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Eric Taylor with the USFWS Division of Migratory Bird Management addresses the AVCP Waterfowl Conservation Committee on March 20, 2017 on the coming Emperor Goose hunt.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

After 30 years of waiting and conserving, residents of the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta will be able to hunt emperor geese again next month. Wildlife managers and hunters are standing by for the federal government to release the official notice. Then residents will continue a tradition that’s skipped a generation.

April Is The Crucial Month For Breakup

Mar 21, 2017
Bethel Search and Rescue

Deep snow and thick ice could mean a dramatic break-up on the rivers this year.

A Ravn Alaska flight attendant handles a pet snake a passenger left on a Ravn plane flying from Aniak to Anchorage on March 19, 2017.
Anna McConnaughy

Snakes aren’t native to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, but one made it’s way on a Ravn Alaska plane from Aniak to Anchorage on Sunday.

Greg Lincoln / The Delta Discovery

Southwestern Alaska teams are prevailing so far in girls high school basketball. The Scammon Bay Eagles came out on top Saturday at the State Championships in Anchorage, easily defeating Selawik 71 to 35 in 1A play. This is their second straight year on top.

Smithsonian Institute

A woman who studies museum collections made a trip to Bethel from New York City this March, seeking to learn more about things she had been looking at in back rooms and exhibition halls on the East Coast. What these things said about the people who made them and their relationship to seals brought her to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. 

House Protects VPSO And Power Cost Equalization

Mar 17, 2017

Legislators in the Alaska House plowed through over a hundred amendments to the state operating budget last week. The house majority defeated attempts to cut the Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) program, the Power Cost Equalization (PCE) program, and public broadcasting. Representative Zach Fansler of Bethel, along with other rural legislators, got up over and over again to defend those budgets.

New Generation May Taste Emperor Goose

Mar 17, 2017

The Association of Village Council Presidents begins a co-management meeting today, March 20, in Bethel to discuss the upcoming harvest season for ducks and geese. Along with more than a dozen community representatives, biologists and managers from the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge will be here to put together recommendations for the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-management Council.

Akiak Calls For Stricter Limits On Kuskokwim Kings

Mar 17, 2017

The State Department of Fish and Game has announced its estimate for the Kuskokwim River Chinook Salmon run, and the Akiak Native Community has petitioned for a federal takeover of the river's fishery of not only kings, but also reds, chums and silvers. A press release from the state projects a Kuskokwim king run of between 132.000 and 220,000 fish and says that there "may be enough Chinook salmon to provide for escapement" because the average subsistence take is  84,000 and the escapement goal is from 65,000 to 120,000 fish. 

March Madness Hits The Courts

Mar 17, 2017

Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta high school basketball teams are competing in the state's "March Madness" championships this week at the Alaska Airlines sports arena in Anchorage.  

The Newtok Girls lost to King Cove, 70 to 39. In the 1A boys games, Aniak lost to Ninilchik this afternoon 51 to 41. Hydaburg defeated Chefornak 51 to 25 and Alakanuk lost to Gambell 55 to 43.   

Among the 2A games Thursday:

The Aniak Halfbreed Boys vs. Tanana 11 a.m.

The Chefornak Shaman Boys and Alakanuk Braves tip off at 6:30 p.m.

Scammon Bay Girls Advance To Semifinals

Mar 17, 2017

The Scammon Bay girls basketball team defeated Ninilchik last night 43 to 26 and will advance to the 1A semifinals today, March 17, in the State Championship in Anchorage. They will face Buckland, which won over Klawock yesterday. The game starts at 5:15 p.m. The Aniak girls faced a tight quarterfinal battle with Selawik yesterday, but ended up losing 66 to 57.  

In 2A play, the Chevak Comets girls team lost to Bristol Bay yesterday 73 to 30.  

Consolation girls games saw Newtok prevailing over Nunamiut 43 to 36 and St. Mary's beating Gambell 41 to 35.