Health related stories.

Jackie Williams / KYUK

A new federal rule will ban smoking in public housing nationwide. The notice was released Wednesday by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and will take effect in 18 months. But Alaska is looking to do that a lot sooner.

BSAR Advises Against Automobiles On The River

Nov 22, 2016
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim river is freezing around Bethel, but you still need to be careful if you are going to use it to travel to and from nearby villages. That means keeping trucks and cars off the river for now.

Sewer Service Restored To Emmonak

Nov 18, 2016
Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Emmonak’s damaged sewer system, which left hundreds without service this week, has been jump-started. 

The Clock That Is Emmonak

Nov 17, 2016
Adrian Wagner / KYUK

On Monday, a fire disabled Emmonak's sewage treatment plant, leaving the city unable to provide sewer service to hundreds of homes in the village.

In the city you can see time passing as ice forms on the last open water of the Yukon River. It’s this battle with the quickly approaching winter that the city is up against as it races to fix its damaged water and sewer system before the pipes freeze for good.

Ron Cruz / Flickr Creative Commons

After three-and-a-half weeks, the Bethel Superior Court trial over whether or not tobacco company Philip Morris misled a Pilot Station man about the harmful effects of smoking has ended in a hung jury.

Dean Swope / KYUK

An Alaska State Trooper plane made an emergency landing around the Kasayulie subdivision of Bethel. Troopers say the pilot was the only one on board the plane and no injuries were reported.

A witness says the crash landing happened at 5 p.m. Friday, shortly after the plane took off. No other information was available at the time this story was published.

Enver Fernandez / Timberland

Children's eye development is something most of us rarely think about when we talk about raising kids, but it's enough of an issue in the Dominican Republic to prompt volunteers to travel thousands of miles to help out. Three local optometrists from the Yukon Kuskokwim Eye Center flew to the Dominican Republic to give much needed eye exams to school children living in poverty.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Two big donations mean that the Bethel Firefighters and EMTs  are close to meeting their fundraising goals for another ambulance.


The National Weather Service plans to move away from producing forecasts locally, reduce field office hours, and move towards relying on one weather forecast nationwide. The NWS says that this will improve their services, while an employee union leader claims that it will degrade them.

Charles Enoch / KYUK

The body of a young woman found dead in a Bethel home Monday will be sent to Anchorage for an autopsy. A press release published on social media by the Bethel Police Department says that no foul play is suspected in the death of Deanna Pete, maiden name Michaels, age 33, of Bethel.