Akiachak has hired a new interim Tribal Chief of Police after State Troopers arrested former Tribal Police Chief John Snyder for allegedly strangling his wife.

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The man that the McCann Treatment Center in Bethel was named after has died. 

The State of Alaska courthouse in Bethel, Alaska.
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Bethel residents charged with bootlegging were due to be arraigned in court on Wednesday.

Lisa Demer, ADN Western Alaska correspondent, in April 2017 outside her Bethel home-office.
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With the recent layoffs at Alaska Dispatch News, the state’s largest newspaper, Western Alaska is losing an important storyteller.

“We Breathe Again: Four Stories of Heartbreak and Healing in Alaska,” tells stories of strength and resilience to reframe the despair of suicide in Alaska Native communities. The film is showing tonight at 7 p.m. at the Bethel Cultural Center.
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A film showing tonight at the Bethel Cultural Center takes a frank look at suicide and how to heal. "We Breathe Again" tells stories of strength and resilience to reframe the despair of suicide in Alaska Native communities. Bethel local Earl Polk appears in the film.

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Update: Yup'ik translation of the forum has been added to this story.

Bethel City Council elections are approaching. The election will take place on Tuesday, October 3 and eight candidates are vying for six open seats. To help constituents make their voting decisions, KYUK hosted a candidate forum live from City Hall. Seven of the eight candidates participated: Leif Albertson, Bradon Brink, Mitchell Forbes, Richard Robb, Mark Springer, Naim Shabani, and Thor Williams. Stanley "Tundy" Rodgers chose not to attend. Thank you to everyone who submitted questions.

Mike Hoffman has been appointed the new Executive Director at the Yuut Elitnaurviat vocational training center.
Courtesy of Yuut Elitnaurviat / Courtesy of Yuut Elitnaurviat

Bethel’s own Mike Hoffman has been appointed the new Executive Director of Yuut Elitnaurviat. Hoffman replaces Dennis Dishion, who will go back to teaching full time at Yuut. Hoffman comes to the position with a background in aviation and many years working for the Association of Village Council Presidents Inc., most recently as their interim President. He began his new role at Yuut on Tuesday this week.


On Saturday night, the Bethel Police arrested William Wassilie after he allegedly threatened several officers with a shotgun.

Kari McCrea (left) and Michael Franciosi (right) will both be taking their places as Anchorage District Judges.
Courtesy of Governor Bill Walker's Office / Courtesy of Governor Bill Walker's Office

An attorney with connections to Bethel will soon be serving as a District Judge in Anchorage.

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Join the Tundra Women’s Coalition tonight, Tuesday, September 19, for a screening of The Drum Keeper. The short film, produced by KYUK, tells the story of one young man’s journey of healing and leadership through drumming.