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Mark Leary / Bethel Search and Rescue

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation says that there is no longer community spread of COVID-19 in Napaskiak. 

Alaska Airlines To Require Masks For All Passengers

Aug 6, 2020
Dean Swope / KYUK

Beginning Aug. 7, Alaska Airlines will require all passengers over 2 years old to wear face coverings, without exception.

Update: At 5:44 p.m. on Aug. 5, the Bethel Police Department reported that Eddie Changsak had been found safe and sound. 

Original Story

A 12-year-old Alaska Native boy is missing in Bethel. The Bethel Police Department reports that Eddie Changsak left a residence, 1023 Ridgecrest, around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, and has not been seen since. Changsak was last seen wearing a black shirt and grey pants. If you have news or information on his whereabouts, please call the BPD at 907-543-3781.

Greg Kim

On Aug. 4, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation confirmed another positive COVID-19 case in a resident of a village in their service area. The person tested positive in Anchorage, and YKHC was notified late on Aug. 3. The person has been out of the region for the past two weeks and is currently self-isolating in Anchorage. That makes the fourth case this week, and the 38th case that YKHC has announced. 

A COVID-19 testing sample at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced three cases of COVID-19 over the weekend.

Courtesy of Google Maps

The Lower Yukon community of Mountain Village is shutting its doors to nearby nonresidents unless they have permission to enter from the tribe, according to City Manager Michelle Peterson.

Update 11:36 a.m.:

Nine-year-old Lawrence Charles Jr. has been found. Bethel Police Department sent out an alert at 11:26 a.m. saying that the child had been found "safe and sound."

Original Story

A Bethel child has been missing since 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. Nine-year-old Lawrence Charles Jr. went to get something outside of his home on Ptarmigan Street Sunday night. He’s Alaska Native, 4-feet tall, weighs 90 pounds, and was last seen wearing a gray sweater, red shirt, and blue or black sandals. Anyone with news of his whereabouts, please call 911 or contact the police at 907-543-3781.

Mertarvik , Alaska on July 14, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Those who have moved to Mertarvik are making themselves at home.

A COVID-19 testing sample at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The first person in Bethel died of COVID-19 this weekend. Dr. Ellen Hodges, Chief of Staff with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, says that the case was travel related, and there’s no indication that anyone else in the region was infected.


The red pin shows the location of the Tagayarak River near Tuntutuliak, Alaska.
Google Maps screenshot

A man died after being thrown out of a boat near Tuntutuliak. The accident occurred July 28 on the Tagayarak River, a tributary of the Kuskokwim River.

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