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Bjørn Olson / Ground Truth Trekking

  The Red Devil Mine is located on the Kuskokwim near the Red Devil Creek between Crooked Creek and Sleetmute.  Mining started in the 1930's, picked up steam in the 50's and 60's but has not operated since the 1970's. The problem is that there's mercury, arsenic, and antimony in the soils left behind by the mining, and the contamination is being released by erosion.

Katie Basile / KYUK

This fall Kongiganak is set to install a lithium ion battery in its utility system that could replace more than half the village’s electric and heating needs with wind energy. For more than four years, about a third of the village’s energy has come from this renewable resource.


A Holy Cross man accused of assaulting a Tribal Police Officer on Friday was off his medication, according to State Troopers who took him into custody. Dino Peters, 22, was recently released from the Alaska Psychiatric Institute. He is currently being held at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Correctional Center, where he faces six assault charges, as well as a charge of reckless endangerment of a child. Troopers say Holy Cross Tribal Police Officer Justin Whitley was physically assaulted and chased by Peters with a hatchet.

Holy Cross Man Charged with Assaulting Officer with Ax

Apr 18, 2017

State Troopers took custody of a Holy Cross man accused of assaulting a Tribal Police Officer on Friday. Dino Peters, 22, was taken to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Correctional Center to face six assault charges, as well as reckless endangerment of a child. Holy Cross Tribal Police say Peters physically assaulted and chased the officer with an ax when they responded to a call at Peters’ residence. Members of the community helped to apprehend him.   

Troopers Investigating Chuathbaluk Woman’s Death

Apr 18, 2017

Update: Troopers report there is no foul play suspected in Phillips death.

 

Law enforcement is investigating a death in Chuathbaluk, where Flora Phillips, 26, of Anchorage, died in her sleep. The first report that State Troopers based in Aniak received was that CPR was being attempted. Then they were notified that she was dead.  Her body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner for autopsy in Anchorage. More details are not yet available.

 

Salmon drying on a Kuskokwim fish rack
Shane Iverson / KYUK

Tuesday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hear what you want federal managers to do about the Kuskokwim salmon fishery this summer. At the Bethel Cultural Center from 6 to 8 p.m., the federal agency will listen to public input on management requests it’s received for the coming fishing season.

Emperor Goose in Gibson Cove
Lisa Hupp / U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Eighty percent of the world’s Emperor Goose population breeds on a 10-mile-wide strip that runs from Kongiganak, up the coast of the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta, to Hooper Bay.  This year, for the first time in 30 years, federal managers have opened a subsistence hunt for the birds. The geese haven’t migrated to the Delta yet, and the feds are trying to encourage conservative hunting of the vulnerable species before they get here.


For the second year in a row, Daniel Ayaginag Hunter from Nunam Iqua won the 2017 Yup'ik Spelling Bee in Anchorage on April 15, 2017.
Johanna Eurich / KYUK

Competition was tough and quick during the Yup'ik Spelling Bee this weekend in Anchorage. Even with four schools from two school districts, competition quickly became a battle between the former champ Daniel Ayaginag Hunter from Nunam Iqua and contenders in Kotlik. 


This week, Bethel City Council approved a contract for dredging and restoring the sewage lagoon. City Attorney Patty Burley supported its passage, citing numerous hold ups due to the federal approval needed for each and every change. If the funds are not used this year, the grant for the project would expire by 2018.

Katie Basile / KYUK

  With funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing voucher demonstration project, AVCP Regional Housing Authority has enough money to pay for housing for 20 homeless military veterans. Now the job is finding vets in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta interested in housing that is completely paid for by the program.

 

 

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