Evan Erickson, KYUK - Bethel

Evan Erickson, KYUK - Bethel
an ice road

Safety concerns prompt sudden closure of Kuskokwim Ice Road

Warm weather has left maintainers of the melting ice road recommending against all vehicle travel on the Kuskokwim for now.
a fishing vessel

USDA awards contracts for nearly $150M in Alaska salmon and pollock products

While the purchases have been characterized by some as a bailout, supporters like the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute say otherwise.
fiber optic cables

With massive federal funding, Western Alaska fiber optic projects prepare for rollout

Multiple Alaska companies have partnered with tribal entities to secure federal broadband funds under the Biden-Harris administration.
a grader

Kuskokwim Ice Road crew fights weather to keep river traffic flowing

The crew has established and marked more than 200 miles of roads along frozen rivers, during warm weather and intermittent snow storms.

Tribal groups applaud Alaska Native appointments to federal fisheries advisory panel

The groups hailed the naming of three Alaska Native members to the panel tasked with advising the top regional federal fisheries council.
a plane

New Alaska alcohol laws leave some rural customers temporarily high and dry

Alaska's new alcohol laws require cargo carriers to be registered to transport alcohol. Only a few have completed the process as the new year begins.
a proposed mine site

Feds seek public input on potentially opening millions of acres of Alaska wilderness lands

The protected “D-1 lands” were set aside after the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. They have been off-limits to development ever since.

Yukon-Kuskokwim communities seek answers about poor-performing Vitus Energy heating fuel

Vitus Energy says it's sending fuel additives to Kuskokwim River residents whose heating fuel gelled at low temperatures late last month.

Federal fisheries managers hold Bering Sea pollock quota steady

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will keep the total allowable catch for pollock at its current level of 1.3 million metric tons.
the Kuskokwim River

Bethel SAR urges caution for all Kuskokwim River travel

Ice on the river is only eight to nine inches thick, according to Bethel Search and Rescue. Travelers riding vehicles should not stop on the river.
a saint

St. Olga of Kwethluk to become first-ever Yup’ik saint

Olga will also become the first female Orthodox saint in North America, in a glorification strongly backed by the late Archpriest Michael Oleksa.
Michael Oleksa

Russian Orthodox Archpriest Michael Oleksa dies at 76

Oleksa, who came to Kwethluk in 1972, served as a priest in more than a dozen Alaska Native villages across the state over his five decades in Alaska.

Bethel SAR warns against Kuskokwim River travel after aerial survey

Bethel Search and Rescue's annual Nov. 18 survey found open water along the Kuskokwim, which is freezing faster near Bethel this year but still unsafe.
Lisa Murkowski

U.S. Senate committee visits Bethel to hear about salmon crisis

Sen. Lisa Murkowski will lead the hearing, set for 1 p.m. Friday at Bethel's Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. offices.
a plane crashed on the tundra

5 passengers sue Yute Commuter Service over 2022 plane crash near Bethel

The passengers say in their civil suit that they have suffered emotional damage, and they're asking for more than $100,000 each.
a biologist

Amid Western Alaska salmon crisis, data-driven strategies could reduce chinook bycatch

Each year, thousands of chinook that would otherwise make their way to the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers are intercepted at sea as bycatch.
a salmon rack

Federal manager for Yukon River highlights resiliency in the face of salmon crashes

Holly Carroll, who spent the summer as the face of federal salmon fishing restrictions on the Yukon River, says she values keeping communications open.
a wireless tower

Starlink connections among latest round of tribal broadband funding for Alaska

Alaska has received more than $400 million under the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, with more projects announced this month.
A red building on top of an eroding river bank

Federal officials get firsthand look at Kuskokwim River erosion during visit to Napakiak

Residents say the erosion has been accelerating, and the village’s water treatment plant is now just 53 feet from the river's edge.
silver salmon

State opens Kuskokwim River commercial fishing to 1 person

Commercial fishing openers are only available to individuals registered as catcher/sellers. On the Kuskokwim, the only one registered is Fran Reich.