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Courtesy USGC.

Courtesy USGC.

The Coast Guard launched a C-130 and a helicopter Sunday after a man ran out of gas traveling by boat from Eek to Quinhagak in Kuskokwim Bay.
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Large fires burn in the middle Kuskokwim River area. Map from AICC.

Large fires burn in the middle Kuskokwim River area. Map from AICC.

Six fire crews and eight smoke jumpers are working to get ahead of fires burning in the middle Kuskokwim River.

Greg Scully is assistant fire management officer in McGrath. He says as the North Aniak blaze has grown to more than 50-thousand acres, multiple crews are focusing on the western flank.
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Wade Hampton was a Confederate Civil War general and South Carolina politician.

Wade Hampton was a Confederate Civil War general and South Carolina politician.

The western Alaska census district named for a confederate slave owner and Civil War general has a new name. Governor Bill Walker wrote Wednesday to the Census Bureau to begin the process of changing the name from the Wade Hampton Census District to Kusilvak Census District.

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Alaska's new marijuana regulatory board is crafting regulations. Photo by flickr user Brett Levin.

Alaska’s new marijuana regulatory board is crafting regulations. Photo by flickr user Brett Levin.

The first meeting of the state’s newly configured Marijuana Control Board is today in Fairbanks. They’ll work over the next several months to create regulations for the state’s new marijuana industry, including for cultivation, processing and commercial sales. Bethel resident Mark Springer fills a seat designated for a rural resident. Read more →

BNC President and CEO Ana Hoffman speaks at a community meeting in Bethel. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

BNC President and CEO Ana Hoffman speaks at a community meeting in Bethel. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

An application for Bethel’s first liquor store in four decades is still alive. The state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board rejected a protest from the Bethel City Council over a liquor store license for Bethel Spirits, owned by the Bethel Native Corporation. The board did not grant a license, and plans to hear more from the community on the issue. Read more →

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The state is taking over day-to-day management of Kuskokwim salmon. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

The state is taking over day-to-day management of Kuskokwim salmon. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be managing the salmon fishery for the entirety of the Kuskokwim River drainage beginning Thursday. Fishing with gillnets remains closed on the Kuskokwim River and several tributaries.

Federal managers through federal special action took over day-to-day management of the Kuskokwim within the Yukon Delta refuge boundaries during the king salmon run for conservation purposes. They have the ability to restrict fishing to local residents. Read more →

Bethel's Mark Springer will serve on the new Marijuana Control Board. Photo by Dean Swope  / KYUK.

Bethel’s Mark Springer will serve on the new Marijuana Control Board. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Governor Bill Walker has named Bethel’s Mark Springer to serve on the state’s new Marijuana Control Board. Springer will fill a seat designated for a rural resident. The board will work over the next several months to create regulations for the state’s new marijuana industry, including cultivation, processing and commercial sale. Read more →