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Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

Ben Matheson is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.

Bethel’s Megan Leary Takes First Runner-Up At Miss Indian World

Bethel’s Megan Leary is the 2014 first runner up of the Miss Indian World competition, which concluded Saturday night at the Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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April 28, 2014
Federal management responsibility map, from Office of Subsistence Management.

Federal Subsistence Board Votes To Limit Kuskokwim Kings to Federally Qualified Users

The Federal Subsistence Board Thursday unanimously approved a special action request from the Napaskiak Traditional Council that would limit any available king salmon to federally qualified subsistence users of 32 specific Kuskokwim communities.

April 22, 2014
NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Fatal Hageland Crash

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Fatal Hageland Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has published a preliminary report about the crash that killed two pilots near Three Step Mountain.

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April 18, 2014

National Weather Service Forecasts Kuskokwim Breakup

The Alaska Pacific River Forecast Center predicts the Kuskowkim will break up at Bethel between May 9th and May 15th. That range is right around the historical average of May 12th. But after a warm winter with little snow, the Forecast Center says this year’s breakup could happen in one of several ways.

April 17, 2014

Yukon Fishermen Prepare For Summer Of Conservation

Fishers on the Kuskokwim River are expecting unprecedented restrictions to bring more king salmon to spawning grounds. On the Yukon River, fisherman can expect a similar set of restrictions.

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April 15, 2014
Wreckage of the Cessna 208. (Photo courtesy  Alaska State Troopers)

NTSB Advances Investigation Into Fatal Training Flight Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has finished its on-scene investigation into the crash that killed two Hageland Aviation pilots Tuesday. Derrick Cedars of Bethel and Greggory McGee from Anchorage died in Tuesday’s crash.

April 14, 2014

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
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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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
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

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