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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 →

Donlin runway and camp site in summer 2014. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Donlin runway and camp site in summer 2014. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Two federal agencies have come to different conclusions on the potential effects the proposed Donlin Creek mine could have on subsistence along the Kuskokwim River. The site sits 10 miles north of the village of Crooked Creek, and Donlin Gold LLC estimates it could excavate about 34-million ounces of gold over three decades from the proposed open pit mine.

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Donlin runway and camp site in summer 2014. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Donlin runway and camp site in summer 2014. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Federal agencies are continuing their rounds along the Kuskokwim, visiting communities and collecting comments for the Donlin Creek draft environmental impact statement, or EIS. Tonight they stop in Bethel. The public meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Cultural Center.

The night will start out with an explanation of the project by AECOM, the engineering and environmental firm contracted by the Army Corp of Engineers to create the EIS. A question and answer session and a period for public comment will follow. PowerPoint’s and posters galore will decorate the hall with specialists standing by to answer questions. Read more →

Photo of Thomas Tom. Courtesy of AST

Photo of Thomas Tom. Courtesy of AST

After four days of searching, Alaska State Troopers have found 57-year-old Tommy Tom of Aniak. Authorities were looking for Tom after a deceased person was found at his home over the weekend.

Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters says Tom was found dead Thursday around noon in the woods near a trail used by heavy machinery in the village.
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20120111-warrior2Both Bethel Warrior varsity basketball teams triumphed over the Nome Nanooks last night.

The Bethel Lady Warriors basketball defeated the Nanooks in a game that carried into double-overtime. Read more →

Leon Kopanuk (left) and Lawrence Carl (right) display their occupational endorsements at the Hooper Bay Learning Center graduation. (Photo courtesy of Leona Long.)

Leon Kopanuk (left) and Lawrence Carl (right) display their occupational endorsements at the Hooper Bay Learning Center graduation. (Photo courtesy of Leona Long.)

Hooper Bay celebrated its first commencement at its University of Alaska Fairbanks Kuskokwim satellite campus. The ceremony happened in November when two students received an Occupational Endorsements in Facilities Maintenance from UAF: Lawrence Carl and Leon Kopanuk.

Carl says he’s proud to be in the Hooper Bay Learning Center’s first graduating class and though he’s going on 16 years of maintenance work, he says the courses expanded his confidence and skills set. Read more →

Lisa Murkowski addressed the 50th Annual AVCP Convention in Bethel Tuesday. Photo by Dean Swope

Lisa Murkowski addressed the 50th Annual AVCP Convention in Bethel Tuesday. Photo by Dean Swope

U.S. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is holding a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee field hearing in Bethel next month.

Murkowski chairs the committee, and according to Communications Director Karina Petersen, the senator chose Bethel as the hearing site to show fellow members the high price of energy in rural Alaska and the innovations underway to reduce those costs. Read more →