Salmon harvested during the 12-hour Kuksokwim gillnet opening on June 24, 2017.
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK Public Media

This weekend the taste of fresh fish filled the mouths of people who live along the Kuskokwim after the river’s first gillnet opening in two weeks. Fishery managers announced the 12-hour opening on Friday, but with king salmon predicted to not meet escapement goals, the decision didn’t come easy or without controversy.

Marybeth Ulroan
Photo courtesy of the Bethel Police Department

Had it not been for 15-year-old Lavinia Evon, a baby may have been left alone on a front porch in City Subdivision with her mother sitting next to her, passed out. Evon took little Marybeth Ulroan home with her to keep her warm. This happened after the police were called and had judged Marybeth's mother, Jerilyn Ulroan, to be capable of taking care of her.

Fish from the Bethel Test Fishery bound for the Elder's Home in 2014.
Ben Matheson / KYUK Public Media

You can get your nets ready. Tomorrow, Saturday, June 24, there will be a gillnet opening on the Kuskokwim main-stem from the mouth of the Kuskokwim River upstream to the Holitna River. The 12-hour opening stretches from noon to midnight. Fishermen are restricted to six-inch mesh or less; nets can be 45 meshes deep and 25 fathoms in length.

On Tuesday June 20, the Board of Adjustments decided to uphold the Planning Commission's decision not to grant Tundra Liquor Cache a conditional use permit. Pictured here is Ed's Automotive, Steve Chung's proposed location for Tundra Liquor Cache.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On Tuesday, the Board of Adjustments decided to uphold the Planning Commission's decision not to grant Tundra Liquor Cache a conditional use permit.



Salmon harvest in 2015.
Shane Iverson / KYUK Public Media

The driving question over the last several years, and the one that’s being asked again as biologists warn that 2017 could be the lowest king salmon run on record, is: why is the king run on the Kuskokwim so low?

KYUK Public Media

Welcome to Fish Talk, a talk show about fish on the Kuskokwim. Because of technical problems we weren’t able to hold a call-in show today like we usually do for Fish Talk. Instead, we’re bringing you an interview we recorded with our guests on the low king salmon numbers on the Kuskokwim.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK Public Media

It's shaping up to be another record low year for king salmon on the Kuskokwim. We’re halfway though the run, and numbers from the Bethel Test Fishery show king salmon numbers similar to 2012 and 2013 when the king population crashed. People here remember those years as the lowest ever recorded. Each year saw about 100,000 kings. Since then tight fishing regulations have followed.

Dean Swope / KYUK

For the first time, the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race is limiting the number of mushers who can compete in the premier Western Alaska event. Thirty mushers will be allowed to race the frozen Kuskokwim next year; this year 20 mushers competed.

Commercial Fishery Targets Chum On The Yukon

Jun 22, 2017
Shane Iverson / KYUK Public Media

The first commercial fishing opening on the Lower Yukon River's District 2 took place Wednesday, targeting chum salmon. Kwik'Pak Fisheries, after initially saying they were not going to buy salmon in the Y-2 district, did have a barge at Mountain Village and a tender a little ways up the river. Acting Manager Doug Donegan at Kwik' Pak says that they are open for business.

All City Council members except for Alisha Welch were in attendance at the regularly scheduled June 13 meeting.


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