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Missing child found deceased

The Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers were notified that two adults recreating in the Pillar Mountain area had located a deceased juvenile on May 15, 2022, at approximately 12:30 pm. Alaska State Troopers […]

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Tufted Puffin -Qilangaq/Tunngaq

by Frank Keim This is another of those auks (alcids) I never saw while living in the YK Delta because its nesting areas in the Bering Sea were just too difficult for me to get […]

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“Massive ecosystem transformations” from glacier retreat mean new salmon habitat — and new challenges — for wild salmon

by Mary Catharine Martin Alaska is about to get thousands of miles of new salmon habitat — and how we manage that habitat will have long term implications for the salmon that find it. By […]

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Blown back to Alaska, bird perseveres

by Ned Rozell A bar-tailed godwit recently arrived in New Zealand on its second attempt to get there from Alaska, after a storm had blasted it back north. Keith Woodley of the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird […]

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Human remains found near Juneau

The Juneau Police Department received a report from an employee with Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT), that they had found a deceased person in the woods across from the area of the Auke Bay Ferry […]

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2021 Permanent Fund Dividend amount announced

Beginning the week of October 11th, an estimated 643,000 Alaskans will start to receive their 2021 Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) in the amount of $1,114.00. Alaskans who are determined eligible by October 7, 2021, filed […]

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Bethel doctor elected

Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s Shawn Vainio, MD, FAAFP, was recently elected by his peers to serve as the President of the Alaska Academy of Family Physicians. (AKAFP). He is originally from Girdwood, Alaska. Dr. Vainio […]

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BNC receives CARES Act Relief Funds

by Ana Hoffman Bethel Native Corporation recently received $596,724.19 from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Tribal Relief funds. The funds are provided to assist with unanticipated and necessary expenses related and […]

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Alaska Redistricting Board announces next steps

Today (Aug. 12th, 2021) the Alaska Redistricting Board received legacy-formatted PL 94-171 Redistricting data electronically from the United States Census Bureau. “We are excited to finally have numbers from the 2020 Census” said John Binkley, […]

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Berry Sweet

Bethany Samuelson, age 7, is excited about berry season here on the Kuskokwim. She went picking berries with her family when the salmonberries were ripe and ready. Photo by Allison Samuelson

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Memorial Day Remembrance

Monday, May 31, 2021 is Memorial Day – a day to remember and honor the heroes of our country who died while serving in the U.S. military. On this day, the Veterans of Foreign Wars […]

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2021 Akiachak High School Graduation

by Mary Samson May 5, 2021 marked the graduation date for the Akiachak School. Kindergarten, eighth grade, and seniors walked the aisle to the stage as ticketed guests were seated in small family groups. Special […]

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YKHC supports full-time, in-person school in fall

by YKHC Staff The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC) announced (May 12, 2021) it is collaborating with school districts on a plan that supports students safely returning to school full time, in-person this fall, regardless of […]

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Secrets of the Alaska sled dog

by Ned Rozell Mike Davis lives in Oklahoma, but he has traveled to Alaska many times to work with our greatest athletes. Davis, an Oklahoma State University veterinarian and exercise physiologist has many times traveled […]

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Foxes Test Positive For Rabies

 BETHEL, AK (April 20, 2021) – Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC) reported Tuesday that the communities of Nightmute, Alakanuk and Bethel have each had one fox test positive for rabies in recent weeks. The YKHC Office […]

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K300 Trailmarker Retrieval Program

by K300 Staff We at the K300 are launching a new program this year. We’d like to keep as many of our trailmarkers as possible from littering our beautiful landscape or floating out to sea. […]

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Why did the vole climb the tree?

by Ned Rozell A few years ago, Link Olson wanted students in his mammalogy class to see one of the neatest little creatures in Alaska, the northern flying squirrel. He baited a few live traps […]

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Body found by SAR group

Alaska State Troopers received a report that a body had been discovered near a snowmachine by Bethel Search and Rescue just South of Bethel on March 3, 2021, at approximately 1320 hours. The deceased has […]

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K300 Challenge Winner and Auction results

by K300 Staff Stephen Maxie, of Napaskiak, is the sole winner of the first ever “K300 Challenge”. Maxie guessed that Richie Diehl would win the race with an elapsed time of 36 hours, 58 minutes […]

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Marking the Ice Road

Zack and Brian Guest work on installing Kuskokwim Ice Road markers below Bethel. The official markers for the Kuskokwim Ice Road are provided by the State of Alaska Department of Transportation. The markers are being […]

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Nine Years Later, RurAL CAP Reflects on Karluk Manor

by RurAL CAP Staff In December of 2011, the Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP) opened Karluk Manor, Anchorage’s inaugural Housing First facility, to eligible populations. For nine years, Karluk Manor has provided […]

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YKHC Board of Directors adopts resolution opposing formation of a Regional Tribal Government in the YK Delta

by YKHC Staff On January 22, 2021, the YKHC Board of Directors met and adopted a resolution opposing the formation of a regional tribal government in the YK Delta. YKHC Resolution No. 2021.01.01. For nearly […]

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Steller sea lions and mercury

by Ned Rozell Within their bulbous bodies, Steller sea lions of the western Aleutian Islands seem to carry more mercury than sea lions closer to mainland Alaska. By looking at tiny bits of fish and […]

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Blizzard Warning until 09:00PM Thursday

* WHAT…Blizzard conditions. Additional snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph.   * WHERE…Kuskokwim Delta Coast and Nunivak Island.   * WHEN…Until 9 PM AKST Thursday.   * IMPACTS…Plan on slippery […]

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A chickadee’s midwinter roosting place

by Ned Rozell During the darkest days of Alaska’s winter, black-capped chickadees stuff themselves with enough seeds and frozen insects to survive 18-hour nights. Where the chickadees spend those long nights was a mystery until […]

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SAR successful in Emmo

Alaska State Troopers received a report of 3 overdue individuals on a snow machine on 12/31/2020 at approximately 2103 hours. A Kotlik resident advised family and friends that he would locate the overdue party, but […]

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AFN strongly supports condemning violence

The Alaska Federation of Natives stands solidly behind our Alaska Congressional Delegation, and in particular our Senior U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, in condemning the January 6th violence in the capitol against democratically elected officials and […]

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Spotlight on K9 Balu – AST

K9 Balu-Mocha is a 3 year old Belgian Malinois and began his career with AST in May of 2017. K9 Balu has primarily been assigned to SDEU (Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit), working with a DEA […]

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Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race Postponed

by the K300 Race Committee In light of the ongoing “lockdown” mandates and recommendations in effect throughout the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, the Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee has decided to postpone the 2021 K300. Originally scheduled to […]

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Doyon Shareholders to receive two distributions

The Doyon Settlement Trust Board of Trustees approved the Doyon Settlement Trust (DST) distribution amount of $6.71 per unit (share), or $671.00 per 100 shares on November 21st,2020. The first of these two non-taxable distributions […]

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Legislation introduced to include Haines, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, and Tenakee under ANCSA

Delegation’s Landless Legislation Rectifies 50-Year Injustice. Bill Would Provide Lands and Rights Under ANCSA to Five Southeast Native Communities. U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today (Nov. 10th, 2020) […]

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Fishing at the Seawall

Jerry Riley of Bethel (and originally from St. Mary’s) was jigging through the crusty river ice for lush fish at the Bethel Seawall across the Slough last Sunday afternoon.

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Search ongoing for missing boaters

Alaska State Troopers (AST) in Bethel received a report of overdue boaters from Quinhagak on 10/21/2020 at about 1200 hours. It was reported that Chad Chadwick, Sr., Elizabeth Wassillie, Michael Sharp, Alexie Nose, and Wilson […]

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Fireball in the sky over Alaska

by Ned Rozell Katie Kangas operates a bed-and-breakfast in Ruby, Alaska. On the morning of October 15, she turned to look out her picture window, toward the cabin next door. She was waiting for her […]

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One COVID-19 death in the YK Delta

by YKHC Staff It is with profound sadness YKHC reports that on October 17 a YK Delta resident in their 80’s died due to complications of COVID-19. The next of kin have been notified. YKHC […]

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Human remains found

Alaska State Troopers were contacted by a concerned family member of Donald R. Evans (age 89 of Palmer) on 5-27-20 at approximately 0956 hours. The family member reported that Evans was supposed to have traveled […]

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Alaska Employ People with Disabilities

Governor Mike Dunleavy has issued the following proclamation, dated October 4th, 2020. WHEREAS, Alaska Statute recognizes the first full week of October as Alaska Employ People with Disabilities Week to celebrate and foster the integration […]

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YK Delta Regional Tribal Government Process Continues

Calista Corporate Governance Committee Shares Updates and Facts on Discussions October 9, 2020: Willie Kasayulie, Chair of the Calista Corporation Corporate Governance Committee, shared an update on the process of forming a Regional Tribal Government […]

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Howard Pass an extreme, inviting place

by Ned Rozell Howard Pass, a rock-stubbled tundra plateau in the western Brooks Range, is one of the lowest points in the mountains that arc across northern Alaska. It is a broad gateway between the […]