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The Yukon Kuskokwim Ayagnirvik Healing Center celebrated its opening on January 11, 2017.
Dean Swope / KYUK

The state government is gearing up for a major battle against the opioid epidemic sweeping through Alaska.

Andy Jones, the Section Chief for the state Department of Health and Social Services, is heading up a new statewide program to get the drug Naloxone, also known by its commercial name Narcan, into the hands of heroin users, no matter where they live, be it the cities or the bush.

Bethel Winter House Overwhelmed By Alcohol Issues

Jan 18, 2017
Dean Swope

It's been a busy time at the Bethel Winter House - too busy. The cold weather shelter for the homeless may not be able to hold up under the pressure of too many intoxicated people.   

Man Killed In Snowmachine Crash In Bethel

Jan 18, 2017
Katie Basile

A 28-year-old man was killed this weekend in Bethel during what police called a single snowmobile accident. 

James Charlie Sr., YKHC Honorary Board Member, and Gloria Simeon, YKHC Board Vice Chair, perform the ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening of the Yukon Kuskokwim Ayagnirvik Healing Center on January 11, 2017, surrounded by YKHC board members.
Dean Swope / KYUK

People in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta seeking treatment for alcohol addiction now have a newer, more spacious facility to help them. And with the new building, there is renewed hope for treating a disease that has long affected many lives in the region. The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation celebrated the opening of the Yukon Kuskokwim Ayagnirvik Healing Center on Wednesday.


Thin Ice Claims A Life Near Atmautluak

Jan 5, 2017
Adrian Wagner / KYUK

The body of Daniel Waska of Atmautluak was found on Wednesday. It is suspected that his snowmachine went through the ice as he was headed home earlier this week.

The Kuskokwim River, covered in standing water from recent warm weather, as seen from the Bethel seawall on January 3, 2016.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Stay off the river. That's the message from Bethel Search and Rescue President Mike Riley to Kuskokwim-area residents. Weeks of above freezing temperatures and rain have led to deep standing water and even a partial break up in some sections.


Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington

The rate of suicide and homicide in the Kusilvak Census Area, located along the lower Yukon River, more than doubled since 1980, a rate increase higher than anywhere else in the nation. That’s according to a study from the University of Washington which mapped how people in the U.S. died during those years. Their finding for the area is disturbing. To better understand it, KYUK talked with one of the study’s designers and with people in the region who are working to reverse this life-ending trend.


Katie Basile / KYUK

Standing alongside their families, five women were honored at a pinning ceremony Thursday night to celebrate their graduation from the University of Alaska Anchorage with an Associates Degree in Nursing.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The Kuskokwim Consortium Library is applying for a Jesuit Volunteer to help Bethel's homeless population seeking shelter from the winter cold.

James Barker

For most his life, local elder and traditional healer Paul Gregory roamed the tundra, gathering medicinal plants, subsisting, and mushing. Wednesday, after a funeral service at the Bethel Moravian Church, Gregory’s family and friends laid his body to rest in that tundra. Gregory died Saturday at the age of 85. KYUK went to the funeral and has this remembrance:


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