Alaska

A screenshot of Quinhagak on Google Maps. Screenshot by Charles Enoch/KYUK

A screenshot of Quinhagak on Google Maps. Screenshot by Charles Enoch/KYUK

Quinhagak searchers have rescued a missing person from their village with little time to spare.

According to the Alaska State Troopers online dispatch, Bethel based troopers received a call Wednesday around noon saying 21-year-old Michael Matthew of Quinhagak had walked away from his residence. He was wet and not carrying warm weather gear.
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U.S. DOE Seal. Courtesy of DOE

U.S. DOE Seal. Courtesy of DOE

Governor Bill Walker announced a nonbinding federal energy program earlier this week which aims to improve energy efficiency in participating rural Alaska villages through outreach, technical assistance and project development.

It’s called the Rural Alaska Communities Energy Efficiency Competition and it’s run by the U.S. Department of Energy.
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Photo of Thomas Tom. Courtesy of AST

Photo of Thomas Tom. Courtesy of AST

Alaska State Troopers in the village of Aniak are reporting a death in Aniak, but they say they have not made a positive identification or determined a cause of death.
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Bravo Company landing in Bethel on Thursday. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Bravo Company landing in Bethel on Thursday. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

A new National Guard unit has been established in Bethel days after the Director of the National Guard visited the community and a nearby village last week.

It was the third time national leaders visited the community in the past half-year but the first time in recent that the Director of the National Guard, Timothy Kadavy, was among them.

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Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 7.26.11 AMThe Bethel Warriors boys basketball team claimed third place at the Lime Solar/Pepsi Invitational Tournament by defeating the Valdez Lions, 46-40, in overtime on Saturday afternoon.

The Warriors bench kept the lead for much of the game after three Bethel starters got into early foul trouble. The warriors were able use a stingy defense and free throw shooting to secure the win.
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Musk oxen (Photo Courtesy of Patrick Jones)

Musk oxen (Photo Courtesy of Patrick Jones)

The Dept. of Fish and Game has issued an emergency order, allowing hunting for musk oxen stranded on sea ice.

The department issued a press release Wednesday afternoon, stating that the resident hunting season for musk oxen begins Thursday.
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A TERRA network radio tower. Photo courtesy - GCI.

A TERRA network radio tower. Photo courtesy – GCI.

GCI recently announced plans to complete its TERRA network in rural Alaska by 2017. The expansion would offer a better and more reliable Internet connection throughout the YK Delta and much of Western Alaska.
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U.S. Department of Justice logo.

U.S. Department of Justice logo.

The U.S. Departments of Justice and the Interior have announced a $940 million proposed settlement with a nationwide class of about 640 Native American tribes and tribal entities.

The agreement ends the 25-year-old legal dispute regarding contract support costs for tribal agencies, according to a press release this morning.
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Gene Peltola Sr. in his office at ONC. Photo by Charles Enoch/KYUK

Gene Peltola Sr. in his office at ONC. Photo by Charles Enoch/KYUK

Bethel’s tribe, the Orutsararmiut Native Council, appointed Gene Peltola Sr. as their new Executive Director. He accepted a two-year contract beginning on September 1st. He says the first thing he needs to do is learn as much as he can in his new leadership role. Read more →

Bethel Winter House logo. Courtesy of Bethel Winter House

Bethel Winter House logo. Courtesy of Bethel Winter House

Bethel Winter House was recently awarded a 29-thousand dollar grant from the state.

The money comes through the Community Initiative Matching Grant Program, during a time of unprecedented statewide budget cuts. This is the second year in a row the shelter has received a grant from the state. Read more →