Smelts caught just below the Napakiak airport. Photo by Michael Black.

Smelts caught just below the Napakiak airport. Photo by Michael Black.

After the earliest breakup on record, the smelts are spawning their way into the Bethel area.

Tuesday morning, Napakiak resident Michael Black posted a picture on Facebook of the smelts he caught near Napakiak. He was still smelting when he talked with KYUK.

“Yeah, they’re hitting pretty hard. I’m getting like half a net-full each time. Well, most of the time I’m getting half a net-full,” Black said.
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An aerial satellite view of Akiachak on Google Maps. Screenshot by Charles Enoch/KYUK

An aerial satellite view of Akiachak on Google Maps. Screenshot by Charles Enoch/KYUK

Alaska State Troopers arrested 38-year-old Akiachak resident Harry Nose last week on multiple felony assault charges.

Troopers say on Thursday Tribal Police Officers in Akiachak requested their assistance regarding an assault. Police say Nose assaulted his female guardian at their residence where he was released under a court order after serving out a prior conviction.
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Bethel Mayor Rick Rob (left), BSAR President Mike Riley (middle), Red Cross Volunteer Francy Bennett (right). Photo by Adrian Wagner / KYUK.

Mike Riley, Bethel Search and Rescue president, has won the 2016 American Red Cross Real Hero Award.

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Hayden Lieb pinning opponent Jacob Shack. Photo courtesy of BSAR

Hayden Lieb pinning opponent Jacob Shack. Photo courtesy of BSAR

The Bethel Wrestling Club participated in the 2016 Alaska USA State Wrestling Tournament in Wasilla over the weekend. Three Warriors came home with a triple-crown title after coming out first in all three wrestling styles: folkstyle, Greco-Roman and freestyle.
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The Kuskokwim Campus of University of Alaska Fairbanks in Bethel will face budget cuts in FY 16.

The Kuskokwim Campus of University of Alaska Fairbanks.

How can the University of Alaska Fairbanks system better respond to sexual assault cases on its rural campuses? That’s what a group of men from UAF came to the Kuskokwim University Campus in Bethel last week to answer. KuC is the third rural campus the men have visited with this questions. The trip occurred just days after an external review called the UAF’s handling of five sexual assault cases between 2011 and 2014 failures. The University of Alaska system requested the review be conducted.

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Kuskokwim Consortium Library. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.)

Bethel’s only library will be closing for renovations this Saturday for at least three months. The Kuskokwim University Campus runs the library, but it’s used more as a public space than as a university resource. Members of that public who rely on the library for computers and entertainment will have to go elsewhere this summer.

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Opening day of AC Quickstop liquor store. (Photo by Geraldine Brink / KYUK.)

Opening day of AC Quickstop liquor store. (Photo by Geraldine Brink / KYUK.)

AC Quickstop opened Bethel’s first liquor store since the city banned alcohol sales in 1977. The store opened at 11 a.m. Tuesday. KYUK reporter Anna Rose MacArthur showed up around a quarter till to find a line of around 10 people, waiting for the historic doors to open.

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Bethel City Council began its five-day series of special meetings Tuesday night to craft the city’s budget. But a gaping unknown stands in the way of balancing the numbers: the new revenue from alcohol sales.
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