Manager’s Update

Here Come The Fish

by Mike Martz on June 10, 2013

The river ice is gone.  The flooding has subsided.  People along the Kuskokwim are getting their fish camps set up for another  season.   Lots of nets are in the water in anticipation of the beginning of the salmon runs.  Everyone is looking forward to that first delicious taste of fresh King salmon… I know I am.

Along with all the usual seasonal preparations for another subsistence harvest, there’s a lot of concern about the status of our Kuskokwim salmon runs, especially about Kings.

The discussions and debate and concern about the expected numbers of Kings returning this year has already begun.  KYUK has  broadcast two talk/call in radio shows, on May 31st and June 7th, featuring representatives from the Salmon Mangement Working Group, the Department of Fish & Game and the US Fish & Wildlife Service.  Another talk/call in show will air  on Thursday June 13 at 10am with a rebroadcast that night at 7pm.  This one will be entirely in Yup’ik.

Our news department will be following the often complicated, often changing and sometimes confusing list of fishing regulations, restrictions and closures as they are developed and released to the public.  You can count our our news reporters to keep you informed  with the most up to date news and information on the status of the King run, susbistence openings and closures and all fishing news throughout the summer.

In addition, this summer our radio staff is announcing fishing regulations for both the Kuskokwim and Yukon rivers as they are updated and released.  Kuskokwim fishing regulations are announced at 8:50am and 12:50pm Monday through Friday and at 10:05am on Saturday and Sunday.    Yukon fishing regulations are announced at 7:50pm seven days a week.

Fishing news and information will also be posted to our website

You can count on your local public radio station to provide you with the most complete, up to date and timely information regarding all things related to fishing on the Kuskokwim.

We wish everyone a safe and successful harvest.

Thanks for your support of local public media in the Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta.

Breakup on Alaska’s rivers is always hard to predict and this year it seems to be particularly hard to do.  The Kuskokwim and the Yukon are both still solid and even in the upriver sections that see the first signs of thawing the spring meltdown is moving at a snails pace.

No matter when breakup does occur, you can count on KYUK to be your “go to” source on the air and on line for up to date information on ice conditions, the progress of breakup, ice jams and potential flooding.

Our news and radio staff work closely with state hydrologists and emergency managers; our local meterologists with the National Weather Service; Earl Samuelson, the pilot for the Alaska State Troopers, who provides us with detailed river watch aerial reports; Bethel Search and Rescue volunteers and our many contacts in villages up and down the Kuskokwim and on the Yukon who provide us with local information on breakup conditions in and around their communities.

KYUK has been keeping watch  on breakup for 42 years.  We take our responsibility to provide timely, up to date and accurate river breakup reports very seriously.

You can count on us to once again keep you all informed and updated on this year’s breakup…whenever it finally does happen.

Thanks for your support of public media for Bethel and the YK Delta.

KYUK News received seven Alaska Press Club awards last month for achievement in a number of radio news catagories.

John Active received a first place award in the Best Profile catagory for his profile of the late Buster Richardson.

Mark Arehart received three second place awards and one third place award.  His storyon the Akiak erosion disaster won a second place in the single story catagory;  his story on low Yukon River King salmon returns took second place in the best radio feature catagory and he received a second place in best education reporting for his story on hybrid schools.  Mark also received a third place award for best single story reporting for his story of Middle Kuskokwim residents’ fears about the loss of their subsistence culture.

News director Angela Denning-Barnes took home two second place awards, for crime/court reporting on the Kaiser murder trial and for sports reporting on Rohn Buser winning the Kuskokwiim 300 Sled Dog Race.

Congratulations to all for their award winning work.

If you are a hard working collage student from any community within the KYUK listening area in the Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta or Bethel apply now for the Alexie Isaac Memorial Scholarship.    If you know a hard working college student from the YK Delta or Bethel encourage him or her to apply now.

In September of every year the KYUK board of directors selects two hard working students to receive a $1,000 scholarship award.

This year,  thanks to the generosity of our listeners during our Spring Fund Drive, we are able to offer a third $1,000 scholarship.  That means three students could get $1,000 each for the coming school year’s expenses.

The deadline to apply is August 1st.

August 1st may seem far away but it’s only four months from now and the time will fly by fast.

Information and application forms can be found on the KYUK website on the  Scholarship page.

Don’t delay, apply today!



Our Spring Fund Drive ended Wednesday March 20th just short of our $5,000 goal by only a few hundred dollars.  Althogether, through the continuing generousity of you, our loyal listeners, we raised $4,236!

To all of you who donated I extend a big QUAYANA on behalf of the rest of the KYUK staff and our board of directors.

With these additional funds we will be able to offer a third $1,000 scholarship this year to a deserving Y/K Delta college student.  The balance of these funds will go to pay programming and transmission costs incurrred bringing you the conference and state high school basketball championships with a little left over for “seed money” for next year’s high school basketball March Madness.

Congratulations to our top prize winners:

20,000 Alaska Airlines miles from GCI- Tracy Horn
Round-Trip ticket from Grant Aviation-Bobby Japhet
Round-Trip ticket from Era Alaska- Scott Kinegak
Round-Trip ticket from Alaska Airlines- Chloe Wurr

You can see a complete list of all the prize winners on our website by clicking Here.

Finally I want to also extend a big QUYANA to the local and statewide businesses who generously donated goods or services for our prize drawings: Alaska Airlines, ERA Alaska, GCI, Grant Aviation, AVCP, Donlin Gold, ONC, Yup’ik Way, Malone Insurance, the Long House Bethel Hotel, Arctic Chiropractic, KC Supply, AVCP RHA, CVRF, LKSD, Yute Air, The Lumber Yard, KuC, Yuut Yaqangviat Flight School, Yuut Elitnaurviat, Bethel Car Rental, Qinarmiut Tuntutuliak Corporation and FNBAlaska.

Thank you all for your support and thanks to all our listeners for supporting local public media for the Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta.

Our spring fund drive is coming to an end.  I want to thank all our loyal listeners who have already made a contribution to support KYUK and local public media for Bethel and the Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta.  So far we’ve raised close to $3,800.

Wednesday the 20th we will hold our final drawing for prizes.  Everyone who has made a donation anytime during the past two weeks will have their names in the hat for some great prizes.  The grand prize is a round trip travel certificate donated by Alaska Airlines.  This certificate is valued at $1,250 and is valid for one year on either Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air.  Our sincere thanks to Alaska Airlines for their generous support.

So don’t miss out on a chance at this grand prize or the other terrific prizes being given away on Wednesday.

The easiest way to make sure you have a chance at the grand prize is to visit KYUK on line and click on the Donate button.

Thanks for your support of public media in the Y/K Delta.

We’re just moving into the second week of our Spring Fund Drive.  So far we’ve raised over $1,000 on our way to reaching our goal of $5,000.  Thanks to those listeners who have pledged and paid their donations.  We had our first drawing for gifts for all those who paid their donations on line or in person during the first week of our drive.  There were a lot of items like jackets, backpacks, T shirts and caps given away.  The big gift was a $25 gift card from First National Bank Alaska.  We want to thank AVCP, AVCP Regional Housing Authority, CVRF, Donlin Gold, LKSD, KuC , Yuut Yaqangviat Flight School and First National Bank Alaska for their support.

Next Monday, March 18th, there will be another drawing for more gifts for all those listeners who donate by the end of next week.  There will be more great give away items including a second $25 gift card from First National Bank Alaska.

Then on Wednesday March 20th we will hold our final drawing for all donors during the previous two weeks up to March 20th.  On the list of gifts are a 20,000 Alaska Airlines mileage certificate donated by GCI, one round trip ticket anywhere ERA Alaska flies including Anchorage and one round trip ticket anywhere Grant Aviation flies.

The focus of this drive is our programs and services for the youth of our communities.  These include our Alexie Isaac Memorial Scholarship, our basketball coverage of regional and state small schools championships and our student intern program in partnership with the Kuskokwim Learning Academy.  If any or all of these programs are important to you, if local public radio is important to you, please take a moment to visit KYUK on line to click on the Donate button, call 543-0244 during regular business hours or stop by the station in person to make a donation.

Public radio is your radio.  Your partnership is vital in keeping the local KYUK public media programming and services you rely on alive and well in Bethel and the Y/K Delta.

Thanks for your support of local public media.

Once again the Kuskokwim 300 proved to be an unpredictable and exciting event and KYUK was proud to provide comprehensive race coverage all weekend from the moment the mushers left the start line on Friday night until they returned to the finish line KYUK’s team of reporters and announcers brought you all the action as it unfolded.

An event like the Kuskokwim 300 spotlights the importance and relevance of local public radio staffed by people who live in the community they serve.  I want to thank all our dedicated staff and volunteers for all their hard work keeping our listeners updated on the radio and on our website with the latest race information.  I especially want to thank our volunteers who worked behind the scenes keeping our staff supplied with delicious food throughout the weekend.

I also want to thank our underwriters for this year’s race.  The businesses that provided financial support,  goods or services include: Donlin Gold, Bethel Card Rental, the Bethel Native Corporation, the Valcarcie Law Office, Bethel Alaska PC, ID Variety, Sammy’s Market, Swanson’s Store, GCI and Corina’s Caselot.  Thank you all for your generous support.

We’ll be looking forward to next year’s race and improving on our coverage.

Thanks for your support of public radio in the Y/K Delta and when you file your PFD or even if you  have already filed consider making a Pick Click Give donation to KYUK.

The 2013 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race is fast approaching.   January 18th to the 20th are the dates.  This is always an exciting three day event  where fierce competition and challenging weather greet await some of the Alaska’s and the world’s best dog mushers along with a field of local racers in a slate of races where the unpredictable is the norm.

Here at KYUK we are gearing up to provide comprehensive, up to the minute coverage of the Kuskokwim 300, Bogus Creek 150 and the Akiak Dash on the radio and on our website.

We have a coordinated plan to gather interviews, musher profiles, photos and the starting order for both the K300 and Bogus 150 races.  Listen for musher profiles and interviews on 640AM and on the KYUK  website throughout the weekend.

Our live race coverage kicks off Friday January 18th at 4:30pm leading up to the Bogus Creek race start set for 5pm.  At 6pm the Kuskokwim 300 Pre-Race Show begins.  Mushers leave the chute at 6:30 and KYUK will be there on 640AM and online bringing you all the action.

Then stay tuned to 640AM or online at the KYUK website all through Saturday as the Bogus Creek 150 racers cross the finish line.  Live coverage of the 2PM Akiak Dash mass start begins at 1:30 with more live coverage of the Dash race finish Saturday night.

Throughout the weekend follow your favorite musher and keep up with the latest information on the trail with our hourly updates beginning Friday night,  continuing through Saturday, Saturday night and again on Sunday.  KYUK reporter Mark Arehart and Will Peterson of public station KTNA, Talkeetna will be on the trail feeding live reports from Kalskag and Tuluksak.

KYUK will be on the riverfront in Bethel to bring you live coverage of the exciting end of the Kuskokwim 300 as the winner crosses the finish line on Sunday.

Keep your radio tuned to KYUK 640AM and your browser pointed to the KYUK website and  Facebook page,  your  source for up to the minute Kuskokwim 300 race coverage.

Thank you for your support of public media for Bethel and the Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta.

2013 is here and will bring with it a variety of new opportunities and challenges to us as we continue to work hard to bring you the best public media services and programming we can with the resources we have available to us.

Probably the biggest challenge we will face this year will be maintaining and improving our programs and services in the face of steadily rising costs and potential decreases in funding, particularly our federal grants.  This is a problem facing not only public media stations but all nonprofit organizations in Alaska.

I can assure you that we will meet these funding challenges head on, doing what is necessary to keep and improve the radio, on line and TV programs and services you have come to expect from KYUK.  Being of service to our local communities and fulfilling our mission to educate and inform, provide cultural enrichment and opportunities for public access will always be our number one priority.

January also is the start of the Permanent Fund dividend application period.  KYUK is a PickClickGive organization again for 2013. When you apply for your Permanent Fund dividend consider making a donation to KYUK.  We thank those individuals who generously donated a portion of their dividend to us last year.  Donating to organizations and causes you believe in through PickClickGive is an easy and affordable way to help make good things happen across Alaska.

I wish all our listeners and viewers a very happy and prosperous new year from all of us at KYUK.