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Bethel police are investigating a recent death as a homicide

Bethel police are investigating a recent death in town as a homicide and have a suspect in custody. On June 29, police received a report of a possible homicide in the 900 block of 6th Avenue. Police and fire medics responded to the scene and found Paul Bosco John, age 33, dead from a traumatic injury, according to a police press release.
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Fourth of July celebrations will return to Bethel after a 2-year hiatus

The City of Bethel’s Fourth of July celebration is fully returning on July 4 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual parade through town will be followed by festivities in Pinky’s Park. Though the parade returned last year, the park vendors have not gathered since 2019.
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A project to build housing for Bethel's homeless begins talking with contractors

A project to build housing in Bethel for people experiencing homelessness has raised enough money to begin negotiating with contractors. The step came after the Rasmuson Foundation announced a $500,000 grant to the project on June 30. Bethel Community Services Foundation is fundraising to build a 20-unit apartment complex. The...
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Alaska rejected more than 7,500 ballots in special primary election. Here's why.

More than 7,500 ballots were rejected in the special primary election to fill the remainder of the late Congressman Don Young’s term, according to the final vote tally. That’s a statewide rejection rate of 4.55%, double the rejection rate from the 2020 primary. The final ballot rejection rate in rural Alaska communities was even higher, with about 1 in 8 ballots not being counted. The primary was Alaska’s first statewide by-mail election.
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The Bethel City Council has tabled a vote on adding city sales tax to commercial flights

During their June 28 meeting, the Bethel City council tabled a vote on taxing commercial flights. The move to postpone came after an attorney for Renfro’s Alaskan Adventures, Inc., a local tour company, called into the meeting to object to the city sales tax on flights. The attorney said that the local ordinance would violate a state law. Council members said that they would take up the vote again once the city attorney had a chance to look at it.
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Board approves Alaska projects totaling $9 million

Anchorage, AK – In Nome, when the local shelter is closed during warmer months, people experiencing homelessness roam the streets, looking for a spot to sleep along the seawall, in abandoned vehicles, or around the small boat harbor. In Bethel, it’s been a similar story. Now, new housing...
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Witness signature requirement leads to high ballot rejection rate, especially in rural Alaska

More than 7,500 ballots were rejected in the special primary election to fill the remainder of the late Congressman Don Young’s term, according to the final vote tally. That’s a statewide rejection rate of 4.55%, double the rejection rate from the 2020 primary. The final ballot rejection rate in rural Alaska communities was even higher, with about 1 in 8 ballots not being counted. The primary was Alaska’s first statewide by-mail election.
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On the June 28 Bethel City Council agenda: a ballot proposition and a budget amendment

On the agenda is a ballot proposition that will appear on municipal ballots this October. The ballot measure will determine whether the City of Bethel has the authority to issue mask mandates. Voting "yes" on the ballot means you think that the city should not be able to issue the mandates. Voting "no" means you think that it should have the authority. More than 117 residents signed a petition requesting that the proposition appear on the ballot.
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The free fish bin returns to Bethel

The free fish bin has returned to Bethel. You can pick up free salmon from the green bin, which is located between the Brown’s Slough bridge and Corina’s Case Lot Groceries. The salmon come from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Bethel Test Fishery. The fishery harvests...
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Bethel man sentenced for murder, attempted sexual assault

Bethel, Alaska (KINY) - An Alaskan man has been sentenced to more than a century behind bars for murder and attempted sexual assault. On Thursday, June 23, Bethel Superior Court Judge Nathaniel Peters sentenced Samuel Atchak to 115 years for the murder and attempted sexual assault of a 19-year-old Chevak woman.
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Adventures on the Yukon and Kuskowim Rivers

Last week we featured the Yukon/Kuskokwim adventure canoers 22 year old Thomas Dyment and 23 year old Luke Wenger from Bethel who paddled all the way from Fairbanks to Bethel via the Paimute Yukon/Kuskokwim Portage from May 13th to June 9th, 2022. We were able to meet up with them to ask a few questions about their trip.
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Show respect for people past and present

My next article is a continuation of what I brought up not too long ago. A lifelong friend of mine and I openly discussed the homeless situation in Bethel because he has had a brush with the homeless on his property. The community of Bethel became a caterer to people who had no place to stay and were not Bethel residents, but people from various villages in the Y-K Delta.
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State of Alaska District Court in Bethel June 1 – 9

Steven Pitka, 27 3rd Degree Assault 6 Mos., 2 Yrs. Prob. Jennifer M.L. Gusty, 32 Violate Condition of Release, 5th Degree Criminal Mischief 30 Days $150, 1 Yr. Prob. Daniel Kelila, 47 3rd Degree Assault 2 Yrs., 5 Yrs. Prob. Shondell M.R. Merculief, 21 4th Degree Assault, Unlawful Contact Per...
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Bethel Fire Department Calls for week ending May 22

• Between 05/01/2022 and 05/27/2022, the Bethel Fire Department responded to 73 EMS and 11 Fire incidents. • On 05/03/2022 at 4:31 a.m., Firefighters responded to Ptarmigan Road for the report of a vehicle fire. Upon arrival, Firefighters observed an SUV that was fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters deployed hose lines and extinguished the fire. The cause of the fire was unintentional.
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Adventurers take a river canoe trip from Fairbanks to Bethel

Two Bethel men made an epic journey from Fairbanks to Bethel on a single canoe, traveling approximately 850 miles while paddling their way down the Tanana, Yukon, and Kuskokwim Rivers. Thomas Dyment and Luke Wenger have been friends for years, working together as EMTs at the Bethel Fire Department. Their...
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