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Rural Health Aides have a long, successful history of improving access to health care in Alaska. Now, dental a program based on that model is improving oral care in the YK Delta. The Dental Health Aide Therapist program was controversial when it started a decade ago, but a new study suggests that smiles have gotten healthier, cleaner, and toothier in villages where it’s appeared. 


Update: The Red Cross is also providing assistance. Individuals who have been displaced by a fire can contact the Red Cross disaster team 24 hours at 907-646-5400.

A child is dead and a family’s belongings destroyed after a house fire in Toksook Bay on Saturday.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Only piles of charred rubble remain of an unoccupied house that burned in Bethel this weekend. The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.


Katie Basile / KYUK

Fitness is no longer taking a day off.

Babies in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are hospitalized for pneumonia 10 times more often than in other parts of the United States. Now, tribal health organizations are partnering with the Alaska Native Medical Center to tackle the problem.

Two girls in Kwethluk wait with a puppy at the local fire station, where three vets from the non-profit Alaskia Native Rural Veterinary were working for the day.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

On a hot morning in Kwethluk, Brian Nicolai walked slowly down the road. Seven small, dusty puppies were scrambling after him.


Ashley Jerry is a hard working water delivery driver for the city. Most days Jerry is saddled with 30 to 50 deliveries. Sometimes that means that she has to skip her lunch break to make sure the people of Bethel get their water.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Over the coming months and the next year, Bethel will be facing some tough choices on how to cut down on the weight of its water and sewer trucks. Last month, KYUK rode along on a typical day, pre-weight restrictions, with one of the city's water delivery drivers.

 

 


New Program Plans To Fight Teen Homelessness In Bethel

Jul 21, 2017

A new program in Bethel is planning to fight homelessness among teenagers and young adults in the community.

Bethel Mourns Maro's Passing: A Fond Remembrance

Jul 14, 2017
Katie Basile / KYUK

Earlier this month, Bethel lost one of its true gems; owner of the beloved Dimitri’s Restaurant, Maro Kargas died in Cyprus surrounded by family on July 5. As Bethel mourns Maro’s passing, here is a fond remembrance from Bethel’s own Vicki Malone.

 

 


Courtesy of the Alaska Department of Law

This story was written by Dan Bross at KUAC in Fairbanks.

Former Bethel and Fairbanks District Attorney J. Michael "Mike" Gray was killed in motorcycle accident in the Yukon Territory. 

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