Scott Ignatius Agathluk has been found not guilty of assault in the fourth degree.

A wood bison makes its way through the tundra.
Credit Alaska Department of Fish and Game

After over 20 years of hard work, a dogged crew of wildlife managers has successfully reintroduced wood bison to the tundra of Southwest Alaska. Now, they’ve received an award for it. This week, the state Fish and Game department announced that the Wood Bison Reintroduction Team received a special achievement award for its work from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.


For about a hundred lucky middle school students this summer, the University of Alaska campus becomes their home as they solve unique engineering problems at the annual Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program Science Camp. 

Courtesy of Audrey Alstrom

A group of Alaska Native middle school students from around Alaska are on the campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage this week, studying engineering and science. Already they have built a computer and a model for a Mars landing craft. Today they're taking on robotics as teams of students design and build robotic fish.

At the meeting last night, City Council rescinded its protest of Cezary Maczynski’s Kusko Liquor application this past February. Maczynski is pictured above at the August 8, 2017 meeting.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

At the Bethel City Council meeting on Tuesday night, Swanson’s liquor store application drew opposition in the form of a formal protest from the City. At the same meeting, a protest against Kusko Liquor’s application was officially rescinded. As Swanson’s Liquor application has not been through the conditional use permit process with the City Planning Commission yet, Council decided to issue a resolution of protest with all voting in favor except for Vice Mayor Fred Watson.

Brandon J. Paul.
Courtesy of the Bethel Police Department

Bethel Police are looking for Brandon J. Paul, age 25, who is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Bethel woman at a fish camp across the river from town.

Babies in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are hospitalized for pneumonia 10 times more often than in other parts of the United States. Now, tribal health organizations are partnering with the Alaska Native Medical Center to tackle the problem.

Last Friday in Unalakleet, an Alaska State Trooper received a series of text messages from a local man who was trying to buy alcohol illegally and was initially unaware that he was soliciting alcohol from a law enforcement officer. While the investigation is ongoing, the man appears to have contacted the Trooper by mistake.

Troopers say that they have identified the person and have forwarded charges to prosecutors for review.

Commercial Opener on Lower Yukon

Aug 8, 2017

The abundance of king salmon on the Yukon River this summer has been larger than average. Much larger than average. More than enough king salmon have swum up the Yukon to Canada than are needed to meet the Canadian harvest share. In fact, it even exceeds the upper end of that harvest share required by the US-Canada Salmon Treaty.  

Chariton Epchook is the Chairman of the Nunavut Alaska Provisional Government, which formed last week.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

After last week’s Nunavut Alaska Constitutional Convention, concerns were raised in the community about what comes next.