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Red Cross Delivers Free Smoke Alarms

Mar 15, 2017

The Red Cross is bringing free smoke alarms right to your door.

It's their Regional Home Fire Campaign and it is coming to Bethel this weekend.

Lisa Miller, the Regional Communications officer with Alaska's Red Cross, says that they will be knocking on the doors at the Bethel mobile home park on Saturday.

"Just be home if they're in the mobile home park. Just be home and, you know, open the door when you hear somebody knocking."

Miller says the goal is to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Over a hundred people gathered in Anchorage recently to talk about ways to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.  

Alaska State Troopers

A 29-year-old man was found dead in his home in Kwethluk on Sunday. Village Health Aides confirmed Alexie Alfred's death, and Alaska State Troopers say that there were no signs of foul play. Alfred’s body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy, and his family has been notified. 

Bethel Search and Rescue President Mike Riley and Vice President Fritz Charles address BSAR members at a regular meeting on February 2, 2017.
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The real heroes of the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta will be comparing notes next week at a Search and Rescue Conference in Bethel.

Just about anyone involved with public safety in the region, such as the Alaska State Troopers, Air National Guard, Village Public Safety Officers, Alaska Search and Rescue, and volunteers from search and rescue groups across the Delta will be looking at ways they can tighten the region's safety net.

Bethel Police Department

Initial concerns appear to be unfounded that a young man found dead in a Bethel residence in January may have died from suspicious causes.  

According to information released by the Bethel Police Department, the state Medical Examiner's report classifies the death as an accident and indicates that Kyle Thomas died from acute alcohol poisoning. Thomas was found dead at 7:35 a.m on January 9, 2017.

Thomas was 30 years old. The full medical report was released to family members.    

Danielle Shawgo, Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health with YKHC, says the health corporation has not seen an increase since Bethel opened its liquor stores in people looking for help to sober up, and she says the numbers of visits to the emergency roo
Gale Ekamrak / KYUK Interns

Has the Bethel liquor store fueled an increase in domestic violence in the region? That is one of the questions at the heart of the tribal meeting held in Bethel this week. The answer is not clear-cut.

Gale Ekamrak / KYUK Interns

Bethel’s alcohol stores are affecting the entire region, and it’s up to the tribes to do something about it. That’s the message from a tribal gathering held in Bethel on Wednesday. Representatives from more than a dozen tribes across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta came together to share how their communities have been affected since Bethel started selling alcohol last spring.


Alaska State Troopers

An Akiak woman died after being thrown from a snowmachine driven by an intoxicated driver. Alaska State Troopers responded to the crash west of Akiachak on the Gweek River trail Wednesday morning. Troopers say that Alfreda Evan, age 30, of Akiak died from her injuries. William Peter, age 33, of Tuluksak, was the driver and has been charged with a DUI and criminally negligent homicide. Evan’s next of kin have been notified.

The Yukon Kuskokwim Ayagnirvik Healing Center provides substance abuse treatment for alcohol and opioid addiction in Bethel, Alaska.
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Last week, Governor Bill Walker declared the state’s opioid epidemic a public health disaster and issued administrative orders directing all departments of the state government to apply for federal funds to address the crisis. As the executive branch is mobilizing in hopes of mitigating the epidemic, KYUK is checking in with the opioid treatment program at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel for an update.


Katie Basile / KYUK

A woman was found dead after hours in the VFW sauna.

Maria Bell, age 31, of Chevak was unresponsive when she was discovered in the sauna of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) building in Bethel. She was taken to the Emergency Room and pronounced dead.

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