Alaska

FishThe Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group wants the state to end to all commercial openings for the remainder of the summer. The say despite unmet subsistence needs the state has allowed commercial salmon openings. Some upriver fishermen are fed up with the state, and want the Federal Subsistence Board to manage the river from here on out.

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Krissy Medina with baby Faith.

A Bethel woman who had a baby while in a coma, then passed away was laid to rest over the weekend. Jessie Ayagalria was clinically brain dead for most of her pregnancy. Her baby, Faith, was born on July 8thand is now being raised by family in Bethel.

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Governor Parnell signs HB 301, which eases the burdens on families for required autopsies.  L to R: Alaska Medical Examiner Dr. Gary Zientek, Rep. Bob Herron, Governor Sean Parnell, YKHC President and CEO Dan Winkelman, and Senator Lyman Hoffman. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Governor Parnell signs HB 301, which eases the burdens on families for required autopsies. L to R: Alaska Medical Examiner Dr. Gary Zientek, Rep. Bob Herron, Governor Sean Parnell, YKHC President and CEO Dan Winkelman, and Senator Lyman Hoffman. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Governor Sean Parnell was in Bethel Thursday to sign a bill intended to help rural families navigate the process of having an autopsy done hundreds of miles away in Anchorage.

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When someone in western Alaska dies in suspicious or unusual circumstances, the state is required to conduct an autopsy or exam in Anchorage. Sometimes in that time of stress, family members are making decisions without good information. Read more →

Bethel PoliceBethel Police continue to investigate a knife fight that took place in Haroldson Subdivision, near the dump early Wednesday morning.  Read more →