Health related stories.

The Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center reopened on Monday, Jan. 15.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center celebrated its five-year anniversary last Friday. Cake, games, and speeches from the people who helped bring the Bethel fitness center to life marked the occasion. 

The village of Quinhagak will build a brand new clinic to replace their old one. The Indian Health Service awarded $2 million to Quinhagak through the Small Ambulatory Program.

A domestic violence shelter for women is opening in Hooper Bay in 2020. KTVA reports that the village of Hooper Bay and the Rural Alaska Community Action Program are working to open the shelter together. 

The Bethel Winter House, located in the Bethel Evangelical Covenant Church, provides a warm place for people to sleep during the coldest months of the year.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The Bethel Winter House is opening two weeks early this year, on Saturday, Nov. 16. Located in the Bethel Evangelical Covenant Church, the shelter provides a warm place for people to sleep during the year’s coldest months. 

Jeremy Lee, 31, stands before the burning trailer where he rented a room behind Front Street Cafe in Bethel. Oct. 2, 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Last week, a fire destroyed a trailer in Bethel where five tenants were living. We heard from one of them on the day of the accident. At that time, he’d lost all his possessions and didn’t know where he was going to sleep that night. KYUK checked in on him and reports how the community helped him stay on his feet.

Warren Polk on Oct. 3, 2019, three days after his family's home burned in Bethel.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Black smoke arched across the Bethel skyline on Tuesday, Oct. 1, alerting the town to a house on fire. The house, near H-Marker Lake, belongs to Warren Polk. The fire destroyed all his family’s possessions, but before the flames had settled, the community had already started replacing them. KYUK talked with Polk about how his family is doing, and how the community can continue providing support.

A trailer burns behind Front Street Cafe in Bethel on October 2, 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The second house fire in two days erupted in Bethel. Just after 4 p.m. on Wed. Oct. 2, fire crews responded to a call of a trailer in flames behind Front Street Cafe. Acting Fire Chief Daron Solesbee says there were no injuries or fatalities.

A third of Lower Kalskag has gone without running water even though the rest of the village has been piped for over a decade.
Joey Mendolia / Alaska Public Media

Running water is coming to Lower Kalskag, a village where only part of the town has had the service up until now. The discrepancy has provided a way to analyze how a home changes with the addition of running water. 

A bottle of R&R Whiskey found lying in a Bethel parking lot.
Dean Swope / KYUK

How Bethel votes on alcohol has a big effect on both the community and its emergency service providers. That’s the takeaway from a study looking at more than a decade of data from law enforcement, health providers, state agencies, and non-profits.

Dean Swope/KYUK

Last week, a picture of a blood smear with a black dot that looked like a bug in it circulated on Facebook. Below it, a caption said that the image was of a smashed bedbug and was taken in a YKHC emergency room. In a press release, YKHC said that the day the image was taken, hospital cleaning staff “examined all patient rooms in the emergency department and found no signs of bedbugs or other insects in any room.”