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Blackfish

by Brad Cole It was early Saturday morning and ice still laid on the ground from the night before. Small patches of snow covered the land. I decided to walk to a nearby pond to […]

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Winter set net

Andrew Boots “Andy” of Marshall, Alaska sets out his net under the ice every winter, writes Alexandrea Michelle. He walks down to the beach to check his net and he catches whitefish, sheefish, pike, lush, […]

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REAA October 1 Election Results

The Regional Educational Attendance Area Election results from October 1st, 2019 are official. The highest voter turnout came from the village of Grayling. 63.85% of their registered voters came to vote. They also had the […]

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Grant applications now being accepted for Rural Public Safety Infrastructure Projects

DPS is seeking grant proposals from eligible applicants for funding through the Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance (EFLEA) Program to address the critical public safety infrastructure needs in rural Alaska. The Alaska Department of Public […]

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Calista Corporation declares Akilista distribution and Welcomes New Shareholders

by Calista Staff Calista (cha-LIS-tuh) Corporation’s Board of Directors approved the 2019 Akilista (aw-KE-lis-ta) distribution. This year marks the largest Akilista distribution in Calista’s history. ·2019 Akilista distribution total: $2.97 million, 15 percent increase from […]

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2019 First Alaskans Institute Elders & Youth Conference Keynote Speakers

Celebrate critical importance and diversity of our Alaska Native languages at the First Alaskans Institute 36th Annual Elders & Youth Conference (Elders & Youth). Our theme, “Qaneryararput Yugtun Piniqerput” (Yup’ik) and “Qaneryararput Cugtun Kayuqerput” (Cup’ik) […]

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AFN Convention set for Oct 17-19 in Fairbanks

by AFN Staff The annual convention serves as the principal forum and voice for the Alaska Native community in addressing critical issues of public policy and government. The convention convenes thousands of official delegates and […]

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Four rescued after boat engine failure

Alaska State Troopers received a report of a boat that had engine failure and was floating down the Kuskokwim River, north of Tuluksak with four souls on board on 9/7/2019 at approximately 1650 hours. Investigation […]

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Aircraft crashes on Nunivak Island

Alaska State Troopers received a report of an aircraft crash on Nunivak Island on 9/7/2019 at approximately 2022 hours. An SOS beacon was activated through an In-reach GPS and investigation revealed that an aircraft with […]

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Eek River Moose Harvest

Keri Cleveland of Quinhagak successfully harvested her first moose last week with a 30-06. The antlers were 68″. Elton Cleveland, Keri’s husband writes,”My wife’s first catch on the north fork Eek River. The antlers are […]

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Blackberry Festival XC Race results

by Delta Discovery Staff The annual Blackberry Invitational cross country race results are in from Toksook Bay. Runners from Newtok and Tununak joined the host team to run the traditional race course up the hills […]

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Sayallret Spawning Red Salmon

Caden Smith of Quinhagak caught these red salmon – sayallret – from the Qanirtuuq River on August 24th, 2019. They are red with green heads, the color of spawning.

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First Moose

9 year old Michael Chris Jr. of Bethel got his first moose this past weekend while hunting with his family. It is a great honor and his relatives are very proud for his successful hunt. […]

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Temporary Wildlife Special Action Requests and revisions to Policy on Nonrural determinations

During an August 15, 2019 work session, the Federal Subsistence Board (Board) took action on three Temporary Wildlife Special Action Requests. The Board approved WSA19-01 (Unit 18 moose) with modification, approved WSA19-02 (Unit 2 wolf), […]

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Cutting Fish in Marshall

Sophie Tiffert of Marshall works on cutting her fresh Yukon salmon. She cut 12 at a time for her fish house, said her daughter Elizabeth Phillips who took this photo.

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Early Education advocates celebrate budget restoration

by RurAL CAP Staff Following Governor Dunleavy’s early education funding restoration announcement, Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP) celebrates the success of advocacy efforts and promotes the preservation of existing funding allocations for […]

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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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The art of the wooden passin

by K.J. Lincoln Lizzie Chimiugak of Toksook Bay remembers the day when she first made fish egg akutaq. She was a young woman and what she was making didn’t turn out so good, she said […]

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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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Joseph awarded the John Active Memorial Scholarship

by BCSF Staff Corey Joseph of Kwigillingok is the recipient of the first annual John Active Memorial Scholarship. A selection committee made the award decision. Joseph will receive $1,000 for college expenses. The scholarship is […]

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Calista Corporation Board elects new officers

by Calista Corp. Staff The Calista (cha-LIS-tuh) Corporation Board of Directors elected officers following the successful 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Each officer serves a one-year term. Robert Beans is reelected as Board Chair, Margaret […]

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Miss Cama-i wins Miss WEIO crown

by Delta Discovery Staff Lorraine Tom of Chefornak, who is the current reigning Miss Cama-i, was crowned the 2019 Miss World Eskimo Indian Olympics (WEIO) this past weekend in Fairbanks during WEIO. Tom, who is […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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 […]