Dave Cannon

The Kalskag area will now operate under different rules from the rest of the federal waters of the Kuskokwim River during subsistence gillnet openings. For the remaining fishing season, openings along the Kalskag area will last 12 hours longer than the rest of the lower river. This extension will apply from just downstream of Lower Kalskag up to the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge boundary at Aniak, encompassing around 50 miles of the Kuskokwim River. 

A subsistence fishermen harvests a king salmon from the lower Kuskokwim River during a gillnet opening on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The number of king salmon swimming by Bethel seems to have dropped since Saturday’s subsistence fishing opener, and managers are postponing another opener in federal waters until the numbers rise. They also want to wait until more chum and sockeye salmon fill the river.

Three Buying Yukon Chums This Season

Jun 19, 2018
Katie Basile / KYUK

There are three buyers on the Yukon River this summer paying for chum salmon. In District 1 of the river, Kwik'Pak Fisheries, the largest processor on the river, is buying for its plant in Emmonak. The company has been a regular player on the Yukon since it was established in 2001 by the Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association. Jack Schultheis, the company’s operations manager, says, “Fishing has picked up during this opener since water levels went down, clearing some of the debris that had made fishing tough. Now that it’s easier, more people are out fishing.”  

Commercial fishing for chum salmon continues this week on the Yukon River. The opening in District 1 closed today, June 19, but will open back up 12 hours later for more commercial dipnet fishing. The opening in District 1 will begin at one minute after midnight on Wednesday and run for 58 hours until it closes at 10 a.m. on Friday. 

Emmonak Women's Shelter Gets State Funding For Operations

Jun 19, 2018

The Emmonak Women’s Shelter got some good news last week: enough money to keep operating past July 1. The shelter received $437,000 from the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA), through the state Department of Public Health, to continue operating for the next 12 months. 

Gillnet fishing on the Kuskokwim River near Aniak.
Dave Cannon / KYUK

How you fish on the Kuskokwim River depends on where you are. According to local fishermen, how you fish near Upper and Lower Kalskag is unlike anywhere else on the river. Fishermen in these communities claim that their unique situation requires unique fishing regulations and are meeting with tribal, federal, and state managers Tuesday, June 19 to negotiate a solution.

It’s been a little over a year since legal sales of alcohol began in Bethel, and City Council member Leif Albertson has now successfully introduced a proposal for the Council to vote on whether or not a 3 percent alcohol sales tax should be added to the O
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel’s Alcohol Task Force is convening for the first time since the AC Quickstop liquor store shut down and effectively ended legal hard liquor sales in Bethel. The Task Force is meeting on Tuesday, June 19 at 6 p.m. at Bethel City Hall.

Russian Mission saw one of its worst spate of runway vandalism in April.
Jim Duffy

The Alaska Department of Transportation has a problem: it’s hard to keep people from breaking runway lights in rural airports, especially in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The state is trying to mitigate this through a series of public service announcements, posters on bulletin boards, and outreach to villages, as the lack of working runway lights can keep flights from landing.  

Despite Decline, Y-K Delta Still No. 1 For Gonorrhea Cases

Jun 18, 2018
Public health officials urge people to get screened for gonorrhea as a nationwide outbreak grips Alaska.
Dean Swope / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta still tops the list for the highest number of cases of gonorrhea, a serious sexually transmitted infection, according to a recent state report. Public health officials say that Alaska is in the grip of a national outbreak of gonorrhea. 

Emmonak Man Presumed Drowned

Jun 18, 2018

An Emmonak man is presumed drowned after a boating accident on Tuesday, June 13. State Troopers say that Brandon Johnson and Dennis Westlock’s boat collided with a log in the Yukon River.