Water levels could rise near Bethel later today. Although the tripod moved on Tuesday, there’s still a lot of river ice present, including upriver. Long time Alaska State Trooper pilot, Earl Samuelson of Napaskiak, flew the lower river this morning and I talked with him about what he saw.
The Kuskokwim river is breaking up right now and summer temperatures are already here. How will your family be fishing this year and what kind of restrictions will subsistence fishers see this year? It’s up for discussion no the Kuskokwim King Conservation Call-in at 11am.
Ice at Bethel, May 28. Photo courtesy of Bethel Search and Rescue.
The ice jam that was holding upriver of Tuluksak the last few days finally gave way and now the river is mainly open all the way down to just above Bethel. Celine Van Breukelen, Hydrologist with the National Weather Service and the River Watch team, flew the river today and has this update.
The tripod on May 29 had moved further from the seawall. Photo by Dean Swope.
The winner is not Helen Pollock of Bethel as we announced earlier. It’s actually Cezary Maczinski of Bethel. Event sponsor, Bethel Community Services Foundation, said they were in error when they announced the winner this morning because Pollock’s guess fell after the official time and the rules say it has to be the closest guess before. The tripod officially moved at 7:42 p.m. May 28 and Maczinski guessed 6:31 p.m. He wins $6,200 which is half of the total pot. Another $6,200 will go to Bethel Regional High School for student activities. Even though breakup was late this year, there were still plenty of guesses. There were 50 ice classic entries on the 28th alone. Organizers say the annual Breakup Bash will start this evening at 5 p.m. on the Bethel river front. There will be free hotdogs and live music.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Several hundred residents have been evacuated from Galena after a Yukon River ice jam caused major flooding, washing out roads and submerging homes and other buildings. National Weather Service meteorologist Christopher Cox says 90 percent of the community’s roads are flooded, and many buildings had 7 feet of water in them. Read more →
Hundreds of people showed up to a Bethel event celebrating 100 years of flying in Alaska. The Alaska Air Show Association’s Centennial Celebration happened May 26 at the Yuut Yaqungviat Flight School. Read more →