Health related stories.

Thin Ice Claims A Life Near Atmautluak

Jan 5, 2017
Adrian Wagner / KYUK

The body of Daniel Waska of Atmautluak was found on Wednesday. It is suspected that his snowmachine went through the ice as he was headed home earlier this week.

The Kuskokwim River, covered in standing water from recent warm weather, as seen from the Bethel seawall on January 3, 2016.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Stay off the river. That's the message from Bethel Search and Rescue President Mike Riley to Kuskokwim-area residents. Weeks of above freezing temperatures and rain have led to deep standing water and even a partial break up in some sections.

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. 


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.