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USFWS Ends Closure On Harvesting Black Brant And Cackling Geese

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’...
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Many Bethel residents are seeing higher electric bills. 

Buck Bukowski, Bethel VFW Club Manager

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is campaigning for reelection to the U.S. Senate. She spent the last couple days visiting villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and Thursday she stopped in Bethel to meet with veterans. After two hours at the VFW, she drove back to the airport. KYUK's Anna Rose MacArthur hopped in the truck with her.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Over 6,000 Alaskans volunteered for the Alaska Territorial Guard during World War II. Over 1,000 volunteered from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The state is currently trying to track down these guardsmen to issue discharge papers so that they can receive federal veterans benefits. Many guardsmen are no longer alive. In those cases the state is trying to find their families.

Following the closure of Quinhagak's CVRF commercial fishing venture, House Rep. Bob Herron visited the village Thursday and says he's sent a request to the governor's office asking for disaster relief funds for the village's fisherman. 

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The Alaska Division of Public Health is investigating salmonella infections in the Bethel area. A team is in Bethel to track down the source of the infection.

In the village of Quinhagak, a plan to sell salmon to the Seattle-based Northwest Seafood Exchange has fallen through after the Coastal Villages Region Fund refused the Quinhagak village corporation manager access to processing equipment. The fishermen in Quinhagak join others in the region in having commercial fishing opportunities but nowhere to sell their fish. This move by CVRF highlights a string of what many are calling poor management choices,and others are calling tactics by executives to line their own pockets rather than serve their communities. This is the first of three reports based on a KYUK investigation of the issue.


Adrian Wagner

Bethel Search and Rescue is looking for Tuluksak resident Walter Hawk, who has been missing for nine days.

Nick P. Andrew Jr.

Marshall continues looking for solutions to fix its broken ice machine. Ten fishermen testified at the Maserculiq native corporation monthly board meeting on Tuesday, asking the corporation to replace or repair the ice maker's compressor. One of the fishermen was Nick P. Andrew Jr.

Charles Enoch / KYUK

Tribal delegates are holding a gathering in Bethel this week in what they’re calling an AVCP Emergency Meeting. They want the AVCP administration and executive board to provide answers on AVCP financial matters and respond to what some delegates see as a mismanagement of power and lack of transparency within the organization. AVCP administration and executive board members did not attend nor sanction the meeting, which began Tuesday and ends Wednesday. Only 13 tribes sent delegates. Thirty-eight are needed to constitute an official meeting under AVCP bylaws.

USFWS

Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced this year’s first fall chum commercial fishing opening on the Yukon River, District Two. The six-hour opening will run from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20. Gillnets are restricted to six-inch or smaller mesh size. Set gillnets cannot exceed 150 fathoms, or 900 feet. Drift gillnets cannot exceed 50 fathoms, or 300 feet.

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