Western Alaska

The Newly Erected GCI Cellular Tower on Ptarmigan Street. --Courtesy of GCI

The Newly Erected GCI Cellular Tower on Ptarmigan Street. –Courtesy of GCI

General Communications Inc., commonly known as GCI, will have to pay a $620,500 fine for unregistered cellular towers and improper tower lighting in Western Alaska and airports near Fairbanks.

The fee comes after a settlement Tuesday, with the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC.
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Allstate Insurance Company Logo. (Courtesy of Allstate website)

Allstate Insurance Company Logo. (Courtesy of Allstate website)

A former Bethel resident that was injured in a car accident more than 13 years ago, has been awarded nearly $17 million in a civil lawsuit, a Bethel jury ruled Tuesday.

But what happens after the ruling isn’t cut and dry.
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The Newly Erected GCI Cellular Tower on Ptarmigan Street. --Courtesy of GCI

The GCI Cellular Tower on Ptarmigan Street in Bethel. –Courtesy of GCI

Editor’s note: At approximately 4 p.m., internet and phone access has returned. 

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U.S. Department of Justice logo.

U.S. Department of Justice logo.

The U.S. Departments of Justice and the Interior have announced a $940 million proposed settlement with a nationwide class of about 640 Native American tribes and tribal entities.

The agreement ends the 25-year-old legal dispute regarding contract support costs for tribal agencies, according to a press release this morning.
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140929 Pot Initiative clos (pic)

Ana Hoffman, Bethel Native Corporation CEO and President, testified against the Marijuana Initiative at the Bethel public hearing on the initiative.

The Bethel Legislative Office was packed Monday afternoon as Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor, Mead Treadwell lead a hearing on Ballot Measure 2, a Marijuana initiative that will appear on the November 4th ballot.

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imgres-1The Managing editor of the Alaska Dispatch News confirmed today that the news organization is setting up a full-time news bureau in Bethel to cover Western Alaska and announced the reporter who will staff the bureau. Read more →