KYUK AM
Doug Molyneaux

Greg Roczicka died Sunday night at his home in Bethel at the age of 61. His death is a loss for the community. Roczicka grew up on the Kuskokwim, living a subsistence lifestyle and dedicating his career to championing and preserving the way of life that he loved and knew the region depended on.


King salmon
Craig Springer, UFWS / Flickr Creative Commons

Tune in Thursday for another Fish Talk, a call-in show about fish on the Kuskokwim. This week we’re talking about all the state and federal regulations that have come down on the Kuskokwim recently, and what fishermen can expect for the season ahead.

Courtesy of Sam Alexie Sr.

The season's first harvest of a king salmon has been reported in the Bethel area. Unfortunately, the catch violates current state restrictions.

BRHS 2017 graduate, Mitchell Ebertz has been through a lot to get his commencement. On May 19, 2017, he walks with the distinction of being the first of his siblings to graduate high school.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Last Friday was Bethel Regional High School's gradation. KYUK's Christine Trudeau spent some time with the class of 2017 as they prepared, and got more of a story than she bargained for.

 


At this Tuesday’s Bethel City Council meeting, Vice Mayor Fred Watson will introduce a proposal for a fund that would set aside moneys to replace, update and maintain the city's ambulances and fire trucks.
Dean Swope / KYUK

At this Tuesday’s Bethel City Council meeting, Vice Mayor Fred Watson will introduce a proposal for a fund that would set aside moneys to replace, update and maintain the city's ambulances and fire trucks. The newly appointed Vice Mayor hopes his plan will alleviate high capital requests.

 


Salmon drying on a fish rack.
KNOM

Once again, king salmon fishing on the Kuskokwim River will be restricted to local residents under federal law.

Emperor Goose in Gibson Cove
Lisa Hupp / U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Waterfowl nesting season has begun on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. To give the eggs time to hatch and the young birds a chance to grow, subsistence hunting for all waterfowl in the region will close, beginning Thursday.

Courtesy of Spearfish Research

Over the past several years, fishery managers have placed extremely tight harvest restrictions on king salmon fishing in the Yukon River. The hope is that conservation will lead to larger runs. When managers make those decisions - telling fishermen when and where they can fish and what gear they can use - they need to know how those measures affect subsistence harvests; they need samples of the fish. The state is working with subsistence fishermen in a voluntary program to get those samples.


Mekoryuk Student Awarded Two More State Scholarships

May 19, 2017
Bob Williams, the Director of the Division of Educator and School Excellence for the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, presents Jayne Hanna with her BP Scholarship Awards at her graduation ceremony in Mekoryuk on May 12, 2017.
Vicki Nechodomu / LKSD

Mekoryuk student Jayne Hanna got a big surprise at her high school graduation last week: two state scholarships totaling $14,000. KYUK caught up with the young scholar just before Hanna headed out with her family for their first summer fishing trip.

 


 Kate Burkhart (center), Executive Director of AMHB pictured here, May 16, 2017
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

When they met this week in Bethel, the state behavioral health boards took a look at the Alaska Mental Health Board (AMHB) and Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (ABADA) report about the adverse effects of discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Alaskans. The boards decided to endorse the report's findings that discrimination brings a higher risk of drug and alcohol abuse and other risk behaviors. The boards think that more access to health and community services could help.   

 


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