Francisco Martínezcuello, KYUK - Bethel


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.
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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.

Tuluksak water leak repaired after months without running water

June 30 was the first time in almost five months that Tuluksak residents did not have to haul water from the community water plant.

Troopers identify Yukon River body as missing Marshall woman

Kimberly Fitka O’Domin’s body was found about 30 miles upriver from Emmonak on June 27, but she wasn’t publicly identified until Thursday.
Bethel City Hall

City of Bethel to settle complaint from fired finance director

Bethel's city council approved settling with Duane Wright, who claimed that less than 20 percent of Bethel businesses pay proper sales taxes.

Many Alaskans were victims of internet crime last year. AI could make things worse.

The FBI says more than 1,600 Alaskans were victims of internet crime in 2022. They were disproportionately elderly and lost more than $17 million.

Scientist warns of heightened PSP toxins’ impact on Yukon salmon

Knik Tribe officials say the toxin which causes paralytic shellfish poisoning can also be found in parts of king salmon.
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Southwest Alaska confirms its first bird flu death of the season

It's the region's first reported bird flu death of the season.
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First Lady Jill Biden and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visit Bethel

The first lady's visit occurred just hours after her husband, President Joe Biden, made a refueling stop in Anchorage aboard Air Force One.
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Bethel radio station KYUK takes down old AM tower

After half a century of use, Bethel public radio station KYUK's AM transmitter tower came down on Thursday as part of a planned upgrade.
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Former Bethel mayor arrested on domestic assault, criminal mischief charges

Perry Leroy Barr pleaded not guilty in the Monday incident, during which he allegedly aimed a gun at his partner.

Bethel first responders get first rides in new Black Hawk helicopter

Bethel’s emergency responders took a ride in the helicopter, permanently stationed there to speed up search and rescue operations.

Tuluksak principal ‘very thankful’ as state steps in to help with ongoing water crisis

Staff now have a reliable vehicle to haul water from the local water plant to the school’s tanks, with repairs to the school's broken supply line pending.