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Berries for Grandma

Two year old Kylee Evan is daughter of Meriel Mike and Jarek Evan of Mountain Village. She went on her first berry pick. “She said she is picking berries for grandma Sophie. Her little heart […]

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Juicy Blueberries

Aubrey “Paningayaq” Simon, age 7, of Quinhagak picked these plump and juicy blueberries from Agolik on July 26th, 2019. “She was so eager to pick,” said mom Jessica. “She happily picked two quarts.”

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Generation to generation

Renee Winnie is enjoying her first picking trip below Russian Mission. “She is picking raspberries along the bank before making her way into the bushes,” said her mom Sherilyn Polty. “Thanks to her Ap’a Joey […]

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Fresh Tundra Berries

It is salmon berry season! Marie Smith picked two gallons of fresh atsat from near her village of Quinhagak last week.

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Summer Salmonberries

3 year old Austin Nick of Tuntutuliak enjoyed tasting and eating the salmonberries from his family’s berry bucket while picking near Nunapitchuk last Saturday. The salmonberries are ready and ripe. Austin is the son of […]

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Baby’s Salmon

Three year old Leyton Alexie of Eek helps her mom Mary bring their dried strips to their cutting table. “She was so ready to put strips away,” wrote Mary. This photo was taken on June […]

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Barn Door Alaskan Halibut

Randall Charlie (at left) and Sanky Ulak of Scammon Bay pulled up these barndoor-sized halibut while deep sea fishing 13 miles from the end of the Askinuk Mountains. Randall’s fish measured 75 inches and Sanky’s […]

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Calista Corporation Announces the 2019 Shareholder Awards Winners Exemplify Our Alaska Native Values

by Thom Leonard Calista (cha-lis-tah) Corporation is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of the annual Calista Shareholder Awards. Nominated by fellow Shareholders, these awards recognize exceptional efforts by Shareholders and Descendants to uphold the […]

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Seal Hunting Season

by Nicole Charlie It is the time of the year in spring where men in villages go out to the ocean and hunt seal for food. The women keep the seal after the men take […]

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Salmon Helper

She is only two years old but Winter Otto of Kongiganak does not let that stop her from helping her family prepare and care for their fish harvest. Here she is washing a king salmon […]

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Smelts on the Rack

Hillary Beebe of Quinhagak helped filled up their family’s fish rack with smelt after a day of dipnetting this past weekend. Photo by Cynthia Beebe

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Two Halibut for First Catch

Gwendolyn David of Bethel caught two halibut while ocean fishing near Kongiganak. She had never fished for halibut before! Gwendolyn is the daughter of Owen and Laverne David.

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Calista Corporation 2019 voting materials posted online

by Thom Leonard Calista (cha-LIS-tuh) Corporation has posted online the 2019 Annual Meeting voting materials. These materials include the Proxy Statement, proxy prizes list, and a sample Proxy Form. Visit www.calistacorp.com/AnnualMeeting to find these materials […]

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Seal Oil Maker

2 year old Michelle Renae Black of Napakiak works on cutting seal blubber into strips with her uluaq to be made into seal oil. Photo taken on April 30th, 2019 by her parents Michael and […]

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LKSD honors young man for heroic act

The Lower Kuskokwim School District Board of Education has issued a proclamation honoring the heroic act of Joseph Joekay, a high school student, who with selfless courage saved the lives of two children who fell […]

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Alukaq River Hunters

Scott Sakar & Jason Steeves of Aniak are spring hunting at the mouth of the Alukaq River above Napaimute. Photo taken on May 1st, 2019 by Mark Leary.

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Bethel Student to intern with Senator Murkowski

Tatiana Vaughn Korthuis of Bethel was selected as an intern for Senator Lisa Murkowski. She will be interning during the second session this summer from July 8th through August 2nd, 2019. Korthuis attends Mount Edgecumbe […]

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Native Village of Napaimute to receive EDA grant

April 24, 2019 – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced that it is investing to help the Native Village of Napaimute, Alaska, acquire vital equipment needed to spur economic growth […]

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Fighter in Velvet Gloves

by K.J. Lincoln Fighter in Velvet Gloves is a book written about the life of Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich, who is known for her role in helping to fight for civil rights for all Alaskan natives […]

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Goodnews Bay Trout Harvest

Daniel and Renae Smith of Goodnews Bay cut these Dolly Varden trout that are drying on their fish rack. Renae checked on her fish April 5th when this photo was taken.  

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Bills moved in Senate Finance Committee

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Hello – Day 81…and this week, the Senate Finance Committee moved a couple of bills. SB 16: Alcohol License Fairs, Theatres, Concerts, Bonds; SB 61: Commercial Fishermen’s Fund/Vessel Owner and SB […]

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Kiakutaq Trophy Pike

Sheila Oscar of Marshall caught this very big Northern Pike while fishing at Kiakutaq on March 27th, 2019.photo by Jay Fitka

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“May in March” BSAR River Report:*

by Bethel Search & Rescue 3.29.19 Summary: After the warmest February in 95 years for our region, March is working towards setting a new record as well. With weeks of above normal temperatures, rain, and […]

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New Miss Cama-i crowned

by K.J. Lincoln Lorraine Tom of Chefornak is the newly crowned 2019 Miss Cama-i. Tom, who is 22 years old, was one of two contestants in the Miss Cama-i Cultural Pageant this past weekend. Runner […]

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Missing man found

Volunteer searchers from Quinhagak recovered the body of Timothy Beebe from the Kanektok River in shallow water after the tide had gone out on 3/28/2019 at approximately 1105. On 3/27/2019 searchers dragging a net by […]

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Cama-i Festival opening night

by K.J. Lincoln The Cama-i Dance Festival opened tonight, Friday, March 29th, 2019 with traditional dancing featuring local, regional, and statewide groups. Cama-i Co-coordinator Linda Curda and Orutsararmiut Traditional Chief Louie Andrew gave the welcome […]

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Yukon Sprint Race Winner

The 2019 Andrefski 90 Womens Sled Dog Mushing Champion is Sherilyn Polty of Russian Mission. Sherilyn drove a 7-dog team from Paul Larson’s kennel to win the race in 18 minutes, 25 seconds. “Thanks to […]

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Please keep the PCE program intact for us

by Joshua Cleveland This open letter to Representative Tiffany Zulkosky is dated March 21, 2019. Dear Representative Zulkosky, My friend and representative of the Bethel area. I want to share with you the concern I […]

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Calista Connect Contest launches

by Thom Leonard Calista Corporation introduces the Calista Connect Contest. Shareholders 18 years and older who complete two easy digital options are entered to win. The contest is open now and all entries must be […]

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Senate District S Update

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Hello- We have arrived at day 60 in the 31st legislative session. I want to start this week’s newsletter with a huge shout out to Bethel’s own Peter Kaiser for winning […]

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Old Time Trapping

John Borowski lives year round in a log cabin he built himself 5 miles below Napaimute on the Kuskokwim River. He is one of the last of the old time trappers and also one of […]

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Kaiser wins BBNC Fish First Iditarod Award

Iditarod musher Peter Kaiser received the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Fish First Award as the first to reach the Kaltag checkpoint in the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Kaiser arrived in Kaltag at approximately […]

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Alaska State Senate Legislative Update

by Senator Lyman F. Hoffman March 1st, 2019 Hello, We are at the half-way mark of the 90-day session. This week the Senate Finance Committee completed the agency budget overviews from the departments of Labor, […]

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Arrest Made in Fairbanks Cold Case

by Alaska DPS Staff February 15, 2019 (ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – After nearly 26 years, the Alaska State Troopers is finally able to help an Alaskan family get one step closer to justice. On February 15, 2019, […]

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When Alaska salmon ‘go viral’

by Jenny Weis The sitting president of the United States visited Dillingham in 2015 and picked fish, ate traditional foods, and joined local kids for Yup’ik dancing. On Kanakanak beach, President Obama picked a humpy […]

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Nelson Island musk ox hunt

by Isiah Rivers Shiah Rivers, my second child, took aim at this 3 year old bull before he took the shot. For one year after catching his first ever bull moose he talked about wanting […]

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In-air assault reported

Alaska State Troopers, Bethel Post received a report of a disturbance, occurring on 1/31/19 on board an aircraft operated by Yute Commuter Air Service. A 16 year old boarded the aircraft in Napakiak bound for […]

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Fishing in Style

Cody Lincoln of Toksook Bay keeps warm while ice fishing wearing the beautiful qasrulek ribbon seal parka made by his grandma Theresa Lincoln. He is fishing for tom cod on the frozen bay ice of […]

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Real ID – Senate District S Update

by Senator Lyman F. Hoffman Friends – In week three, the Senate Finance Committee received Senate Bill 38 and 39, requested by the Governor. SB 38 Supplemental and Disaster Relief, relating to fire suppression activities […]

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We need a post office in our village

by Janet Bavilla Villages have always done their best to adapt to a changing world. Many in the present have tried their best to adjust to western civilization while maintaining native cultures. It’s easier for […]

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Donlin Gold receives additional authorizations

State approves waste management permit, reclamation and closure plan and financial assurance plan. January 18, 2019: Donlin Gold received two permit decisions with the issuance of its Waste Management permit from the Alaska Department of […]

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Andrews wins 2019 Akiak Dash

Akiak Dash musher Terrell Andrews of Bethel, age 21, is this year’s race winner. Andrews finished the race at 7:55:04pm on Saturday. Close behind was Joseph Demantle of Tuluksak who arrived at the finish at […]

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Andrews wins 2019 Akiak Dash

Terrell Andrews, wearing bib #6, of Bethel is this year’s winner of the Akiak Dash. He crossed the finish line at 7:55:04 PM. His team was led by Cricket and Lightning. Congratulations Terrell!

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40th K300 Sled Dog Race Mushers

The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog race is this Friday, January 18th. There are 19 mushers currently signed up for the race. As of Sunday, Matthew Failor, Ramey Smyth, and Nicolas Petit were racing the Copper […]

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Winter Trapping

Troy Tikhon Gregory holds a marten that he and his family caught around the Kalskag area on New Years Day. His parents are Constantine and Sophia Gregory.