May 2012

Timothy Matthew's wife, Lydia, and daughter, Reanna, process the first King. Photo courtesy of Henry Mark

It is the last day of May and when Timothy Matthew of Quinhagak went to set his net, no one in the Lower Kuskokwim area had caught a King salmon yet. But that was about to change for the 40-year-old who was raised in the village. He said it was about 7 a.m. when he pulled in the 35-pounder.

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With the local salmon fishing season just starting up, the outlook for commercial fishing is still unclear. But, for one local fish buyer there is a clear goal: marketing Kuskowkim River Salmon to areas outside the state.

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A Village Public Safety Officer in Cheforank is accused of sexually abusing a minor multiple times in a four-month period. Police records indicate that at least two of the alleged assaults took place in the Chefornak Public Safety Building. Read more →

Over the past two years, the Kuskokwim River has experienced the lowest King salmon numbers in history. To help manage the stock this year, the Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group met this morning in Bethel. They discussed King salmon run projections and the possibilities of restrictions on subsistence fishing.

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A former GCI employee has been accused of trying to steal customers’ credit card information. The company has said the representative had been in contact with hundreds of customers statewide and tried to use at least two stolen credit card numbers.

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Calista’s board of directors canceled its June 2 shareholder meeting in Goodnews Bay through a resolution vote May 15. Chairman Art Heckman did not return a call to KYUK for an interview. However, in a written statement released May 23, Heckman said the board canceled the meeting, “after realizing a defect had occurred in the voting process at the board’s April 2012 meeting on the at-large nominee candidate to be included in the board’s slate of nominees up for election.” Read more →

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