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In Bethel, there’s a shortage of public health nurses. The situation is easing, but has been limiting what is available for people who depend on public health services in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. 


A water truck fills up at the Bethel City Subdivision water treatment plant.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

On Tuesday, the City of Bethel held a public meeting to address concerns regarding recent water tests. In September 2018, test results showed elevated levels of copper and lead exceeding federal standards in some locations in Bethel’s City Subdivision. Testing in July of this year showed decreased levels of copper and lead that meet federal standards. 

After the City of Bethel doubled the amount of water flowing through the City Subdivision water treatment plant in fall of 2018, it failed to properly treat it, leading to the water pulling lead and copper into the city's drinking water.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

This week, the City of Bethel held a meeting to address public concerns regarding Bethel’s water test results. State officials, along with the city’s engineers, explained why copper and lead levels increased in the water last year and what homeowners can do to protect themselves.


The most recent results from Bethel’s City Subdivision water tests are in, and it's good news. They show copper and lead levels now meeting federal standards. A large infrastructure project last fall is the suspected cause of why the levels had gone up. 


For those planning to hit the gym this holiday season, be advised that new holiday hours are going into effect.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel residents are being advised to take precautions after elevated levels of lead and copper were found in the city’s drinking water from select locations. The city is awaiting results from additional tests and discussing solutions.


Katie Basile / KYUK

The village of Newtok has been waiting over two decades to move to its new home in Mertarvik. As they’ve waited, their public health infrastructure has eroded like the ground beneath the village. 


Greg Kim / KYUK

Getting access to health care in rural Alaska is tough. It relies a lot on logistics, like air travel, and even public safety can have an impact. Gov. Mike Dunleavy's line-item budget vetoes jeopardize a lot of programs that health care providers, like the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, need. 

The Bethel Winter House, located in the Bethel Evangelical Covenant Church, provides a warm place for people to sleep during the coldest months of the year.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Results are out from a survey counting the number of people experiencing homelessness in Bethel. The information comes from a single day in January when community members counted 74 people as homeless.

The four boys from Nunam Iqua who were found on Feb. 4 were initially brought to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Alaska State Troopers report that one brother is still there, two were released, and another was flown to ANMC in Anchorage.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation opened its outpatient clinic at the new hospital yesterday. The organization will be moving into the new state-of-the-art facility in phases throughout the year. Inpatient services will move over in two to three weeks, with dental and behavioral health following in November. 

Nick Phillips watches the overflow pipe during a water delivery.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Nick Phillips just finished his 30th year of hauling water in Bethel. That's 30 years in a position that is often understaffed. KYUK spent a morning with Phillips to see what he does, and what keeps him doing it.


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