Health related stories.

The Emmonak Women’s Shelter got some good news last week: enough money to keep operating past July 1. The shelter received $437,000 from the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA), through the state Department of Public Safety, to continue operating for the next 12 months. 

It’s been a little over a year since legal sales of alcohol began in Bethel, and City Council member Leif Albertson has now successfully introduced a proposal for the Council to vote on whether or not a 3 percent alcohol sales tax should be added to the O
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel’s Alcohol Task Force is convening for the first time since the AC Quickstop liquor store shut down and effectively ended legal hard liquor sales in Bethel. The Task Force is meeting on Tuesday, June 19 at 6 p.m. at Bethel City Hall.

Despite Decline, Y-K Delta Still No. 1 For Gonorrhea Cases

Jun 18, 2018
Public health officials urge people to get screened for gonorrhea as a nationwide outbreak grips Alaska.
Dean Swope / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta still tops the list for the highest number of cases of gonorrhea, a serious sexually transmitted infection, according to a recent state report. Public health officials say that Alaska is in the grip of a national outbreak of gonorrhea. 

Walker Administration Sends Delegation To Marshall

Jun 13, 2018
Governor Bill Walker signs HB 141 at Bethel's Yuut Elitnaurviat surrounded by high school students from the Kuskokwim Learning Academy on August 29, 2017. The Walker Administration sent a delegation to Marshall last week in response to the community's ong
Dean Swope/KYUK

Governor Walker’s office sent a delegation to Marshall last week to discuss an ongoing public safety crisis that prompted a request for a declaration of emergency. According to the Governor’s press secretary, Austin Baird, the trip was a direct response to that resolution, which was issued by Marshall’s tribal council last spring.

Officials Respond To Marshall Rabies Outbreak

Jun 13, 2018

A small rabies outbreak in Marshall is officially under control. Tribal Administrator Nick Andrew Jr. says that the community hasn’t seen any animals exhibiting symptoms in about two weeks. Marshall got the situation under control last week by focusing on the community’s stray dogs.

Officials have identified the body discovered last week near Tuntutuliak as 26-year-old Dillon Lamont of Tuluksak. Lamont went missing two years ago, in April of 2016, when he broke through the rotting Kuskokwim River ice near a Tuluksak fish camp. That spring marked the river’s earliest break up on record

From now through May 27, snack meals are available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. YKHC tentatively plans to open their grab-and-go café on May 28, 2018.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK


Phase one of a major expansion started this week at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. KYUK took a tour and reports that on your next trip to YKHC, you can expect to see some changes inside the hospital.



Members of the Alcohol Task Force meeting on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK


The Alcohol Task Force meeting on Tuesday night was packed with leaders of community organizations. The one thing missing was the public, with only two people in the audience.


Bethel Family Clinic Doctor Wins 2018 Sockeye Award

May 16, 2018
Bethel Family Clinic board chairman Don Black celebrates with Acting Executive Director Kyle McGrath and Dr. Allen Freudenthal. Freudenthal won the coveted Sockeye Award on May 14, 2018.
Dean Swope/KYUK

A veteran physician at the Bethel Family Clinic won the coveted Sockeye Award on Monday.

Blanket Toss Medicine

May 1, 2018

It’s no secret that alcohol and drugs are a problem plaguing many communities around the nation. The subject is painful and difficult. At this year’s Native Youth Olympics, KYUK’s Johanna Eurich found inspiration from one person who uses an Alaska Native tradition to demonstrate the impacts of substance abuse on a community, and how to invite people who have fallen into the haze of alcohol and drugs back. She brings us this portrait of the scene.