Bethel

Erin Merryn testifying about the law in Pennsylvania. -Photo Courtesy of Erin Merryn

Erin Merryn testifying. -Photo Courtesy of Erin Merryn

Erin’s Law is back in the legislature. If passed, the bill would require school districts, statewide, to provide age-appropriate K through 12 sexual abuse education. Last session, Representative, Geran Tarr, a Democrat from Anchorage, introduced Erin’s Law, which died in the House Finance committee.

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Courtesy of Foraker Group

Courtesy of Foraker Group

A recent study about Alaska non-profits confirms what many in the field know: that federal grant money has been drying up over the past couple of years. On the other hand, it shows that non-profits are developing new revenue streams, and counting on personal giving, particularly in rural areas.
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Lower Kalskag on the Kuskokwim River. Photo via Bing Maps.

Lower Kalskag on the Kuskokwim River. Photo via Bing Maps.

A Lower Kalskag man was arrested last week by Alaska state troopers, after he allegedly assaulted another man with a metal chair and threatened to kill him.
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YKHC consists of a regional hospital in Bethel, nine regional facilities and 47 village clinics. The corporation employs around 1,500 people and has an annual payroll of 70 million dollars.

YKHC Hospital – Bethel, AK.

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation received good news this week for the prospect of building a new clinic and renovating the hospital. Last year YKHC submitted a proposal to the Indian Health Service for their joint venture construction program to build a new outpatient clinic and renovate the hospital.
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Bethel Search and Rescue building, Bethel, AK. - Photo by Daysha Eaton

Bethel Search and Rescue building, Bethel, AK. – Photo by Daysha Eaton

Bethel Search and Rescue reports they’ve found a body of a man that went missing in December near Kwethluk. The body is believed to be that of 26-year-old George Evan of Akiak. Evan was one of three people that went missing while traveling on a four-wheeler during a storm on December 12th.
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Pete Kaiser at the 2015 Kuskokwim 300 finish with his lead dogs, Palmer and Rosie. - Photo by Chris Pike

Pete Kaiser at the 2015 Kuskokwim 300 finish with his lead dogs, Palmer and Rosie. – Photo by Chris Pike

Bethel’s Pete Kaiser is the 2015 Kuskokwim 300 champion. Kaiser and his team crossed the finish line in Bethel at 5:31 Sunday morning with a team of nine dogs in the 36th running of the race.
Kaiser is the first local musher in 29 years to win the race.

Rohn Buser had a seven-minute edge on Kaiser as they left the final four-hour layover at Tuluksak Sunday morning after midnight. Kaiser passed Buser on the way to Bethel.

Listen to the full finish line interview with Pete Kaiser.

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Picture of a truck that fell through shell ice near Standard Oil. Photo by Gert Samuelson

A truck fell through shell ice near Standard Oil. Photo courtesy of Gert Samuelson

Bethel residents posted pictures Sunday on Facebook of a car and a truck that got stuck after falling through shell ice. One car was stranded near the barge landing near Brown’s Slough. A second photo showed a truck that had fallen through shell ice on the boat landing near Standard Oil Road.
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Colten Zaukar (center) visits with his brother and father after his sentencing Friday.

Colten Zaukar (center) visits with his brother and father after his sentencing Friday.

On Friday, a judge sentenced 24-year-old Colten Zaukar, of Sleetmute to spend what could be rest of his life behind bars for a violent 2012 rape. Bethel Superior Court Judge Charles Ray sentenced Zaukar to 61 years, with another 10 years suspended.
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Johnnie Evan wins his third Akiak Dash Title in this year’s running. Photo Chris Pike/KYUK

Johnnie Qaluvialler Evan of Tuntutuliak won the Akiak Dash in Bethel Saturday evening.  Evan topped thirteen other  teams competing in the region’s premier sprint race by maintaining a steady lead for the duration of the 65-mile course that runs from Bethel to Akiak and back .
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