A memorial to Roxanne Smart who was killed in Chevak, August 27th 2014. Photo by Daysha Eaton.
The community of Chevak in Southwest Alaska has been breathing a collective sigh of relief after the arrest of a man in July for the murder of Roxanne Smart. The 19-year-old was found stabbed to death in the middle of town last August. But it was a tough year for the tight-knit Cup’ik community as they waited for law enforcement to make an arrest.
Rep. Bob Herron addresses the Alaska House of Representatives in 2014. Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska.
Alaska’s legislative council voted 10-to-1 this week to sue Governor Walker to halt Medicaid expansion. Among the votes for the lawsuit was Vice Chair, Bethel representative Bob Herron, who caucuses with the majority.
“I support Medicaid expansion and if I would have had an opportunity to vote on it on the house floor, I would have been one of those to say yes,” said Herron. Read more →
Seven individuals will seek four city council seats. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.
Seven candidates have filed for four two-year Bethel City Council seats for the October ballot. Mayor Rick Robb, Vice Mayor Leif Albertson, and Mark Springer will seek reelection. Heather Pike was not registered at the deadline Thursday afternoon.
In addition to the three incumbents, Jason Smith, Nikki Hoffman, Alisha Welch, and Mary Nanuwak will seek to serve on council. Read more →
Commercial fishing takes place Friday on the Kuskokwim. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.
The next commercial fishing on the Kuskokwim River takes place Friday.
The waters from 15 miles below the Johnson River to Eek Island are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. From Bethel down to the marker located 15 miles below the Johnson, fishing takes place from noon to 6 p.m. Read more →
The Nunalleq excavation near Quinhagak is revealing artifacts that have survived hundreds of years in permafrost. The site is threatened now by coastal erosion. Photo by Daysha Eaton / KYUK.
At a site near the Southwest Alaska village of Quinhagak archaeologists are racing against time to uncover Yup’ik artifacts before the effects of climate change cause them to erode into the sea. The old village continues to reveal artifacts that give a glimpse into the daily lives of Yup’ik people hundreds of years ago.
The crowning artifact found this season, says Rick Knecht, the lead archaeologist and a professor from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, is a mask half human, half walrus, in nearly perfect condition. It’s wrapped in several layers of plastic as Knecht keeps the mask damp and cool in a refrigerator at base camp.