Evan Erickson, KYUK - Bethel

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.
a girl holds a fileted salmon near a tote, outside

Yupiit School District aligns itself with traditional knowledge during its first year on a subsistence calendar

This year was the district’s first under a new academic calendar that takes into account seasonal subsistence harvests.
a sockeye salmon

With thousands of sockeyes passing Bethel each day, dipnets are catching on

Amid severely restricted fishing on the Kuskokwim River, one bright spot has been abundant sockeye salmon runs at 30,000 fish daily near Bethel.
the Bethel courthouse

Bethel’s courthouse goes to ‘analog methods’ after internet cable cut

Staff at the Nora Guinn Justice Complex have been trying to find workarounds amid rural Alaska internet service slowed by a damaged subsea cable.
Crooked Creek flooding

Crooked Creek struggles to rebuild after historic breakup flooding

Last month's 15-mile-long ice jam inundated homes, led to a significant loss of stored food and washed away critical fishing gear.
Robert Sundown funeral

Bethel remembers the life of renowned aviator Robert Sundown

Sundown, who died unexpectedly at age 53 during an April moose hunt, was with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for more than 22 years.