Health related stories.

Nunapitchuk Family Loses Everything To House Fire

Dec 8, 2016
Cucuaq Nicholai

A family lost everything when their home in Nunapitchuk burned down. Luckily, the family was out of town and nobody was injured. 


In 2015, Western Alaska had the highest rate of sexual assault in the state per capita. By far. That’s according to a first-of-its-kind study from the Alaska Department of Public Safety that compiles reports of sexual assault from all state law enforcement agencies. 

Dean Swope / KYUK

Have you had a hard time getting an appointment at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation? It might be because someone didn’t show up for their appointment. YKHC is trying to spread the word that cancelling an appointment beforehand means someone else can be seen.

Bethel Police Department

Two people died in a house fire Saturday in Bethel. The bodies of Charity Alexie, age 41, and Hans Alexie, age 37, were found inside the bedroom of trailer 29 that had caught fire in Bethel's Trailer Court neighborhood. The Bethel Fire Department extinguished the flames during Saturday’s early morning hours and later discovered the couple. Foul play is not suspected, and police have notified the deceased's next of kin. The bodies are being sent to the State Medical Examiners’ Office for autopsy to determine the official cause of death. The source of the fire remains under investigation.

Jackie Williams / KYUK

A new federal rule will ban smoking in public housing nationwide. The notice was released Wednesday by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and will take effect in 18 months. But Alaska is looking to do that a lot sooner.

BSAR Advises Against Automobiles On The River

Nov 22, 2016
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim river is freezing around Bethel, but you still need to be careful if you are going to use it to travel to and from nearby villages. That means keeping trucks and cars off the river for now.

Sewer Service Restored To Emmonak

Nov 18, 2016
Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Emmonak’s damaged sewer system, which left hundreds without service this week, has been jump-started. 

The Clock That Is Emmonak

Nov 17, 2016
Adrian Wagner / KYUK

On Monday, a fire disabled Emmonak's sewage treatment plant, leaving the city unable to provide sewer service to hundreds of homes in the village.

In the city you can see time passing as ice forms on the last open water of the Yukon River. It’s this battle with the quickly approaching winter that the city is up against as it races to fix its damaged water and sewer system before the pipes freeze for good.

Ron Cruz / Flickr Creative Commons

After three-and-a-half weeks, the Bethel Superior Court trial over whether or not tobacco company Philip Morris misled a Pilot Station man about the harmful effects of smoking has ended in a hung jury.

Dean Swope / KYUK

An Alaska State Trooper plane made an emergency landing around the Kasayulie subdivision of Bethel. Troopers say the pilot was the only one on board the plane and no injuries were reported.

A witness says the crash landing happened at 5 p.m. Friday, shortly after the plane took off. No other information was available at the time this story was published.