Greg Kim, KYUK - Bethel
Regulators and some community members fear that the illegal bingo and pulltab games could be drawing money away from nonprofits who rely on revenue from legal gambling. A moderator says it's a COVID-safe pastime that raises money for unofficial charities.
The state of Alaska already has agreements with tribes, but sponsors say without formally recognizing tribes as sovereign, those deals are on a broken foundation.
The district says it is working to bring back in-person school five days a week, but the major roadblock so far is that children under 16 years old aren't currently approved for the COVID-19 vaccine.
House lawmaker introduces bill changing definition of consent to better prosecute rape, sexual assault in Alaska
The bill would change the definition of consent to make it easier to convict people accused of rape. Statistics indicate that in 2015, more than 90% of the reported felony-level sex offenses did not result in a conviction.
The girl’s mother is planning to press charges against the neighbors who she says own the dogs and is calling on the city to put down the animals.
Around the same time that the Bethel fitness center reopened to fully vaccinated individuals, Kongiganak started allowing only fully vaccinated people into stores and businesses.
Two Yup’ik engineers are trying to push the Yugtun language into the future using technology. Their latest project opens the door for Yugtun autocorrect, grammar checkers and automatic subtitles on Yup’ik videos.
In a letter sent on April 1, CDVSA Executive Director Diane Casto wrote that Victims of Crimes Act funding would decrease by 34.6% from the previous year.
Bethel City Council took action in response to a Bethel woman’s protest regarding her sexual assault case. On Tuesday, the city council voted to hire an independent investigator to review the city’s response to reports of sexual assault.
A Bethel woman protested outside the Bethel courthouse in early March. She said that she was raped, and she wanted to draw attention to what she claimed was the criminal justice system’s slow response in investigating her case. The protest has ignited community dialogue on how local rape cases are handled, and if victims are receiving timely justice.
Stephanie Olrun told an officer that she “lost control” because her child wasn’t listening to her, according to a police affidavit.
A Bethel woman has been arrested for murder after her 2-year-old daughter died of traumatic injuries March 12.
Recent storms have battered the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta coast and dumped many feet of snow in various places. Some are saying this is more snow than they’ve seen in decades. Scientists say that heavy snowfall may become more common in Alaska in the future.
The Alaska Department of Transportation wants to pave a road that passes through a Native allotment owned by three Polk brothers.
Questions remain about technologies made by Elon Musk's company about whether the satellite internet service will work in inclement weather that is common in some parts of Alaska.
The pandemic has exacerbated the problem of limited and expensive connectivity in Western Alaska, and residents are hoping that infrastructure investments can bridge the digital divide.
For two best friends from the Y-K region, a one-two finish in the Kuskokwim 300 was especially sweet this year. Richie Diehl beat Pete Kaiser to Bethel by 43 minutes for his first ever K300 win.
On his thirteenth K300, Diehl got his his first win, set a new record and earned $25,500.