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Governor Walker visited five rural Alaska communities, including Akiachak. 2014 Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK.

Governor Walker visited five rural Alaska communities, including Akiachak. 2014 Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK.

Governor Bill Walker faces an August deadline for determining the future of the state’s appeal against a court case that could clear a path for Alaska tribes to put land into trust.

He’s facing pressure from tribes to drop the lawsuit. Trust status would reshape tribal sovereignty on certain lands. Walker said Monday that the purpose of his recent five-village trip was to listen and build relationships with tribes. Read more →

The Kuskokwim's first commercial opening is Monday afternoon. KYUK file photo.

The Kuskokwim’s first commercial opening is Monday afternoon. KYUK file photo.

The summer’s first commercial fishing on the Kuskokwim River takes place Monday, August 10th.

Managers say that this year’s silver run is below average for this time of year and could be late or weak. But they say there should be enough fish for escapement, subsistence, and a limited commercial harvest. Read more →

Troopers are looking for boaters overdue in Kongiganak. Photo from Bing Maps.

Troopers are looking for boaters overdue in Kongiganak. Photo from Bing Maps.

UPDATED: 9/10 11:45 a.m. – Searchers found missing boaters who were traveling from Bethel to Kongiganak. Alaska State Troopers and volunteers received word around 2 p.m. Sunday that two men boating from Bethel to Kong were overdue. According to troopers, 59-year-old Rick Strauss and 35-year-old Ricky Strauss Jr., both of Kongiganak, were located by searchers Sunday and taken to Tuntutuliak.

Courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

Courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

A Scammon Bay man is charged with trying to import alcohol to the dry village. According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch, Sunday around 1 p.m. Bethel Troopers received information that 27-year-old Brandon Eddie Nanuk of Scammon Bay was flying to Scammon with alcohol.
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Seth Fairbanks. Courtesy Facebook.

Seth Fairbanks. Courtesy Facebook.

UPDATED 8/9, 7:50  p.m. – Alaska State Troopers have identified the missing pilot and passenger in the Knik Arm plane crash as 29-year-old Seth Fairbanks and 23-year-old Anthony Hooper, both of McGrath.

The Piper PA-18 Super Cub crashed Friday near Anchorage’s north border. Fairbanks grew up in Bethel and his parents still live there.

His father, Grant Fairbanks, says someone called 9-1-1 from the crash with his son’s cell phone.

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Newtok (2014) - Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK

Newtok (2014) – Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK

A federal appeals panel has sided with the new leaders in a tribal power dispute that has complicated efforts to relocate a badly eroded village in western Alaska. Tom John, a tribal administrator with the new council, called Newtok Village Council, says he learned of the decision via email this morning and it’s a relief.
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Ravn's fleet flies to dozens of communities in rural Alaska. Photo courtesy Ravn Air.

Ravn’s fleet flies to dozens of communities in rural Alaska. Photo courtesy Ravn Air.

New York investors are now majority owners of the Ravn Air group, which mostly serves rural Alaska.

J.F. Lehman & Company, a group of private equity investors active in aerospace and maritime businesses, recently announced the new ownership structure. The deal was first reported by Alaska Dispatch News Thursday.
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A team from the Vatican brought images of masks to Alaska as they attempt to trace the history of the masks. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

A team from the Vatican brought images of masks to Alaska as they attempt to trace the history of the masks. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

A team from the Vatican was in Bethel this week trying to trace the origins of several traditional Yup’ik masks they received nearly a century ago. Museum experts are going through the Vatican’s vast collection and trying to find the people who can explain the art. Read more →

The conference brings together people from across the region. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The conference brings together people from across the region. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The fourth annual Calricaraq, or traditional healing – conference is underway at the cultural center in Bethel. People from across the YK Delta are gathered as elders, providers, young people, and others meet to work on some of the region’s toughest challenges.
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A Sleetmute man was arrested Wednesday. Photo from Bing Maps.

A Sleetmute man was arrested Wednesday. Photo from Bing Maps.

State Troopers arrested a Sleetmute man Wednesday who reportedly attacked a man with an ax the night before. Aniak troopers arrested 25-year-old Kristopher Gregory.

According to a trooper dispatch, Gregory in the early morning hours struck a 56-year-old man with his fists. Read more →