KYUK AM
The proposed Donlin Gold mine site in 2014
Dean Swope / KYUK

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted a one-month extensionon the comment period for the Donlin Gold mine draft environmental impact statement, or EIS.

The comment period, originally set to end Saturday, now will close May 31. The extension stretches the comment period for the more than 5,000 page document from five months to six—a time much shorter than many wanted.

(Left to right.) 1st place, Daniel Hunter, 7th grade, Sheldon Point School; 2nd place, Celeste Katcheak, 7th grade, Tukurngailnguq School; and 3rd place, Emery Lockwood, 6th grade, Tukurngailnguq School.
Max Dan

Young Alaska Natives are spreading Yup’ik literacy. Six students from across the state competed in the fifth annual Yup’ik Spelling Bee for Beginners in Anchorage over the weekend. The contest is open to third through eighth grade and run by volunteers. It’s a lot of work. And with responsibility concentrated to a few individuals, the future of the event is in question.

The family of a sexual assault survivor brings allegations of racial preference by the justice system to a sentencing hearing in Bethel.

  

Upriver Kuskokwim ice remains mostly in place, according to the annual River Watch crew from the National Weather Service.

The team is flying the Kuskokwim River this week, collecting break up data and reporting ice conditions to communities. The crew landed in Aniak Wednesday and flew upriver to observe the river.

Calista Corporation

Calista Corporation is campaigning to reduce quorum requirements at its annual shareholder meetings to prevent invalidating future meeting votes and wasting corporation money when quorum isn’t met.

Current quorum stands at an over 50-percent majority. Calista wants to reduce that to a one-third or about 33-percent requirement, and the corporation wants it to happen before descendants enroll as shareholders next year.

Thirteen entrepreneurs from the Yukon-Kuskokwim region have received cash awards to help grow their businesses in this year’s Best in the West Small Business Competition.

The earliest break up on record has begun in the middle Kuskokwim, but ice is still holding in the upper and lower sections of the river. That’s the results from an aerial survey by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which photographed the Kuskokwim from the Holitna River tributary to Napakiak on Monday.

Middle Kuskokwim river ice is shifting and jamming as what’s predicted to be the Kuskokwim’s earliest break up on record gets underway.

The USACE presenting the Donlin Gold EIS in Nunapitchuk.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Two weeks remain to comment on the Donlin Gold mine draft environmental impact statement, or EIS. Most comments so far focus on subsistence and economic impacts, according to Keith Gordon, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project manager overseeing the over 5,000 page document.

Mike Riley / BSAR

Middle Kuskokwim River villages reported that river ice is beginning to move out in what is expected to be the earliest river breakup on record for those villages.

Pages