Three Y-K Delta mushers will race Iditarod 44. Logo courtesy Iditarod.

Three Y-K Delta mushers will race Iditarod 44. Logo courtesy Iditarod.

Three Y-K Delta mushers are signed up for Iditarod 2016.

Mike Williams Jr. of Akiak, is back for the race to Nome after a one year break. He’s joined by Bethel’s Pete Kaiser and Richie Diehl of Aniak. Former Bethel resident Tom Jamgochian, who currently lives in Nome, will race his first Iditarod. Read more →

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The Chuathbaluk fire was active Friday afternoon. Photo by Patrica Yaska

The Chuathbaluk fire was active Friday afternoon. Photo by Patrica Yaska

Aniak and Chuathbaluk are receiving favorable winds today, cutting down on the smoke and fire danger. The fire across the river from Aniak has grown to 27,000 acres. Bill Wilson is Aniak’s Mayor.

“The fire is paralleling on the opposite side of the river where the runway and town are here. It’s worked its way about halfway down the runway at this point. You can see it, most is further off the shore, it’s touched down in a few places at the shoreline.The smoke is thick, it’s blowing toward the Russian Mountains and towards the north more,” said Wilson. Read more →

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Smoke from the nearby Mission Creek fire has arrived in Chuathbaluk. Photo by Patricia Yaska.

Smoke from the nearby Mission Creek fire has arrived in Chuathbaluk. Photo by Patricia Yaska.

The fire across the river from Aniak has grown to 27,000 acres. Two crews are in Aniak, Salt Lake County and Chevak to do point protection in the case that the fire moves across the river. Three flights of at risk people were evacuated to Bethel yesterday to stay out of the thick smoke.
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IMG_2088There was much to discuss in this week’s Talk Line with the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta facing evacuations due to fires and recent fish openings on the river. Woven within worries of fish conservation and safety, many callers brought positive sentiments and thanks for the many good things that are still ever present within our communities. Listen to Fran, Diane, and Joe field calls and discuss this week’s topics of discussion on Talk Line below.

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Logo courtesy ADF&G.

Logo courtesy ADF&G.

There will be a drift gillnet opening upriver on Saturday.

The state-run six-inch gillnet opening takes place from Aniak to the headwaters on Saturday, June 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The nets are limited to 60 feet in length. Read more →

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A large fire is burning northwest of Aniak. Photo courtesy of Mark Leary /NVN.

A large fire is burning northwest of Aniak. Photo courtesy of Mark Leary /NVN.

The middle Kuskokwim communities of Aniak and Chuathbaluk are evacuating at-risk people as wildfires approach. They’re sending infants, elders, and those with respiratory problems to Bethel as they expect heavy smoke over the next couple days. Read more →

An artist's rendering of the proposed YKHC expansion. Courtesy YKHC.

An artist’s rendering of the proposed YKHC expansion. Courtesy of YKHC.

The region’s new clinic and hospital renovation took a step forward Thursday as the US Senate approved a bill to transfer ownership of 23 acres of federally-held land to the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Senator Lisa Murkowski sponsored the bill. Read more →