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The annual Louis Bunyan Memorial Dance Festival happens this weekend in Hooper Bay. People will be snowmachining in from surrounding communities such as Chevak and Marshall to watch and experience the spring dancing. And this year, they're seeing something more: talking circles on sobriety. 

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation urged residents with botulism symptoms to seek medical attention.
Dean Swope/KYUK

An adult from Bethel might have contracted botulism from a "Native Salad" that they bought at the Cama-i Dance Festival last weekend. While the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation suspects that this is a botulism case, the diagnosis is still unconfirmed.

Chefornak’s Tribal Council President, Walter Lewis, is dead in an apparent snowmachine accident. A Medical Examiner report may help clarify what happened.

Governor Bill Walker signs HB 141 at Bethel's Yuut Elitnaurviat surrounded by high school students from the Kuskokwim Learning Academy on August 29, 2017.
Dean Swope/KYUK

Updated Friday, March 9 at 6:00 p.m.: Inspired by the Napaskiak Tribal Council, the village of Marshall issued its own resolution Friday afternoon. Tribal council members urged Governor Walker to declare a state of emergency in their community, too.

Napaskiak Tribal Administrator Sharon Williams in July, 2017. She says that Bethel's liquor store has led to an increase in alcohol-related deaths.
Katie Basile/KYUK

Napaskiak asked Governor Bill Walker to declare a state of emergency on Tuesday, following an increase in alcohol-related deaths in the village. According to tribal council members, Bethel's liquor store has disrupted village life so badly that it requires state and federal intervention.

YKHC Urges Bethel To Prep For Flu Season

Feb 27, 2018
The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is offering free flu vaccines in the hospital lobby Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Dean Swope/KYUK

A particularly nasty flu arrived in Bethel last week.

Ice Road Car Collision Near Akiachak Wednesday

Feb 8, 2018
A car and a truck ran into each other on the ice road near Akiachak yesterday afternoon, Wednesday February 7, 2018.
Courtesy of MaryAnna Black

A car and a truck ran into each other on the ice road near Akiachak yesterday afternoon. There are reports that at least two people were medevaced to Anchorage following the accident, but the extent of injuries to both drivers and passengers has not been confirmed at this time. Troopers were on site, but have yet to issue a report on the details of the two-vehicle collision on the Kuskokwim.


The Yukon-Kuskokwim Ayagnirvik Healing Center provides substance abuse treatment for alcohol and opioid addiction in Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope / KYUK

On Monday, all smoking areas and ash cans will disappear from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation as the organization goes tobacco free. That means no tobacco use of any kind, including chewing tobacco, will be allowed for employees, patients, or visitors on YKHC grounds throughout the region. 

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.