Stories involving criminal activities.

Bethel court supervisor Crystal Garrison poses next to her painting of Judge Nora Guinn. Garrison recently received the Judge Nora Guinn award for her work as a Yup'ik interpreter.
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The criminal justice system can be intimidating for English-as-a-second-language speakers. The stakes are high, the hearings take hours, and it can be hard to understand what’s going on. Luckily, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has Crystal Garrison in its corner. She became the Alaska Court System’s first certified Yup'ik interpreter in 2016, and just received a prestigious award for her work.

Mountain Village Teenager Charged With Murder

May 2, 2018

People in the Western Alaska community of Mountain Village are struggling to recover after a brutal homicide involving teenagers last week.

Jury Rules In Favor Of Phillip Morris In Tobacco Trial

Apr 26, 2018
The state of Alaska courthouse in Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope/KYUK

A Bethel jury decided in favor of Phillip Morris yesterday in a major lawsuit against the tobacco company. It's unclear whether the case of Dolores Hunter vs. Phillip Morris USA is finally over, or headed to yet another round.

Major Tobacco Trial Comes To A Close In Bethel

Apr 25, 2018
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A major trial involving the tobacco industry went into closing arguments in Bethel on Tuesday.

The Russian Mission airstrip should be fully functional again as soon as Tuesday afternoon. Over the weekend, a group of young children smashed more than 50 runway lights in a single evening, destroying the lighting system. That meant no planes could land after dark, including medevacs.

Opening Statements Begin In Big Tobacco Trial

Apr 12, 2018
Nora Guinn Justice Center in Bethel, Alaska.
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On Wednesday, Dolores Hunter vs. Phillip Morris USA went to trial for the third time in seven years. The trial could have wide-reaching implications for the tobacco company. In their opening statements, the attorneys chose to focus on the legacy of a single Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta man whose early death has resulted in 14 years of litigation.

The Nora Guinn Justice Center in Bethel, Alaska.
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Dolores Hunter vs. Phillip Morris USA has already gone to trial twice in Bethel, but the third time might be the charm. Jury selection began at Bethel’s courthouse Monday in what could be a major case against the tobacco company.

A million Alaska Airlines miles have been reported stolen from the Bethel Family Clinic.
KYUK Staff

A million Alaska Airlines miles have been reported stolen from the Bethel Family Clinic.

Walker Administration Works To Fix Broken 911 Call System

Apr 4, 2018
Gov. Walker pictured at a press conference in the Capitol on March 17, 2015. On April 2 2018, the Governor asked the chairs of both Finance Committees to dedicate $10 million to the state's ailing 911 system.

On Monday, Governor Walker asked the chairs of both Finance Committees to re-allocate $10 million towards the state’s ailing 911 system. The money was originally proposed for oil and gas research, but the Governor’s office said that this was more important. One in four Alaskans don’t have access to a standard 911 emergency number, and the system has been impairing rural residents' ability to reach first responders for years.

The city of Aniak has erected a cross where Bruce "Gotor" Morgan was killed.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

The murder trial of Aniak resident Joseph Yaska was rescheduled again on Thursday. Yaska is accused of killing Bruce “Gotor” Morgan in an attempted mass shooting last August, and the attorneys in his case are still in discovery, trying to piece together what happened.

Aniak hasn’t been the same since the shooting, and Morgan’s friends and family are still struggling to come to terms with it.