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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News

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.

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.

Katie Basile / KYUK

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.

Bethel City Council member Fritz Charles is running for re-election.
Katie Basile / KYUK

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.

Bethel police officers arrested Bethel City Council Member Fritz Charles for driving while intoxicated on Sunday, June 2, 2019. 

U.S. Attorney General William Barr heard concerns from Alaska Native leaders about the lack of law enforcement and high rates of sexual assault and domestic violence in rural Alaska.
Joey Mendolia / Alaska Public Media

U.S. Attorney General William Barr is in Bethel and Napaskiak today, May 31. The visit continues his Alaska tour, meeting with public officials and Alaska Native leaders to discuss public safety, the lack of law enforcement in rural communities, and how the federal government can help.

Maggie Odinzoff

Update: Kimberly Odinzoff, age 14, is on her way home. Her older sister, Maggie Odinzoff, says that Kimberly called their dad at 4 p.m. on Friday, telling him that she is okay and on her way back to their house. The family had just filed a missing person's report before she called.

Original story: A 14-year-old girl is missing in Bethel, and her family is asking for help finding her. Kimberly Odinzoff did not come home on Wednesday night, and her family has not heard from her since.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

A suspect in an attack on Don Black, who manages the Long House Hotel in Bethel, has been caught in Kotlik, Alaska. State troopers arrested 30-year-old Jarvis Prince, who is charged with assault in the first degree.

Alaska State Troopers

Alaska has the nation’s highest rates of sexual assault, and the state wants to improve how it responds to people who report these crimes to the Alaska State Troopers. A researcher leading the project is asking victim-survivors in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta for help.