Updated: Missing Kongiganak Man Found Alive

Jun 12, 2018
Courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

Troopers report Alexie Phillip has been found alive after he went missing in Kongiganak on June 6. This is a developing story. 

A young man has been missing since last week. Alexie Phillip was last seen walking in Kongiganak on Wednesday, June 6, around 7 p.m. He was reported missing three days later on Saturday. Tribal police and Search and Rescue launched a search this weekend in the village and surrounding area. 

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Today is the Kuskokwim River’s first 6-inch gillnet opening of the season. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., fishermen can drift and set net along the entire main stem and most tributaries. In many lower river communities, when fishermen bring their harvests to camp or to the harbor, surveyors will be there to ask questions about their catch. The surveys are anonymous and are conducted by people who live in the community. Surveyors will be in Tuntutuliak, Napaskiak, Napakiak, Kwethluk, Akiachak, and Akiak.

Annual LKSD Summer Academies Show Off Student Filmmaking Skills

Jun 11, 2018
This year, the film academy focused on documentary story-telling. Students focused on climate change, the plastic bag ban in Bethel and the summer academies as film topics.
Katie Basile / KYUK

As part of a two week workshop, 12 students from the Lower Kuskokwim School District showed off their filmmaking skills last week to a crowd at Bethel Regional High School. 

Fire Season Arrives

Jun 11, 2018

There are a few fires in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta so far this fire season, a couple of them in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge: on the coast north of Newtok and north of Akiachak. The Gweek Fire has grown over 75 acres and was listed as covering a total of 80 acres on Sunday. The Anerkochik River Fire was reported on June 6 and has not been flown. None of these fires are staffed.

Kuskokwim King Nets Go In At 10 a.m. On Tuesday

Jun 11, 2018

The first gillnet opening of the season targeting king salmon on the Kuskokwim River begins Tuesday, June 12 at 10 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m.

The 12-hour opening runs from the river’s mouth on the coast, to Aniak in federal waters inside the Yukon Delta National Refuge, and upstream in state waters to the Holitna River mouth.

In state waters outside the refuge, subsistence fishing with 6-inch mesh must use nets no deeper than 45 meshes and no more than 150 feet in length.

A vital voice of KYUK's programming, John Active died on June 4, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK


On Thursday, June 7, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta gathered to honor and lay to rest Alaska’s own beloved legendary broadcaster and storyteller, John Active.



Donlin Gold anticipates getting most of its major permits this year. It needs to get around 100 state and federal permits before it can begin mining.

Donlin Gold is advancing through the permitting process for its proposed mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Donlin would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world.

Investigation Closes On Kuskokwim Gray Whale Killing

Jun 8, 2018
Katie Basile / KYUK

The final enforcement outcome was a slap on wrist nine months after a gray whale swam up the Kuskokwim River and was killed. The whale was killed by local hunters after it was discovered swimming in the river near Bethel and was later retrieved and butchered. Those involved received letters from the Federal government explaining that gray whales are protected and that it is illegal to kill one.  

Former District 38 Representative Zach Fansler speaking with Bethel resident Mary Nanuwak at the December 12, 2017 Bethel City Council meeting. Fansler plans to plead guilty to harassment later this month.
Christine Trudeau/KYUK

Zach Fansler has a court date.

On June 21, the former House District 38 representative is due to be arraigned in Juneau on one count of harassment in the second degree. In an interview with KYUK last week, State Ethics Attorney Maria Bahr said that Fansler has agreed to plead guilty to that charge.

First Summer King Opening Tuesday

Jun 8, 2018
Shane Iverson / KYUK

On Tuesday, June 12, Federal managers will take over management of the Lower Kuskokwim waters in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Tuesday is also the first river-wide 6-inch mesh gillnet salmon opening of the summer. Federally qualified fishermen will be able to put their nets in the water at 10 a.m on Tuesday and continue fishing until 10 p.m. that night.

Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Executive Director Mary Peltola says that the opening is meant to help people catch salmon early in the run.