Alaska

Representative Mike Hawker and House Speaker Mike Chenault at a press conference earlier this month. Photo by Skip Gray/360 North.

Representative Mike Hawker and House Speaker Mike Chenault at a press conference earlier this month. Photo by Skip Gray/360 North.

Two Republicans weighed in on the Governor’s controversial firing of the Bethel District Attorney at a press Conference in Juneau.
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troopers, alaska state troopersTroopers arrested three men in Emmonak after an alleged assault and struggle overnight that injured two people and a trooper.
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Greg Roczicka provides input about a new process for determining rural communities. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Greg Roczicka provides input about a new process for determining rural communities. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Federal Subsistence Board is working to define “rural”. That’s critical for deciding who is eligible for the federal rural subsistence priority for taking fish and game on federal lands.
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Dave Trantham addresses the Bethel City Council. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Bethel City Council meets in council chambers. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK

On the day Alaska’s new marijuana law went into effect, the Bethel City Council failed to pass a pair of marijuana ordinances.

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Nora Guinn Justice Center, Bethel, AK.

Bethel community members are reacting to the Walker Administration’s firing of district attorney, June Stein. While working in the office Sunday, Stein received a letter, delivered from a Deputy Attorney General informing her of her quote “impending release.”  The state, so far, is not explaining why she’s being fired.

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June Stein's last day as district attorney is March 9th.

June Stein served as Bethel’s district attorney.

Bethel’s district attorney has been fired by the state of Alaska. While working in the office Sunday, June Stein received a letter from a Deputy Attorney General of her quote “impending release.”
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Kuskokwim at Bethel on 11/17.  Photo by Mark Leary.

Kuskokwim River at Bethel. Photo by Mark Leary.

As the Alaska Legislature wrestles with a 3.5 billion dollar budget deficit due to plummeting oil prices, communities around the state are bracing for the impacts. Upcoming budget cuts could wield a particularly brutal blow to one of the state’s most economically fragile areas, the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. In Bethel, where the main industries are government and non-profits, the cuts could have a wide reach.
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The late Michael and Eliza Chase stand in front of his race sled at the Fur Rondy sled dog race in Anchorage. Photo courtesy of Chase family.

The late Michael and Eliza Chase in Anchorage. Photo courtesy of Chase family.

A YK Delta elder, Michael Chase, passed away Tuesday. The 88-year-old is being remembered for his leadership, service to his community and his contributions to the region’s health in a difficult period.
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20110329twclogoTundra Women’s Coalition in Bethel had some good news Wednesday, when Governor Bill Walker made his final amendments to the state budget.

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4-month-old Alaskan Malamute, Frosty, struts his stuff with owner Luan Dema. Photo by Charles Enoch/KYUK

4-month-old Alaskan Malamute, Frosty. Photo by Charles Enoch/KYUK

Dogs and their owners competed in the annual Bethel Dog Show at the Cultural Center Sunday. Frosty, an Alaskan malamute was selected as winner in the working breeds category and was also given the Best of Breeds award. His owner, Luan Dema, said the dog was only four months old.

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