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A fire damaged the 123 Barbecue Express restaurant  on Monday, July 13th. Photo by Daysha Eaton

A fire damaged 1-2-3 Barbecue Express restaurant Monday. Photo by Daysha Eaton / KYUK

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 15th 10:23 a.m.: Bethel police say a man is in jail on charges of arson related to a fire at a Bethel restaurant on Monday night. 58-year-old Larson Edwards, of Mekoryuk, was arrested in connection with a fire at the 1-2-3 Barbecue Express restaurant late Monday.
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Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council rejected a move towards lowering city sales tax in their Tuesday meeting. Noting the recent water rate hike, Mayor Rick Robb proposed asking voters whether they want to drop sales tax from 6 percent to 5.75 percent. He was the only council member to vote for introduction.
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The Kuskokwim will open indefinitely to 6" gillnet fishing. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Kuskokwim will open indefinitely to 6″ gillnet fishing. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

As of 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, state fishery managers are opening the Kuskokwim indefinitely for 6-inch gillnet fishing. The opening directly follows scheduled fishing periods Wednesday.

The chum salmon numbers at the Bethel Test Fishery have been among the lowest on record. That kept the lower river on a twice-weekly subsistence fishing schedule to bring more chum to spawning grounds. Managers say there is “mounting evidence” that the Kogrukluk River escapement goal may not be reached. Read more →

Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council can take steps towards lowering city sales tax in their Tuesday meeting. Mayor Rick Robb has submitted an ordinance that, if passed, would ask voters whether they want sales tax to go from 6 percent to 5.75 percent.
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Calista shareholders voted this weekend in the annual meeting in Kasigluk to enroll descendants.

Thousands of so-called afterborns will be eligible for shares of Calista Corporation after shareholders voted Saturday. The preliminary results from the annual meeting in Kasigluk dramatically reshape the ownership of the YK Delta’s regional Alaska Native Corporation.

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Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

There are more subsistence salmon openings on the Kuskokwim River this week.

Gillnets with 6-inch or less mesh, 45 meshes deep, and no longer than 50 fathoms will be allowed from the Yukon Delta Refuge boundary at the mouth of the Kuskokwim River up to the Johnson River from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Monday, July 13 and Wednesday, July 15. Read more →

ISKA 2015 MIxed Martial Arts Winner Micheal Martinez, 15 years old.  photo by Mary Martinez

ISKA 2015 Mixed Martial Arts Winner Micheal Martinez, 15 years old. Photo by Mary Martinez

Two years ago, at thirteen 13 years old, Michael Martinez won three Mixed Martial Arts US world titles in his age and weight division. Martinez competed in the 2015 Mixed Marital Arts US Open last weekend in Orlando Florida, and took home a couple of titles.

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troopers, alaska state troopersAlaska State Troopers have released the names of two people found dead in Emmonak. 44-year-old Louis Kelly and 38-year-old Mary Aketchunak were found dead in their home Thursday.
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Tim Schuerch, President CEO of Maniilaq, Willie Goodwin, Kotzebue Elder’s Council Chairman and John Lincoln, Maniilaq Board of Director’s Chairman cutting the ribbon. Photo by Dr. Ted Mala

Tim Schuerch, President CEO of Maniilaq, Willie Goodwin, Kotzebue Elder’s Council Chairman and John Lincoln, Maniilaq Board of Director’s Chairman cutting the ribbon. Photo by Dr. Ted Mala

The Maniilaq Association, a tribally-operated health and social services organization based in Kotzebue, hosted a ‘soft opening’ for their new traditional foods processing facility Tuesday. Val Kreil is the administrator for the nursing home run by Maniilaq. He says the new facility provides a place for animals killed by local hunters to be donated and processed for elders. The Siglauq is the first facility of its kind in Alaska.
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Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

The Kuskokwim will see a drift gillnet subsistence fishing period on Saturday, July 11th. 50-fathom nets with up to 6-inch mesh will be allowed. The timing changes for different stretches of the river.

Waters from the mouth to the Johnson River are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. From the Johnson to Tuluksak, opening is four hours, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. From Tuluksak to the Holitna River, the opening is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The state opened the river above the Holitna indefinitely on Wednesday.

Waters directly in front of Aniak will be closed Saturday. Dipnet fishing closes at 9 p.m. Saturday.

As a very poor chum run continues, state managers are restricting fishing to twice-weekly periods.