Francisco Martínezcuello, KYUK - Bethel

Francisco Martínezcuello, KYUK - Bethel

Kasigluk man dies after setting fire in jail holding cell

Troopers say Kyle V. White, 36, was intoxicated and being held at a tribal jail Tuesday when he used a lighter to ignite his mattress.
Bethel Police Department headquarters

Reopened case in Bethel woman’s 2021 death leaves ‘more questions than answers’

Bethel police say a new examination of Nikki Taylor's death two years ago found more than a dozen "points of contention" with initial findings.
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Wells Fargo workers in Bethel withdraw union petition as colleagues move to unionize

The Bethel branch workers' withdrawal of their petition came the same day that staff in Albuquerque, N.M. voted to form a union.

Operation Santa Claus delivers Christmas gifts to Tuluksak

The Alaska National Guard’s annual community outreach program, Operation Santa Claus, is in its 68th year. Through the program, Mr. and Mrs. Claus and some of their helper elves bring Christmas cheer to communities off the road system.
Leonard "Pete" Hicks

Bethel police chief resigns after a year on duty

Leonard "Pete" Hicks' letter, effective Jan. 1, cited "internal and external interference and challenges" that hindered efforts to maintain discipline.
a Wells Fargo bank

Wells Fargo branch in Bethel files for unprecedented union elections

Employees at Bethel’s Wells Fargo, along with a branch in Albuquerque, N.M., filed paperwork to form a new union on Nov. 20.
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Between flights to Tuluksak, Operation Santa Claus turned into a rescue mission

An Alaska Army National Guard helicopter's flight bringing Christmas presents to Tuluksak was diverted to a Napaskiak medevac Wednesday.
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4 people accused of trying to smuggle drugs into Bethel prison

Troopers say two packages thrown over the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center's fence contained suboxone and methamphetamine.
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Family of Marshall woman found dead on the Yukon River keeps her story alive at AFN

The family of Kimberly Fitka O’Domin made an impromptu appearance at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention, saying she was murdered.
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Wave of Western Alaska boating incidents leaves 4 dead, 2 missing

Kelly Coopchiak, 25, and Alexander Henry, 31, remain missing after the four incidents. Four other boaters are dead, with two more rescued.
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2 Nulato residents found dead in apparent Yukon River boating accident

Troopers say the bodies of Arlene Ivanoff, 55, and Fredrick Stickman, 37, were found Friday near their boat in the Yukon River.

Scientists found fewer positive cases of bird flu in Alaska this year

State and federal officials are reporting that the number of bird flu cases, particularly the highly pathogenic kind, are continuing to trend downwards.
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Hundreds gather in Bethel to pay their respects to the Peltola family

“Well, Buzzy has filled the bleachers in this gym once again,” Ana Hoffman said to the crowd.
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Alaska’s congresswoman is thankful for the overwhelming support she has received

"To everyone who has reached out, from Alaska to D.C. and everywhere in between, thank you," said U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola's chief of staff. "You have made a dark time just a little lighter.”
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Eugene ‘Buzzy’ Peltola Jr. remembered for his humor, public service and commitment to family

Eugene "Buzzy" Peltola Jr. was an avid sport hunter and fisherman who turned his love for subsistence harvesting into years of public service.
a veteran

Feds will visit Western Alaska to offer Native Vietnam-era veterans land

Alaska Natives who served during the Vietnam War era, as well as their heirs, can claim up to 160 of the 29.5 million acres available.
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After burying Marshall mother, friends and family ask why it took so long to find her

Kimberly Fitka O’Domin was buried in early August, almost two months after she went missing.
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Man charged with murder after Alakanuk fight ends in shooting

Josiah Chikigak, 19, is charged with shooting 20-year-old Kobe Cook to death on Tuesday as he fought with another man.
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Marshall’s tribal president speaks on the cultural toll of the Yukon River salmon crash

Salmon runs on the Yukon River have been dwindling for years, and the loss of commercial and subsistence fishing has hit communities hard.
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Child killed in Mountain Village gunplay shooting

Alaska State Troopers said no criminal charges will be filed, after one child accidentally shot another Sunday morning.