Last Monday, Jacques Peter Smart walked through the snow to a creek in downtown Bethel, a shallow tributary from Arthur Dull Lake that runs aboveground between Sixth and Seventh Avenue. Hundreds of dead fish were curled together at the bottom of the rust-colored creek bed, each small enough to fit in your hand.
Donlin Gold has taken another step toward opening its proposed mine. State regulators have sent Donlin a draft permit for discharging wastewater into Crooked Creek before it flows into the Kuskokwim River. The company has until Wednesday,November 22 to comment before the public weighs in.
He set out for Napakiak, roughly a seven to 10 mile trek from Bethel, but has not been seen since. The Bethel Police Department has put out a missing persons report for Robert Nick, age 25, last known to be traveling on foot from Bethel to Napakiak.
It’s been one year this month since the Yukon-Kuskokwim Ayagnirvik Healing Center opened in Bethel. Since then, about 45 people from Bethel, surrounding Yukon-Kuskokwim villages, and even from outside the region have started treatment for opioid addiction.
He set out for Napakiak, a seven to 10 mile hike, but has not been seen since. The Bethel Police Department has put out a missing persons report for Robert Nick, age 25, last known to be traveling on foot from Bethel to Napakiak.