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New Program Plans To Fight Teen Homelessness In Bethel

Jul 21, 2017

A new program in Bethel is planning to fight homelessness among teenagers and young adults in the community.

Bethel Mourns Maro's Passing: A Fond Remembrance

Jul 14, 2017
Katie Basile / KYUK

Earlier this month, Bethel lost one of its true gems; owner of the beloved Dimitri’s Restaurant, Maro Kargas died in Cyprus surrounded by family on July 5. As Bethel mourns Maro’s passing, here is a fond remembrance from Bethel’s own Vicki Malone.

 

 


Courtesy of the Alaska Department of Law

This story was written by Dan Bross at KUAC in Fairbanks.

Former Bethel and Fairbanks District Attorney J. Michael "Mike" Gray was killed in motorcycle accident in the Yukon Territory. 

Blanche Jacobs came to the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta as a Vista volunteer in the 1970's to work with youth in Kongiganak. Blanche Jacobs raised three sons here, working as an X-ray technician, and then as a paralegal, for 25 years.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Family, friends, and many community members gathered last Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Bethel to remember Blanche Jacobs. She died on June 6 in Anchorage after succumbing to heart complications at the age of 75. KYUK spent the past week collecting stories from those who knew Jacobs and her work best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jacqueline Cleveland

Blanche Jacobs, passionate local advocate and long time paralegal for the Bethel District Attorney’s Office, passed away recently. Jacobs, 75, had made her home in Bethel after participating in the Vista Volunteer Program in Kongiganak in the early '70s.

 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Yesterday, the Bethel Community Services Foundation hosted Anchorage-based Homelessness Housing Coordinator Nancy Burke to speak in Bethel on new approaches for housing Bethel’s homeless.

 


A dog sits by emptied honey buckets in Kwethluk.
Film Academy Students / Lower Kuskokwim School District

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has more dogs than it can care for. A veterinarian travels to Bethel once a month, but no such service exists in the villages. Unvaccinated and uncared for, stray dogs threaten a community’s well being. Now, two organizations have teamed up to work with Delta communities to fix the issue.


 Kate Burkhart (center), Executive Director of AMHB pictured here, May 16, 2017
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

When they met this week in Bethel, the state behavioral health boards took a look at the Alaska Mental Health Board (AMHB) and Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (ABADA) report about the adverse effects of discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Alaskans. The boards decided to endorse the report's findings that discrimination brings a higher risk of drug and alcohol abuse and other risk behaviors. The boards think that more access to health and community services could help.   

 


Tuesday kicked off a three-day state behavioral health board meeting, held at the Bethel Cultural Center. Kate Burkhart is the Executive Director of the Alaska Mental Health Board and a meeting organizer.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

 

Tuesday kicked off a three-day state behavioral health board meeting, held at the Bethel Cultural Center. Kate Burkhart is the Executive Director of the Alaska Mental Health Board and a meeting organizer. KYUK sat down with Burkhart at the Red Basket restaurant to recap the first day after hearing public comment.   


State health boards will be holding panels and presentations open to the public, May 16 through 19 in Bethel. Naloxone kits, pictured here, are being distributed statewide to reverse opioid overdoses. The Alaska Opioid Task Force will provide an update.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Tuesday through Thursday, May 18, the Alaska Mental Health Board and the Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Abuse will be holding panels and presentations open to the public.

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