New state data reveals that the number of king salmon returning to the Kuskokwim River has been inflated for decades. Now, the state is recommending that the body governing the Bering Sea pollock fishery adopt this new information.  If it does, restrictions on the fleet’s bycatch of king salmon could tighten, and a long-voiced demand from Kuskokwim residents could be met.

CEO Andrew Guy says that he was unaware that George Owletuck had sexually harassed anyone until October 2017.
Courtesy of Calista Corporation.

The Calista Corporation's CEO decided to take his case directly to the public this week. Accompanied by a board member, a public relations expert, and an attorney, he sat down with KYUK to tell his side of the corporation's power struggle, which has split the corporation’s Board of Directors and devolved into name-calling and litigation.

A vital voice of KYUK's programming, John Active died on June 4, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK


The funeral for John Active will be held today at the Bethel Moravian Church. A beloved broadcaster and storyteller in the Y-K Delta, Active’s service will begin at 2 p.m. From your KYUK family, we love you and miss you John.



Brian Henry addresses Bethel City Council before his appointment to the body on June 5, 2018.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel City Council has appointed Brian Henry as its newest council member. Henry fills the seat left vacant by Naim Shabani’s resignation and will serve until the October municipal elections.

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.