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Students at Gladys Jung Elementary School wrote reasons why they love their school, which is on display in the hallway inside the school.
Courtesy of Shane Iverson

Following Gladys Jung Elementary School Principal Chris Carmichael’s arrest last week, Bethel parents are going through some tough conversations with their kids that they never expected to need to have.

LKSD is making its social workers available to students and parents following the arrest of Gladys Jung Elementary School Principal Chris Carmichael.
Lower Kuskokwim School District

Parents and students with concerns after last week's arrest of Gladys Jung Elementary Principal Chris Carmichael are reminded that there are resources to reach out to. The Lower Kuskokwim School District has social workers available for emotional support, and anyone is encouraged to call. They can be reached by calling (907) 543-4874 or (907) 545-4429.

Bethel's 26th Annual Christmas Cookie Extravaganza raised $3,677 for the YK Delta Lifesavers Fund at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center on Dec. 15, 2019.
Beverly Hoffman

Bethel's 26th Annual Christmas Cookie Extravaganza raised thousands of dollars to help people throughout the region learn to swim. Hundreds of sweet treats sold in just 13 minutes, earning $3,677. Thirty-seven bakers, donating 200 pounds of cookies, fudge, and breads, made the event possible on Dec. 15 at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center. The money goes to the YK Delta Lifesaver Endowment Fund to support swim programs and events at the fitness center.


Last year, the Bethel Winter House at the Bethel Evangelical Covenant  Church took care of 216 visitors, defined as people who went there at least once. Anny Cochrane is on its board of directors.

The Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center reopened on Monday, Jan. 15.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center celebrated its five-year anniversary last Friday. Cake, games, and speeches from the people who helped bring the Bethel fitness center to life marked the occasion. 

The village of Quinhagak will build a brand new clinic to replace their old one. The Indian Health Service awarded $2 million to Quinhagak through the Small Ambulatory Program.

A domestic violence shelter for women is opening in Hooper Bay in 2020. KTVA reports that the village of Hooper Bay and the Rural Alaska Community Action Program are working to open the shelter together. 

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

The Bethel Winter House is opening two weeks early this year, on Saturday, Nov. 16. Located in the Bethel Evangelical Covenant Church, the shelter provides a warm place for people to sleep during the year’s coldest months. 

Jeremy Lee, 31, stands before the burning trailer where he rented a room behind Front Street Cafe in Bethel. Oct. 2, 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Last week, a fire destroyed a trailer in Bethel where five tenants were living. We heard from one of them on the day of the accident. At that time, he’d lost all his possessions and didn’t know where he was going to sleep that night. KYUK checked in on him and reports how the community helped him stay on his feet.

Warren Polk on Oct. 3, 2019, three days after his family's home burned in Bethel.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Black smoke arched across the Bethel skyline on Tuesday, Oct. 1, alerting the town to a house on fire. The house, near H-Marker Lake, belongs to Warren Polk. The fire destroyed all his family’s possessions, but before the flames had settled, the community had already started replacing them. KYUK talked with Polk about how his family is doing, and how the community can continue providing support.