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Money Rolls In For Bethel Family Clinic

Dec 20, 2017
Jehona Kadriu

More money is arriving to pay for the construction of the new Bethel Family Clinic building. This week, $400,000 was awarded by the Rasmuson Foundation for the project, joining another $300,000 from the M. J. Murdock Trust that was announced a few weeks ago. 

The Bethel Fire Department, joined by its community partners and sponsors, cuts the dedication ribbon for the Medic Six ambulance on December 15, 2017.
Benjamin Paul Anderson-Agimuk

Christmas arrived at the Bethel Fire Department in the form of a shiny new ambulance. On Friday, Bethel Fire Chief Bill Howell led a lunchtime dedication ceremony for the vehicle. The new addition, referred to as Medic Six, follows more than a year of fundraising. 

Joanne Evon collects cookies at the 24th Annual Christmas Cookie Extravaganza at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center on December 17, 2017.
Beverly Hoffman

Some people’s chance to swim in Bethel is funded by another person’s sweet tooth, and this weekend that fund just got bigger.

 Puppies in Kwethluk are prepped for vaccinations in July 2017.
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

Bethel Friends of Canines co-founder and president Joan Dewey is stepping down after leading the organization since its beginning in 2011. A press release from the nonprofit attributes the decision to “years of being overworked and overstressed.” During her tenure Dewey helped approximately 2,000 dogs and cats in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta find new homes.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation says that there is no public health risk associated with the recent death of a student who died following a wrestling tournament in Bethel. George Morgan Senior High School in Upper Kalskag identified the student as ninth-grader Katie Wooten. The school confirmed that Wooten died on Monday; the cause of death has not been disclosed.

Update 5:15 p.m. Tuesday: The cause of the death of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta student is still under investigation by the State Medical Examiner in Anchorage. Mitchell Forbes, the Public Information Officer with the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, says the Examiner completed the autopsy on the student Tuesday and is waiting on lab test results. YKHC will release more information as it becomes available. The Upper Kalskag school confirmed that one of their students, ninth-grader Katie Wooten, died on Monday.

Update 2:30 p.m. Tuesday: The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has issued the following statement on the recent death of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta student: "After working with the State Medical Examiner, YKHC does not recommend antibiotic treatment to anyone other than the immediate family of the deceased student and others who may have been in close contact. This means, unless you have been contacted by medical staff from YKHC, you do not need to visit the emergency room for treatment regarding this incident. More information will be released as it is available."

Expect delays of water and sewer services through the holidays due to a shortage of truck drivers.
Jeremy Osborne / Yuut Elitnaurviat

Staffing shortages are not an unusual problem for most Bethel employers, and the City is no different. Bethel City Manager Peter Williams says that delays of water and sewer services are expected through the holidays due to a shortage of drivers for the city’s water and sewer trucks.


[Back row, left to right] Fire Chief Bill Howell, FF/EMT Kyle Inman, FF/EMT Thomas Haviland, and Fire Captain Daron Solesbee. [Middle row] John Kameroff, Monroe Tyler, Shadi Rabi/EMT, [Bottom row] Jesse Gefroh, Matthew Cochrane/EMT, Steven "Tucker" Burnet
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

If your house or business catches fire in Bethel, you’re in good hands. There are now almost twice the number of firefighters in town than there were a few months ago. The number jumped to 18 on Friday when eight new volunteers received their badges and pins. The event marked the department’s first public commencement. Bethel, meet your newest fire service personnel.

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

A Bethel winter tradition provides a place to get out of the cold. Friday, December 1, the Bethel Winter House opens its doors for the season. This year, the homeless shelter is located at the Bethel Evangelical Covenant Church. 

YKHC Takes Steps To Improve Travel For Medicaid Customers

Nov 27, 2017
The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has slowly taken over the state's role in approving travel for Medicaid care.
Courtesy of the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation

Over the past year the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has slowly taken over the state's role in approving travel for Medicaid care. YKHC hopes that creating a department dedicated to that task will reduce the frustrations of area clients trying to deal with the state-run system. KYUK’s Christine Trudeau sat down with YKHC representative Tiffany Zulkosky last week to go over the details outlined in a recent press release on the changes that created the Medicaid Travel Office.