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Bethel City Council votes to change planning appeals process, to rezone Kasayuli, and to hire a union negotiator

The Bethel City Council voted to change who considers appeals from the planning commission. Previously, residents or business owners wishing to appeal the way the planning commission ruled had to go through a body called the Board of Adjustment, which was made up of all the city council members. The new Board of Adjustment will be one administrative law judge trained in municipal law. Bethel City Clerk Lori Strickler said that since the Bethel City Council members can be lobbied by their constituents to rule one way or another, having an impartial judge makes the process better for all involved.
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UW School of Pharmacy Student Accepted Into Exclusive Biomedical Sciences Summer Program

A University of Wyoming biomedical sciences Ph.D. candidate has been accepted into the Marine Biological Laboratory summer program in neuroscience, excellence and success (SPINES), located in Woods Hole, Mass. Whitney Walker, of Bethel, Alaska, is among 15-20 graduate and postdoctoral students selected nationally each summer for the exclusive program dedicated...
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State of Alaska District Court in Bethel April 25 – May 5

Michael G. Sheppard Jr., 54 4th Degree Assault 120 Days, 3 Yrs. Prob. Austin I. Wilmarth, 24 3rd Degree Criminal Mischief 5 Yrs. Prob. Robert Tungwenuk, 37 2nd Degree Harassment 45 Days. Alexander Henry, 29 Violate Conditions of Release 10 Days. Seth Aguchak, 35 Violate Conditions of Release, 4th Degree...

The Lily is a ghost barge, and she is floating down the Kuskokwim

Last fall, Alaska Logistics left two barges to freeze in Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta rivers. One has dislodged and become a free-floating ghost barge, winding down the Kuskokwim River. It’s been stuck at the Macivik Slough, just below Tuluksak, since May 10. The ghost barge has a name. It’s called The...
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Supporting and protecting Alaskans during breakup and fire season

Spring and summer across Alaska bring the much-anticipated recreation and subsistence activities which are vital to our way of life, but the longer days and warmer temperatures also bring the risk of flooding and wildland fires. While we are accustomed to these seasonal threats, the impact is no less devastating to those who are affected. When these events do occur, the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is ready to provide a range of support and emergency assistance across the state.
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Bethel Fire Department Calls for week ending May 8

• 5/4/2022 18:30 EMS responded to a report of a seizure. • 5/4/2022 19:25 EMS responded to a person who isn’t feeling well. • 5/4/2022 20:05 EMS responded to a report of a person having abdominal pain. • 5/4/2022 20:31 EMS responded to a report of a person having...
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Kuskokwim Campus 2022 Commencement

The Kuskokwim Campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Rural and Community Development celebrated their Forty-Eighth Commencement on April 29th, 2022. The graduates clad in their graduation gowns, mortar boards, and tassels entered the room at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center. Friends and family were present to witness this momentous day and to share in the joy of their loved ones’ accomplishments.

In Alaska, warmer days can bring catastrophic flooding as frozen rivers break up

When spring finally arrives in southwest Alaska, people are eager to get outside. But longer, warmer days can bring catastrophic flooding as frozen rivers break up. Emily Schwing reports. (SOUNDBITE OF FOOTSTEPS ON ICE) EMILY SCHWING, BYLINE: Every Thursday, Mark Leary walks across the frozen Kuskokwim River in Bethel to...

Uptick in tuberculosis cases across the Y-K Delta forces in-school testing

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC) is dispatching health teams to multiple villages in the Y-K Delta this month to test school age kids for tuberculosis. Case counts are trending above average this year. The situation has been further complicated by the coronavirus pandemic and the repeal of a state law that required in-school testing.
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BNC hosts congressional candidates forum in Bethel

The Office of Subsistence Management has selected the winners of the 2022-23 Student Art Contest: Carl Teg’aaq, age 11, from Bethel won in the wildlife category, and Rea Koy, age 13, from Anchorage won in the fisheries category. Teg’aaq’s artwork will serve as the cover art for the 2022-2024...
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Live and learn

Live and learn! Until today I didn’t know plants needed food! Growing up I never gave this a second thought! I guess I never looked deep enough into the soil so to speak to realize that every living thing on this earth such as wildflowers like fireweed got their nutrients from the rich soil. I really took this for granted.
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For Sale

Houses for Sale – 20% Price Reduction on all houses!. Must be moved. Call Shorty at 907-545-3157 for prices. (18)(6/2-cnx) For Sale: Small House 22 by 20 must be moved $14000. 545-0929 (12)(3/3-cnx) For Sale:. Hitzer Amish built woodstoves. UHMW Plastic sled runners. 543-2379. (11)(3/1-cnx) FOR SALE. 300 Gallon...