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Bravo Company landing in Bethel on Thursday. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Bravo Company landing in Bethel on Thursday. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

A new National Guard unit has been established in Bethel days after the Director of the National Guard visited the community and a nearby village last week.

It was the third time national leaders visited the community in the past half-year but the first time in recent that the Director of the National Guard, Timothy Kadavy, was among them.

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Bogus Creek 150 Jackie Larson poses with two of his race dogs. (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Bogus Creek 150 Jackie Larson poses with two of his race dogs. (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Jackie Larson and his dog team has won the Bogus Creek 150 for the second year in a row. Larson and his 10 winning dogs from last year ran past the finish line at 10:34 a.m., completing Larson’s fifth Bogus Creek 150 and winning his third championship title.
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The Robot Chics compete at this year's First Lego League competition, a Robotics tournament. (Photo courtesy  of Lower Kuskokwim School District)

The Robot Chics compete at this year’s First Lego League competition, a Robotics tournament. (Photo courtesy of Lower Kuskokwim School District)

One team from Gladys Jung and another from Tuntutuliak won the Bethel regional robotics tournament, earlier this month.

Nearly 70 students from across the delta participated in the First Lego League, an international robotics tournament. The goal is challenge students to hone their skillsets in science and tech fields.
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Breakup is slow at Napaskiak, May 10. Photo by Karl Edwards, DHS&EM

Breakup is slow at Napaskiak, May 10. Photo by Karl Edwards, DHS&EM

This article will be updated as more information develops.

A search and rescue is still underway for 26-year-old George Mute of Kongiganak. The search has expanded to include portions of the Kuskokwim River.
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The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium logo. Courtesy of ANTHC.

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium logo. Courtesy of ANTHC.

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium has received a nearly half a million-dollar grant to help reduce energy costs in some areas of Western Alaska, according to a press release earlier this morning.

The United States Department of Agriculture announced its plan to improve energy efficiency costs in remote rural areas in five states. Alaska is one of them.

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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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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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troopers, alaska state troopersAlaska State Troopers say two men were found dead in separate incidents this week in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region. Both appear to be boating-related accidents.
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An ancient smokehouse near the village of Napaskiak. Photo by Daysha Eaton

An ancient smokehouse near Napaskiak. – Photo by Daysha Eaton

It’s an annual tradition going back thousands of years for Yup’ik people living along the Kuskokwim river: fish camp. Each summer families relocate to catch, dry and smoke fish to sustain them through the long winter, the most coveted of which is the King Salmon. But fishing restrictions this year, have hit many families hard.

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James Charles discusses salmon management at the Yukon Kuskokwim Subsistence Regional Advisory Council meeting in Bethel. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

James Charles discusses salmon management at the Yukon Kuskokwim Subsistence Regional Advisory Council meeting in Bethel. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Yukon Kuskokwim Subsistence Regional Advisory Council on Monday pushed forward a recommendation to close fishing for king salmon to all but federally qualified subsistence users. They also moved to prioritize the allocation of any surplus to those who cut, dry, and smoke kings in the traditional way.

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