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Bethel Search and Rescue recovered the body of another man who drowned last week in the Kuskokwim River, according to BSAR President Mike Riley.

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Stephanie Weter, a medical student on rotation at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel, is already feeling the impact of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's vetoes on her life. 


Katie Basile / KYUK

The National Weather Service has repaired a broken sensor that malfunctioned in Bethel during the heat wave this past weekend. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

As record high temperatures swept Alaska, many people said that the heat was killing them. For Kuskokwim salmon, it was actually true. Never before seen temperatures in the Kuskokwim River likely sent salmon into cardiac arrest.

Johnnie Evan, George Guy, and Wayne Don taking oaths of office following their reelection to the Calista Corporation board on July 5, 2019 in Toksook Bay, Alaska.
Thom Leonard / Calista Corporation

Official election results from the Calista Corporation board elections are in, and the results remain the same as the unofficial results announced by the regional Native corporation earlier this week. George Guy of Kwethluk, Johnnie Evan of Tuntutuliak, and Wayne Don of Mekoryuk were all re-elected to their seats.

$444M vs $390M In Budget Cuts Explained

Jul 11, 2019
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to reporters about his budget vetoes at the state Capitol in Juneau, Alaska on June 28, 2019.
Becky Bohrer / AP

Alaska news organizations have reported that Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed $444 million from the state's operating budget. But news coverage published by Alaska Public Media and KTOO have used a smaller number of $390 million. There are a few reasons for this.

Yukon summer chum salmon with a radiotag.
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For many people living along the lower Yukon river, commercial fishing is their primary income. After the Yukon summer chum salmon arrived late and weak this year, the fishing season that just started is about to come to an end.


This story has been updated with the name of the man who drowned. The story has also been updated with the account from the Bethel Police Department.

A man drowned in the river on Wednesday near Bethel. Bethel Search and Rescue has recovered the body of 35-year-old Fritz Johnson from Napaskiak. The family has been notified.

Courtesy of KTOO

Lawmakers voted to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s $444 million in budget vetoes in a  37-1 vote, but not enough lawmakers were present in one location to overturn them.

Joey Mendolia / Alaska Public Media

U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared a law enforcement emergency in Alaska after vising rural communities that are facing some of the highest rates of violence without any kind of law enforcement. He is also pledging millions of dollars in emergency funds. On "Talk of Alaska," former state Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan and tribal rights attorney Lloyd Miller discussed Barr’s visit and its impact on the future of public safety in Alaska. 


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