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IHS Acting Director Michael Weahee will tour YKHC's hospital expansion project on August 7, 2018.
Dean Swope/KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is showing off its ambitious hospital expansion on Tuesday. Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee, the Acting Director of the Indian Health Service, is flying to Bethel to tour the Paul John Calricaraq construction site. Several other members of IHS’ top leadership will also join the tour. 

Nursing students from Bethel often work part-time or full-time jobs to pay for transportation and living costs while on rotation outside of the region.

The Bethel Community Services Foundation has a new fund that will help nursing students from Bethel who are on rotation outside of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta pay for various costs.

Deborah White replaces LeTesia Guinn, who abruptly resigned earlier this year.
Courtesy of Bethel Family Health Clinic

The Bethel Family Clinic has a new executive director: Deborah White, who took control on July 18.

Enforcement On All-Terrain Vehicles Tightens In Bethel

Jun 27, 2018
The Bethel Police Department is stepping up it’s enforcement on All-Terrain Vehicle, or ATV, laws in the city, starting now.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK


The Bethel Police Department is stepping up it’s enforcement on All-Terrain Vehicles, or ATVs, laws in the city, starting now.



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