Health related stories.

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As Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveils his budget, which includes deep cuts to a host of state programs, three lawmakers are cautioning him against rejecting federal funds used for Medicaid expansion in Alaska. A memo lays out how the governor is legally bound to accept these funds. 

The memo, which is from the Division of Legal and Research Services, says that the governor is “legally obligated” to accept federal funds. Legislators would need to pass a bill to eliminate or restrict the program in Alaska.

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Bethel’s Children’s Advocacy Center reached a major milestone last week: an agreement with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation to allow medical examiners to be part of the multidisciplinary team dealing with children who have been victims of sexual abuse. This big step will help the center achieve national accreditation.  

Courtesy of Bethel Police Department

The Bethel Police Department is asking the community’s help in finding a missing man. Thirty-five-year-old Aaron Moses was last seen near the AC Quickstop last week. He has a medical condition that requires medication, and police say that it’s possible that Moses has not been taking his medication during this period. Moses walks with a slight limp and was last seen wearing a dark blue or black winter coat, a black sweatshirt, and a cap.

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Family, friends, and former colleagues traveled from across Alaska to remember Mary Ciuniq Pete at the Bethel Cultural Center on Dec. 2. Pete’s partner and husband, Hubert Angaiak, didn’t speak at her memorial in Bethel, but he played “Amazing Grace” on his mandolin to open it up. 

Courtesy of Mary Sattler Peltola

Update: A memorial and viewing service will be held for Mary Pete on November 20 at Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home in Anchorage from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. A service in Bethel will be announced at a later time.

Mary Ciuniq Pete died November 17 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She succumbed to complications from ovarian cancer. Pete was 61. 

She left behind a huge legacy in Alaska as she worked to protect subsistence, and then later as the Director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim Campus.

KYUK spoke with several friends and former colleagues who remembered the contributions that Pete made to Alaska, and to the lives of everyone in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. 

Elementary school students pose for an unruly group photo at Mountain Village's Walk of Hope on June 16, 2018.
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Mountain Village Police Officer Anna Bill thought about quitting her job many times; her community kept her going.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel, Alaska. The organization's goal is to provide holistic mental health care to a remote region the size of Oregon, and that involves a myriad of challenges.
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A little after midnight at Mountain Village’s police station, Village Police Officer Anna Bill walks into a back room with a thick stack of papers. She’s holding a pile of Title 47s, a form that law enforcement uses to place involuntary holds on people who pose an immediate threat to themselves or others.

"This is just from the last couple months," Anna says. She thumps the papers down on the table in front of her. "And it's a whole stack."

City Water Truck Collision Off Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway

Sep 5, 2018
Bethel police are still investigating Monday's collision involving a city water truck. Police Lt. Amy Davis said that based on witness statements, the accident was caused when the driver of a maroon Ford truck missed a stop sign near the intersection o
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Bethel police are still investigating yesterday's collision involving a city water truck. Police Lt. Amy Davis said that based on witness statements, the accident was caused when the driver of a maroon Ford truck missed a stop sign near the intersection of Schwalbe Street and Chief Hoffman Highway at about 2 p.m. on Monday. The driver of the city water truck was not injured; the driver of the maroon truck was taken from the scene by an ambulance.


A small stretch of Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway will be closed Friday, August 24 through Monday, August 27 at 4 a.m. The map indicates the detours that will be used to go around the closed portions of the highway.
Courtesy of the City of Bethel


A small stretch of Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway will be closed through the weekend, starting Friday. There will be a detour at the Old Hospital Road intersection, connecting to Standard Oil Road where drivers will be able to reconnect to the main highway. According to a map posted to the City of Bethel’s Facebook page, the closure will be in effect until 4 a.m. on Monday. For more information, visit the city’s website.

Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee, the Acting Director of the Indian Health Service, toured YKHC's hospital expansion on August 7, 2018.
Courtesy of Joshua Barnett, Indian Health Service

Top leadership from the federal government’s Indian Health Service flew into Bethel and put on their hardhats on Tuesday. IHS Acting Director Michael Weahkee and his team went on a whirlwind tour of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s hospital expansion, which could add as many as 200 healthcare jobs to the region. The ambitious project is still in its early stages, and YKHC is facing a series of challenges to complete it.