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The spawned out black and red salmon to the right of a king salmon in much better condition. Photo courtesy of Mike Williams Sr.

Spawned out Kuskokwim River Salmon. Photo courtesy of Mike Williams Sr.

The Alaska Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s decision that Yup’ik Fishermen who fished during a state closure should be convicted. The decision was issued today.

In 2012, the thirteen defendants, all Yup’ik Alaska Native fishermen living a subsistence lifestyle, were charged with violating the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s emergency orders restricting fishing for king salmon on the Kuskokwim River.
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Lisa Demer

Lisa Demer, Western Alaska Bureau Reporter. – Photo Courtesy of Alaska Dispatch News

Reporter Lisa Demer with Alaska Dispatch News recently filed a story about some of the underlying issues that may have led to the dismissal of Bethel District Attorney June Stein. KYUK News Director Daysha Eaton interviewed her.

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ONC's Gloria Simeon testified in opposition of a liquor store license. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

ONC’s Gloria Simeon testified in opposition of a liquor store license. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council heard hours of passionate testimony Tuesday night urging them to protest anticipated applications to sell liquor. Many in the capacity crowd asked the council to consider the consequences of local sales in a region that suffers disproportionate effects from alcohol abuse and related violence. Read more →

Alaska State Troopers logo. Courtesy of AST

Alaska State Troopers logo. Courtesy of AST

Investigators with the Bethel Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team made two arrests Monday and seized thousands of dollars worth of alcohol.

After hearing about a bag that was leaking alcohol, WAANT investigators contacted Chevak man, 59-year-old Michael Smolnik. They say he was trying to travel with over three gallons of liquor, but about a gallon leaked out.
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Walter Pickett, Vice President of Operations, Alaska Commercial Company

Walter Pickett, Vice President of Operations, Alaska Commercial Company

Daysha Eaton, KYUK News Director, interviewed Walter Pickett, Vice President of Operations for the Alaska Commercial Company Monday, March 23rd about the company’s plans to apply for a liquor license.

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K300 Logo. Courtesy of K300

K300 Logo. Courtesy of K300

Kwethluk’s Cukayuk Olick won the 2015 Camp Out sled dog race Sunday and took home the $2,000 winners’ prize. 10 teams traveled upriver from Bethel to the Gweek River Saturday, camped out, and raced back 45 miles on the Kuskokwim river Sunday morning.
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Crews unload equipment from a C-17. Up to 120 soldiers will train in the Bethel area over the next 10 days. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK.

Crews unload equipment from a C-17. Up to 120 soldiers will train in the Bethel area over the next 10 days. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK.

More than 100 soldiers will train in the Bethel area over the next week and a half to build arctic operational expertise and cultivate the next generation of National Guard soldiers. Members of the Alaska Army National Guard’s 297th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade are descending on the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta to polish their arctic skills.

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Pete Kaiser, of Bethel, placed 14th at the 2014 Iditarod finish line in Nome on Thursday, March 19th. - - Photo Courtesy of John Wallace and Kaiser Racing Kennels

Pete Kaiser, of Bethel, in Nome on Thursday, March 19th. -Photo Courtesy of John Wallace and Kaiser Racing Kennel

Bethel musher Pete Kaiser was 14th to cross the  finish line of the 2015 Iditarod in Nome, Thursday, March 19, at 1:44 a.m. Aniak’s Richie Diehl placed 23rd, crossing the finish at 9:26 a.m. Kaiser said it was a windy and frustrating race.
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BNC is proposing to put a package liquor store in a the Kipusvik building, the former site of Swanson's grocery store. Photo by Geraldine Brink / KYUK.

BNC is proposing to put a package liquor store in a the Kipusvik building, the former site of Swanson’s grocery store. Photo by Geraldine Brink / KYUK.

Bethel could see its first liquor store in four decades if the Bethel Native Corporation goes ahead with plans to open a package store and it clears regulatory hurdles. BNC President and CEO Ana Hoffman said via email that a wholly-owned subsidiary, Bethel Spirits, LLC is in the process of applying for a license to put a package liquor store in a portion of the Kipusvik facility. That’s the location vacated last week by the Swanson’s grocery store.

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Marie Meade - Photo Courtesy of Alaska Women's Hall  of Fame

Marie Meade – Photo Courtesy of Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame

Yukon Kuskokwim Delta elder, Marie Meade was inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame earlier this month for her achievements in Yup’ik language and culture education.
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