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Larissa Strunk

RAHI 2016 Salutatorian Comes From Bethel, With Roots In Quinhagak

Every summer a select group of high school juniors and seniors from rural Alaska attend a six-week program to prepare them for college life. The program is known as RAHI: the Rural Alaska Honors Institute. It’s held at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and this year’s salutatorian comes from Bethel.
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Bethel city council has granted some nonprofits exemption to city sales tax and has reopened the landfill to salvaging.

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The state is trying to expand its Alaska National Guard membership in rural areas. In an effort to do so, the state is encouraging residents to join the state militia. The state started a militia unit in Bethel this past January, and military leaders traveled to Bethel this week to meet with the enlisted.


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Coastal Villages Region Fund has shut down all onshore fish processing operations of its Coastal Villages Seafood subsidiary. The corporation receives a Community Development Quota of offshore fisheries and is meant to use its income to infuse Alaska’s southwest coastal villages with economic growth. But the sudden shutdown of all onshore processing capacity in the area leaves a situation in which it’s not clear who is benefiting: the region, or CVRF executives and non-Alaskans.

Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced a commercial salmon opening in the Bethel-Lower Kuskokwim area. The six-hour opening is Friday, July 29 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Subdistrict 1-A. This area is defined as that portion of District 1 upstream of regulatory markers located at Bethel to ADF&G regulatory markers at the mouth of Bogus Creek. The opening is for catcher/sellers registered with ADF&G. Subsistence fishing will remain open during this time.


The search continues for a man who walked away from the village of Tuluksak 15 days ago.

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The City of Bethel has gotten an extension on it’s regional general permit from the Army Corps of Engineers that will allow the city to review permits for citizens building in a wetland, a designation which encompasses much of Bethel. 


The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports that the chum and king salmon runs have largely passed the Kuskokwim area and the silver salmon are on their way. During this transition, ADF&G has lifted some restrictions on subsistence fishing in the Kuskokwim area.

Tim Bowman / USFWS

 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has lifted its ban on harvesting black brant and cackling geese in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. USFWS closed hunting for the migratory birds at the end of May before the egg laying season began. Now the eggs have hatched and biologists are reporting that the young birds have fledged, or grown feathers strong enough to fly. USFWS ended the closure on July 10 after consultation with USFWS field biologists and the Association of Village Council Presidents’ Waterfowl Conservation Committee.

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Many Bethel residents are seeing higher electric bills. 

Centers for Disease Control / CDC

As of now, there’s no confirmed source for Bethel’s salmonella outbreak.