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Fresh Kuskokwim salmon. File photo by KYUK.

Fresh Kuskokwim salmon. File photo by KYUK.

There is a four hour subsistence salmon opener from the mouth of the Kuskokwim River to Aniak on Tuesday, June 30th from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. 50 fathom, 6-inch nets will be allowed from the mouth to the Johnson River. From the Johnson up to the refuge boundary at Aniak, nets must be half the length, or 25 fathoms. Read more →

Several fires are burning in the middle Kuskokwim. Map from Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

Several fires are burning in the middle Kuskokwim. Map from Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

A crew of smokejumpers dropped on a fire outside Tuluksak Sunday afternoon. Francis Mitchell with the State Division of Forestry says the Mishevik Fire, last measured at 120 acres and about eight miles from Tuluksak, but moving towards the community.
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A spending bill provides full funding for contract support costs. Logo courtesy IHS.

A spending bill provides full funding for contract support costs. Logo courtesy IHS.

A spending bill advancing in the US Senate includes full funding for Alaska Native health care providers’ contract support costs. That’s an area of native health care that’s been underfunded even though the supreme court has repeatedly ruled in favor of tribes. Those costs include items like legal and accounting fees, insurance, and workers’ compensation. 2014 was the first year in decades of full funding for contract support costs. Read more →

Three Y-K Delta mushers will race Iditarod 44. Logo courtesy Iditarod.

Three Y-K Delta mushers will race Iditarod 44. Logo courtesy Iditarod.

Three Y-K Delta mushers are signed up for Iditarod 2016.

Mike Williams Jr. of Akiak, is back for the race to Nome after a one year break. He’s joined by Bethel’s Pete Kaiser and Richie Diehl of Aniak. Former Bethel resident Tom Jamgochian, who currently lives in Nome, will race his first Iditarod. Read more →

The Chuathbaluk fire was active Friday afternoon. Photo by Patrica Yaska

The Chuathbaluk fire was active Friday afternoon. Photo by Patrica Yaska

Aniak and Chuathbaluk are receiving favorable winds today, cutting down on the smoke and fire danger. The fire across the river from Aniak has grown to 27,000 acres. Bill Wilson is Aniak’s Mayor.

“The fire is paralleling on the opposite side of the river where the runway and town are here. It’s worked its way about halfway down the runway at this point. You can see it, most is further off the shore, it’s touched down in a few places at the shoreline.The smoke is thick, it’s blowing toward the Russian Mountains and towards the north more,” said Wilson. Read more →

Smoke from the nearby Mission Creek fire has arrived in Chuathbaluk. Photo by Patricia Yaska.

Smoke from the nearby Mission Creek fire has arrived in Chuathbaluk. Photo by Patricia Yaska.

The fire across the river from Aniak has grown to 27,000 acres. Two crews are in Aniak, Salt Lake County and Chevak to do point protection in the case that the fire moves across the river. Three flights of at risk people were evacuated to Bethel yesterday to stay out of the thick smoke.
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Logo courtesy ADF&G.

Logo courtesy ADF&G.

There will be a drift gillnet opening upriver on Saturday.

The state-run six-inch gillnet opening takes place from Aniak to the headwaters on Saturday, June 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The nets are limited to 60 feet in length. Read more →

A large fire is burning northwest of Aniak. Photo courtesy of Mark Leary /NVN.

A large fire is burning northwest of Aniak. Photo courtesy of Mark Leary /NVN.

The middle Kuskokwim communities of Aniak and Chuathbaluk are evacuating at-risk people as wildfires approach. They’re sending infants, elders, and those with respiratory problems to Bethel as they expect heavy smoke over the next couple days. Read more →

An artist's rendering of the proposed YKHC expansion. Courtesy YKHC.

An artist’s rendering of the proposed YKHC expansion. Courtesy of YKHC.

The region’s new clinic and hospital renovation took a step forward Thursday as the US Senate approved a bill to transfer ownership of 23 acres of federally-held land to the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Senator Lisa Murkowski sponsored the bill. Read more →

File photo by Shane Iverson/KYUK.

File photo by Shane Iverson/KYUK.

There will be a salmon fishing opening on the Kuskokwim River Friday, June 26th. The water downriver of the Johnson River to the mouth of Kuskokwim will be open to 300 foot nets of 6 inch mesh or less for for eight hours from 2 pm. to 10 p.m.

Robert Sundown is with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Bethel. He explains the fishing period is different for the area from the Johnson river up to the northern edge at Kuskokuak slough below Kwethluk.

“That opportunity is gong to be for 150 feet, 25 fathoms. 6 inches or less,” said Sundown. Read more →