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Google Maps screenshot of Kwethluk, AK

A Kwethluk man is being charged with the attempted murder of his uncle after a Thanksgiving Day hunting trip went bad. 

Mountain Village Village Police Officer Anna Bill at the Alaska Airlines terminal on October 16, 2018 during a layover in Bethel on her way to Anchorage to receive the 2018 Shirley Demientieff Award at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention.
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It was 10 a.m. and Anna Bill had just fallen asleep. It had been another rough night. She’d taken one person into custody and had responded to a suicide attempt. The Mountain Village village police officer had already drifted off when Gov. Bill Walker called.

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Alaska State Troopers arrested a Napakiak tribal police officer on charges of sexually abusing a minor. 

The state of Alaska now has federal funds to advance a program to use tribal courts to handle misdemeanor crimes. Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth has been working with tribal courts to create a simple process for transferring cases, known as a civil diversion agreement, to enable tribal courts to handle low level crimes in a more culturally sensitive manner. But there has been a problem: Lindermuth says that the state and tribes need more resources to get the program rolling. 

Joseph Wilson, age 32, has been charged with two felonies and one misdemeanor for breaking into Bethel City Hall on October 5, 2018.
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After searching for two days last week, Bethel police finally found the man they wanted at city hall.

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This time last year, there were eight Village Public Safety Officers across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Now there are nine, and one more is undergoing a background check as part of the application process. The region contains 56 tribes, and many don’t have any law enforcement at all.

National Park Service

The Facebook post showed gallon-sized bags of moose ribs for $25 each and appeared on the private page "Bethel Bargains." Selling big game meat is illegal in Alaska, and the post's creator, Arnold Lupie, age 36, of Bethel, received a minor offense charge.

Just after midnight on September 19, State Troopers responded to the house of Ellenore and Ralph Kvamme, brother and sister, to find Ralph Kvamme, the brother, lying dead in a recliner with a stab wound in his chest.

Patrick Sergie.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has the highest rate of airport runway vandalism in the state, and the village of Kasigluk is the latest community to suffer from it. This time the consequences are severe: medevacs weren’t able to land in the village at night this week. 

Former VPO Anna Bill Interviews Commissioner Walt Monegan

Sep 17, 2018
Former Mountain Village Police Officers Anna Bill and Joseph Rivers discuss their work at the Mountain Village police station. On September 14, 2018, Bill interviewed Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan about the state's support for rura
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Last week, KYUK ran a four-part series on the experiences of Anna Bill, a former village police officer in Mountain Village who reluctantly quit her job after helping to save dozens of lives. While her community supported her, Anna still responded to calls without adequate equipment or reinforcements. So last Friday, she sat down with Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan and asked him what the state could do support officers like her. This interview was moderated by KYUK's Teresa Cotsirilos and has been condensed for time.