Donlin Gold Advances In Permit Process

Jun 5, 2018
The site of the proposed Donlin Gold mine in 2014.

Last week, Donlin Gold received a state permit that regulates wastewater discharge. The mine is located in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region and is poised to be one of the biggest gold mines in the world.

Part of the Calista Corporation lawsuit against its former chairman was dismissed on June 4, 2018.
Courtesy of Calista Corporation.

Calista Corporation board member Wayne Don won a significant victory in court on Monday. After deliberating for several hours, Superior Court Judge Andrew Guidi threw out part of the Calista Corporation’s lawsuit against Don, denying an injunction that would have kept Don quiet before the upcoming board elections.

A vital voice of KYUK's programming, John Active has retired from KYUK.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Monday, June 4, 2018 6:40 p.m. This story has been updated with more details about John's life since it was first published.

It’s a sad day at KYUK. Our friend, Yup’ik storyteller, culture bearer, translator, and longtime KYUK radio and TV host John "Aqumgaciq” Active died this Monday morning at age 69. John is irreplaceable. His broadcasting career at KYUK began in the early 1970s, and he is celebrated as a pioneer in Native media for his work spreading and preserving the Yup’ik language and culture.

Bethel City Council will vote on whether to appoint Yup'ik elder Mary Nanuwak to the body during its meeting on May 22, 2018. Nanuwak would fill the vacancy left by former council member Naim Shabani. Nanuwak is pictured here in 2016 during her unsuccessf
Katie Basile / KYUK

Callers on KYUK’s Friday Talk Line program sent an outpouring of support for Mary Nanuwak, and cried foul on the Bethel City Council’s decision not to appoint the Yup’ik elder to an open seat that she applied for. She meets all of the legal requirements and was the only applicant.

The Calista Corporation's headquarters in Anchorage. Calista CEO Andrew Guy and former board chair Wayne Don both plan to testify at a hearing on June 4, 2018.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

The Calista Corporation’s ongoing power struggle is coming to a head on Monday in an Anchorage courtroom. CEO Andrew Guy and former board chair Wayne Don are facing off, and both intend to take the stand. 

The Kuskokwim River will have another gillnet fishing opening on Wednesday to target non-salmon species such as whitefish and sheefish.

Kings On The Yukon

Jun 1, 2018

The first king salmon has already been caught on the Yukon river. Kings and chums were harvested on May 27, but there is a lot of water in the lower Yukon River this season, along with a lot of wood debris that's making it tough to fish.

Some Y-K Delta Residents Are Worried Over The Final Donlin EIS

Jun 1, 2018
People started trickling into a meeting May 31, 2018 to voice concerns about the final Environmental Impact Statement from the Army Corps of Engineers for the proposed Donlin gold mine.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

About 25 residents from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta met on May 31, 2018 to air concerns about the final Environmental Impact Statement issued last month for the proposed Donlin gold mine.

How Hard Is It To Find An Electrician In Bethel?

Jun 1, 2018

A recent letter from the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative startled residents in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The letter told customers to repair their electric equipment by August or have their power cut off. While most of the repairs are minor, others require more professional handling from an electrician, which are scarce in the region. 

Former House District 38 Representative Zach Fansler will plead guilty to one count of harassment.
Katie Basile/KYUK

Almost six months after he was accused of slapping a woman in his hotel room, former House District 38 Representative Zach Fansler is pleading guilty, though not to assault.