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Moth seen near YKHC in Bethel. Photo by Mike Martz / KYUK.

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Gypsy Moth 2034, Flickr, Creative Commons. Photo by Will George.

If you’ve been walking through Bethel in the evening or night lately you might have noticed a number of unusual furry moths. There’s rumors that the creatures are an invasive and highly destructive species called the Gypsy Moth. They aren’t.  Read more →

The Bethel AC Quickstop. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

The Bethel AC Quickstop. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Weather conditions have delayed the opening of Bethel’s liquor store. Fog prevented Walter Pickett, AC general manager, from landing in Bethel this morning to give AC Quickstop its final compliance check before it opens what would be Bethel’s first liquor store in over 40 years.

That opening was set for this morning. Pickett plans to return to Bethel later today and hopes to open the store Tuesday at 11 a.m. Read more →

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Following the first sighting of  wild-born wood bison calves near the Yukon River, on this episode of Delta Affairs Weekly, KYUK’s Adrian Wagner speaks with Tom Seaton, a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, on the wood bison reintroduction in Western Alaska.

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The Bethel AC Quickstop. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

The Bethel AC Quickstop. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Bethel’s first liquor store in over 40 years is set to open next week. AC Quickstop received the town’s first liquor license last fall after decades of restricted alcohol sales, and Walter Pickett, AC general manager, says the store could open as early as Monday.

A few details still have to be worked out: wiring security cameras, hooking up a phone, and installing a bulletproof front door. Pickett says they’re also waiting for the beer to arrive. The wine and spirits, he says, are already in stock. Read more →

13063206_1026207080779597_4143309282961091683_oWood bison, recently reintroduced by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game into Western Alaska, have begun to rome throughout the region and have even been spotted near Bethel. We could be seeing a lot more of them with the first wild born animals just documented.

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Donlin runway and camp site in summer 2014. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Donlin runway and camp site in summer 2014. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted a one-month extension on the comment period for the Donlin Gold mine draft environmental impact statement, or EIS.

The comment period, originally set to end Saturday, now will close May 31. The extension stretches the comment period for the more than 5,000 page document from five months to six—a time much shorter than many wanted. Read more →

2015/2016, Statewide Placement Winners. (Left to right.) 1st place, Daniel Hunter, 7th grade, Sheldon Point School; 2nd place, Celeste Katcheak, 7th grade, Tukurngailnguq School; and 3rd place, Emery Lockwood, 6th grade, Tukurngailnguq School. (Photo by Max Dan.)

(Left to right.) 1st place, Daniel Hunter, 7th grade, Sheldon Point School; 2nd place, Celeste Katcheak, 7th grade, Tukurngailnguq School; and 3rd place, Emery Lockwood, 6th grade, Tukurngailnguq School. (Photo by Max Dan.)

Young Alaska Natives are spreading Yup’ik literacy. Six students from across the state competed in the fifth annual Yup’ik Spelling Bee for Beginners in Anchorage over the weekend. The contest is open to third through eighth grade and run by volunteers. It’s a lot of work. And with responsibility concentrated to a few individuals, the future of the event is in question.

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A tundra fire is blazing about a mile north of Bethel’s Tundra Ridge subdivision. Bethel Fire Department spotted the smoke this afternoon and report they don’t know when or how the fire started or the extent of the flames. The department is sending a plane to fly over the burn site to survey the area and is dispatching six ATV’s with firefighting equipment to the front.

Tundra fires are common this time of year, and after this winter’s low snowfall, officials are expecting more fires than usual.

Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod standing on the Kuskokwim River in front of Bethel. (Photo courtesy of Michell DeWitt.)

Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod standing on the Kuskokwim River in front of Bethel. (Photo courtesy of Michell DeWitt.)

The Kuskokwim Ice Classic recorded the earliest break up on record this year at 11:30 p.m. Wed., April 20, 2016.

Two winners— Olinka Peterson and Evon Waska, Sr., both of Bethel— will split the $10,000 pot. Each guessed 11:25 p.m. April 20.

Prior to this year, April 24, 1940 stood as the earliest break up on record.

Adrian Wagner spoke with Kuskokwim Ice Classic Manager Paul Basile about the historic event. Listen Here:

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The Break up Bash is set for 5:00 p.m. tonight in front of the First National Bank.

Visit iceclassic.org to read more.

 

The Working Group at their annual meeting at the Fish & Game office in Bethel. Photo by Charles Enoch/KYUK.

The Working Group at their annual meeting at the Fish & Game office in Bethel. Photo by Charles Enoch/KYUK.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecasts a higher 2016 king salmon run than previous years. If the run goes as expected, officials say it might be enough for escapement and subsistence harvest needs. Wildlife managers met with fishery representatives from along the Kuskokwim River to discuss season management.

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