The USACE presenting the Donlin Gold EIS in Nunapitchuk.

The USACE presenting the Donlin Gold EIS in Nunapitchuk.

Two weeks remain to comment on the Donlin Gold mine draft environmental impact statement, or EIS. Most comments so far focus on subsistence and economic impacts, according to Keith Gordon, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project manager overseeing the over 5,000 page document.

Last Monday the Army Corps and AECOM wrapped up several months of traveling the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and other areas of the state to present the draft to affected communities and to collect public testimony. Read more →

BRHS logo, courtesy of BRHS.

BRHS logo, courtesy of BRHS.

Athletes across the Lower Kuskokwim School District completed in the Native Youth Olympics District Tournament in Kwigillingok over the weekend.
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The Bethel Warriors logo. Photo courtesy of BRHS

The Bethel Warriors logo. Photo courtesy of BRHS

The Bethel Wrestling Club participated in the Tri-Valley Greco Wrestling Tournament in Palmer last-weekend, some of Bethel’s Warriors took first for their weight classes.
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River clear below Napaskiak on Sunday. Photo courtesy of BSAR

River clear below Napaskiak on Sunday. Photo courtesy of BSAR

Middle Kuskokwim River villages reported that river ice is beginning to move out in what is expected to be the earliest river breakup on record for those villages.
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River clear in Kwethluk River. Photo by Earl Samuelson

River clear in Kwethluk River. Photo by Earl Samuelson

As the Kuskokwim river ice continues to shift and rot, Search and Rescue volunteers have suspended recovery efforts for the remains of 26-year-old Tuluksak resident Dillon Lamont.

Bethel Search and Rescue Chief Mike Riley says recovery efforts for Lamont just below Tuluksak have been suspended sue to deteriorating river conditions at the search site.

“They have kinda suspended their search for Mr. Lamont maybe a week or so until conditions get better. They have pulled their equipment from there because of safety reasons, getting there. The biggest factor there, the safety part for the searchers,” Riley said.

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(Left to right) Barrick USA Executive Director Andy Cole, Donlin Gold General Manager Stan Foo, and NOVAGOLD President and CEO Greg Lang. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

(Left to right) Barrick USA Executive Director Andy Cole, Donlin Gold General Manager Stan Foo, and NOVAGOLD President and CEO Greg Lang. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Two weeks remain to submit public comments on the proposed Donlin Gold mine’s draft environmental impact statement, or EIS. This week, we have a two-part episode on the proposed mine. Read more →

Allanivik Hotel Closing

by Adrian Wagner on April 15, 2016

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The Allanivik Hotel is closing today after months of public unrest surrounding its revenue and plans for the hotel’s future.

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Mark Charlie, newly designated President and CEO of AVCP Housing Authority. (Photo courtesy Mark Charlie.)

Mark Charlie, newly designated President and CEO of AVCP Housing Authority. (Photo courtesy Mark Charlie.)

The board of the Association of Village Council Presidents Regional Housing Authority has designated Mark Charlie as the organization’s new president and CEO.

“I look forward to working with every tribe and their tribal members and addressing their housing needs. And I want to hear from them on what we’re doing and how we can improve,” Charlie said. Read more →

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Caribou in Denali. Photo courtesy of ADF&G

Caribou in Denali. Photo courtesy of ADF&G

Alaska State Troopers say 32-year-old Bethel resident Kenlynn Nicholai was arrested in Bethel after allegedly stealing and selling antlers.

Wildlife Troopers in Bethel say they received a call from a Bethel resident on Wednesday around 4pm, saying someone had stolen a pair of caribou antlers from their back deck earlier that day.
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