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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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Alaska State Troopers checked the home of Ray Steeves in Upper Kalskag on July 4. They didn’t know if he would be inside, but he was.

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The post has been updated and corrected with additional information from tribal administrator Deanna White. 

A fire on July 1 has burned down a water and sewer building and destroyed a four-wheeler in Tuntutuliak. Tribal Secretary Willi Ann Frank says that the fire started around 1 p.m.

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The Alaska State Troopers arrested a man in Akiachak for sexually abusing a minor on June 27.

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared a law enforcement emergency in Alaska on June 28. The announcement follows a visit to the state where he saw firsthand how many rural communities have little to no public safety.  


Quinhagak Tribal Police Officers John Peter and Phillip Charlie graduated from Rural Law Enforcement Training at Yuut Elitnaurviat in Bethel on June 14, 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

In the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, tribal and village police officers are often hired without training. Many communities lack officers, and turnover can be high. This month, about a dozen of the region’s officers attended a two-week rural law enforcement training course at Bethel’s Yuut Elitnaurviat. KYUK attended the ceremony.


Bethel fire fighters extinguished a YKHC truck set ablaze in the Old Crow sand pit on June 13,  2019.
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Remember that truck fire outside Bethel on Thursday, June 13 that was initially reported as a tundra fire? It turns out that the truck belonged to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, and the hospital is offering a reward for information on who stole it.

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For several years now, Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta tribes have named public safety as their top priority. Some communities in the region don’t have any law enforcement. The ones that do often don’t have enough, or don’t have any training. On Thursday, June 13 that situation changed for a few communities across the region when Yuut Elitnaurviat in Bethel graduated a class of 13 rural law enforcement officers.

Fritz Charles during his Bethel City Council campaign on September 8, 2016.
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Bethel City Council member Fritz Charles was released from the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center on Tuesday, June 5, 2019. Bethel Police arrested him for driving under the influence the Sunday prior, after Alaska State Troopers found him “passed out” behind the steering wheel at Crowley Fuels, according to a police report.

Bethel City Council Member Fritz Charles was arrested for DUI last night by Crowley Fuels.
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Bethel police officers arrested Bethel City Council Member Fritz Charles for driving while intoxicated on Sunday, June 2, 2019. 

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