Health related stories.

Enver Fernandez / Timberland

Children's eye development is something most of us rarely think about when we talk about raising kids, but it's enough of an issue in the Dominican Republic to prompt volunteers to travel thousands of miles to help out. Three local optometrists from the Yukon Kuskokwim Eye Center flew to the Dominican Republic to give much needed eye exams to school children living in poverty.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Two big donations mean that the Bethel Firefighters and EMTs  are close to meeting their fundraising goals for another ambulance.


The National Weather Service plans to move away from producing forecasts locally, reduce field office hours, and move towards relying on one weather forecast nationwide. The NWS says that this will improve their services, while an employee union leader claims that it will degrade them.

Charles Enoch / KYUK

The body of a young woman found dead in a Bethel home Monday will be sent to Anchorage for an autopsy. A press release published on social media by the Bethel Police Department says that no foul play is suspected in the death of Deanna Pete, maiden name Michaels, age 33, of Bethel.  

Troopers Rescue Stranded Campers After River Freezes

Oct 24, 2016
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Three hunters were stranded at their campsite after the river they used to get there froze over while they were camping.

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Bethel Fire Department is using ambulances that have lasted twice their recommended service times. As call volumes increase in the Kuskokwim hub community, the department is on track to order their new ambulance by winter. 

Diocese of Fairbanks

The village of Chefornak woke up to a Wednesday morning fire that killed one person. Officials are investigating the cause.

Alaska State Troopers

This is a story from AP by KTUU

Though the cause of a small plane crash near Togiak that killed three people is still under investigation, a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board has revealed details about the wreckage.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Alaska telecommunications company GCI has announced $100,000 in donations to support nine suicide prevention efforts across the state. Two village organizations in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region will receive some of that money.

An Uncertain Future For ATVs In Bethel

Oct 10, 2016
Dean Swope / KYUK

For the past two weeks, ATV users in Bethel have been ticketed for driving on city roads. That's the result of the City Council directing the police chief to increase enforcement of ATV activity on Bethel's streets, and many in the community are now concerned that police enforcement may be too harsh. The issue will be reexamined at the next city council meeting.