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At a press conference in the Capitol, March 17, 2015, Gov. Bill Walker, I-Alaska, announces the introduction of a bill that would overhaul and expand Medicaid. Photo by Skip Gray/360 North

At a press conference in the Capitol, March 17, 2015, Gov. Bill Walker, I-Alaska, announces the introduction of a bill that would overhaul and expand Medicaid. Photo by Skip Gray/360 North

Alaska Governor Bill Walker made the announcement that he would be moving ahead with Medicaid expansion at the Alaska Native Tribal Healthcare Consortium in Anchorage, Thursday. He made the expansion by executive order.

“This is the final, this option for me. I’ve tried everything else. And one thing people have to learn about me, I never give up and I won’t give up, and it’s good for Alaskans,” said Walker.
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Photo Courtesy of Flickr user Ben K. Adams

Photo Courtesy of Flickr user Ben K. Adams

A burn ban that has been lifted for most of the state remains in affect for the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta region.

Fire officials say drought conditions have fire danger at high levels throughout the region and no burning or setting off fireworks will be allowed.
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Yute Air Logo. - Image Courtesy of Yute Air

Yute Air Logo. – Image Courtesy of Yute Air

This is a developing story.

Searchers have found the wreckage of the Yute Air plane that’s been missing since Saturday morning, but there’s still no word on the status of the pilot. A team Sunday evening spotted the Cessna 207 in the Kwethluk River. Lieutenant Colonel Candice Olmstead is with the Alaska National Guard. Read more →

Surveillance video shows the arrest on July 12, 2014. Screenshot from AC surveillance video.

Surveillance video shows the arrest on July 12, 2014. Screenshot from AC surveillance video.

The City of Bethel has settled with Wassillie Gregory, a man who was violently arrested by a Bethel Police Officer in 2014. Bill Ingaldson, an attorney hired by the City says the settlement was dispersed last week.
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Courtesy AST.

Courtesy AST.

Remains of a child found Sunday in Kotlik are believed to be that of a boy who went missing there last year, according to Alaska State Troopers.
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Nora Guinn Justice Complex, Bethel, AK

Nora Guinn Justice Complex, Bethel, AK

Prosecutor Chris Carpeneti has resigned from the Bethel District Attorney’s office. His resignation comes on the heels of the Walker Administration’s firing of Bethel District Attorney June Stein. Carpeneti had been tapped to be interim leader at the Bethel DA’s office after Stein’s departure.

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Kuskokwim at Bethel on 11/17.  Photo by Mark Leary.

Kuskokwim River at Bethel. Photo by Mark Leary.

As the Alaska Legislature wrestles with a 3.5 billion dollar budget deficit due to plummeting oil prices, communities around the state are bracing for the impacts. Upcoming budget cuts could wield a particularly brutal blow to one of the state’s most economically fragile areas, the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. In Bethel, where the main industries are government and non-profits, the cuts could have a wide reach.
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A new study by Alaska researchers says more, big, fall storms like one tracking across the Bering Sea toward Western Alaska are in the future for the Y-K Delta.

A new study theorizes that there could be more frequent and more violent storms accompanied by increased flooding and erosion in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta over the next 50 to 100 years due to climate change. The study by researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Alaska used remote sensing technology along with traditional knowledge and observations from local Native people.

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An Ice Yacht on the Hudson River. Photo Courtesy of Isaac Kestenbaum

An Ice Yacht on the Hudson River. Photo Courtesy of Isaac Kestenbaum

Multimedia producers are in Alaska gathering audio for a project called ‘Winters Past’. Their first stop was in Bethel where they’re talking with elders about how they’ve seen the climate change in their lifetime.

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Leaders at the AVCP Convention head table in at Bethel's Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center Tuesday. Photo by Dean wope.

Leaders at the AVCP Convention head table in at Bethel’s Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center Tuesday. Photo by Dean Swope.

Leaders from around the state gathered in Bethel Tuesday for the 50th Annual Association of Village Council Presidents Convention. Dignitaries and political leaders from across the state attended.

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