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Salmon strips hang at Arvin Dull's fish camp in Oscarville (2014).

Salmon strips hang at a fish camp in Oscarville (2014).

The Yup’ik fishermen who were cited for fishing during a closure on the lower Kuskokwim River will not appeal their case to the Alaska Supreme Court.
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A teacher is charged with felony sexual abuse of a minor. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

A teacher is charged with felony sexual abuse of a minor. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

A teacher in Kwigillingok has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old student.

31-year-old Michael Wier was arrested Thursday and is being held at the Bethel jail on $50,000 bail. Another teacher had reported that he was concerned for the student after she had been “lingering” around Wier for a couple months.
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Courtesy AST.

Courtesy AST.

A Tuluksak man shot three people, including a tribal police officer Wednesday evening.
Megan Peters, a spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers says 20-year-old Gerald Lamont shot a family member in the face with a 20-gauge shotgun containing birdshot. He then walked through the village with the shotgun. Read more →

The Kuskokwim River Inter Tribal Fisheries Commission met for the first time in Bethel. Photo by Ben Matheson  / KYUK.

The Kuskokwim River Inter Tribal Fisheries Commission met for the first time in Bethel. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The path to unified management of Kuskokwim salmon stocks is uncharted, but along the way the newly established Kuskokwim River Inter Tribal Fisheries Commission wants involvement at each step. That begins with tribal consultation in preparations for another summer of sacrifice. The commission’s inaugural meeting concluded Wednesday in Bethel.

Another weak run of king salmon is expected this summer after several years of decline. State and federal managers are planning a slate of restrictions on par with last year’s, which brought in the smallest king salmon harvest on record.

Delegate Arthur Lake of Kwigillingok wants tribes to be part of the decisions.
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As the Kuskokwim breakup front moved below Aniak, a River Watch team from the State of Alaska and National Weather Service with broadcast and spotting help from Bethel Search and Rescue‘s Peter Atchak flew the river from Bethel to Chuathbaluk.
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The KRITFC met Tuesday in Bethel. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The KRITFC met Tuesday in Bethel. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Just a few weeks before the king salmon run begins in earnest, Kuskokwim tribal leaders came together in the first-ever meeting of Kuskokwim River Inter Tribal Fisheries Commission. The group is pushing to create a system in which tribes have a direct management role in the river’s salmon.
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Courtesy AST.

Courtesy AST.

Troopers say the body thought to be an Akiak woman who died last year when a 4-wheeler went into an open hole on the Kuskokwim near Kwethluk has been recovered. On Sunday remains believed to be Sally Stone were found near the crash site. Her body is being sent to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy. Read more →

The Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod tripped the clock at 1:35 on 5/4/2015. Photo by Dean Swope/ KYUK.

The Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod tripped the clock at 1:35 on 5/4/2015. Photo by Dean Swope/ KYUK.

Nora Horn and fiancee Bryan Kelila are the winners of the 2015 Kuskokwim Ice Classic. Their guess of 1:33 p.m on Monday, May 4th was the closest time to the official mark of 1:35 p.m.
The two share a single ticket for the $10,000 jackpot. Horn also picked the winning date in 2007. The two share a single ticket for the $10,000 jackpot. They won out of 6,000 guesses and narrowly beat out out three guesses for 1:30 and another for 1:37.

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The 2015 Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod sits in front of Bethel. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The 2015 Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod sits in front of Bethel. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Over the weekend, the tripod on the Kuskokwim River in front of Bethel fell down, but the clock kept on ticking.
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A woman died Saturday in Upper Kalskag when her ATV crashed. Image from Google Maps.

A woman died Saturday in Upper Kalskag when her ATV crashed. Image from Google Maps.

State troopers say a woman died when her 4-wheeler flipped twice and threw her from the vehicle. 34-year-old Merna Spein was driving down main street in Upper Kalskag Saturday afternoon when she lost control. A witness says Spein was the only person on the 4-wheeler when it crashed. She was not wearing a helmet and suffered head trauma.
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