Katie Basile / KYUK

A Bethel woman was taken to the emergency room and faces charges after rolling her vehicle while apparently attempting to elude a police traffic stop.

According to police, the SUV driven by Joellen Ashepak rolled three times at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Main Street on Wednesday at 9:10 p.m. The 28-year-old was traveling at an estimated 55 miles per hour when she rolled the car. Police say that alcohol may have been a factor. 

Dave Cannon

The latest reports from test fisheries are showing some king salmon moving as far up the Kuskokwim as the mouth of the Aniak river, but the numbers are still looking a bit low compared to last year. Aaron Tiernan, a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, said it’s still early in the run, though.

Tonight at Bethel City Hall, the Planning Commission will hold two public hearings for liquor store applicants Kusko Liquor Store and Tundra Liquor Cache. Both applicants are applying for the third and last remaining liquor license available in Bethel, and both need conditional use permits. Also submitting applications are the Alaska Commercial Company and Swanson’s.


Summer Tundra Fires Scatter Smoke

Jun 8, 2017
Warren Nicolai

The Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge reports that numerous tundra fires are currently burning in the region. Smoke from at least one of them may be visible from Bethel. The Akuliktuak River Fire, 22 miles east of Bethel and five miles east of Kwethluk, is reported to be 90 percent contained. 

All the fires are thought to have been caused by lightning. 

Courtesy of LeMay Engineering and Consulting, Inc.

Relocating the Newtok school is not a simple task. It's going to take many years to do, and during that time students may be living and studying in two different places as Newtok moves to its new location: Mertarvik. The new site is located on higher ground, away from tidal waters eroding the old village.

The Lower Kuskokwim School District has now included the cost of building and moving to a new school in its 6-year plan - the first step to getting the project on the state's capital spending list.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Yesterday, the Bethel Community Services Foundation hosted Anchorage-based Homelessness Housing Coordinator Nancy Burke to speak in Bethel on new approaches for housing Bethel’s homeless.


The village of Platinum went four days without power last week due to a series of generator failures. Platinum Mayor Mark Moyle said that their main generator failed over Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 29.


LKSD School Board Approves Updated Sex Ed Curriculum

Jun 7, 2017

On June 2, the Lower Kuskokwim School District Board made some changes to the district's sex education curriculum, but parents will be given notification before the changes happen. LKSD’s health curriculum will now include education on contraceptives, which prior Boards decided against including.


According to LKSD’s Carlton Kuhns, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Programs, it has taken a while to implement this policy decision to add information on contraceptives made several years ago by the current LKSD Board.


Katie Basile / KYUK

The Bethel Planning and Zoning Commission has approved the permit for the hospital expansion. At a meeting last week, the Commission took its action unanimously after hearing an update from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation and the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities about an agreement to deal with the increased traffic that the project will bring to Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway. Project Manager Kent Crandall said that a fence on the property is temporary during construction, and will be removed when the project is done.


Stabbing Suspect At Large

Jun 7, 2017

The Bethel Police and Fire Departments responded to a reported stabbing on the night of June 2, with alcohol involved. The suspect, identified by police as W.G. Anaruk III, age 19, fled the scene of the crime - a home on the 200 block of Blackberry Street. At last report, the suspect was still at large with a warrant out for his arrest on two charges of assault. Police did not identify the victim, but said that he was a male who was treated for non-life threatening injuries.