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Bethel Police Chief Andre Achee has retired, effective Wednesday, June 14. Achee had worked in the Bethel Police Department for the past 23 years. City Manager Pete Williams confirms that Chief Achee notified the City of his retirement by e-mail.  Williams says that he’s coordinated with BPD sergeants to oversee policing operations and that they are currently seeking a replacement for Achee. Williams also says that as City Manager, he will be supervising, checking in regularly, and reviewing all police reports. 

Blanche Jacobs came to the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta as a Vista volunteer in the 1970's to work with youth in Kongiganak. Blanche Jacobs raised three sons here, working as an X-ray technician, and then as a paralegal, for 25 years.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Family, friends, and many community members gathered last Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Bethel to remember Blanche Jacobs. She died on June 6 in Anchorage after succumbing to heart complications at the age of 75. KYUK spent the past week collecting stories from those who knew Jacobs and her work best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


LKSD Social Worker James Biela with John Madigan, VP of Public Policy for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, as Biela receives the Sandy Martin Grassroots Award.
Courtesy of Alexis O’Brien / American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

A Lower Kuskokwim School District social worker received a national award this week in Washington D.C. for his work in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta on suicide prevention.

 

 

 

 


Courtesy of YKHC

When the new hospital expansion in Bethel is completed, patients and visitors will be able to do something they have never been able to do before: they will be able to drive up to the front door and walk in, without going up a ramp or stairs.

"Even though the building is raised up in the air and on pilings like most buildings in Bethel," says Kent Crandall, the project manager for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation expansion, "we're going to raise the drive up so they can be dropped off and walk straight in on grade like most hospitals anywhere in the world."

Dave Cannon / KYUK

State officials are planning to meet with locals next week as they wait for the kings to arrive.

Alaska's Fish and Game Commissioner, Sam Cotten, and his staff will be in Bethel next week to learn more about the Kuskokwim River king salmon crisis. Next Wednesday, June 21, Cotten, along with the directors of the Division of Commercial Fisheries and the Division of Subsistence, will be joining the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group meeting to learn more about the region and to visit and chat with locals.

All Agree To Hold Back And Wait On The Kings

Jun 15, 2017
USFW

There are not as many king salmon in the Kuskokwim River this spring as expected and Assistant Area Management Biologist Aaron Tiernan of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says that they are taking a conservative approach to get as many kings as possible up the river to spawn.

State biologists reviewed the numbers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Inter-tribal Fisheries Commission, and the Kuskokwim River Salmon Working Group.

It’s been a little over a year since legal sales of alcohol began in Bethel, and City Council member Leif Albertson has now successfully introduced a proposal for the Council to vote on whether or not a 3 percent alcohol sales tax should be added to the O
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

It’s been a little over a year since legal sales of alcohol began in Bethel, and City Council member Leif Albertson has now successfully introduced a proposal for the Council to vote on whether or not a 3 percent alcohol sales tax should be added to the October ballot.

 

Ordinance 17-27 has been put off for a final adoption vote until the next City Council meeting on June 27. Council member Leif Albertson said that there needs to be further clarification on the amendment before a final vote.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

An amendment to update City of Bethel nuisance codes to eliminate any loopholes that could impact victims of domestic violence, such as eviction by landlords for calling the police too many times, has been put off for a final adoption vote until the next City Council meeting.

 

On Tuesday night, the Bethel City Council voted to adopt the fiscal year 2018 budget with a vote of four to two. The dissenting votes were from Mayor Rick Robb and Vice Mayor Fred Watson.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On Tuesday night, the Bethel City Council voted to adopt the fiscal year 2018 budget with a vote of four to two. The dissenting votes were from Mayor Rick Robb and Vice Mayor Fred Watson. Both had remaining concerns over the budget not being balanced.

 

Jacqueline Cleveland

Blanche Jacobs, passionate local advocate and long time paralegal for the Bethel District Attorney’s Office, passed away recently. Jacobs, 75, had made her home in Bethel after participating in the Vista Volunteer Program in Kongiganak in the early '70s.

 

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