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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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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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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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Jackie Larson with one of his dogs at the Bogus Creek 150 finish line in Bethel.

Jackie Larson with dog. – Photo by Chris Pike

Jackie Larson won his second Bogus Creek 150 Saturday morning, crossing the finish line in Bethel at 10:54 a.m. with eight dogs. Led by Bessie and Lightening, the Napaskiak musher beat out Lewis Pavilla running the team from Max Olick’s Bad River Kennel.

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Musher Lance Mackey files paperwork with K300 Race Manager, Zack Fansler Thursday. - Photo by Dean Swope

Musher Lance Mackey files paperwork with K300 Race Manager, Zack Fansler Thursday. – Photo by Dean Swope

25 mushers are set to race from Bethel to Aniak and back in the 36th running of the Kuskokwim 300. After a couple winter warmups, and little snow, this year’s trail follows the truck road on the river almost exclusively to Aniak and back, cutting out the loop near Whitefish Lake.

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Bethel musher Pete Kaiser. Photo by KYUK

KYUK is profiling local mushers leading up to this year’s Kuskokwim 300. Bethel’s Pete Kaiser has been prepping for the Kuskokwim 300 in Nenana for the last two months, where he said he was able to have uninterrupted training.

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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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