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Angela Denning, KFSK - Petersburg

Angela Denning is a reporter at KFSK in Petersburg.

Subsistence Fishermen To Be Represented Pro Bono

About 25 subsistence fishermen along the Kuskokwim River will soon head to trial for alleged illegal fishing during closures this past summer. Many of them are being represented for free by a civil rights law firm.

October 18, 2012

Bethel Police ID Man Killed In Officer-Related Shooting

The man that was shot dead by Bethel police officers Tuesday night has been identified as Sam Alexie Jr. , 24. He was allegedly pointing a rifle at officers before they shot him.

October 4, 2012

Bethel Road Reopening Delayed At Least One Year

It’s been four years since the road that created a loop around Bethel has been closed. It has forced traffic to maneuver through town via a horse shoe shaped road system. The town’s 6,000 residents will have to wait at least another year before it can re-open.

October 3, 2012

Bethel Police Shoot, Kill Man

A Bethel man died Tuesday night after police officers shot him. The Bethel Police Department has not released the name of the person, saying they still need to contact his next of kin and confirm his identity.

October 3, 2012
This adult male Dickcissel has been seen in Bethel since mid-August, thousands of miles from his normal range. Photo by Kevin Morgan

AK: Off Course

They say birds of a feather flock together. But try telling that to a small, brightly colored songbird that showed up in Bethel last month. The unusual bird is thousands of miles outside of his normal range. And he hasn’t started flying south yet. That has many birders wondering why he sticking around and if he’s going to try to survive the harsh Alaska winter.

September 21, 2012

Airport Construction Complicates Bethel Air Traffic

The Bethel airport is the third busiest passenger airport and the second busiest cargo airport in the state. But air traffic has been more complicated this summer because of on-going construction at the airport. High winds, which are common in the region, are all it takes for a flight delay or cancellation.

September 4, 2012

State Wants Red Devil Mine On National Priority List

Cleanup at the Red Devil mine site is getting special attention from the state’s administration. Attorney General, Mike Geraghty, under the direction of the Governor is requesting that the old mercury mine site be put on the National Priorities List.

September 3, 2012

Famous Skin Sewer Dies at Over 100

One of most renowned Yup’ik skin sewers has died. Lucy Beaver passed away in Anchorage August 23. No one’s exactly sure how old she was but they agree she was at least over 100.

August 30, 2012

Navy Seal author remembered by Aniak residents

It’s not everyday that a person from a tiny remote village in Alaska gets national attention. But that’s what’s happening to Matt Bissonnette, a former Navy Seal who has penned a book titled “No Easy Day”, about killing Osama Bin Laden.

August 24, 2012

Two Kwethluk Men Drown In Separate Incidents

Two men from the Kuskokwim village of Kwethluk drowned in separate incidents within the past week.

July 30, 2012

Southwest Hydro Project Hits Roadblock

The Chikuminuk Lake Hydropower project in Southwest Alaska has hit a road block early on. A permit request for field studies has been denied by the State Department of Natural Resources because the project is in the Wood-Tikchik State Park.

July 26, 2012

AVCP Requests Clemency For Cited Kuskokwim Subsistence Fishermen

The Association of Village Council Presidents is officially asking for clemency for Kuskokwim River subsistence fishermen cited during closures. AVCP represents 56 tribes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

July 24, 2012

Kuskokwim Subsistence Fishermen Going To Trial For Fishing With Illegal Gear

About two dozen Kuskokwim River subsistence fishermen will go to trial in the Bethel Court House after pleading not guilty to fishing with illegal gear. Federal and State wildlife managers closed the Kuskokwim to salmon fishing for an unprecedented 12 days this summer in order to protect the low Chinook salmon run.

July 16, 2012

Delegation Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration To Address Subsistence Needs

The Chinook salmon runs are turning out to be poor on both the Yukon and Kuskowkim Rivers this season. Alaska’s Congressional Delegation is seeking a federal disaster declaration to address subsistence needs in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

July 13, 2012

Officials Hesitant To Open Commercial Chinook Fishery On Lower Kuskokwim

The Chum and Sockeye salmon are running strong in the Lower Kuskokwim River, but state fish managers are reluctant to call a commercial fishery as they normally would. There are too many coveted Chinook salmon still running, and protecting that species is this year’s priority.

July 10, 2012

Salmon Fishing Restrictions Down

As the Sockeye and Chum runs pick up on the Kuskokwim River, salmon fishing restrictions have eased for lower river fishers.

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June 29, 2012

Officials Monitoring Subsistence Closures

The poor King run and subsistence closures in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Rivers have State and Federal officials monitoring the situation from afar.

June 22, 2012

Officials Issue 33 Citations For Illegal Fishing On Kuskokwim

Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seized 21 nets and more than 1,000 pounds of salmon along the Kuskokwim River yesterday. They also handed out 33 citations to fishermen protesting the subsistence King salmon closures. KYUK’s Angela Denning-Barnes got out on the river and spoke with some residents as they fished.

June 21, 2012
Subsistence Users Protesting Kuskokwim Closures

Subsistence Users Protesting Kuskokwim Closures

Subsistence fishing for King salmon is happening on the Kuskokwim River to protest the closures currently in place.

June 20, 2012

Kuskokwim Hit With Another Salmon Fishing Closure

Kuskokwim subsistence fishermen are getting hit with a double whammy. Another emergency salmon fishing closure has been announced, extending the current closures to 12 days. The fishing restriction is controversial and was not approved by a regional advisory group of fishers.

June 18, 2012