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Remembering 911

Bethel Firefighter Clyde Erickson stands in memory of the 343 firefighters that perished in the line of duty on September 11th, 2001. Behind him are 343 flags representing those firefighter/first responders that died while answering […]

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Northern wheatears now on remarkable journey

by Ned Rozell Birds that spent their summer next to muskoxen are now leaving Alaska to spend winter with zebras. Northern wheatears are robin-size songbirds with tan bodies and handsome black eyebands. Wheatears are now […]

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Fall Public Safety Training Academy Commences

by Dept. of Public Safety The Alaska Law Enforcement Training (ALET) Academy’s second session of the year began Sunday, July 28, with the enrollment of 39 recruits representing police agencies. The class includes 15 Alaska […]

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K9 officer assists in drug arrest

The Alaska State Troopers’ Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit in Ketchikan with the assistance of K-9 Misty, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Ketchikan Police Department arrested Christian Mathers (age 21 of Ketchikan) for […]

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Southwest Alaska Area Fire Updates

by AK Fire Info July 23 Southwest Alaska Area firefighters are taking action to protect several Native Alaskan Allotments threatened by area fires. Allotments are parcels of land up to 160 acres in size, designated […]

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STOP Act would prohibit exporting sacred Native items

July 18, 2019: U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) reintroduced the bipartisan Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act, a bill to prohibit the exporting of sacred Native American items and increase […]

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How Do They Do It?

by the Alaska Division of Forestry A Closer Look At The Fixed-Wing Ramp and Fuelers in McGrath. Fixed-wing aircraft is invaluable when firefighters mobilize and demobilize to and from incidents across Southwest Alaska. Helicopters pluck firefighters […]

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Kuskokwim subsistence fishery announcement

This is an announcement from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Bethel for subsistence fishermen in the Kuskokwim Area. The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group were informed of these management actions. Kuskokwim […]

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Southwest Alaska Area Fire Information Update

by the Alaska Division of Forestry July 21st, 2019: There are 143 firefighters staffing four fires in Alaska’s Southwest Area. Crews remain in place to defend the Donlin Mine, the Nixon Mine, the community of […]

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Southwest Area Wildfire Update: More new lightning-caused fires; firefighters protecting two gold mines including Donlin, one village, cabins and allotments

by Alaska Division of Forestry July 13, 2019: Eleven new lightning-caused fires were discovered in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area on Friday and more new fires are anticipated as a result of thousands […]

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Congressman Young files for Re-Election

Today (June 28th, 2019), Alaska Congressman Don Young released the following statement after he filed for re-election to a 25th term as Alaska’s sole member of the U.S. House of Representatives: “Next week, our nation […]

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FNBA wins award

For the fourth year running, readers of Alaska Business magazine have chosen First National Bank Alaska as the Best Place to Work in the publication’s annual Best of Alaska Business (BOAB) Awards. “First National’s mission […]

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Human remains found

Troopers received a report from a citizen hiking the Pioneer Peak Trail near Palmer of found human remains on 6/29/19 at approximately 1129 hours. Recovery efforts are currently underway and positive ID of the remains […]

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Remains found

Bethel AST was notified of human remains floating in the river near Napakiak on 06/21/19 at approximately 1700 hours. Bethel AST responded to the area and recovered the remains and sent them to the State […]

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Another three Gray Whales are found deceased

by NOAA Staff June 20, 2019: NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region has received reports of three additional dead gray whales, bringing the number of gray whale mortalities in Alaska to ten. The confirmed gray whale reports […]

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Eek resident Olivia Muntz studies conservation in India

Eek, Alaska resident Olivia Muntz, a current master’s student in the Global Field Program from Miami University’s Project Dragonfly, will travel to India. Muntz will study the ecological, cultural and spiritual landscapes of the Western […]

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Village and Doyon Land Maps Available

Under the provisions of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), Doyon, Limited will receive approximately 12.5 million acres of land across Interior Alaska. To date, Doyon has received title to over 11.5 million acres, […]

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Ruddy ducks among many moving northward

by Ned Rozell Every spring, millions of ducks touch down on Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, a spread of muskeg and dark water the size of Maryland. These days, more ruddy ducks seem to be […]

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Bolt the therapy dog breaks Alaska ice

by David Bedard JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — When Bolt, a honey-colored golden retriever, saunters into a 176th Wing office suite, he’s greeted like a star quarterback or a local celebrity. Because wing Airmen vie […]

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Missing person found

Chevak Search and Rescue notified State Troopers a body was located mostly covered in snow two miles from Chevak towards Hooper Bay on 5/12/19, at approximately 2145 hrs. Troopers responded to the scene. The remains […]

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Legislators create VPSO Working Group

Senate President Cathy Giessel and House Speaker Bryce Edgmon have announced the creation of the Village Public Safety Officer working group. Presiding officers of the House and Senate, Giessel and Edgmon, made the announcement via […]

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University of Alaska and Ravn Air Group announce nation’s first Aviation Degree & Airline Pilot Employment Program

The University of Alaska, Anchorage (“UAA”) and Ravn Air Group (“Ravn”), Alaska’s largest regional airline, today (April 17th, 2019) announced the launch of the country’s first-ever program that allows students to simultaneously complete their aviation […]

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Operating budget on Senate Floor

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Happy Friday, This week in Senate Finance I got an amendment passed on the operating budget to add an additional $825,000 to UAF to add a permanent full-time position for the […]

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Day 102nd of the Legislative Session

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Good morning, We are on day 102nd. This week, the Senate Finance Committee is working on their FY20 budget recommendations to put before the full Senate for consideration. Many of you […]

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Alaska Senate urges railroad crossing through Canada

The Alaska Senate today (April 15, 2019) unanimously voted for a resolution urging the U.S. to issue a presidential permit allowing a railroad crossing between Alaska and Canada. “A railroad connecting Alaska to Alberta would […]

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Governor Dunleavy refuses to work with Alaska Tribes

by Native People’s Action, Inc. Dunleavy administration declining multiple requests for consultation and establishment of government-to-government relations. During Governor Dunleavy’s few months in office, he and his administration have already set an alarming precedent by […]

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Doyon 2019 Board Election Results

At the 2019 Doyon, Limited annual meeting of shareholders held on March 15, 2019 in Fairbanks, four shareholders were elected to the board of directors. Incumbents Jerry Isaac, Sonta Hamilton-Roach and Miranda Wright were joined […]

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Eskimo Ninja visits Bethel

GCI hosted a pool party featuring Nick Hanson, the American Eskimo Ninja Warrior as a way to say “thank you” to its Bethel customers on Thursday afternoon, April 11. The pool party was held at […]

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Local star honored

Every year the Alaska Hotel and Lodging Association recognizes the best and brightest associates in their field in the hotel and lodging industry throughout Alaska. On Saturday, March 30, 2019, the industry recognized Christina Hill […]

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BRHS to host AASG Spring Conference

The AASG (Alaska Association of Student Governments) 2019 Spring Conference will be held April 11-13, 2019 at Bethel Regional High School. The theme of our upcoming Spring conference is “Forefront of the Last Frontier.” According […]

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AVCP objects to the Governor’s budget proposal

by Azara Mohmmadi The Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP) Executive Board passed a resolution on March 1, 2019, objecting to Governor Dunleavy’s proposed 2020 budget. In a special telephonic meeting, the Board asserted that […]

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Senate Finance Committee had a productive week

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Hello- Day 67, week 9 of the 31st legislature. Senate Finance had a productive week, on Monday the Finance committee received an update of the Spring Revenue Forecast from Commissioner Tangeman. […]

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2019 Kuskokwim Ice Classic underway

by BCSF Staff The Kuskokwim Ice Classic committee is pleased to announce that 2019 Ice Classic tickets are now on sale! We look forward to another exciting Kusko Ice Classic season and thank all of […]

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1A State Basketball Awards

Girls 1st: King Cove Rookies 2nd: Tri-Valley 3rd: Klawock Chieftains 4th: Buckland Sissuani 5th: St. Mary’s Eagles Sportsmanship: Kake Thunderbirds Academic Award: Nunamiut Wolves, 3.83 GPA All Tournament Team Elaina Mack, King Cove Elizabeth Fefalov, […]

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Drug-sniffing K9 assists in arrest

Alaska State Troopers with the Parks Highway Team contacted occupants of a vehicle in a pullout near mile post 269 of the Parks Hwy near Healy on 3/1/2019, at 1956 hours. AST realized something was […]

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Hotel mold whistleblower case

Administrative Hearing for fired worker continues: Day 4 Anchorage On Tuesday February 19, the National Labor Relations Board began an administrative hearing at the Nesbett Courthouse which is now stretching into day 4. It continues […]

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GCI donates to ASAA and NYO

by GCI Staff GCI announced (Feb. 14th, 2019) the recipients of its 2019 philanthropy campaign – 12 nonprofit organizations that work to improve the lives of Alaskans across the state, including the Alaska School Activities […]

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2019 Alaska State Archery Results

The Bethel Schools Archery team competed against 17 other Alaskan schools in the State tournaments this year. They competed in the Bullseye and 3D competition. Winning state championship honors were the Elementary and High School […]

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Senate District S Legislative Update

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Hello Friends, Congratulation to Representative Bryce Edgmon of Dillingham for his election to his second term as Speaker of the House! We are finishing week five with Governor Dunleavy submitting his […]

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Calista statement on the passing of Director

Calista Corporation sends our thoughts and prayers to Director Leslie Hunter Sr.’s family. Leslie served on the Calista Board since 2014 and lived a productive life providing for his family. He studied engineering, earned a […]

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Misconduct involving a controlled substance

Alaska State Troopers contacted Kaylena Charlie, age 23 of Minto, AK, and Lethearen Jimmie, age 20 of Fairbanks, AK, smoking THC (marijuana) concentrates at the front door of the Nenana School (with “No Smoking” signs […]

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BCSF Announces 2019 Give+Get Drawing

by BCSF Staff Bethel Community Services Foundation (BCSF) announces that the fifth annual Give+Get Drawing in 2019 will reward two lucky donors who choose to Pick.Click.Give. to a Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta-based nonprofit. The first-place winner will […]

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Senate District S Update

Sby Senator Lyman Hoffman Good morning, It is the end of week two and the Senate Finance Committee is rolling along. This week the committee reviewed John Quick, Commissioner designee for the Department of Administration. […]

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Senator Hoffman’s Legislative Update

by Sen. Lyman Hoffman Good morning Family and Friends, On Tuesday, the 31st Alaska State Legislature convened. As a member of the Senate Majority, I have been assigned the following committees: Senate Finance, Community and […]

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A Church in the Night

by Brad Cole On the horizon a bright round moon rose up into the sky, out of the snowy trees as though the forest had given birth to it. It was a beautiful winter world […]

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Remains of missing man found

Officers from the Bethel Police Department responded in the area behind the Uivik Subdivision in Bethel, Alaska on a report that someone found a deceased male on the tundra on January 15, 2019, at approximately […]

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A Celebration of Christmas

Ethan Cooke (at left) and Avery Hoffman of Bethel are the banner and star carriers for the St. Sophia Russian Orthodox Church during last week’s Slaaviq caroling at the Lulu Heron apartments. The carolers sang […]

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Massive impact crater discovered in Greenland

by UAF Research Staff An international team including a researcher from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute has discovered a 31-kilometer-wide meteorite impact crater buried beneath northern Greenland’s ice sheet. This is the first […]

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Governor Walker issues disaster declaration

Governor Walker issued a verbal disaster declaration in response to yesterday’s 7.0 earthquake that shook southcentral Alaska at 8:29am. At Governor Walker’s request, President Trump issued a Federal Emergency Declaration to assist local, state, and […]

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AIDEA Board approves dividend

The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) Board at its meeting Wednesday in Anchorage approved a dividend of $10,285,000 to the state general fund for Fiscal Year 2020. “We are very happy to announce […]

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Fuel-Tanker driver pleads guilty to oil pollution

On October 22, 2018, 52-year-old Louis Nations pled guilty to oil pollution, a violation of Alaska’s environmental laws. Magistrate Judge Kay Adams presided over the hearing. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s (ADEC) Environmental Crimes […]

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2017 Fire in Alaska Report Released

There were 19 fire deaths in Alaska in 2017, a 6% increase from the previous year. Of those deaths, six were children under the age of 10. Additionally, juvenile firesetters were responsible for igniting 22% […]

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Muskox transported from Greenland to Alaska

by Ned Rozell Leaving cloven hoofprints from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, more than 3,500 muskoxen live in Alaska. All of those shaggy, curly-horned beasts came from one group of muskoxen […]

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The Salmon State: “Surfing the salmon wave” in Bristol Bay Habitat diversity produces salmon diversity — and well-nourished predators

by Mary Catharine Martin By mid-August Bristol Bay’s river systems are choked with fish, but early July, when most of the bay’s sockeye salmon are fighting their way in from the sea, is another story. […]