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The Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group put together a list of recommendations for early season chinook salmon management. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group put together a list of recommendations for early season chinook salmon management. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

A couple months before the king salmon begin to enter the river, the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group met to set recommendations for an early season of conservation.

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Soldiers from the National Guard’s 297th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade and other units have spent the last several days training near Bethel. On March 27th, soldiers jumped from the air above Bethel. The National Guard hosted an open house at their armory in the afternoon. Photos by KYUK’s Dean Swope.

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Fishermen and managers discussed ways to improve fishery management Thursday at the Kuskokwim Fishermen's Meeting. Photo by Ben Matheson /KYUK.

Fishermen and managers discussed ways to improve fishery management Thursday at the Kuskokwim Fishermen’s Meeting. Photo by Ben Matheson /KYUK.

Expecting another below average king salmon run and a slate of early season closures, fishery managers circled up with Kuskokwim fishermen Thursday, in Bethel, to set in motion preparations for a tough season ahead.

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People held a 'Choose Respect' march in Bethel at noon, Thursday, March 26th.

Bethel’s annual ‘Choose Respect’ took place on Thursday, March 26th. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Tundra Women’s Coalition joined communities across the state in anti-violence marches. TWC held a rally in Bethel on Thursday, marching from the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center to their offices across town.
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Crews raised the 2015 Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod into place. – Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK

The Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod went up on the river just below Bethel, Wednesday, March 25. Bethel Community Services Foundation sells tickets where people can guess the time the tripod will fall. The closest guess to the exact time of breakup wins a cash jackpot. This year the prize money is larger than usual.
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Fresh Kuskokwim salmon. Photo by KYUK.

Fresh Kuskokwim salmon. Photo by KYUK.

The Federal Subsistence Board will decide next month whether to limit salmon fishing to local residents on the Kuskokwim and Yukon Rivers. The limitation will apply only on federal lands, like the Yukon Delta Refuge, which encompasses the Kuskokwim below Aniak. They can also delegate the day-to-day management to federal staff and make a strategy for allocating the limited salmon.
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Lisa Demer, Western Alaska Bureau Reporter. – Photo Courtesy of Alaska Dispatch News

Reporter Lisa Demer with Alaska Dispatch News recently filed a story about some of the underlying issues that may have led to the dismissal of Bethel District Attorney June Stein. KYUK News Director Daysha Eaton interviewed her.

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The Bethel City Council honored longtime trooper pilot Earl Samuelson.  Photo from Bethel Search and Rescue.

The Bethel City Council honored longtime trooper pilot Earl Samuelson. Photo from Bethel Search and Rescue.

In addition to the alcohol license hearing, the Bethel City Council received an update on the state legislature Tuesday evening. With less than 30 days left in the legislative session, the council heard from their new lobbyist, former legislator Mary Sattler. As the price of oil remains low, so do prospects for their capital requests.
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ONC's Gloria Simeon testified in opposition of a liquor store license. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

ONC’s Gloria Simeon testified in opposition of a liquor store license. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council heard hours of passionate testimony Tuesday night urging them to protest anticipated applications to sell liquor. Many in the capacity crowd asked the council to consider the consequences of local sales in a region that suffers disproportionate effects from alcohol abuse and related violence. Read more →

The Bethel City Council met Tuesday night in a regular meeting. Photo by Dean Swope /KYUK.

Photo by Dean Swope /KYUK.

The Bethel City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday during their regular meeting on the potential of a package liquor store application to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
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