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Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod standing on the Kuskokwim River in front of Bethel. (Photo courtesy of Michell DeWitt.)

Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod standing on the Kuskokwim River in front of Bethel. (Photo courtesy of Michell DeWitt.)

The Kuskokwim Ice Classic recorded the earliest break up on record this year at 11:30 p.m. Wed., April 20, 2016.

Two winners— Olinka Peterson and Evon Waska, Sr., both of Bethel— will split the $10,000 pot. Each guessed 11:25 p.m. April 20.

Prior to this year, April 24, 1940 stood as the earliest break up on record.

Adrian Wagner spoke with Kuskokwim Ice Classic Manager Paul Basile about the historic event. Listen Here:

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The Break up Bash is set for 5:00 p.m. tonight in front of the First National Bank.

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The Working Group at their annual meeting at the Fish & Game office in Bethel. Photo by Charles Enoch/KYUK.

The Working Group at their annual meeting at the Fish & Game office in Bethel. Photo by Charles Enoch/KYUK.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecasts a higher 2016 king salmon run than previous years. If the run goes as expected, officials say it might be enough for escapement and subsistence harvest needs. Wildlife managers met with fishery representatives from along the Kuskokwim River to discuss season management.

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The family of a sexual assault survivor brings allegations of racial preference by the justice system to a sentencing hearing in Bethel.

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Red Devil, Upper Kuskokwim, looking downstream. April 18, 2016. (Photo courtesy NWS Alaska.)

Red Devil, Upper Kuskokwim, looking downstream. April 18, 2016. (Photo courtesy NWS Alaska.)

Upriver Kuskokwim ice remains mostly in place, according to the annual River Watch crew from the National Weather Service.

The team is flying the Kuskokwim River this week, collecting break up data and reporting ice conditions to communities. The crew landed in Aniak Wednesday and flew upriver to observe the river. Read more →

Calista Corporation logo. Courtesy of Calista Corp.

Calista Corporation logo. Courtesy of Calista Corp.

Calista Corporation is campaigning to reduce quorum requirements at its annual shareholder meetings to prevent invalidating future meeting votes and wasting corporation money when quorum isn’t met.

Current quorum stands at an over 50-percent majority. Calista wants to reduce that to a one-third or about 33-percent requirement, and the corporation wants it to happen before descendants enroll as shareholders next year. Read more →

Tatianna Berryman presenting her winning business plan for Alaskan Northern Lights. (Photo courtesy Roxanne Girdlestone.)

Tatianna Berryman presenting her winning business plan for Alaskan Northern Lights. (Photo courtesy Roxanne of Girdlestone.)

Thirteen entrepreneurs from the Yukon-Kuskokwim region have received cash awards to help grow their businesses in this year’s Best in the West Small Business Competition.

Winning ideas include an online Alaska Native art dealership, arctic gardening, and a physical therapy and massage service. Read more →

Napaimute, looking downstream. April 18, 2016. Photo courtesy the National Weather Service, Alaska.

Napaimute, looking downstream. April 18, 2016. Photo courtesy the National Weather Service, Alaska.

The earliest break up on record has begun in the middle Kuskokwim, but ice is still holding in the upper and lower sections of the river. That’s the results from an aerial survey by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which photographed the Kuskokwim from the Holitna River tributary to Napakiak on Monday. Read more →

Upriver of Napaimute, looking downstream. April 18, 2016. Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service, Alaska.

Upriver of Napaimute, looking downstream. April 18, 2016. Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service, Alaska.

Middle Kuskokwim river ice is shifting and jamming as what’s predicted to be the Kuskokwim’s earliest break up on record gets underway.

“We had reports of ice shifting in Sleetmute [and] Chuathbaluk, a report of ice movement at Kalskag. And then ice was running fairly strong from Napaimute to Chuathbaluk, and then some ice shifting in Aniak as well,” Crane Johnson, National Weather Service hydrologist, said. Read more →

The USACE presenting the Donlin Gold EIS in Nunapitchuk.

The USACE presenting the Donlin Gold EIS in Nunapitchuk.

Two weeks remain to comment on the Donlin Gold mine draft environmental impact statement, or EIS. Most comments so far focus on subsistence and economic impacts, according to Keith Gordon, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project manager overseeing the over 5,000 page document.

Last Monday the Army Corps and AECOM wrapped up several months of traveling the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and other areas of the state to present the draft to affected communities and to collect public testimony. Read more →

BRHS logo, courtesy of BRHS.

BRHS logo, courtesy of BRHS.

Athletes across the Lower Kuskokwim School District completed in the Native Youth Olympics District Tournament in Kwigillingok over the weekend.
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