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Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

Ben Matheson is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.

Plane Down Near Bethel, Two Reported Onboard

A Cessna 208 with two pilots on board has crashed outside of Bethel. Ravn Alaska spokesperson Steve Smith confirms the downed plane was a Hageland Aviation training flight with two pilots on board, and no passengers.

April 8, 2014 - 9:52 pm
Working Group member Dave Cannon demonstrates dipnet features. (Photo by Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel)

Kuskokwim Working Group Outlines 2014 King Salmon Restrictions

Two months before what would normally be time for king salmon fishing, Kuskokwim residents have a sketch of what the summer’s conservation measures will look like. There will be no directed king salmon fishing. For other chum and red salmon, managers are setting no hard dates for the first gillnet opening, other than its anticipated in the last week of June. The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group last week painstakingly came to a consensus on conservation measures.

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April 7, 2014 - 6:07 pm

Board to Review Proposal Limiting King Salmon Fishing to Federally Qualified Subsistence Users

With salmon fishing just a few short months away, the Federal Subsistence Board will consider a special action request to limit king salmon harvest in the Kuskokwim drainage to federally qualified subsistence users.

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April 1, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Gasline Bill Could Include Rural Provisions

With less than 30 days remaining in the legislative session, the Alaska House is considering gasline legislation that would advance a line from the North Slope to an LNG export facility in Nikiski. For rural Alaska, the bill includes funding that could send gas to communities hundreds of miles from the pipeline.

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March 25, 2014 - 5:24 pm
Photo from the Cama-i Dance Festival Facebook page.

Cama-i Festival Wraps Up In Bethel

The three day Cama-i festival wrapped up Sunday in Bethel. More than 20 dance groups from up and down the Yukon and Kuskowkin rivers and across north America came together to dance, celebrate, and this year, to heal.

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March 24, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Calista Announces Record Dividend

The Calista Corporation is giving out the largest shareholder dividend in corporate history. The Board of Directors approved a dividend distribution totaling $4.65 million.

March 24, 2014 - 10:20 am

Board of Fish Approves Kuskokwim Dipnets, 25 Fathom Net Restrictions

Kuskowkim fisherman will have the option to use dipnets this summer to target other salmon during periods of king salmon closures.

March 24, 2014 - 10:12 am

Board of Fish Approves Kuskokwim Dipnetting

Kuskowkim fisherman will be able to use dipnets this summer to target other species of salmon during periods of king salmon closures. The Board of Fish approved the emergency petition this morning.

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March 21, 2014 - 4:27 pm

GCI Nears 3G Data Service In Bethel

Bethel was expected to have 3G service in December of the last year. The date was then moved to February, and now scheduled for mid to late April.

March 17, 2014 - 9:26 am

Calista Heritage Foundations Awards $177,000 In Scholarships

Two hundred and three students from the region will receive $177,000 in scholarships from the Calista Heritage Foundation. All recipients are Calista shareholders or descendants.

March 17, 2014 - 9:24 am
VPSOs Prepare For Possibility Of Being Armed

VPSOs Prepare For Possibility Of Being Armed

The effort to allow VPSOs to carry guns cleared a major hurdle this week when the Alaska House unanimously passed the bill that does just that. The decision is in the hands of legislators in Juneau now, and while the bill passed the 38-0, the issue on the ground is more nuanced.

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March 14, 2014 - 4:13 pm

YK Delta Halibut Quotas Halved

The statewide halibut and black cod season opened last Saturday. When YK Delta fishermen participate in the Community Development Quota allocations this summer, they will see their halibut quota cut nearly in half.

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March 12, 2014 - 6:01 pm
US Fish & Wildlife Proposes Reintroducing Steller’s Eiders To YK Delta

US Fish & Wildlife Proposes Reintroducing Steller’s Eiders To YK Delta

A new effort to help a once healthy population of eiders is using unique methods to try to turn sparse numbers around. Stellers eiders used to be common on parts of the YK Delta coast decades ago. Due to some combination of lead poisoning, predators, and changes of habitat they all but disappeared and were listed as threatened under the federal endangered species act in 1997.

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March 10, 2014 - 4:42 pm

GCI Receives $41 Million To Build 3G, 4G In Rural Alaska

Forty-eight communities in rural Alaska, including 26 in the YK Delta will receive 3G or 4G data service, thanks to an FCC grant of $41 million that GCI secured.

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March 7, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Dipnets May Be Allowed On Kuskokwim

Kuskowkim fisherman are expected to face serious restrictions on subsistence salmon fishing this summer in efforts to bring more king salmon to the spawning grounds. With fishing closed possibly all of June, the working group is asking that dipnets be used selectively to harvest non-Chinook salmon.

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March 6, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Legislature Considers Changing Autopsies In Rural Alaska

When a person dies under suspicious or unusual circumstances, the state has an obligation to make sure that evidence is processed and that they can protect the victim and their family. In rural Alaska, that means sending the body to the medical examiners office in Anchorage. If the legislature acts on a bill, part of that examination could take place locally.

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March 5, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Bethel Man Up For National Environmental Health Award

A YKHC employee is up for the national Indian Health Service Environmental Health Specialist of the Year. Brian Berbube is representing the Alaska region.

February 27, 2014 - 10:41 am

Quinhagak Man Arrested For Murder of 25-year-old Woman

Harold Smith, 26, was arrested in Quinhagak Monday and charged with the first degree murder of 25-year-old Lisa Johnson. Johnson’s body was found off a trail near the end of the new runway in Quinhagak on February 3.

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February 25, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Peter Tony Pleads Guilty To 3 Counts Of Child Sexual Abuse

Former Bethel foster parent Peter Tony has pleaded guilty to three counts of child sexual abuse in a plea deal. In the agreement with prosecutors, the 70-year-old pleaded guilty to charges of sexually abusing a minor in 2012 when he abused a 4-year-old his wife had in day care at their home. Those charges carry sentences anywhere from 5 to 99 years each.

February 25, 2014 - 5:16 pm

BLM Plans Summer Work At The Red Devil Creek

The BLM has a plan for realigning a portion of Red Devil Creek this summer to stop mercury, arsenic, and antimony from eroding away into the river.

February 25, 2014 - 11:13 am