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YKHC opened the doors to its new hospital. The outpatient clinic opened July 15, and other departments will move in to the new building in phases throughout the year.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation opened its outpatient clinic at the new hospital yesterday. The organization will be moving into the new state-of-the-art facility in phases throughout the year. Inpatient services will move over in two to three weeks, with dental and behavioral health following in November. 

Nick Phillips watches the overflow pipe during a water delivery.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Nick Phillips just finished his 30th year of hauling water in Bethel. That's 30 years in a position that is often understaffed. KYUK spent a morning with Phillips to see what he does, and what keeps him doing it.


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

Rick Thomas / UAF

Smoke is smogging the air in Bethel as Southwest Alaska remains under an air quality advisory from wildfires sweeping through the Interior region. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation issued an advisory on Saturday that continues through Monday evening.

Video screenshot of a Grant Aviation plane that crashed near the Bethel airport runway on July 8, 2019.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

This story has been updated to include a video of the smoking plane. Video credit: Greg Lincoln of Delta Discovery.

A plane crashed on the runway in Bethel earlier this afternoon, and there were injuries. Bethel police officers and firefighters arrived at the airport to find a Grant Aviation plane on its side and in flames. 

Alaska has made some improvements, but still ranks near the bottom of all states in the nation for children’s well-being. That’s according to data in the annual report on how kids and teens are doing, which was released by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Katie Basile / KYUK

10:00 a.m. The reported tundra fire off Bethel’s Wildlife Lane on Thursday morning turned out not to be a tundra fire at all. Instead, Bethel firefighters extinguished a burning pickup truck and bicycle in the Old Crow sandpit. The flames did not spread beyond the vehicle.

YKHC's laboratory shutdown temporarily on May 31, 2019 after a pipe attached to the hospital's sprinkler system flooded the area.
Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation

The laboratory at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation closed down today and will possibly reopen this evening, May 31. A water pipe that’s part of the hospital’s sprinkler system malfunctioned and flooded the lab. 

Daniel Smith of Hooper Bay was 61 years old when he went missing in October. Local search and rescue volunteers recovered his body near Bethel’s Crowley barge landing last Tuesday, May 21. Bethel Police report that no foul play is suspected, and that coroners in Anchorage identified Smith’s body using dental records.

Chevak Woman Found

May 13, 2019
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The body of a woman from Chevak who went missing almost two months ago has been found. The body of Sara Nicholas, 35, who was last seen alive at the Chevak clinic on March 18, was found at 9:42 p.m. on Sunday. She was found two miles from Chevak, heading towards Hooper Bay. She was mostly covered in snow.

Dennis Jones, the Chevak city administrator, confirmed that the remains have been identified as Sara Nicholas. The next of kin have been contacted.

The State Medical Examiner’s Office has requested the body for examination.

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