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Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington

The rate of suicide and homicide in the Kusilvak Census Area, located along the lower Yukon River, more than doubled since 1980, a rate increase higher than anywhere else in the nation. That’s according to a study from the University of Washington which mapped how people in the U.S. died during those years. Their finding for the area is disturbing. To better understand it, KYUK talked with one of the study’s designers and with people in the region who are working to reverse this life-ending trend.


Katie Basile / KYUK

Standing alongside their families, five women were honored at a pinning ceremony Thursday night to celebrate their graduation from the University of Alaska Anchorage with an Associates Degree in Nursing.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The Kuskokwim Consortium Library is applying for a Jesuit Volunteer to help Bethel's homeless population seeking shelter from the winter cold.

James Barker

For most his life, local elder and traditional healer Paul Gregory roamed the tundra, gathering medicinal plants, subsisting, and mushing. Wednesday, after a funeral service at the Bethel Moravian Church, Gregory’s family and friends laid his body to rest in that tundra. Gregory died Saturday at the age of 85. KYUK went to the funeral and has this remembrance:


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. 

DPS

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.

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