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The YKHC Diabetes Department team, led by Clinician Anna Harper, at the October 24, 2017 Bethel City Council meeting.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Starting one week from today, National Diabetes Month will be observed in Bethel. Last night, Bethel City Council approved an official proclamation drafted by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Most of the YKHC Diabetes Department team, led by Clinician Anna Harper, came to the Council meeting.

This year’s Alaska Vital Statistics report, released by the State Department of Health and Social Services, paints our region as a place where more children are born to teenage mothers than the state average, and more people die younger from accidents, alcohol, gunshots, and suicide than is normal for the rest of Alaska.

Bethel's Winter House In Search Of New Facility

Oct 6, 2017
The Winter House has been without a facility since the Salvation Army closed its Bethel outpost earlier this year.
Dean Swope/KYUK

Bethel’s local homeless shelter is now homeless itself. The Winter House is trying to find the right place to house its residents, according to board president Jon Cochrane.

Courtesy of the Bethel Police Department

Bethel Police are asking the community’s help in finding a man who has been missing for more than a week. Richard Parks, age 55, was last seen in Bethel on September 17 wearing a camouflage coat, black pants, and carrying a black and red backpack. He wears a mustache and beard and has a shaved head. 

Aleina Tanabe / KYUK

The man that the McCann Treatment Center in Bethel was named after has died. 

“We Breathe Again: Four Stories of Heartbreak and Healing in Alaska,” tells stories of strength and resilience to reframe the despair of suicide in Alaska Native communities. The film is showing tonight at 7 p.m. at the Bethel Cultural Center.
Courtesy of UAF

A film showing tonight at the Bethel Cultural Center takes a frank look at suicide and how to heal. "We Breathe Again" tells stories of strength and resilience to reframe the despair of suicide in Alaska Native communities. Bethel local Earl Polk appears in the film.

Meet Bethel Family Clinic's New Substance Abuse Counselor

Sep 11, 2017
Courtesy of Dennis Raines

For Dennis Raines, the work that he does as Bethel Family Clinic's new substance abuse counselor is personal.


Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation

Rural Health Aides have a long, successful history of improving access to health care in Alaska. Now, dental a program based on that model is improving oral care in the YK Delta. The Dental Health Aide Therapist program was controversial when it started a decade ago, but a new study suggests that smiles have gotten healthier, cleaner, and toothier in villages where it’s appeared. 


Update: The Red Cross is also providing assistance. Individuals who have been displaced by a fire can contact the Red Cross disaster team 24 hours at 907-646-5400.

A child is dead and a family’s belongings destroyed after a house fire in Toksook Bay on Saturday.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Only piles of charred rubble remain of an unoccupied house that burned in Bethel this weekend. The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.


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