Health related stories.

Two girls in Kwethluk wait with a puppy at the local fire station, where three vets from the non-profit Alaskia Native Rural Veterinary were working for the day.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

On a hot morning in Kwethluk, Brian Nicolai walked slowly down the road. Seven small, dusty puppies were scrambling after him.

Delays Expected For Bethel Water & Sewer Services

Aug 1, 2017
Ashley Jerry is a hard working water delivery driver for the city. Most days Jerry is saddled with 30 to 50 deliveries. Sometimes that means that she has to skip her lunch break to make sure the people of Bethel get their water.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Over the coming months and the next year, Bethel will be facing some tough choices on how to cut down on the weight of its water and sewer trucks. Last month, KYUK rode along on a typical day, pre-weight restrictions, with one of the city's water delivery drivers.



New Program Plans To Fight Teen Homelessness In Bethel

Jul 21, 2017

A new program in Bethel is planning to fight homelessness among teenagers and young adults in the community.

Bethel Mourns Maro's Passing: A Fond Remembrance

Jul 14, 2017
Katie Basile / KYUK

Earlier this month, Bethel lost one of its true gems; owner of the beloved Dimitri’s Restaurant, Maro Kargas died in Cyprus surrounded by family on July 5. As Bethel mourns Maro’s passing, here is a fond remembrance from Bethel’s own Vicki Malone.



Courtesy of the Alaska Department of Law

This story was written by Dan Bross at KUAC in Fairbanks.

Former Bethel and Fairbanks District Attorney J. Michael "Mike" Gray was killed in motorcycle accident in the Yukon Territory. 

Bethel Remembers Blanche Jacobs

Jun 19, 2017
Blanche Jacobs came to the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta as a Vista volunteer in the 1970's to work with youth in Kongiganak. Blanche Jacobs raised three sons here, working as an X-ray technician, and then as a paralegal, for 25 years.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Family, friends, and many community members gathered last Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Bethel to remember Blanche Jacobs. She died on June 6 in Anchorage after succumbing to heart complications at the age of 75. KYUK spent the past week collecting stories from those who knew Jacobs and her work best.










Funeral Service For Blanche Jacobs This Saturday

Jun 14, 2017
Jacqueline Cleveland

Blanche Jacobs, passionate local advocate and long time paralegal for the Bethel District Attorney’s Office, passed away recently. Jacobs, 75, had made her home in Bethel after participating in the Vista Volunteer Program in Kongiganak in the early '70s.


Katie Basile / KYUK

Yesterday, the Bethel Community Services Foundation hosted Anchorage-based Homelessness Housing Coordinator Nancy Burke to speak in Bethel on new approaches for housing Bethel’s homeless.


A dog sits by emptied honey buckets in Kwethluk.
Film Academy Students / Lower Kuskokwim School District

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has more dogs than it can care for. A veterinarian travels to Bethel once a month, but no such service exists in the villages. Unvaccinated and uncared for, stray dogs threaten a community’s well being. Now, two organizations have teamed up to work with Delta communities to fix the issue.

 Kate Burkhart (center), Executive Director of AMHB pictured here, May 16, 2017
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

When they met this week in Bethel, the state behavioral health boards took a look at the Alaska Mental Health Board (AMHB) and Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (ABADA) report about the adverse effects of discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Alaskans. The boards decided to endorse the report's findings that discrimination brings a higher risk of drug and alcohol abuse and other risk behaviors. The boards think that more access to health and community services could help.