Bethel

Bethel Winter House logo. Courtesy of Bethel Winter House

Bethel Winter House logo. Courtesy of Bethel Winter House

Bethel Winter House was recently awarded a 29-thousand dollar grant from the state.

The money comes through the Community Initiative Matching Grant Program, during a time of unprecedented statewide budget cuts. This is the second year in a row the shelter has received a grant from the state. Read more →

A Bethel man faces a misdemeanor charge for wasting fish. Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK.

A Bethel man faces a misdemeanor charge for wasting fish. Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK.

A Bethel man is facing a misdemeanor charge for alleged waste of salmon.

According to court documents, authorities say 60-year-old Roger Thon threw 25 salmon into a Bethel dumpster on August 19th. Read more →

Senator Dan Sullivan visited  Bethel this week and met with several groups. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Senator Dan Sullivan visited Bethel this week and met with several groups. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Senator Dan Sullivan made his first trip to Bethel this week since being sworn into office in January. As the freshman senator sharpens his Washington game, he spoke about his first eight months in office and his vision for rural Alaska policy.

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The plane was recovered from an area of mudflats. Photo by Devin Kelly/Alaska Dispatch News.

The plane was recovered from an area of mudflats. Photo by Devin Kelly/Alaska Dispatch News.

UPDATED: 8/14, 10:20 a.m. – Alaska State Troopers have released more information about their investigation into what happened with an emergency phone they believe came from pilot Seth Fairbanks after his Supercub crashed into Cook Inlet around midnight August 6th. Troopers launched an investigation into the initial call after receiving scrutiny about the timeline of the call and response, says Trooper Spokesperson Megan Peters.
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Seth Fairbanks. Courtesy Facebook.

Seth Fairbanks. Courtesy Facebook.

It appears there was a delay when an emergency call came in from a plane crash on Knik Arm last week that is believed to have led to the deaths of two men from McGrath. Wednesday, the National Transportation Board released a preliminary report on their investigation into the crash. Alaska State Troopers are now trying figure out what went wrong with the 9-1-1 system.

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Gene Geisler. Courtesy of LinkedIn.

Gene Geisler. Courtesy of LinkedIn.

A former computer network manager at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is accused of possessing and distributing vast amounts of child pornography. An Anchorage grand jury on Wednesday indicted 38-year-old Gene Geisler on 76 counts of child pornography possession and distribution.

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Bethel voters will not have the option to go into local option this October and open a city-run store like Kotzebue, pictured above. Photo courtesy City of Kotzebue.

Bethel voters will not have the option to go into local option this October and open a city-run store like Kotzebue, pictured above. Photo courtesy City of Kotzebue.

There will not be a vote this October for Bethel to go into local option status and pursue opening a city-run liquor store. The Bethel City Council by a vote of five to one rejected sending the vote to citizens.

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Courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

Courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

UPDATED: 8/12, 12 p.m. – It appears there was a delay when an emergency call came in from a plane crash on Knik Arm last week that is believed to have led to the deaths of 29-year-old Seth Fairbanks and 23-year-old Anthony Hooper.

The 911 call at 11:54 p.m. last Thursday was first received by the Alaska State Troopers post in Bethel, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board. Fairbanks was standing on top of the airplane in the swift waters of Cook Inlet.
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This year brings changes to preschool in the Lower Kuskokwim School District. Image courtesy LKSD.

This year brings changes to preschool in the Lower Kuskokwim School District. Image courtesy LKSD.

Due to changes in funding, the Lower Kuskokwim School District is consolidating its Bethel preschool programs and could reorganize some village preschools.

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Seth Fairbanks. Courtesy Facebook.

Seth Fairbanks. Courtesy Facebook.

UPDATED 8/9, 7:50  p.m. – Alaska State Troopers have identified the missing pilot and passenger in the Knik Arm plane crash as 29-year-old Seth Fairbanks and 23-year-old Anthony Hooper, both of McGrath.

The Piper PA-18 Super Cub crashed Friday near Anchorage’s north border. Fairbanks grew up in Bethel and his parents still live there.

His father, Grant Fairbanks, says someone called 9-1-1 from the crash with his son’s cell phone.

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