Alaska

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 fish rack in Bethel sits empty this month. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

A fish rack in Bethel sits empty this month. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Fishermen are looking forward to the next driftnet opening on the Kuskokwim River. Federal staff are waiting for the Bethel Test Fishery to show more chum and red salmon compared to kings before finalizing the next opening. Read more →

Dogs recover in Kongiganak in a December spay and neuter clinic. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Dogs recover in Kongiganak in a December spay and neuter clinic. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Veterinarians will be on the Yukon River next week to vaccinate, spay, and neuter dogs.

Angie Fitch is director for Alaska Native Rural Veterinary, one of the groups teaming up to give the free clinics.
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An fish rack in Bethel sits empty this month. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

A fish rack in Bethel sits empty this month. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

For the first time ever, the state is opening a brief elder’s fishery for king salmon on the middle and upper Kuskokwim. The fishery runs Saturday, June 20th, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

The fishery is open to people age sixty and over. They can have specific family members help, but the elder must be present when they are fishing.
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AVCP logo. Photo Courtesy of AVCP

AVCP logo. Photo Courtesy of AVCP

The Association of Village Council Presidents is working to build a regional emergency operations plan for the YK region, and ultimately an emergency operations center to coordinate local responses. More than 40 people from nearby villages, government, and non-profit groups came together for a workshop earlier this month in Bethel.
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Courtesy AST.

Courtesy AST.

Alaska State Troopers report that two children intentionally set fire to the school in Grayling Monday.In an online dispatch Troopers say a 6-year-old and a 7-year-old are responsible for the fire.
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Several fires were started Sunday with lightening. Images from Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

Several fires were started Sunday with lightening. Images from Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

More than 80 firefighters are battling a 25-hundred acre blaze near Whitefish Lake. The fire south of Kalskag and the Kuskokwim River is one of about a dozen that were started by lightening on Sunday. Tim Mowry is the Public Information Officer for the Alaska Division of Forestry. He says smoke-jumpers and four crews were dispatched to the fire.
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A fire burned an alcohol treatment facility in Bethel Photo by Dean Swope

A fire burned an alcohol treatment facility under construction in Bethel last year. Photo by Dean Swope

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is upping a reward to $20,000 for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of those responsible for the fire that destroyed the PATC alcohol treatment center. They previously offered a $5,000 reward. Read more →

Yute Air Logo. - Image Courtesy of Yute Air

Yute Air Logo. – Image Courtesy of Yute Air

This is a developing story.

Searchers have found the wreckage of the Yute Air plane that’s been missing since Saturday morning, but there’s still no word on the status of the pilot. A team Sunday evening spotted the Cessna 207 in the Kwethluk River. Lieutenant Colonel Candice Olmstead is with the Alaska National Guard. Read more →

Surveillance video shows the arrest on July 12, 2014. Screenshot from AC surveillance video.

Surveillance video shows the arrest on July 12, 2014. Screenshot from AC surveillance video.

The City of Bethel has settled with Wassillie Gregory, a man who was violently arrested by a Bethel Police Officer in 2014. Bill Ingaldson, an attorney hired by the City says the settlement was dispersed last week.
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