The third year of fisheries co-management on the Kuskokwim River has been difficult. This summer’s low king salmon run meant some tough decisions for the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission, the group that manages the fishery in conjunction with the federal government. This year's low run forced the commission to limit drift nets until most of the kings swam by. KYUK sat down with commissioners to discuss this season and their plans for moving ahead.
The reason that the state Alcohol Beverage Control Board could not award the final package store license at its meeting this week is that nothing has come out of the city review process with a nod of approval. This week, that left the state ABC board without anything from Bethel to move on.
Concern and fear over empty smokehouses along the Kuskokwim seem to have subsided. The river was closed most of June, but an abundance of red and chum salmon have filled the river this July. The switch to fishing later in the summer has one resident wondering if regulations are causing a shift in subsistence culture and if tribes should help that along.
There’s a new Police Chief in Bethel. After some push back on candidate selection from the Vice Mayor during last night’s meeting, Bethel City Council has appointed Burke Waldron as interim Chief of Police.