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Petra Harpak / KYUK

We’re beginning to get a look at the number of king salmon that are reaching their spawning grounds in Kuskokwim river tributaries. The data comes after another summer of conservation restrictions on king salmon fishing. The numbers allow subsistence families to see the results of their sacrifices and for fishery managers to gauge the effects of their decisions.


The Donlin mine would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world if developed.
KYUK

Two more tribes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta passed resolutions in the past month against the proposed Donlin gold mine, which would be one of the biggest in the world if developed.

Ravn Alaska is currently not flying into the village of Newtok until contractors hired by the Department of Transportation finish resurfacing the runway. Photo taken August 10, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Ravn Alaska is currently not flying into the village of Newtok. The air carrier is waiting until contractors hired by the Department of Transportation finish resurfacing the runway. The DOT project is to resurface, or cap, the runway, taxiway, and the apron of Newtok’s airport.

 

There has been a delay in the capping process, which began when some materials were damaged and left at the end of the runway, according to DOT officials. The contractors need to remove and replace the damaged material before the capping can begin.

A new 900 kwh wind turbine off Bethel's BIA Road is expected to supply energy to Bethel, Oscarville, and Napakiak's power grid beginning September 2018.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

More of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s electric needs will soon come from wind. AVEC, the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, is installing identical wind turbines in Bethel, on the Kuskokwim River, and another in St. Mary’s, on the Yukon River. 


The Donlin Mine could be one of the biggest gold mines in the world, if developed.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Kwigillingok passed a resolution against the proposed Donlin gold mine last week. Tribal Administrator Darrel John says that the tribe has opposed the mine since it was first proposed in 2007. 

The proposed site for the Donlin gold mine would impact 3,500 acres of wetlands in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
KYUK

More than 100 residents, six tribes, and one organization in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta sent a letter to Gov. Bill Walker protesting the proposed Donlin gold mine. Meanwhile, a national environmental group, Earthjustice, asked the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to deny a crucial permit for Donlin.

Enough kings made it into the Yukon River to meet the predicted minimum this season. Now that most of the kings are headed well up the waterway, the data indicates that the run, after struggling, came in at 74,000. This is just above the minimum preseason prediction of 71,000. There were fewer older fish than predicted with the 5 to 7-year fish numbers low, but the proportion of 4 to 6-year kings were above average. The proportion of females in the run was well above average at 51 percent.

Since April, Bethel has been a-buzz with its own, homegrown drive-thru coffee shop: AM Coffee & Espresso, located at 107C Alex Hately Drive off Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

Since April, Bethel has been a-buzz with its own, homegrown drive-thru coffee shop: AM Coffee & Espresso. KYUK checked out the caffeine buzz on Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway at Alex Hately Drive.

 

 


Katie Basile/KYUK

John Active was a revered Yup’ik storyteller, translator, and KYUK-radio host. At his 40-day feast on Friday, the people who loved him took a moment to remember him as a friend. At least 100 community members filed into Bethel’s ONC building on Friday to eat akutaq, commemorate John’s life, and say goodbye.


The first thing that Judge Eugene Landlord does is listen. He watches his clients’ body language. There’s a certain look in their eyes that he tries to keep track of. If they seem depressed or at risk of harming themselves, he gives them his phone number.


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