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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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Gene Geisler was arrested Wednesday in South Carolina. Image from LinkedIn.

Gene Geisler was arrested Wednesday in South Carolina. Image from LinkedIn.

Authorities have arrested the former computer network manager at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation who is accused of possessing and distributing child pornography.
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Courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

Courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

A woman has died in Alakanuk after crashing an ATV into a shipping container.

Alaska State Troopers say 21-year-old Cecila Chikigak of Alakanuk was driving fast near the city office when she left the roadway, crashed, and was thrown from the ATV. Investigators say she died on impact. She was the only person involved. Read more →

Seth Fairbanks. Courtesy Facebook.

Seth Fairbanks. Courtesy Facebook.

It appears there was a delay when an emergency call came in from a plane crash on Knik Arm last week that is believed to have led to the deaths of two men from McGrath. Wednesday, the National Transportation Board released a preliminary report on their investigation into the crash. Alaska State Troopers are now trying figure out what went wrong with the 9-1-1 system.

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Gene Geisler. Courtesy of LinkedIn.

Gene Geisler. Courtesy of LinkedIn.

A former computer network manager at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is accused of possessing and distributing vast amounts of child pornography. An Anchorage grand jury on Wednesday indicted 38-year-old Gene Geisler on 76 counts of child pornography possession and distribution.

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Bethel voters will not have the option to go into local option this October and open a city-run store like Kotzebue, pictured above. Photo courtesy City of Kotzebue.

Bethel voters will not have the option to go into local option this October and open a city-run store like Kotzebue, pictured above. Photo courtesy City of Kotzebue.

There will not be a vote this October for Bethel to go into local option status and pursue opening a city-run liquor store. The Bethel City Council by a vote of five to one rejected sending the vote to citizens.

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The Bethel pool opened November 1, 2014. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel pool opened November 1, 2014. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

In other business, the council restructured the committees that oversee the city’s parks and pool. The Kuimarvik group is no longer the official advisory body, although they will continue to work on their efforts to support the pool.

The newly-formed Parks, Recreation, and Aquatic Health and Safety Center Committee will advise the council. Read more →

Courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

Courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

UPDATED: 8/12, 12 p.m. – It appears there was a delay when an emergency call came in from a plane crash on Knik Arm last week that is believed to have led to the deaths of 29-year-old Seth Fairbanks and 23-year-old Anthony Hooper.

The 911 call at 11:54 p.m. last Thursday was first received by the Alaska State Troopers post in Bethel, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board. Fairbanks was standing on top of the airplane in the swift waters of Cook Inlet.
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This year brings changes to preschool in the Lower Kuskokwim School District. Image courtesy LKSD.

This year brings changes to preschool in the Lower Kuskokwim School District. Image courtesy LKSD.

Due to changes in funding, the Lower Kuskokwim School District is consolidating its Bethel preschool programs and could reorganize some village preschools.

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