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Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Authorities have released the name of the teenager who died of an apparent heroin overdose in Quinhagak this week and say they are still investigating. Jamie Roberts, age 19, was pronounced dead on Monday evening after more than two hours of resuscitation efforts. Robert’s body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner for autopsy. WAANT, the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team, is in charge of the investigation. Two men also overdosed that night and were medevaced to Bethel for treatment. Both have been discharged. A fourth overdose was treated on site.

Adrian Wagner / KYUK

This story has been updated with a report of a fourth overdose.

One of the men from Quinhagak’s four apparent heroin overdoses earlier this week has returned to the village. The other man has not yet returned. The third person, a woman, is dead. The fourth person was treated on site.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The front lines of medical care in our region start with community health aides. They’re the ones providing health care to people across the YK Delta at village clinics run by YKHC, the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

Boil Water Notice Lifted In Bethel Neighborhood

Aug 12, 2016
PROANTONIO GÓMEZ PÉREZ / Flickr Creative Commons

After almost two weeks, the boil water notice has been lifted from Bethel’s Trailer Court neighborhood. Last month a routine sample revealed E. Coli present in the pipes of one home. Cliff Lindroth is the manager at the neighborhood’s water processing plant.

IHS

The national head of the Indian Health Service visited the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta Thursday. IHS Principal Deputy Director Mary Smith visited the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel and then flew to its clinics in Hooper Bay and Chevak to learn about the Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) and how YKHC delivers health care to rural Alaskan villages. KYUK talked with the Smith after she got off the plane after returning to Bethel.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

As the ninth through twelfth graders at Bethel Regional High School began their first day of classes Thursday, the school's new health clinic opened its doors. The clinic is housed in a small building next to the school and is the first of its kind in the region. The aim of the clinic is to bring health care services to an age group that often falls off the health care radar. The clinic is a collaboration between the high school, the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, and Public Health Nursing.

KYUK went to the opening Thursday and talked with Dr. Mien Chyi, a pediatrician with YKHC who’ll be mentoring the residents practicing at the clinic.


Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Thursday marked the first day of classes for ninth through twelfth graders at Bethel Regional High School. It also marked the opening of the school’s new health clinic. The clinic is housed in a small building next to the school and is the first of its kind in the region. The aim of the clinic is to bring health care services to an age group that often falls off the health care radar.

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Walter Hawk, 43, remains missing after walking away from his home in the village of Tuluksak almost a full month ago.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The national opioid epidemic gives no exception to rural Alaska. Later this year, the U.S. Surgeon General will release a report on substance abuse addiction and health. To prepare, the nation's top medical officer is meeting with health care providers around the country on ways to prevent or treat opioid addiction. He traveled last week to Napaskiak, a town of 500, located seven miles down the Kuskokwim river from Bethel.

[Sound of a boat scraping ashore]  

Murthy: “Good to meet you. Thanks for having us here.”

Larson: “Welcome to Napaskiak.”

Bethel Boil Water Notice Still In Effect

Aug 9, 2016
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A boil water notice remains in effect for Bethel’s Trailer Court neighborhood. Authorities have traced the trigger for the notice back to a single home in the subdivision found to contain E. Coli bacteria in its water supply.

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