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After eleven years of service, Bethel Family Clinic Executive Director LaTesia Guinn resigned on March 26, 2018.
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The executive director of Bethel Family Clinic abruptly resigned late last month. LaTesia Guinn stepped down on March 26 after serving as the clinic’s director for 11 years.

Eighteen packs of canned beer line the shelves at the opening of BNC's liquor store, Bethel Spirits, on Sept. 27, 2016.
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Bethel’s alcohol issues are a substantial part of the Alaska Alcohol Beverage Control Board’s agenda when it meets in Nome on Tuesday. The Board intends to review a listening session that was held by state officials in Bethel last month.

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The final test results for the botulism initially found in preliminary tests on a native salad dish sold at the Cama-i Festival two weeks ago are taking a bit longer than expected. That’s due to having to import laboratory mice.

 

GCI says that cellphone calls to landlines were not going through on Thursday morning due to equipment failure.
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A temporary outage knocked out Bethel’s 911 system for a short while on Thursday.

 

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has slowly taken over the state's role in approving travel for Medicaid care.
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Throw away any leftover Native Salad that you bought from the Cama-i Dance Festival. 

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation reports that a sample of the salad containing whale and whale oil has preliminarily tested positive for botulism. It will take at least a week for the Alaska State Public Health Lab to release confirmation.

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The annual Louis Bunyan Memorial Dance Festival happens this weekend in Hooper Bay. People will be snowmachining in from surrounding communities such as Chevak and Marshall to watch and experience the spring dancing. And this year, they're seeing something more: talking circles on sobriety. 


The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation urged residents with botulism symptoms to seek medical attention.
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An adult from Bethel might have contracted botulism from a "Native Salad" that they bought at the Cama-i Dance Festival last weekend. While the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation suspects that this is a botulism case, the diagnosis is still unconfirmed.


Chefornak’s Tribal Council President, Walter Lewis, is dead in an apparent snowmachine accident. A Medical Examiner report may help clarify what happened.

Governor Bill Walker signs HB 141 at Bethel's Yuut Elitnaurviat surrounded by high school students from the Kuskokwim Learning Academy on August 29, 2017.
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Updated Friday, March 9 at 6:00 p.m.: Inspired by the Napaskiak Tribal Council, the village of Marshall issued its own resolution Friday afternoon. Tribal council members urged Governor Walker to declare a state of emergency in their community, too.

Napaskiak Tribal Administrator Sharon Williams in July, 2017. She says that Bethel's liquor store has led to an increase in alcohol-related deaths.
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Napaskiak asked Governor Bill Walker to declare a state of emergency on Tuesday, following an increase in alcohol-related deaths in the village. According to tribal council members, Bethel's liquor store has disrupted village life so badly that it requires state and federal intervention.

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