Public Health Nurse Mary Berliner distributes medication at the dispensing exercise. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Public Health Nurse Mary Berliner distributes medication at the dispensing exercise. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

First responders are testing their emergency management execution this week in Bethel and across the state. The exercise is designed to simulate the complexity and difficulty of responding to a community-wide incident.

A team of professionals from health care, law enforcement, local government, and others have been meeting for months to coordinate what their agencies do in the event of a large community crisis. Read more →

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Emergency responders are testing operations this week in Bethel. Photo courtesy Unit Company.

Emergency responders are testing operations this week in Bethel. Photo courtesy Unit Company.

First responders are testing their emergency management plans this week in Bethel and across the state.

A team of health, police, fire, and city officials, among others, have been meeting for months to plan how to respond effectively to a large emergency.
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Fire crews battled a blaze in the Haroldson Subdivision area. Image via google maps.

Fire crews battled a blaze in the Haroldson Subdivision area. Image via google maps.

The Bethel Fire Department reports they’re fighting a stubborn fire in Haroldson Subdivision near the dump.

Officials say the fire started early Tuesday morning, around 2:30 a.m., but the road was impassable due to muddy conditions and crews couldn’t get an engine to the site.
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Salmon on drying racks, Kuskokwim River. Photo by Shane Iverson, KYUK.

Salmon on drying racks, Kuskokwim River. Photo by Shane Iverson, KYUK.

Expecting another poor king salmon run, the first fishing restrictions are expected to go into effect on May 21st. With the lessons learned from 2014, managers hope to bring enough king salmon to spawning grounds and allow for limited fishing along the way.
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Each year KYUK news and content staff enter the best of their work in the annual Alaska Press Club awards.  This award competition recognizes the best work in news reporting and news photography from across Alaska.

KYUK has consistently won awards in a number of categories in the past and this year is no exception.  Three KYUK staffers won awards at this year’s competition.

News Director Daysha Eaton won first place in the Best Single Story Reporting Category for her story “Tragedy Renews Hope for Bethel Family”.

News Reporter Ben Matheson took a third place in the Best Reporting on Health Category for his story “Spay and Neuter Clinics Improve Village Safety”.

Both Daysha Eaton and Dean Swope received a third place award in the Best Multimedia Presentation-All Media Category for their story “Fire Burns Bethel Alcohol Treatment Center Construction Project”.

Congratulations go out to all three of these hard working KYUK staffers for continuing our tradition of excellence.

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Doreen O'Brien addresses the Bethel City Council on the heroin problem. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Doreen O’Brien addresses Bethel City Council on the local heroin problem. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The City of Bethel is organizing to combat the growing heroin problem. The Bethel City Council voted Tuesday night to direct the city manager and her team to develop an action plan and partner with community leaders to take on illicit narcotics.
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