Charles Enoch

Clinic Opens in Chevak

by Charles Enoch on January 28, 2015

The new clinic in Chevak. Courtesy of YKHC

The new clinic in Chevak. Courtesy of YKHC

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is having a grand opening for a clinic in Chevak today.

The 3.1 million dollar building replaces the old clinic, which YKHC officials say was undersized and not energy efficient. Construction began in the fall of 2013 and was completed last year.
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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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The Alaska State Troopers badge. Courtesy of AST

The Alaska State Troopers badge. Courtesy of AST

Alaska State Troopers are looking for a Kwethluk man, 67-year-old Andrew Andrew, who was last seen traveling on foot in the community Friday afternoon.  Troopers, in a dispatch, write that Andrew has cognitive issues related to old age.
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The view of Bethel from the upriver trail. Photo by Oscar Chaney

The view of Bethel from the upriver trail. Photo by Oscar Chaney

Bethel Search and Rescue officials say the warm weather is melting the frozen Kuskokwim River, and they’re warning travelers to use caution.
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Icy conditions in Bethel cancelled schools both Thursday and Friday. - Photo by Dean Swope

Icy conditions in Bethel cancelled schools both Thursday and Friday. – Photo by Dean Swope

National Weather Service officials say Bethel got the worst of the freezing rain that began Wednesday evening and continued this morning. A freezing rain advisory was in effect until 9:00 a.m. this morning.

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The Newly Erected GCI Cellular Tower on Ptarmigan Street. --Courtesy of GCI

The Newly erected GCI Cellular Tower on Ptarmigan Street. Courtesy of GCI

GCI recently announced 3G service is up and running in villages near Bethel. GCI Vice President David Morris said Tuluksak, Kwethluk, Akiak, Akiachak, Kasigluk, Nunapitchuk, Atmautluk, Napakiak, Napaskiak, and Oscarville are now using the faster and more reliable cell phone service.
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An altar boy spins a star at Father Elia's apartment. Photo by Trim Nick

An altar boy spins a star at Father Elia’s apartment. Photo by Trim Nick

People in Southwestern Alaska have been celebrating Slaaviq for as long as anyone can remember. The 150-year-old tradition incorporating Yup’ik Alaska Native rituals is unique to the region.
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The Saint Sophia Orthodox Church in Bethel. Photo by Charles/KYUK

The Saint Sophia Orthodox Church in Bethel. Photo by Charles Enoch

Orthodox Christians in Bethel, along with over two hundred million people around the world, are celebrating Slaaviq.
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Bethel Police Department logo. Courtesy of BPD

Bethel Police Department logo. Courtesy of BPD

Three Bethel buildings were broken into over the weekend: the Association of Village Council Presidents, Grant Aviation and the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation were all hit according to the Bethel Police Department.

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Frozen Kuskokwim River at Bethel, December 2014. Photo by Daysha Eaton.

Frozen Kuskokwim River at Bethel, December 2014. Photo by Daysha Eaton.

As holiday travelers take to their snowmachines Bethel Search and Rescue says there are trails marked with stakes and reflective tape from Bethel to some nearby villages where the ice is thick enough to support cars and trucks. There are still hazards, and they emphasize that travelers should stay on the marked trails.
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