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Eight sign up for City Council election

The Bethel regular election will be held October 3rd, 2017. There are eight city council candidates on the ballot – Bradon Brink, Mitchell Forbes, Stanley (Tundy) Rodgers, R. Thor Williams, and incumbents Leif Albertson, Richard […]

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Yukon Drift Fishing

Basil Larson and his brother Paul “Bam” Larson went fishing on August 16th, 2017. They fished a 5-minute drift across of Russian Mission, Alaska. They caught over 100 fall chum making it an awesomely successful […]

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Osage Drive Fire

The Bethel Fire Department was dispatched to the report of a structure fire at 210 Osage Drive on 08/11/2017 at 11:02 p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters observed heavy fire and smoke conditions. Multiple hose lines were […]

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Sudan Gala set for August 24th

by Kate McWilliams Bethel, mark your calendars! Next Thursday, August 24th, will be the Annual South Sudan Gala. This event supports the efforts of Bethel physician, Dr. Jill Seaman, who splits her time between YKHC […]

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Fire destroys abandonded house in Bethel

Firefighters spray water onto the blaze while keeping the perimeter safe during the early morning of Saturday, August 12th, 2017. The fire had started a couple hours earlier at 220 Osage Avenue. Reports from neighbors […]

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Bethel has new interim police chief

A conditional offer was given to Burke Waldron who will start work as an interim PD Chief effective August 1st, 2017. The offer was given back on June 23rd, 2017 which Waldron accepted on June […]

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For Sale

  Hitzer Amish built woodstoves. JHMW Plastic sled runners. 543-2379. (11)(3/1-cnx) FOR SALE 300 Gallon Plastic Water Tanks in stock. Call Shorty at Shorty’s Shop for pricing. 543-3158 or 545-3157 (19)(9/18-cnx) 18’ SSV Lund with […]

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4-H Summer Program a success

by Ronda Sargent The local 4-H summer program has been a great success in this year. Thank you to a great staff, volunteers and programs sponsors. Our program sponsors this year are the City of […]

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Tundra Salmonberries

Courtney Tobeluk of Nunapitchuk helped her mom Nicole pick a bucketful of salmonberries on the Fourth of July. She said she wanted a picture with their beautiful berries. Photo by Nicole Stephanie Tobeluk

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Pete & David exchange wedding vows

O Happy Day! Joe Pete and his beautiful bride Kathleen David, both of Bethel, were wedded in holy matrimony at the United Pentecostal Church last Sunday, June 18, 2017. The wedding party included Best Man […]

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Legislature agrees to Operating Budget

by Rep. Zach Fansler June 23, 2017: Dear Neighbors, Last night the Alaska State Legislature passed an operating budget, HB 57, which successfully averts the State Government from entering a shutdown at the end of […]

Heard it in the Steam House

Bethel Spirits to open

by Ana Hoffman Bethel Spirits will open on June 27, 2017 at the 750 Front Street location in Bethel. The package store will operate 8 hours a day, five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday. […]

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Public nuisance abatement code amendments postponed

An ordinance that would amend the Bethel Municipal Code’s section pertaining to public nuisance abatement, penalties and remedies has been postponed per the request of council during their June 13th regular meeting. Ordinance 17-23 was […]

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ONC mourns loss of colleague, friend

by the Orutsararmiut Native Council Orutsararmiut Native Council is saddened to learn of the death of a colleague, friend and employee. Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers are with his wife; Josie and his children. […]

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Special Session Update

by Rep. Zach Fansler May 24, 2017 Dear Friends, The Legislature has begun a special session by an order from Governor Walker. During a special session the Legislature focuses specifically on items in the order […]

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Bethel District Court Vacancy Filling postponed

The Alaska Judicial Council previously announced that it would meet in August to make nominations to the Governor for the Bethel District Court Judge vacancy created by the appointment of Bethel District Court Judge Nathaniel […]

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BNC 43rd Shareholders Meeting

by Ana Hoffman Bethel Native Corporation is a for-profit village corporation formed under ANCSA. On May 6, 2017 the forty-third annual shareholders meeting was held in Bethel. At this meeting, shareholders re-elected directors A. Louise […]

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APSC addresses possession, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana by officers

by Dept. of Public Safety staff In February of 2015, following the legalization of recreational marijuana in Alaska, the Alaska Police Standards Council (APSC) examined the applicable state regulations prohibiting certified police, correction, probation/parole, and […]

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On the Censure of Rep. David Eastman

by Rep. Bryce Edgmon Many of you are probably already aware that the House took a historic step on Thursday in censuring Representative David Eastman (R-Wasilla). I owe it to my constituents to say something […]

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Dates set for 2018 K300 Sled Dog Race

The K300 Committee is proud to announce the 39th Kuskokwim 300 will begin Friday January 19, 2018 and will run through Monday January 22, 2018. The Bogus Creek 150 will begin Friday, January 19th and […]

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A Time for Action

by Rep. Zach Fansler April 27th, 2017 Dear Friends, Although the house has passed its comprehensive fiscal plan, the work in other areas continues. I want to bring attention to a few items in order […]

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Lieb claims gold at U.S. Open Kids/Cadets tournament

by Tommy Wells Hayden Lieb added another impressive note to his wrestling resume last weekend by turning in a stellar performance at the 2017 U.S. Open Kids/Cadets tournament. The Bethel Regional High School standout turned […]

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Hold on to your Dogs, the Birds are Back

From lanky sandhill cranes to petite red-necked phalaropes, migratory birds are appearing statewide in ever-increasing numbers, adding life to Alaska’s skies and cacophonies of sound to marshes, coasts, and streams. The birds’ arrival is a […]

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Should I Try This Drug?

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I have been hearing a lot about the benefits of smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes and for just the sheer enjoyment of it. I’ve gotten the impression that it really […]

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Springer fills Hoffman’s former seat on council

The Bethel City Council appointed Mark Springer to fill the vacant seat left by former council member Nikki Hoffman. Hoffman resigned after having her baby last month. Councilman Springer took his oath of office during […]

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Newly Ordained

Frank Chingliak of Goodnews Bay (center) was consecrated as a Bishop of the Alaska Moravian Church on April 23rd, 2017. To his left is Sam Gray and on his right is Lincoln Enoch.

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Kuskokwim Ice Classic Second Chance

by BCSF Staff The tripod is about to move! Wish you had a closer guess? New this year, the Kuskokwim Ice Classic is offering a second guessing opportunity in addition to the regular Ice Classic […]

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The Last Mile

by Rep. Zach Fansler April 14, 2017 Dear Friends, Spring weather has arrived in Juneau and the 90th day of the regular session will be here tomorrow. I am proud to say the State House […]

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Easter Egg Hunt Bike Winner

Bike Winner: Nevah Valadez found the egg that won her a bike at the annual Easter Egg Hunt sponored by the Bethel Lions Club. With her is her dad Joey and the Lions Club Lion […]

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For Sale

  Hitzer Amish built woodstoves. JHMW Plastic sled runners. 543-2379. (11)(3/1-cnx) FOR SALE 300 Gallon Plastic Water Tanks in stock. Call Shorty at Shorty’s Shop for pricing. 543-3158 or 545-3157 (19)(9/18-cnx) 18’ SSV Lund with […]

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GCI donates to BSAR, helps support emergency services

GCI presented the Bethel Search and Rescue with a $5,000 donation yesterday, which will help support the organization’s life-saving search and rescue missions in Bethel and surrounding villages. “Bethel Search and Rescue works tirelessly to […]

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Muskoxen harmed by poachers

On 4/2/17 a report was received about multiple musk ox which had been shot near a snowmachine trail between the Bethel dump and Akiachak. According to the complainant, one cow musk ox was dead, and […]

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Trapper of the Year accolades

Jaimie Kassman of Bethel was named as the Fabian Carey Trapper of the Year during the Alaska Trappers Association’s annual banquet in Fairbanks on March 18. Kassman runs a treatment center for troubled teens in […]

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Dancing for Cama-i

The Cree Indian Running Thunder Dancers from Canada was one of the troupes that performed at the 2017 Cama-i Dance Festival. A variety of groups shared their traditional dances and culture at the 3-day event […]

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Simon crowned Miss Cama-i 2017

by K.J. Lincoln Regina Pingayak-Simon of Chevak is the new Miss Cama-i for 2017. She was crowned on Saturday night during the Cama-i Festival after a day of cultural pageantry. Passing on the title was […]

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Fur fashion showcased at Cama-i

by K.J. Lincoln Fans enjoyed the Fur Fashion Show at Cama-i this year, which has made it’s way back to the stage after many years courtesy of the Kuskokwim Campus and interested community members. The […]

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2017 State Archery Tournament Results

by Rafe Johnson The Bethel Schools Archery Team competed against 26 teams and 533 archers this past week to determine State Champion and National Qualifiers. Below are the individual and team results from the tournament. […]

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Experienced Lady Warriors claim 4th at state

by Tommy Wells When the Grace Christian Lady Grizzlies began chipping away at the Bethel Regional High School Lady Warriors’ lead late in the fourth quarter on Saturday morning in the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, […]

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Nunaniryuum Nalliini – A Time of Joy

Two young Eskimo dancers with the Yurartet group of Bethel perform during last year’s Cama-i Festival. The Bethel Council on the Arts will be hosting the event again this weekend, March 31-April 2 featuring traditional […]

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Senate District S Update

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Greetings – We are on day 67 of a 90-day session. The House has almost finished their work on their version of the FY18 Operating budget and we expect them to […]

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March Madness

by Rep. Zach Fansler Dear Friends, While basketball March Madness goes on around the state (and Nation!) the legislature is also in the midst of our own “march madness” working on the budget, advancing legislation, […]

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For Sale

  Hitzer Amish built woodstoves. JHMW Plastic sled runners. 543-2379. (11)(3/1-cnx) FOR SALE 300 Gallon Plastic Water Tanks in stock. Call Shorty at Shorty’s Shop for pricing. 543-3158 or 545-3157 (19)(9/18-cnx) 18’ SSV Lund with […]

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Bethel resident receives degree from Simmons College

Joan Daniels, Bethel resident, recently earned a M.S. in Nursing from Simmons College. Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston, and is the preeminent authority on women’s leadership. […]

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The Halfway Mark

by Rep. Zach Fansler March 9, 2017 Dear Friends, The Legislature is a slightly over halfway through our first regular 90-day session and our work carries on. The House Finance committee is considering hundreds of […]

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Officers assist man

Alaska State Troopers assisted in stopping a man from harming himself during an incident in the village of Kwethluk. Troopers report that on 2/1/2017 at about 1445 hours, AST in Bethel received a report of […]

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Kuskokwim Ice Classic

by Haley Hanson The Kuskokwim Ice Classic is gearing up for another exciting year! The Ice Classic features an increased jackpot this year, as well as a new and important rule change. This year the […]

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ONC Solicitation

To ONC tribal members, The Native Village of Bethel needs you, please seriously consider running for your tribal council. This is election year and 3 of 7 seats are up for consideration. To be eligible, […]

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Woman perishes

A woman in Bethel died while being inside a sauna, said a report from the Bethel PD. On 2/23/2017, at approximately 0128 hours, Officers and Medics responded to the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Hall […]

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Cama-i Dance Festival 2017

by Linda Curda “Nunaniryuum Nalliini ~The Time of Joy” This year’s Cama-i (Yup’ik for a warm welcoming hello) Dance Festival is almost here and the Bethel Council on the Arts is once again proud to […]

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LKSD Board Actions

The Lower Kuskokwim School District Board of Education met on February 13, 2017 for a SPECIAL MEETING in Bethel, Alaska. Present for the meeting were Board members Greg Larson, Wassilie Pleasant, President Susan G. Murphy, […]

Crime

Man arrested for stealing taxicab

A Napakiak man was arrested for stealing a taxicab and driving it on the river, said the Bethel Police Department. On 02/19/2017, at approximately 1357 hours, the Bethel Police Department received a report of a taxicab […]

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Tower toppled in Bethel

The AT&T tower in Bethel was finally felled after years had passed to take it down. On February 15th, 2017 at approximately 10:45am the tower located in Bethel, which is hundreds of feet tall came […]

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Welcome to the 30th Legislative Session

by Rep. Zach Fansler Good Afternoon, the Legislature is speeding through the short, 90-day session, with budget and energy issues continuing to dominate. As the session moves on, please continue to keep in touch on […]

From The Editor

Kuskokwim Sauna

by Greg Lincoln Alexie Nicholai of Oscarville is the happy owner of a new steambath house or maqivik. Shorty Salzbrun, owner of Shorty’s Shop in Bethel, who is also Alexie’s son-in-law, had the steamhouse custom-built […]

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Bethel’s Women’s March January 21st

Approximately 75-100 marchers took part in the Bethel Women’s March held on Saturday, January 21st. Here the group makes its way up the Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway. Marchers joined others around the nation in this […]

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Yup’ik Atlas Workshop coming to Bethel

CEC (Calista Education and Culture) and ELOKA (Exchange of Local Observations and Knowledge in the Arctic) are hosting a free three-day workshop, February 22-24, at the UAF Kuskokwim Campus. The workshop will focus on our […]