Olivia Ebertz, KYUK - Bethel

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Skiffs pulled up on a riverbank

Chum salmon counts are lower than ever in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta

Fish and Game says chinook counts are well below average too.
A portrait of a woman outside in a white jacket

St. Mary’s school superintendent Dee Dee Ivanoff is helping community stay safe as the surrounding tundra burns

As Alaska’s largest tundra fire in 15 years has burned behind her home village, Ivanoff has become one of the key organizers of the response effort.
smoke on the tundra

Half of Pilot Station is without running water as tundra fire nears

By Monday, the fire burned about 12 miles from the village, and the Pilot Station mayor said that he may soon have to turn off running water to the entire community.
A boy hugs a woman in a kitchen

St. Mary’s residents pitch in to keep their village from burning

A historically massive wildfire is threatening four villages on the Yukon River.

A large tundra fire is burning 12 miles away from St. Mary’s

The fire has been burning since the tundra was struck by lightning on May 31, and it is now within 12 miles of the community.

Some Tununak residents have been living without internet for over 3 months

Without internet, residents say it's been hard to carry out everyday tasks like uploading documents or ordering necessities online.
A woman wearing a headset and flying a plane

Dolena Fox is one of the world’s first female Yup’ik commercial pilots

Only about 6% of American professional pilots are women.

The Lily is a ghost barge, and she is floating down the Kuskokwim

Last fall, Alaska Logistics left two barges to freeze in Y-K Delta rivers. One has dislodged and become a free-floating ghost barge, winding down the Kuskokwim River.
The three candidates sit at a table onstage

At Bethel forum, US House candidates address Roe v. Wade, salmon and public safety

Three Alaska Native candidates running in the special primary election for Alaska’s U.S. House seat came to Bethel for a candidate forum last Friday.

Mayor of Pilot Station dies after falling through Yukon River ice on a snowmachine

Nicky Myers was a mayor, a deacon, a father, a grandfather, a husband, a firefighter and a search-and-rescue member.
An aerial photo of a river delta

Alaska’s isolated wetlands could soon lose their protected status

Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency could determine how much of Alaska’s wetlands are subject to federal regulation under the Clean Water Act.
An aerial photo of a brown tundra landscape with a large blackened area where the fire burned

Alaska’s largest April wildfire in 25 years could be done burning

The fire began burning on April 16 near the communities of Kwethluk, Bethel and Napakiak.
A man installs an antenna receiver inside.

Broadband bill passes Alaska House committee

The bill creates a broadband office, sets up an advisory board and a broadband “parity fund” to equalize costs.
A large tundra fire seen from the air

Alaska’s first large wildfire of the season is burning near Kwethluk

Officials said Monday that the fire is not threatening villages, but it is threatening the Kwethluk fish weir and two Native allotments.
A man in a suit talks to other men in suits

Alaska Senate authorizes work on pilot project for schools led by tribes

The bill also establishes a firm deadline for tribes to sign up to be a part of the pilot program: Dec. 31, 2022.
Students stand in a line in caps and gowns

Alaska Senate bill seeks to address low graduation rates by allowing tribes to set curriculum

Those who support Senate Bill 34 say it would lead to a drastic improvement in education for Alaska Native communities.
A photo of a multi-story building.

Coaches, officials and athletes denounce proposed ban on transgender students playing girls’ school sports

A bill from Sen. Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer, would prevent transgender girls from competing against cisgender girls in school sports.
Aerial view of a village with buildings interspersed with frozen wetlands

Federal government to fund relocation projects for 6 Alaska communities

The USDA will fund relocation of buildings and infrastructure in 6 Alaska communities threatened by erosion and flooding.
A woman standing outside the entrance of the state capitol

Education committee considers bill banning transgender girls from female sports in Alaska

The bill looks similar to an Idaho law that didn’t go into effect. A federal judge considering that bill has said it’s likely unconstitutional.
Officers sit in a meeting room

Senators hope new bill can keep public safety officers in rural Alaska

The Alaska VPSO Program has been on the decline. In the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta alone, the program has shrunk by about 90%.