Bethel

Nora Guinn Justice Complex, Bethel, AK

Nora Guinn Justice Complex, Bethel, AK

Prosecutor Chris Carpeneti has resigned from the Bethel District Attorney’s office. His resignation comes on the heels of the Walker Administration’s firing of Bethel District Attorney June Stein. Carpeneti had been tapped to be interim leader at the Bethel DA’s office after Stein’s departure.
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AVCP Social Service Director Nicholas Hoover testifies in the Bethel legislative information office. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

AVCP Social Service Director Nicholas Hoover testifies in the Bethel legislative information office. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

As the legislature faces a budget deficit of billions of dollars due to cratering oil prices, cuts are inevitable. Where to cut and how deep are the driving questions in Juneau. After subcommittees made further cuts to Governor Bill Walker’s budget, the house finance committee Wednesday heard citizens make their pitch for programs that they believe should remain intact.
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Much of the Kuskokwim is bare ice, overflow areas on the sides of the river are a common hazard. Photo taken on March 4 by Charles Enoch

The side of the Kuskokwim by the boat harbor in Bethel. These uneven spots tend to be deeper during high tide. Photo by Charles Enoch

Bethel Search and Rescue chief Mike Riley said much of the trail on the frozen Kuskokwim River has remained stable despite recent spike in temperatures, but there are hazards due to standing water, overflow and glare ice. But the biggest problem, said Riley, is getting on and off the river.
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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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Mark Charlie Junior was arraigned on a murder charge in Bethel court. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Mark Charlie Jr. was arraigned on a murder charge in Bethel court. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Mark Charlie Junior was arraigned Wednesday in Bethel court on charges of first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.

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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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city of bethelAs of Tuesday, February 24th, the possession and use of up to an ounce of marijuana is legal in Alaska for people over the age of 21. There is no legal sale yet, the state still has nine months to come up with those rules. As municipalities like Bethel grapple with how to respond to and enforce the new law, Police Chief Andre Achee says it will not drastically change how his officers operate.
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Steve Boney will race with Doug Dixon in the 2015 Iron Dog. Photo from irondog,org

Steve Boney will race with Doug Dixon in the 2015 Iron Dog. Photo from irondog,org

Bethel’s Steve Boney will race his Yamaha snowmachine 2,000 miles from Big Lake to Nome and Fairbanks next week in the 2015 Iron Dog. Boney will take to the low-snow trail with a new partner.
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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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