A new nursing home in Bethel, dip netting for Yukon chums, and another King salmon disaster…it all happened in 2013. It is the last day of the year and we are looking back at the top stories and issues in KYUK’s Year in Review:
A St. Mary’s man is one step closer to saving his cabin. William Alstrom’s small cabin is located on the Andreafsky Wilderness in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, about 31 miles northewest of St. Mary’s. According to the BLM, that’s illegal and the government said the cabin needed to go.
A Kwethluk man is safe after spending a night outside in sub zero temperatures. 54-year-old Vladimir Jackson left Kwethluk last Thursday headed to Russian Mission on his Skidoo 550 with a big load: he towed another snowmachine in a wooden freight sled. He had not made it to Russian Mission after 5 hours on the trail, which he knew well. State Troopers says it normally takes three to four hours.
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21-year-old Glenn Norcross is being charged with the felony theft of a snowmachine. According to documents filed in Bethel District court, a Polaris 800 RMK snowmachine was stolen from the Long House early in the morning on December 22. The snowmachine’s owner told police that Norcross had stolen the snowmachine with another man.
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The Sobering Center is now in its fourth winter of operation. It provides a safe place for intoxicated people to sleep off a bad night of drinking. Since it opened, the center has expanded its hours and built relationships with the people it serves.
The Bureau of Land Manage is planning do a quick field season next summer at the Red Devil mine to stop the large tailings piles from eroding into Red Devil Creek and bringing more metals into the Kuskokwim river. But that doesn’t solve the problem. There are over 250 thousand cubic yards of contaminated ground at the site and the agency is tasked with figuring out how to clean it up.