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A gillnet soaks in the Kuskokwim River during a subsistence fishing opener on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in consultation with the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, lifted its federal restrictions Friday, July 6, beginning at 3 p.m.

Bethel hasn’t been under a local option alcohol ban since 2015, when Bethel voted to make liquor licenses available in Bethel again.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

Bethel hasn’t been under a local option alcohol ban since 2015, when Bethel voted to make liquor licenses available in Bethel again. With the local option petition submitted by Evon Waska Sr. and certified by the City Clerk’s office this past May, voters will see this question on the October 2 ballot:

 

The Calista Corporation's annual shareholders' meeting will be held at Bethel Regional High School on June 6, 2018.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

The Calista Regional Native Corporation is hosting its annual meeting on Friday. After months of name-calling and political infighting, shareholders will file into Bethel’s high school gym and decide who should lead their corporation. They couldn't be voting at a more pivotal time.

The Calista Corporation owns the mineral rights to the land where the Donlin gold mine is being developed.
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

A new organization plans to protest the proposed Donlin Gold mine on Friday at the annual meeting of the Calista Regional Native Corporation, which owns the mineral rights on the land where the mine would be located. The Yukon-Kuskokwim River Alliance will host a sit-in before the shareholder meeting held at Bethel Regional High School.

The group is a new local working group that was formed last month to oppose the Donlin mine and protect salmon habitats in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

The proposed site for what could be one of the largest gold mines in the world: the Donlin mine.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Governor Bill Walker made headlines this past weekend after he requested that the Army Corps of Engineers suspend the Environmental Impact Statement for the controversial Pebble mine in Bristol Bay.

But Walker, who is running for re-election as an Independent, and three other top gubernatorial candidates have pledged support for the Donlin mine, which would be the one of the biggest gold mines in the world. Walker says that Donlin, so far, appears to be following the rules of regulatory process.

Bethel resident Beverly Hoffman is one of several people informing the community about the Stand For Salmon initiative.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

In the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, the stakes are especially high for the controversial Stand for Salmon ballot initiative because it could kill one of the biggest proposed gold mines in the world: the Donlin Mine. 

Tiffany Phillips filed a lawsuit against the Calista Corporation and CEO Andrew Guy on July 3, 2018.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

The Calista Regional Native Corporation is now involved in a second court case as its annual meeting approaches on Friday. Last month, the corporation sued its own former Board Chairman and requested an injunction to silence him. The judge dismissed that motion, but the lawsuit is still alive. Now, someone has sued Calista.

A gillnet drifts in the lower waters of the Kuskokwim River during a subsistence fishing opening on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The federal waters of the Kuskokwim River will have a 12-hour subsistence gillnet opening from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 5. Standard net restrictions apply.

The opening comes as chum and red salmon have become increasingly more abundant relative to king salmon in the lower river. At the state-run Bethel Test Fishery, for every 31.2 chum and reds caught on Monday, there was one king salmon harvested. This species ratio is much larger than during the previous gillnet opening last week, when 8.7 chum and reds for every king were caught at the test fishery.

Cassandra Tinker, age 23, of Kasigluk was killed in a hit-and-run car accident while crossing a street in Anchorage around 3 a.m. on June 16, 2018.
Courtesy of Mary Alice Tinker

Two families in Kasigluk lost loved ones last month and the deaths stopped many from going fishing for the food they need for winter. In response, state and federal fishery managers teamed up to deliver salmon to the two families in mid-June. KYUK was with one of the families during the wake of 23-year-old Cassandra Tinker after the fish arrived.


Salmon belly strips hang to dry on a fish rack along the lower Kuskokwim River.
Petra Harpak / KYUK

The king salmon harvest in one section of the lower Kuskokwim River has reached an estimated 20,000 kings; the total Kuskokwim king harvest is expected to be even higher drainage-wide. This catch comes during a year of intended king salmon conservation.


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