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The Donlin Gold mine draft EIS. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.)

The Donlin Gold mine draft EIS. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a series of public meetings to collect comments on the the proposed Donlin Gold mine’s draft environmental impact statement, or EIS. The USACE is the lead federal agency on the project and has held five meetings so far: four along the Kuskokwim and one in Anchorage. More meetings are scheduled through March.

The draft EIS is meant to be an unbiased disclosure of known or anticipated impacts from the proposed project. The corps released the 5,384 page document on Nov. 27, 2015. The public comment period began on Nov. 30 and lasts five months through April 30, 2016.

I spoke with Project Manager Keith Gordon about the EIS’s intended audience, the comment process, and the possibility of extending that process.

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The former Swanson’s marina space on Front Street. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

The former Swanson’s marina space on Front Street. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

The Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is considering two liquor license applications for Bethel next week: one for a package liquor store for Bethel Native Corporation’s subsidiary Bethel Spirits LLC and another for Fili’s Pizza restaurant.

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Screenshot of the Alaska Airlines redesigned greeting page before it was changed. Photo by Blossom Twitchell.

Screenshot of the Alaska Airlines redesigned greeting page before it was changed. Photo by Blossom Twitchell.

After Alaska Airlines unveiled a new look for their airplanes and website many Alaska Natives took offense to a phrase in their new marketing campaign. The phrase has sparked a controversy and a new round of conversations about what the word “Eskimo” means to Alaska Natives.

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Yuut Elitnaurviat. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Yuut Elitnaurviat. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

The Bethel Adult Basic Education Center is reforming its GED student recruitment model after seeing a steep drop in enrollment across the Yukon Kuskokwim region once the high school equivalency test went digital. Read more →

One of the Bogus Creek 150 mushing dogs before the start. Photo by Chris Pike.

One of the Bogus Creek 150 mushing dogs before the start. Photo by Chris Pike.

The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee has postponed the February 50 sled dog race scheduled for this Saturday due to rough and icy trail conditions and inclement weather forecasts.
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A screenshot of Quinhagak on Google Maps. Screenshot by Charles Enoch/KYUK

A screenshot of Quinhagak on Google Maps. Screenshot by Charles Enoch/KYUK

Quinhagak searchers have rescued a missing person from their village with little time to spare.

According to the Alaska State Troopers online dispatch, Bethel based troopers received a call Wednesday around noon saying 21-year-old Michael Matthew of Quinhagak had walked away from his residence. He was wet and not carrying warm weather gear.
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The Alaska State Troopers badge. Courtesy of AST

The Alaska State Troopers badge. Courtesy of AST

Alaska State Troopers have received a report of an unexpected death in Tununak. According to the online trooper dispatch, the death happened last week on Wed., Jan. 29.
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Mushing dogs. (Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Mushing dogs. (Chris Pike/ KYUK)

The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race Committee has once again raised its purse, maintaining the race’s money pot as the second highest in the state for sled dog racing behind the Iditarod.

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Tom Crossman trains BSAR members to use the ROV at the swimming pool. Photo courtesy of BSAR

Tom Crossman trains BSAR members to use the ROV at the swimming pool. Photo courtesy of BSAR

Bethel Search and Rescue has a new tool they hope will help increase their chances of bringing missing bodies home. They also hope it will help them do it with much less effort and cost.

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Keith Gordon, USACE Project Manager for the Donlin Creek mine draft EIS, opening the Bethel public meeting. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Keith Gordon, USACE Project Manager for the Donlin Creek mine draft EIS, opening the Bethel public meeting. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Around 100 people gathered in the Bethel Cultural Center Monday night to listen and testify on the Donlin Creek mine draft environmental impact statement, or EIS. The gathering stretched over four hours as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers introduced the document, the Bureau of Land Management held a public hearing on how the project could affect subsistence, and dozens of community members voiced their positions, questions, and concerns. Read more →