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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.

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Kuskokwim ice fishers

“I finally went with my grandsons Bradley, Brayden and my daughter Jaylene ice fishing. When it was our turn to try our luck they had fun playing around on the ice, but we didn’t stay […]

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Winter Smelt Fish Cutter

Shenae Davidson of Kipnuk is 4 years old and she is helping her grandmother Elena Davidson prepare delicious Qukaqliq River smelts for cooking. photo by James DavidsonShenae Davidson of Kipnuk is 4 years old and […]

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Tundra Fish Trap

William Sipary (in front) and Carl Lincoln, both of Toksook Bay, are checking their blackfish trap that they set in a slough in a grassy area on Nelson Island earlier this fall. Photo by Jimmie […]

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Yulista Holding, LLC subsidiary wins contract

Yulista Holding, LLC subsidiary-led joint venture Defense Systems and Solutions (DSS) was awarded a $4.7B contract supporting the AMRDEC Prototype Integration Facility (PIF) located at Redstone Arsenal, AL. DSS, a SBA approved 8(a) joint venture, […]

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Sen. Hoffman joins Senate Majority team

The Alaska Senate Majority today (Nov. 26th, 2018) announced its complete team for the 31st Alaska Legislature, which begins Jan. 15. The majority also announced a caucus agreement reflecting Alaskans’ desire for more engagement in […]

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New Species

Carl A. Paul of Kipnuk caught this foot long trout on the Kugkaktlik River on November 23, 2018 near his village. Catching trout on this river is a rare occurance. Carl and John Johnson had […]

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Three million pounds of frozen moose

by Ned Rozell The magnificent creature was fooled by vocal plumbing — similar to its own but much smaller — imitating the groan of a receptive female. The bull moose grunted twice, then strode through […]

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“Way Behind Schedule”

by Bethel Search and Rescue BSAR Aerial Survey 11.19.18 Summary: Today BSAR did an aerial survey of the Johnson and Kuskokwim Rivers up to Kalskag. The purpose of the flight was not to determine if […]

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Elder Talks

by Lonny Cruff Nunapitchuk, AK – Students and staff at Anna Tobeluk Memorial School (ATMS) in Nunapitchuk have been privileged to hear from several local elders and other speakers during a regularly scheduled assembly every […]

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AFN 2018 President’s Award Honorees

Every year AFN honors those who have made outstanding contributions to their families and the Native community. Congratulations to recipient of the Roger Lang Youth Award – local youth leader and organizer Ben Anderson-Agimuk of […]

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Emmonak welcomes Santa to town

by Spc. Michael Risinger The Alaska National Guard and the Salvation Army united to take Operation Santa Claus to the village of Emmonak Nov. 1st. An HC-130J Combat King II aircraft from the 211th Rescue […]

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Alaska Votes debuts new voting tool

In time for the 2018 midterm and gubernatorial elections, Alaska Votes has created a new tool to make voting in Alaska elections easier than ever – AKvote.org. By enabling voters to complete the entire process […]

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REAA 2018 Election Results

The Regional Education Attendance Area elections were held on October 2nd, 2018. A Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA) is an educational area that is established in an unorganized borough of the state. REAA elections are […]

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Tundra River Pike

Young fisherman Draydon John, age 4 of Kwigillingok, caught his very first pike while rod and reel fishing in Atmautluak a few weeks ago. He gave the fresh fish to his Grandma.

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It’s Cranberry Season

Caden Smith of Quinhagak picked almost a gallon of nice red cranberries – tumaglit. These are the first red berries he’s picked this fall.

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Fall Moose Hunt

Billie Rose Rivers, age 14, of Scammon Bay harvested her first moose with the help of her dad Billy Rivers Jr. The entire moose was shared with elders of their community.

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Blackberry Festival Berry Pickers

Siblings sweep top three spots in Blackberry Picking Contest by K.J. Lincoln Three siblings – two sisters and a brother – won first, second, and third at the 2018 Blackberry Picking Contest in Toksook Bay […]

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Tundra Blackberriess

The husband and wife team of Jonathan and Jessica Alexie of Quinhagak had a successful day of picking blackberries last Wednesday. They went home with 30 gallons of tan’gerpiit that they picked from Agaalik.

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Kuskokwim Fish News

by the KRITFC Staff August 24, 2018 Happy fall-time! The summer of 2018 has been a summer of bounty for most people on the Kuskokwim. Many friends and neighbors have enjoyed the plentiful salmon season […]

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HUD awards grant to Napakiak to replace boat dock

Native village’s 363 residents depend on hovercraft for delivery of food, water & other essential supplies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded a $449,000 “imminent threat” grant under its Indian Community […]

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Bethel Family Clinic Grand Opening

by Deborah L. White The Bethel Family Clinic has celebrated the grand opening of the new facility on August 15, 2018. The ribbon cutting was attended by the Board of Directors and staff. Participating in […]

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School districts gain new tool to fill vacancies

Governor signed a bill, Aug. 10th, allowing school districts to temporarily fill vacancies with qualified retired teachers. SB 185, sponsored by Sen. Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna), provides school districts with an additional staffing option until a […]

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The Color of Summer

Aubrey “Paningayak” Simon, age 6, of Quinhagak was so eager to help pick she happily filled 3 pint sized bags of ripened salmonberries from Siniq on July 30, 2018.

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Summer Basketball Trip

City league basketball teams from Pilot Station, traveling home from attending a tournament in Kotlik, would like to encourage everybody to always wear their life jacket when riding in the boat. Back Row – Rodney […]

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Marina’s Chinook

Jacob Isaac and his daughter Marina caught this Yukon King Salmon near Marshall on July 8th, 2018 during a commercial fish opening.

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Clean Up Green Up in Scammon Bay

by Nile Aguchak The 2018 Scammon Bay Youth community clean-up was a big success! Or as we call it Cleanup, Green up. Thanks to our youth it is definitely a lot cleaner now. We started […]

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Kuskokwim King Salmon

This large Chinook King Salmon was caught by Renae Pretty Keene of Akula while she was subsistence fishing on the Kuskokwim River.

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Remains found near Nelson Island

Bethel Alaska State Troopers were notified of human remains found approximately ½ mile off shore near Nelson Island by local fisherman from Toksook Bay on 6/18/18 at approximately 2017 hours. The body has been identified […]

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Summer Beach Greens

Olivia Guest of Quinhagak enjoys the beautiful coastal weather while picking it’garalget beach greens near the ocean.

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2018 St. Mary’s Community Clean Up

by Eric Alstrom I would like to say a very big “Thank you!” to our youth litter patrollers (40), youth supervisors (7), and adult volunteers (9) that put in their own time to clean up […]

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Akiak residents clean up the litter

The Akiak Native Community IGAP sponsored their village’s 2018 Clean Up Green Up project this year. They sent this photo of the participants in front of the community building before they started picking up litter […]