FBI releases affidavit detailing conversations between Gladys Jung Principal Chris Carmichael and undercover FBI agent posing as a fictional 13 year-old.
Petra Harpak / KYUK

More details have emerged in the case involving Gladys Jung Elementary School Principal Chris Carmichael. Bethel police began investigating Carmichael in June when a former Gladys Jung student told police that Carmichael had inappropriately touched her after she graduated but was still a minor. The victim alleged Carmichael would touch her outside the view of security cameras and often after other staff had let the building. He told her “they had to be careful because people would suspect something bad was going on when it was really nothing.”

K300 Season Opener Delayed Again

Dec 12, 2019
Greg Lincoln / The Delta Discovery

Poor trail conditions have pushed the Kuskokwim 300 Season Opener race back another week. Instead of mushing this weekend, teams will have to wait until Saturday, Dec. 21. The delay also forces the K300 Race Committee to delay the Holiday Classic race originally scheduled for next weekend. Race Manager Paul Basile says that the current plan is to hold the Holiday Classic on Dec. 28, the weekend between Christmas and New Year.   

This is the third year in a row that the K300 Season Opener has had to be delayed due to poor trail conditions. 

Eleven people in Bethel have been charged with illegally obtaining painkillers after a three-day investigation at the Bethel Post Office this summer.

Gladys Jung Principal Chris Carmichael was arrested and charged with attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor, and attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.
Petra Harpak / KYUK

Bethel Elementary School Principal Chris Carmichael has been charged with attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor, and attempted coercion and enticement of a minor. 

Gladys Jung Principal Chris Carmichael was arrested and charged with attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor, and attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.
Petra Harpak / KYUK

This post has been updated with more information.

In the early hours of Dec. 11, FBI agents, along with Bethel Police and Alaska State Troopers, arrested an elementary school principal in Bethel. Chris Carmichael, principal at Gladys Jung Elementary, is currently in federal custody. 

ALASKAbuds owner Nick Miller has his store set up, minus the marijuana products. Once he passes his final state inspection, he expects to open later this month.
Greg Kim / KYUK

In a few weeks, Bethel’s first marijuana store will open its doors. ALASKAbuds is located in the same building as Stan’s Barbershop and Bethel Family Dental Clinic. Two months ago, 47% of Bethel voters wanted to prohibit marijuana sales through marijuana local option. KYUK asked ALASKAbuds’ owner if those results affect how he’s preparing to open.


Bethel City Council authorized the city manager to negotiate and execute the sale of the property on 3rd Avenue to the marijuana store Kusko Kush's parent company, Essenkay, LLC.
Greg Kim / KYUK

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, Bethel City Council approved the sale of property for a marijuana store. For the past few months, council has been grappling with this potential sale. Council members understand that in agreeing to the sale of property to the owners of Kusko Kush, they came to a conclusion that may be unpopular with the public.


Courtesy of BSAR

Travelers need to stay off Straight Slough, which flows into the main Kuskokwim River near Bethel. That’s according to the latest river update from Bethel Search and Rescue. The report says that there are four open holes close to Bethel.

Courtesy of Google Maps

High winds and warm temperatures caused flooding in Kipnuk in the early hours of Dec. 10. Facebook photos showed water flowing down slushy roads; Kipnuk sits three miles from the Bering Sea coast.

It’s that time of year again: Calista Corporation is preparing to give out its Elder Benefit Distribution to more than 2,500 original, Elder shareholders this year.

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