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Roxanne Smart. Photo Courtesy of Justice For Roxanne Smart.

Roxanne Smart. Photo Courtesy of Justice For Roxanne Smart.

UPDATE – 7/26 11:15 a.m.: Alaska State Troopers say a Chevak man has admitted to killing Roxanne Smart last summer. The announcement was made Saturday through an online dispatch that they had arrested 20-year-old Samuel Atchak, of Chevak. Megan Peters, a spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers says investigators were waiting on lab results.

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The K300 2016 purse will be the largest on record. KYUK file photo.

The K300 2016 purse will be the largest on record. KYUK file photo.

The Kuskokwim 300 purse will reach a record-breaking $130,000 for the 2016 race.

The Bogus Creek 150 will pay out $30,000 dollars, and the Akiak Dash will offer at least $15,000. K300 race manager Zach Fansler adds that they will increase the purse for the season’s other local races. Read more →

Margaret Pohjola is Calista Corporations' new chair. Photo courtesy of Calista.

Margaret Pohjola is Calista Corporations’ new chair. Photo courtesy of Calista.

The Calista Corporation board has elected the first woman in its 44-year history as chair. Margaret Pohjola was voted to the job on Thursday. Pohjola has ties to Chuathbaluk. Chair Willie Kasayulie of Akiachak had served the limit of three consecutive year-long terms.
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Earlier this year, a capacity crowd, largely opposed to local liquor sales, spoke for nearly four hours before the council. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Earlier this year, a capacity crowd, largely opposed to local liquor sales, spoke for nearly four hours before the council. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council is appealing the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s rejection of their protest of the Bethel Native Corporation’s package liquor store application. The council met in executive session Thursday evening for three and a half hours.

The ABC board on July 1st called the city’s protest of the proposed Bethel Spirits license “arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable”, sparking outrage from the council. The board is required to honor protest unless it meets those criteria. Mayor Rick Robb says he’s personally in favor of local sales. Read more →

Marie Andrew was busy this July at her Napaskiak fish camp. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Marie Andrew was busy this July at her Napaskiak fish camp. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Subsistence fishing is open indefinitely on the Kuskokwim River. But that hasn’t been the norm this summer, as the river underwent two management regimes —state and federal—and strict closures for two species. Lower river fishermen are adjusting to the new reality of Kuskokwim subsistence—where conservative management is now the status quo.

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Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council will meet in executive session Thursday.

After the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board rejected the city’s protest of the proposed Bethel Spirits license, calling it arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable, the council will discuss potential litigation regarding that decision. Read more →

New PATC Rises Again

by Ben Matheson on July 22, 2015

Kris Manke walks through the new PATC. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Kris Manke walks through the new PATC. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The skeleton of the new Phillips Ayagnirvik Treatment Center, PATC, is coming up quickly and aims to be closed in for a winter of work. Kris Manke is Director of Construction for the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, which is leading up the project. He says about 15 crew members are working now, including close to 70 percent local Alaska Native hires.

“We do all of our own electrical, mechanical, framing, siding, we self perform all of that,” said Manke. Read more →

Courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

Courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

Searchers found the body of 28-year-old Benjamin Beaver Junior of Bethel after his boat hit a sandbar and sank. Read more →

The North Aniak fire continues to burn. Crews are taking advantage of wet weather to get ahead. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The North Aniak fire continues to burn. Crews are taking advantage of wet weather to get ahead. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Wet weather has given firefighters a much-needed break as they work to contain Kuskokwim area wildfires. 83 are still considered active in the southwest area, where Norm McDonald is the Fire Management Officer.
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Incident Commander Keith Dunn oversees several middle Kuskokwim fires. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Incident Commander Keith Dunn oversees several middle Kuskokwim fires. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Nearly a million acres have burned in southwest Alaska this year. 85 fires are still ablaze in the region. The middle Kuskokwim base of Aniak is the nerve center for a fleet of helicopters and other aircrafts, shuttling supplies and crews working to stop fires before they reach communities and cabins. As the season progresses, teams are settling into Aniak for the summer.

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