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Crews raised the 2015 Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod into place. – Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK

The Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod went up on the river just below Bethel, Wednesday, March 25. Bethel Community Services Foundation sells tickets where people can guess the time the tripod will fall. The closest guess to the exact time of breakup wins a cash jackpot. This year the prize money is larger than usual.
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Fresh Kuskokwim salmon. Photo by KYUK.

Fresh Kuskokwim salmon. Photo by KYUK.

The Federal Subsistence Board will decide next month whether to limit salmon fishing to local residents on the Kuskokwim and Yukon Rivers. The limitation will apply only on federal lands, like the Yukon Delta Refuge, which encompasses the Kuskokwim below Aniak. They can also delegate the day-to-day management to federal staff and make a strategy for allocating the limited salmon.
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Lisa Demer

Lisa Demer, Western Alaska Bureau Reporter. – Photo Courtesy of Alaska Dispatch News

Reporter Lisa Demer with Alaska Dispatch News recently filed a story about some of the underlying issues that may have led to the dismissal of Bethel District Attorney June Stein. KYUK News Director Daysha Eaton interviewed her.

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The Bethel City Council honored longtime trooper pilot Earl Samuelson.  Photo from Bethel Search and Rescue.

The Bethel City Council honored longtime trooper pilot Earl Samuelson. Photo from Bethel Search and Rescue.

In addition to the alcohol license hearing, the Bethel City Council received an update on the state legislature Tuesday evening. With less than 30 days left in the legislative session, the council heard from their new lobbyist, former legislator Mary Sattler. As the price of oil remains low, so do prospects for their capital requests.
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ONC's Gloria Simeon testified in opposition of a liquor store license. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

ONC’s Gloria Simeon testified in opposition of a liquor store license. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council heard hours of passionate testimony Tuesday night urging them to protest anticipated applications to sell liquor. Many in the capacity crowd asked the council to consider the consequences of local sales in a region that suffers disproportionate effects from alcohol abuse and related violence. Read more →

The Bethel City Council met Tuesday night in a regular meeting. Photo by Dean Swope /KYUK.

Photo by Dean Swope /KYUK.

The Bethel City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday during their regular meeting on the potential of a package liquor store application to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
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Alaska State Troopers logo. Courtesy of AST

Alaska State Troopers logo. Courtesy of AST

Investigators with the Bethel Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team made two arrests Monday and seized thousands of dollars worth of alcohol.

After hearing about a bag that was leaking alcohol, WAANT investigators contacted Chevak man, 59-year-old Michael Smolnik. They say he was trying to travel with over three gallons of liquor, but about a gallon leaked out.
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Walter Pickett, Vice President of Operations, Alaska Commercial Company

Walter Pickett, Vice President of Operations, Alaska Commercial Company

Daysha Eaton, KYUK News Director, interviewed Walter Pickett, Vice President of Operations for the Alaska Commercial Company Monday, March 23rd about the company’s plans to apply for a liquor license.

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Nora Guinn Justice Complex, Bethel, AK. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Nora Guinn Justice Complex, Bethel, AK. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

An Aniak man was convicted Friday of multiple counts of sexual abuse of a minor. A Bethel jury found 31-year-old Golga Kelila III guilty of first degree sexual abuse of a minor as well as a second degree count and first degree harassment. The abuse happened in July of 2013.
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Image courtesy of Alaska Department of Law.

Image courtesy of Alaska Department of Law.

The Alaska Department of Law has named a replacement for prosecutor Chris Carpeneti, the attorney who filled in for former District Attorney June Stein after she was fired.

Sean Skillingstad will move to join the Bethel office from Fairbanks.
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