An Emmonak man died last Friday night when his snowmachine careened off the road and crashed into a power pole. Raymond Waska Jr., age 49, was taken to Emmonak’s clinic. CPR was performed, but he did not survive.

Last Sunday afternoon, Bethel Housing residents were surprised when their water abruptly shut off. The shutdown started around 4:30 or 5:00 p.m. and lasted about 90 minutes. According to City Public Works Director Bill Arnold, a fitting on one of the pipes broke on the Bethel Heights water treatment plant’s main line, and workers had to shut the plant down briefly to fix it.

The Bethel Warriors at last season's March Madness State Championships. The team won first place in the Sitka Holiday Shootout last weekend.
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Bethel Regional High School’s basketball teams played their first games of the season last weekend.

Bethel Regional High School claimed its eighth state wrestling title on December 16, 2017.
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Bethel Wrestlers won the Alaska Region II State Wrestling Championship again this year, a significant accomplishment, but even more amazing is the way that they did it. With only a few wrestlers in the final championship matches, those in the consolation matches had to lead the team to victory. Johanna Eurich was on the floor watching the matches unfold.

Joanne Evon collects cookies at the 24th Annual Christmas Cookie Extravaganza at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center on December 17, 2017.
Beverly Hoffman

Some people’s chance to swim in Bethel is funded by another person’s sweet tooth, and this weekend that fund just got bigger.

Governor Bill Walker signs HB 141 at Bethel's Yuut Elitnaurviat surrounded by high school students from the Kuskokwim Learning Academy on August 29, 2017. Walker's proposed budget includes funding for Y-K Delta law enforcement.
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A little more law and order could be coming to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta if the legislature gives the nod to the Governor's budget. On Friday, Governor Bill Walker released a three-part budget plan that prioritizes public safety and includes funding for both an additional prosecutor and State Trooper investigator in Bethel.

Alaska filmmaker Anna Hoover and composer Phillip "Ossie" Kairaiuak won the GCI-Walter Kaitz Fellowship last week.
Courtesy of GCI.

Last week, GCI awarded a fellowship to two Alaska Native artists in collaboration with the Walter Kaitz Foundation. One of those artists grew up here in Chefornak.

 Puppies in Kwethluk are prepped for vaccinations in July 2017.
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

Bethel Friends of Canines co-founder and president Joan Dewey is stepping down after leading the organization since its beginning in 2011. A press release from the nonprofit attributes the decision to “years of being overworked and overstressed.” During her tenure Dewey helped approximately 2,000 dogs and cats in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta find new homes.

Sophomore Hayden Lieb, 145 lbs. of BRHS, won his second consecutive State Championship, defeating Jonas Heepe from Klawock High School on December 16, 2017.
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For the second year in a row, the Bethel Wrestlers brought home the gold. Senior Thomas Dyment capped off his last year in a big way, becoming Bethel Regional High School’s first ever four-time State Champion when he beat Maxim Kusnetsov from Voznesenka High School.

Perry Barr and Jeff Evon mark open holes with willows and blue reflectors on the Kuskokwim near Bethel on December 17, 2017.
Bethel Search and Rescue

On the Kuskokwim, blue reflectors on trail markers mean open water. And the latest river report from Bethel Search and Rescue is titled: “We need a lot of blue this year!”