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Bruce "Gotor" Morgan, age 24, was shot and killed in his truck in Aniak on August 27.
Courtesy of Audrey Leary.

Last August, Aniak resident Joseph Yaska allegedly armed himself with an AK-47 and started to shoot at his neighbors. They ran for cover or hid in their homes. The shooting spree wounded several residents and killed Bruce “Gotor” Morgan II, age 24.

Today, Aniak is still struggling to make sense of what happened. Last Thursday, the village celebrated the life of "Gotor" Morgan with a crowded Forty Day Feast, a traditional memorial service that’s common in both Russian Orthodox and some Catholic communities.

Fall storms are flooding the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s tributaries and eroding its shorelines.
Courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service.

Fall storms are flooding the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s tributaries and eroding its shorelines, although the weather system has yet to threaten any homes.

After certifying the election, an oath will be administered to the six candidates with the most votes: Mitchell Forbes, Raymond “Thor” Williams, Naim Shabani, Mark Springer, Leif Albertson, and Richard Robb.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

At Tuesday’s meeting, Bethel City Council will review and then vote on whether to certify the results of the October 3 municipal elections. After certifying the election, an oath will be administered to the six candidates with the most votes: Mitchell Forbes, Raymond “Thor” Williams, Naim Shabani, Mark Springer, Leif Albertson, and Richard Robb.

Susan Murphy served on the LKSD Board for 12 years. She decided not to seek reelection this term and is pictured here at the Bethel Cultural Center on October 4, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Susan Murphy will step down as the Lower Kuskokwim School District’s board chair this month. Murphy served on the board for 12 years, and will be replaced by newly elected City Councilman Raymond “Thor” Williams. KYUK sat down with Murphy in her home last week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Mountain Village man is accused of barricading himself in his home with a shotgun and then killing his girlfriend.

Tonight at the Bethel Cultural Center, a celebration of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s first peoples is taking place.
Dean Swope / KYUK

The second Monday in October is Alaska’s first official Indigenous Peoples' Day, once celebrated as Columbus Day. The Bethel Cultural Center will be celebrating the first peoples of the YK Delta at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 9. The Kuskokwim Campus, along with all University of Alaska Fairbanks rural campuses, have planned a day packed with activities.

 

Southwest Alaska will experience heavy rains throughout the week.
Courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service.

Kuskokwim Bay villages were battered by an autumn storm that intensified Wednesday night, and lasted through Thursday. Local leaders in Kwigillingok, Kongiganak, and Kipnuk reported strong winds in the region. “My house was shaking,” said Roland Andrew, Kongiganak’s Tribal Administrator, with a laugh. “My family was kind of freaked!” Particularly, he said, his grandchildren.

The Winter House has been without a facility since the Salvation Army closed its Bethel outpost earlier this year.
Dean Swope/KYUK

Bethel’s local homeless shelter is now homeless itself. The Winter House is trying to find the right place to house its residents, according to board president Jon Cochrane.

Naim Shabani, part owner of Kusko Cab, was elected to be the first Albanian to serve on the Bethel City Council.
Naim Shabani / City of Bethel

The unofficial tallies are in and Bethel has voted Naim Shabani, part owner of Kusko Cab, to be the first Albanian to serve on our City Council. He sat down at KYUK studios with municipal reporter Christine Trudeau on Thursday to discuss what this win means for both him and Bethel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Bethel resident is accused of possessing and distributing heroin within 500 feet of a school, and faces other charges related to dealing intoxicants.

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