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Ed Pekar has been named the new BRHS principal. Photo courtesy LKSD.

Ed Pekar has been named the new BRHS principal. Photo courtesy LKSD.

Bethel Regional High School will have a new principal next year. Ed Pekar will serve in the job beginning over the summer and says he’s excited for what’s ahead.
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The UA Regents are meeting in Bethel. Logo courtesy of UA.

The UA Regents are meeting in Bethel. Logo courtesy of UA.

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.

2014-2015 federal duck stamp. Image from USFWS.

2014-2015 federal duck stamp. Image from USFWS.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is now implementing an interim policy to exempt Alaska rural subsistence hunters from needing a Federal Duck Stamp for hunting migratory birds.
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Courtesy AST.

Courtesy AST.

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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Image courtesy of Alaska Department of Law.

Image courtesy of Alaska Department of Law.

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 →

BNC President and CEO Ana Hoffman speaks at a community meeting in Bethel. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

BNC President and CEO Ana Hoffman speaks at a community meeting in Bethel. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

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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Courtesy AST.

Courtesy AST.

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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Cynthia Frankin is Director for the ABC Board. Photo from State of Alaska ABC website.

Cynthia Frankin is Director for the ABC Board. Photo from State of Alaska ABC website.

The state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will attend a community meeting in Bethel Monday about proposed alcohol sales. Director Cynthia Franklin will present on how the license process works, what laws the board follows, and how it takes community input. No board members will be present.
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The 2015 Best in the West small business competition awarded start up funds to local business. Logo from Best in the West.

The 2015 Best in the West small business competition awarded start up funds to local business. Logo from Best in the West.

Nearly $30,000 in start-ups funds will be awarded to six local entrepreneurs in the 2015 Best in the West small business competition.
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Surveillance video shows the arrest on July 12, 2014. Screenshot from AC surveillance video.

Surveillance video shows the arrest on July 12, 2014. Screenshot from AC surveillance video.

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.

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