Olivia Ebertz, KYUK - Bethel
With the salmon collapse on the Yukon River, families are losing a vital food source and way of life
During the second year of a sudden salmon collapse on the Yukon River, residents of traditional villages are facing food insecurity and a loss of culture.
On Aug. 12, a fire tore through a Bethel apartment complex, killing three people and injuring six others.
Lightning caused most of the fires.
According to court documents, Bethel Police Department Investigator Skyler Smith had relied on the testimony of just one fifteen-year-old eyewitness who said he saw Andrew start the fire.
Police have charged 35 year-old Adam Andrew with 11 felony counts and six misdemeanor counts. Among the most serious charges are three counts of murder in the second degree and one count of arson.
Without salmon, people say they’re eating less protein and spending far more on groceries.
‘We don’t want more food stamps, we just want our way of life’: Low chum numbers disrupt Yukon River residents’ lifestyles
As the Yukon River begins to switch over to fall management, fishermen along the river say that they’re having to rely increasingly on expensive store goods and food stamps to meet their caloric needs.
At the core of this debate is a question of who the fish belong to.
In the wake of chum salmon crashes in Western Alaska, subsistence fishermen have been pleading with the state to restrict commercial salmon fishing near the Alaska Peninsula. Commercial and subsistence fishermen have been using fish genetics to bolster their claims to the fish.
In the wake of chum salmon crashes in Western Alaska, subsistence fishermen have been pleading with the state to restrict salmon fishing near the Aleutian Islands. Subsistence users say that commercial vessels are taking fish bound for their rivers.
Fish and Game says chinook counts are well below average too.
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.
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 historically massive wildfire is threatening four villages on the Yukon River.
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.
Without internet, residents say it's been hard to carry out everyday tasks like uploading documents or ordering necessities online.
Only about 6% of American professional pilots are women.
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.
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.
Nicky Myers was a mayor, a deacon, a father, a grandfather, a husband, a firefighter and a search-and-rescue member.