Sea Lion Corporation plans to open the old Swanson's store. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Sea Lion Corporation plans to open the old Swanson’s store. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Sea Lion Corporation plans to open a store in the old Swanson’s location around April 15th. A subsidiary, UCI, plans to operate in the old location near the riverfront. They also plan to operate the hardware store, lumber store, Quick Foods, the furniture store, and a store in Dillingham: N&N Market. Sea Lion is the native corporation for Hooper Bay.
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BSAR is warning against vehicle travel on the river. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

BSAR is warning against vehicle travel on the river. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Bethel Search and Rescue is advising no truck or car travel on the Kuskokwim river due to the weakened ice. Mike Riley is head of the BSAR, which surveyed the area Sunday. Read more →

Salmon strips drying on  a rack in Bethel. Photo by Daysha Eaton

Salmon strips drying on a rack in Bethel, 2015. Photo by Daysha Eaton

The Alaska Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s decision that Yup’ik Fishermen who fished for King salmon during a state closure should be convicted. The decision was issued friday.
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An appeals court upheld a district court conviction of 13 Yup'ik fishermen. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

An appeals court upheld a district court conviction of 13 Yup’ik fishermen. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

The Alaska Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s decision that Yup’ik fishermen who fished during a state closure should be convicted. The decision was issued today.

In 2012 the thirteen defendants, all Yup’ik Alaska Native fishermen living a subsistence lifestyle, were charged with violating the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s emergency orders restricting fishing for king salmon on the Kuskokwim River.
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The Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group put together a list of recommendations for early season chinook salmon management. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group put together a list of recommendations for early season chinook salmon management. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

A couple months before the king salmon begin to enter the river, the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group met to set recommendations for an early season of conservation.

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Soldiers from the National Guard’s 297th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade and other units have spent the last several days training near Bethel. On March 27th, soldiers jumped from the air above Bethel. The National Guard hosted an open house at their armory in the afternoon. Photos by KYUK’s Dean Swope.

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Fishermen and managers discussed ways to improve fishery management Thursday at the Kuskokwim Fishermen's Meeting. Photo by Ben Matheson /KYUK.

Fishermen and managers discussed ways to improve fishery management Thursday at the Kuskokwim Fishermen’s Meeting. Photo by Ben Matheson /KYUK.

Expecting another below average king salmon run and a slate of early season closures, fishery managers circled up with Kuskokwim fishermen Thursday, in Bethel, to set in motion preparations for a tough season ahead.

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People held a 'Choose Respect' march in Bethel at noon, Thursday, March 26th.

Bethel’s annual ‘Choose Respect’ took place on Thursday, March 26th. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Tundra Women’s Coalition joined communities across the state in anti-violence marches. TWC held a rally in Bethel on Thursday, marching from the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center to their offices across town.
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Crews raised the 2015 Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod into place. – Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK

The Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod went up on the river just below Bethel, Wednesday, March 25. Bethel Community Services Foundation sells tickets where people can guess the time the tripod will fall. The closest guess to the exact time of breakup wins a cash jackpot. This year the prize money is larger than usual.
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Fresh Kuskokwim salmon. Photo by KYUK.

Fresh Kuskokwim salmon. Photo by KYUK.

The Federal Subsistence Board will decide next month whether to limit salmon fishing to local residents on the Kuskokwim and Yukon Rivers. The limitation will apply only on federal lands, like the Yukon Delta Refuge, which encompasses the Kuskokwim below Aniak. They can also delegate the day-to-day management to federal staff and make a strategy for allocating the limited salmon.
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