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  • Plane crashes near Bethel
    On April 8, a Cessna 208 Caravan plane operated by Hageland Aviation crashed near Bethel, killing two pilots: Derrick Cedars, 42 of Bethel and Greggory McGee, 46 of Anchorage. Around 5:15 p.m., Alaska State Troopers in Bethel were notified the plane was overdue in the vicinity of Three Step Mountain. Within the hour, the wreckage of the plane was seen near a fishing weir, burning. The two pilots...
  • City Council discusses shooting in city limits
    It’s illegal, but people do it. Guns get fired in city limits. This is because the otherwise empty-looking tundra surrounding Bethel is actually within city limits. Some people shoot their handguns for target practice. Others use the makeshift shooting range near Kasayuli. And still others will fire their guns in city limits for springtime subsistence hunting, such as waterfowl or ptarmigan. On...
  • TWC honors years of service
    Last weekend, The Tundra Women's Coalition honored three outstanding community members for their lifelong service: Nels Alexie of Bethel, Annie Kinegak of Akiachak and Andrew Jasper of Akiak and Bethel. Each person was selected for their commitment both to their families and to their communities. Each has left an indelible mark in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. These three people were honored as...
  • Filling stomachs with empty bowls
    The annual empty bowls fundraiser is more than an excuse to eat a bowl of chili. It's a community event that, this year, raised about $2,200 for the Lions Club Food Bank. According to the Kuskokwim Art Guild, who threw the event Saturday alongside the University of Fairbanks Kuskokwim Campus and the Bethel Lions Club, about 75 people with ages ranging from 5 to 65 years old made 216 bowls...
  • Autopsy bill passes Alaska Legislature
    A bill (HB 301) that would make changes to how the state does autopsies in rural Alaska passed both the Alaska House of Representatives and Senate unanimously. It is now at the governor’s office awaiting signature. In many cases, the remains of a deceased person must be sent to Anchorage for review by the State Medical Examiner in order to establish a cause of death and obtain the death...
  • Salmon Management Working Group slams hatchery idea
    At a learning session hosted by the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group on Friday, working group members discussed why creating a hatchery to boost ailing king salmon numbers would not be a good idea. According to working group members, a hatchery would be massively expensive, would distort the genetics of the wild salmon which could decrease survival, could distort the numbers and...
  • Food stamps can be used for subsistence supplies
    In certain remote areas of Alaska, subsistence hunting and fishing items may be purchased with food stamp benefits. Eligible households are given a specially marked identification card. Even though some subsistence hunting and fishing items may be expensive, they cannot be purchased on credit and paid for later with food stamp benefits. Nor can they be paid for before the item is delivered. Items...
  • Summer shouldn't mean hunger for our nation's children
    As a child, I always looked forward to the carefree joy of summertime. I remember the long days of playing outside at a nearby park until I needed to come home for lunch. Unfortunately, many of our nation’s children do not experience the simple joys of summer. In fact, far too many are left worrying where their next breakfast or lunch will come from when schools are dismissed for summer break....
  • Fixing Congress: Process changes needed
    These are hard times for Congress. Its approval ratings have seen a bump from their historic lows of a few months ago, but it’s a small one. Our representative democracy’s keystone political institution is widely derided as ineffective, unproductive, irrelevant and sadly out of touch. It is no coincidence that this comes while Congress has developed a taste for so-called “unorthodox...
  • Creating educational opportunity
    With days left in the legislative session, I am pleased with the legislative progress on our legislation to create more educational opportunities for our children. In addition to putting more money into the classroom and improving access to vocational training, I am committed to providing more access to residential schools. I have seen first-hand the terrific opportunities Alaska’s residential...

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