June 2011

Bethel city council will consider changing animal control laws during their regular meeting tonight. The proposed changes to the Bethel Municipal Code come from the Public Safety and Transportation Commission.

The changes add language requiring all dogs older than six months to be licensed by an implanted computer chip. Read more →

The State’s aviation advisory board is in the region to talk to folks about airport concerns. On Wednesday, they plan to visit the villages of Kipnuk, Chefornak, and Kwigillingok. Today, they are holding their quarterly meeting in Bethel at the Long House Inn starting at 9 a.m. They will discuss policies, resolutions, and the U.S. Postal Services proposal for a new regional hub airport in either Hooper Bay or Chevak. They also want to hear from the public.

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In an effort to boost king salmon escapement in Kuskokwim River tributaries, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will now prohibit nets with mesh sizes larger than 6 inches in the lower river. The emergency order will go into effect on Wednesday, giving subsistence fishers just 24 hours to use their king salmon nets.

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The Moravian Children's Home once housed orphans from the Kuskokwim. Photo by Katie Basile.

Few historic building in the Kuskokwim Region can evoke the kind of memories associated with the Children’s Home. It now stands as a haunting relic of a time of great transition for the Yup’ik people, but it was once many things to many people. Now Katie Basile, is back home to capture the memories before they fade.

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The only buyer in the area, Coastal Villages Region Fund, announced that their prices are down compared to the opening prices they offered last year. At 85 cents per pound for king, red, and chum salmon they’re still higher than most years.

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Alaska State Troopers are reporting the death of a 14-year-old girl from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Troopers say that Bridgette Smart of Napakiak died while visiting the coastal village of Quinhagak. Read more →

The king salmon are lagging, but the Yukon’s summer chum run appears to be strong. Fish and Game will open the Lower Yukon Friday for a short commercial period, while they place a new net restriction on subsistence fishers.

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After trying three times to serve on the Bethel City Council, freshman councilmember Jennifer Schiedler is stepping down less than a year into her first term.

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