before the Board of Regents takes place beginning at 9:00 a.m. Thursday and 10:00 a.m. Friday. The meeting is at the Cultural Center.
Investigators from the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics team arrested two people in seperate incidents Monday. They say 23-year-old Olivia Guest was contacted as she attempted to fly to Chefornak with five bottles of alcohol in her luggage and purse. They say she became confrontational and pushed the investigator away from her luggage. Guest is being charged with alcohol importation and disorderly conduct.
They also arrested 40-year-old Theresa Sipary of Bethel. She is accused of attempting to import 13 bottles of liquor to Kipnuk. Both were taken to the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center.
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A Bethel woman has been indicted on a charge of manslaughter for allegedly fatally injecting her father with heroin. 35-year-old Shannon Cooke faces the charges for an incident from September 29th, 2014.
The state says that 56-year-old Thomas Tungwenuk was found unresponsive in an Anchorage apartment. Police and medics responded and the man was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Read more →
The clock is ticking on a sixty day period for the City of Bethel to consider protesting a package liquor store license before the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The Bethel Native Corporation’s Bethel Spirits LLC application was officially filed the morning of April 6th. The Alaska Commercial Company also plans to file for another package liquor store.
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State Troopers are investigating the death of a Lower Kalskag woman. Early Saturday morning troopers received a report that 27-year-old Marcia White was found dead in her home in Lower Kalskag.
Megan Peters is a spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers. “Troopers from Aniak and a roving VPSO responded to the village on snow machine at about 5:30 that morning to begin the investigation. Investigators from the Alaska Bureau of Investigation in Anchorage also travelled to the village to investigate the cause and circumstances surrounding the death,” said Peters.
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Surveillance video shows a former Bethel city police officer repeatedly slamming a man to the ground in the parking lot of a grocery store during an arrest last summer. The man eventually pleaded guilty to harassing the officer. But with the new evidence, an attorney is trying to bring the case back to court.