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Smoke is smogging the air in Bethel as Southwest Alaska remains under an air quality advisory from wildfires sweeping through the Interior region. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation issued an advisory on Saturday that continues through Monday evening.

Video screenshot of a Grant Aviation plane that crashed near the Bethel airport runway on July 8, 2019.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

This story has been updated to include a video of the smoking plane. Video credit: Greg Lincoln of Delta Discovery.

A plane crashed on the runway in Bethel earlier this afternoon, and there were injuries. Bethel police officers and firefighters arrived at the airport to find a Grant Aviation plane on its side and in flames. 

Alaska has made some improvements, but still ranks near the bottom of all states in the nation for children’s well-being. That’s according to data in the annual report on how kids and teens are doing, which was released by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Katie Basile / KYUK

10:00 a.m. The reported tundra fire off Bethel’s Wildlife Lane on Thursday morning turned out not to be a tundra fire at all. Instead, Bethel firefighters extinguished a burning pickup truck and bicycle in the Old Crow sandpit. The flames did not spread beyond the vehicle.

YKHC's laboratory shutdown temporarily on May 31, 2019 after a pipe attached to the hospital's sprinkler system flooded the area.
Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation

The laboratory at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation closed down today and will possibly reopen this evening, May 31. A water pipe that’s part of the hospital’s sprinkler system malfunctioned and flooded the lab. 

Daniel Smith of Hooper Bay was 61 years old when he went missing in October. Local search and rescue volunteers recovered his body near Bethel’s Crowley barge landing last Tuesday, May 21. Bethel Police report that no foul play is suspected, and that coroners in Anchorage identified Smith’s body using dental records.

Chevak Woman Found

May 13, 2019
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The body of a woman from Chevak who went missing almost two months ago has been found. The body of Sara Nicholas, 35, who was last seen alive at the Chevak clinic on March 18, was found at 9:42 p.m. on Sunday. She was found two miles from Chevak, heading towards Hooper Bay. She was mostly covered in snow.

Dennis Jones, the Chevak city administrator, confirmed that the remains have been identified as Sara Nicholas. The next of kin have been contacted.

The State Medical Examiner’s Office has requested the body for examination.

Religious Gathering Raises Disease Concern

May 10, 2019

People attending a Bethel religious revival meeting last month may have been exposed to tuberculosis, commonly known as TB. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation and Alaska Public Health officials say that someone who was diagnosed with an active case of tuberculosis attended the New Fire Bethel Ministry revival held at the Old Bowling Alley on April 12 through April 14.

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

The Napakiak Moravian church was packed on Wednesday, May 8, as people came to say their final goodbyes to two residents who died in a fire in the city jail last week.  


Courtesy of the Bethel Lions Club

When children are first placed into emergency foster homes, they often don’t bring their personal belongings. But a new partnership could change that for Western Alaska. 

Children in the region who are placed in an emergency foster home will now get a special tote bag, called a “comfort case,” filled with basic supplies. 


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