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Mark Leary / Native Village of Napaimute

A normal breakup is expected to return to the Kuskokwim and Lower Yukon Rivers this year with the usual cracking, jamming, and possible minor flooding.

Mark Leary / Native Village of Napaimute

While the Kuskokwim ice around Bethel is decaying, the ice in the middle part of the river is more stable, according to Mark Leary, Director of Development and Operations for the Native Village of Napaimute. Leary also works as a citizen observer, reporting ice conditions to the National Weather Service.

Katie Basile / KYUK

The late Paul John of Toksook Bay is remembered as one of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s most respected leaders. Last week, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation honored his legacy and his decades of service as a board member by dedicating its new hospital expansion to the late elder. KYUK was at the dedication ceremony, along with more than one hundred people, writing on a piece of drywall.

 

“Best wishes," Jennifer Uruvak Stevens of St. Mary’s wrote on the panel.

“God bless,” scribbled Michael Jimmy of Chuloonawick.

Dean Swope / KYUK

On Thursday, the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will consider issuing Bethel’s third and final liquor store license. The three businesses that have applied are The Tundra Liquor Cache, owned by Steve Chung, Kusko Liquor, owned by Cezary Maczynski, and the Alaska Commercial Company.

Dean Swope/KYUK

Ambulance fees in Bethel will not go up after a proposed increase was defeated Tuesday night on a three to one vote by Bethel City Council with only four of the seven members present. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Twelve area businesses have received startup funds from the Bethel Cultural Center's annual Best in the West competition.

Dean Swope/KYUK

A sewage leak discovered in Bethel last Friday has been repaired and cleaned up. The leak was located in a building off Ridgecrest Drive which houses Alba’s Coffee Shop and Subway. The building's owner, Shpetim Dema, says that the leak was due to an equipment malfunction of their lift station pump, which connects to the city’s main sewage line.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will close the entire Kuskokwim River drainage, including all tributaries, to sport fishing for king salmon from May 1 through July 25.

Mike Riley / Bethel Search and Rescue

Conditions are deteriorating rapidly on the ice road, and Bethel Search and Rescue is asking residents to be careful and exercise sound judgment when traveling. BSAR President Mike Riley reports that, as of Tuesday evening, from the Bethel sandpit to Nick O Nick's fish camp, standing water lines the sides of the river, slushy snow covers the ice, and at some points, water sits beneath the snow. Across the island in front of Bethel, on the main river channel, deep water is covering the ice, and where there’s snow, water lies beneath.

Google Maps

Searchers continue to look for a seal hunter who went missing off the coast of Newtok last month.


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