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Napaskiak Tribal Administrator Sharon Williams in July, 2017. She says that Bethel's liquor store has led to an increase in alcohol-related deaths.
Katie Basile/KYUK

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.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is offering free flu vaccines in the hospital lobby Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Dean Swope/KYUK

A particularly nasty flu arrived in Bethel last week.

A car and a truck ran into each other on the ice road near Akiachak yesterday afternoon, Wednesday February 7, 2018.
Courtesy of MaryAnna Black

A car and a truck ran into each other on the ice road near Akiachak yesterday afternoon. There are reports that at least two people were medevaced to Anchorage following the accident, but the extent of injuries to both drivers and passengers has not been confirmed at this time. Troopers were on site, but have yet to issue a report on the details of the two-vehicle collision on the Kuskokwim.


The Yukon-Kuskokwim Ayagnirvik Healing Center provides substance abuse treatment for alcohol and opioid addiction in Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope / KYUK

On Monday, all smoking areas and ash cans will disappear from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation as the organization goes tobacco free. That means no tobacco use of any kind, including chewing tobacco, will be allowed for employees, patients, or visitors on YKHC grounds throughout the region. 

Money Rolls In For Bethel Family Clinic

Dec 20, 2017
Jehona Kadriu

More money is arriving to pay for the construction of the new Bethel Family Clinic building. This week, $400,000 was awarded by the Rasmuson Foundation for the project, joining another $300,000 from the M. J. Murdock Trust that was announced a few weeks ago. 

The Bethel Fire Department, joined by its community partners and sponsors, cuts the dedication ribbon for the Medic Six ambulance on December 15, 2017.
Benjamin Paul Anderson-Agimuk

Christmas arrived at the Bethel Fire Department in the form of a shiny new ambulance. On Friday, Bethel Fire Chief Bill Howell led a lunchtime dedication ceremony for the vehicle. The new addition, referred to as Medic Six, follows more than a year of fundraising. 

Joanne Evon collects cookies at the 24th Annual Christmas Cookie Extravaganza at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center on December 17, 2017.
Beverly Hoffman

Some people’s chance to swim in Bethel is funded by another person’s sweet tooth, and this weekend that fund just got bigger.

 Puppies in Kwethluk are prepped for vaccinations in July 2017.
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

Bethel Friends of Canines co-founder and president Joan Dewey is stepping down after leading the organization since its beginning in 2011. A press release from the nonprofit attributes the decision to “years of being overworked and overstressed.” During her tenure Dewey helped approximately 2,000 dogs and cats in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta find new homes.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation says that there is no public health risk associated with the recent death of a student who died following a wrestling tournament in Bethel. George Morgan Senior High School in Upper Kalskag identified the student as ninth-grader Katie Wooten. The school confirmed that Wooten died on Monday; the cause of death has not been disclosed.

Update 5:15 p.m. Tuesday: The cause of the death of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta student is still under investigation by the State Medical Examiner in Anchorage. Mitchell Forbes, the Public Information Officer with the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, says the Examiner completed the autopsy on the student Tuesday and is waiting on lab test results. YKHC will release more information as it becomes available. The Upper Kalskag school confirmed that one of their students, ninth-grader Katie Wooten, died on Monday.

Update 2:30 p.m. Tuesday: The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has issued the following statement on the recent death of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta student: "After working with the State Medical Examiner, YKHC does not recommend antibiotic treatment to anyone other than the immediate family of the deceased student and others who may have been in close contact. This means, unless you have been contacted by medical staff from YKHC, you do not need to visit the emergency room for treatment regarding this incident. More information will be released as it is available."