Photos: Spring sunshine and breakup in Bethel

BETHEL –– It was busy in Bethel last week as U.S. House candidates took part in a candidate forum, followed by Breakup Bash, an annual event that celebrates the end of winter as Kuskokwim River ice moves away from town.

Summer is steadily approaching in Bethel and the town’s energy is electric. Basketball courts around town have thawed as ribbons of orange and yellow remained on the horizon past midnight.

Here are photos of spring in Bethel.

Emily Mesner

Emily Mesner is a multimedia journalist for the Anchorage Daily News. She previously worked for the National Park Service at Denali National Park and Preserve and the Western Arctic National Parklands in Kotzebue, at the Cordova Times and at the Jackson Citizen Patriot in Jackson, Michigan.