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Former Mountain Village Police Officers Anna Bill and Joseph Rivers enjoy a quiet moment between calls in June, 2018.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

In June 2018, KYUK flew to Mountain Village to meet with former Village Police Officer Anna Bill. We followed Anna as she helped save her neighbors from suicide attempts, navigated a frustrating health care system, and coped with personal tragedies of her own. Like many Village and Tribal Police Officers, Anna performed a difficult job with no training, inadequate equipment, and little financial support. This series explores those challenges.

Twenty-one high school girls from schools across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta compete in Bethel's brutal cross-country Pit Race on September 16, 2017.
Austin Fitka

There's a fiery debate in Bethel over a grueling tradition coming to an end. For the first time since the 1990s, the Bethel Regional High School Cross-Country Invitational will not run through the notorious Bethel sand pit. 

LKSD journalism students Lucilia Angaiak of Tununak, Dorothy Jackson of Nightmute, Katya John of Tuntutuliak, and Kaylee King of Mekoryuk.
Patrick Williams / LKSD

School is back in session and student journalists at the Lower Kuskokwim School District are hard at work. A new crew of reporters are continuing the weekly segment called “Here’s What It Is At LKSD.” It’s a regular roundup of activities happening across the school district. What’s happening this weekend is sports.


Bethel Search and Rescue members Sam Samuelson (left) and Jim Pete Jr. (right) get ready to board their flight to Kotzebue in the Anchorage airport. Both members are wearing purple shirts. The color is Ashley Johnson-Barr’s favorite and has become a symbo
Sam Samuelson / Bethel Search and Rescue

Update Sept. 14, 2018 6:03 p.m.: After eight days of searching, law enforcement officers and search volunteers have found the body of 10-year-old Ashley Johnson-Barr in an area east of the City of Kotzebue. According to Alaska State Troopers, she was found deceased late this afternoon.

"Alaska State Troopers, the FBI, Kotzebue Police Department, and the Northwest Arctic Borough extend our sincerest condolences to Ashley’s family, friends, and community," said Troopers in a statement released shortly afterwards.

Carole Jung Jordan
Courtesy of Carole Jung Jordan

  

Born in Bethel and raised in Napakiak, Carole Jung Jordan is running for Bethel City Council in hopes of making a positive difference in the community.

Shadi Rabi
Courtesy of Shadi Rabi

  

In just a little over two and a half years, Shadi Rabi has become a fixture in Bethel’s health and safety community. Now Rabi is running for Bethel City Council.

 

Katie Basile / KYUK

The environmental group Earthjustice is requesting an informal review of a key water quality permit that the Department of Environmental Conservation granted to the Donlin Gold mine. Donlin could build one of the biggest gold mines in the world and is moving through the permitting process.

Former Mountain Village Police Officer Anna Bill and her son, Ramond Landlord.
Courtesy of Anna Bill.

Anna Bill became a cop in Mountain Village because she felt that God wanted her to help her neighbors.


Anny Cochrane
Courtesy of Anny Cochrane

  

It’s her first time running for public office, and Anny Cochrane knows exactly what she wants to bring to Bethel City Council.

Fred Watson
Katie Basile / KYUK

  

Bethel Vice Mayor Fred Watson has always wanted to serve on Bethel City Council. Watson got his shot in 2016, and is now seeking another term.

 

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