Wade Hampton was a Confederate Civil War general and South Carolina politician.

Wade Hampton was a Confederate Civil War general and South Carolina politician.

The western Alaska census district named for a confederate slave owner and Civil War general has a new name. Governor Bill Walker wrote Wednesday to the Census Bureau to begin the process of changing the name from the Wade Hampton Census District to Kusilvak Census District.

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Unlabeled alcohol bound for St Mary's was seized last week. Image courtesy AST.

 Image courtesy AST.

A man is under arrest after shooting at people in the middle Kuskokwim village of Crooked Creek, Wednesday.
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Photo Courtesy of Flickr user Ben K. Adams

Photo Courtesy of Flickr user Ben K. Adams

A burn ban that has been lifted for most of the state remains in affect for the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta region.

Fire officials say drought conditions have fire danger at high levels throughout the region and no burning or setting off fireworks will be allowed.
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Alaska's new marijuana regulatory board is crafting regulations. Photo by flickr user Brett Levin.

Alaska’s new marijuana regulatory board is crafting regulations. Photo by flickr user Brett Levin.

The first meeting of the state’s newly configured Marijuana Control Board is today in Fairbanks. They’ll work over the next several months to create regulations for the state’s new marijuana industry, including for cultivation, processing and commercial sales. Bethel resident Mark Springer fills a seat designated for a rural resident. Read more →

BNC President and CEO Ana Hoffman speaks at a community meeting in Bethel. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

BNC President and CEO Ana Hoffman speaks at a community meeting in Bethel. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

An application for Bethel’s first liquor store in four decades is still alive. The state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board rejected a protest from the Bethel City Council over a liquor store license for Bethel Spirits, owned by the Bethel Native Corporation. The board did not grant a license, and plans to hear more from the community on the issue. Read more →

The state is taking over day-to-day management of Kuskokwim salmon. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

The state is taking over day-to-day management of Kuskokwim salmon. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be managing the salmon fishery for the entirety of the Kuskokwim River drainage beginning Thursday. Fishing with gillnets remains closed on the Kuskokwim River and several tributaries.

Federal managers through federal special action took over day-to-day management of the Kuskokwim within the Yukon Delta refuge boundaries during the king salmon run for conservation purposes. They have the ability to restrict fishing to local residents. Read more →

Bethel's Mark Springer will serve on the new Marijuana Control Board. Photo by Dean Swope  / KYUK.

Bethel’s Mark Springer will serve on the new Marijuana Control Board. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Governor Bill Walker has named Bethel’s Mark Springer to serve on the state’s new Marijuana Control Board. Springer will fill a seat designated for a rural resident. The board will work over the next several months to create regulations for the state’s new marijuana industry, including cultivation, processing and commercial sale. Read more →

Several fires are burning in the middle Kuskokwim. Map from AICC.

Several fires are burning in the middle Kuskokwim. Map from AICC.

About 20 firefighters are working to contain the 100-acre Mishevik fire south of Tuluksak. Francis Mitchell is with the state division of forestry in McGrath.

“It’s not threatening at the moment, put they’re putting more effort in there. What they want to do is, get it done with. Not because it’s an emergency, it’s still several miles from the village, but they’re trying to overpower it, use crews in a people-intensive way,” said Mitchell. Read more →

BNC is proposing to put a package liquor store in a the Kipusvik building, the former site of Swanson's grocery store. Photo by Geraldine Brink / KYUK.

BNC is proposing to put a package liquor store in the Kipusvik building, the former site of Swanson’s grocery store. Photo by Geraldine Brink / KYUK.

The State of Alaska’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on Wednesday will decide on the fate of Bethel Spirits’ liquor store license application. The Bethel City Council protested the application earlier this year, but the Bethel Native Corporation is still pushing hard to have a liquor store in their new retail complex, which was vacated by Swanson’s earlier this year. By law, ABC must uphold the governing body’s protest unless it’s arbitrary capricious, and unreasonable.
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There will be an eight-hour opening on July 1 above Aniak.  Photo by Ben Matheson/ KYUK.

There will be an eight-hour opening on July 1 above Aniak. Photo by Ben Matheson/ KYUK.

The Kuskokwim River from Aniak to the headwaters will be open for eight hours of 6-inch gillnet fishing on Wednesday, July 1st. Nets are limited to 60 feet and a depth of 45 meshes. The opening runs from noon to 8:00 p.m.

From Holitna to the headwaters, hook and line fishing for king salmon is open for 24 hours on Wednesday. There is a bag limit of five fish.

Fishing will be unrestricted on the Stony River upstream of the confluence with the Stink River beginning on July 1st. Managers expect red salmon to arrive in that region.
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