Shane Iverson / KYUK Public Media

It’s two weeks away, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a Kuskokwim River fishing opening for Monday, June 12. That’s the day USF&WS takes over management of king salmon in the lower and middle river where it runs through federal lands.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK Public Media

Water on the Kuskokwim is low, and nets are coming up mostly empty. Subsistence fishermen along the entire river are reporting this situation. Other fishermen, facing tight restrictions and cultural tension, have decided to refuse to fish.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Thursday on Fish Talk we’re busting myths about beaver dams and fish weirs.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK Public Media

What’s happening with the kings? That’s the question of the season, the question of the last several years, and it’s the question that state managers are asking Kuskokwim subsistence fishermen to help them figure out.

King salmon
Craig Springer, UFWS / Flickr Creative Commons

King salmon have arrived on the Yukon River. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says that the first subsistence-caught king was reported last week. With the kings moving upriver, the state is issuing a series of fishing restrictions.

A dog sits by emptied honey buckets in Kwethluk.
Film Academy Students / Lower Kuskokwim School District

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has more dogs than it can care for. A veterinarian travels to Bethel once a month, but no such service exists in the villages. Unvaccinated and uncared for, stray dogs threaten a community’s well being. Now, two organizations have teamed up to work with Delta communities to fix the issue.

Sen. Lyman Hoffman during a Senate Finance Committee meeting on March 29, 2016. Credit Skip Gray / 360 North
Skip Gray / 360 North

Senator Lyman Hoffman’s proposal to create a new type of energy borough will have to wait until next year’s Legislative Session.

The Bethel Robotics team, known as the Mooskateers, traveled nearly three thousand miles and enjoyed competing in the National Robotics Championship in San Diego, California. Pictured here, team member Jordan Wheeler, holding a component of the robot.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel’s Robotics team placed second at the state championships this year, which sent them to the national competition in sunny southern California. KYUK’s Christine Trudeau got a chance to chat with the team at KYUK, just after their return last week.










The Association of Village Council Presidents is calling for the reinstatement of the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area.

Dean Swope / KYUK Public Media

The Bethel retail business Swanson’s has announced it’s applying for the city’s final liquor store license. The business is owned by the Sea Lion Corporation, the Native corporation for the dry village of Hooper Bay.