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The North Aniak fire continues to burn. Crews are taking advantage of wet weather to get ahead. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The North Aniak fire continues to burn. Crews are taking advantage of wet weather to get ahead. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Wet weather has given firefighters a much-needed break as they work to contain Kuskokwim area wildfires. 83 are still considered active in the southwest area, where Norm McDonald is the Fire Management Officer.
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Incident Commander Keith Dunn oversees several middle Kuskokwim fires. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Incident Commander Keith Dunn oversees several middle Kuskokwim fires. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Nearly a million acres have burned in southwest Alaska this year. 85 fires are still ablaze in the region. The middle Kuskokwim base of Aniak is the nerve center for a fleet of helicopters and other aircrafts, shuttling supplies and crews working to stop fires before they reach communities and cabins. As the season progresses, teams are settling into Aniak for the summer.

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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 →

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 →

Alaska State Troopers logo. Courtesy of AST

Alaska State Troopers logo. Courtesy of AST

Alaska State Troopers arrested a Sleetmute man Friday on a warrant for sexual abuse of a minor. Aniak-based Troopers arrested Sakar N. Zaukar of Sleetmute at his Housing Road residence around 3 p.m.

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Nora Guinn Justice Complex, Bethel, AK. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Nora Guinn Justice Complex, Bethel, AK. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

An Aniak man was convicted Friday of multiple counts of sexual abuse of a minor. A Bethel jury found 31-year-old Golga Kelila III guilty of first degree sexual abuse of a minor as well as a second degree count and first degree harassment. The abuse happened in July of 2013.
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Pete Kaiser, of Bethel, placed 14th at the 2014 Iditarod finish line in Nome on Thursday, March 19th. - - Photo Courtesy of John Wallace and Kaiser Racing Kennels

Pete Kaiser, of Bethel, in Nome on Thursday, March 19th. -Photo Courtesy of John Wallace and Kaiser Racing Kennel

Bethel musher Pete Kaiser was 14th to cross the  finish line of the 2015 Iditarod in Nome, Thursday, March 19, at 1:44 a.m. Aniak’s Richie Diehl placed 23rd, crossing the finish at 9:26 a.m. Kaiser said it was a windy and frustrating race.
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Aniak - Photo by Karl Edwards

Aniak – Photo by Karl Edwards

An Aniak elder was reportedly taken advantage of by a woman who was assisting her with her taxes. The 66-year-old woman reported her suspicions of theft to Alaska State Troopers at the end of December 2014.
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Aniak airport - Photo by Karl Edwards

Aniak airport – Photo by Karl Edwards

An Aniak teen was medivaced to Anchorage earlier this week after a snow machine he was driving hit a sports utility vehicle at an intersection, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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K300 Logo. Courtesy of K300

K300 Logo. Courtesy of K300

KYUK is profiling local mushers leading up to this year’s Kuskokwim 300, begining with Richie Diehl and Mike Williams Junior.

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Aniak’s Richie Diehl plans to complete his fifth running of the Kuskokwim 300 after a winter of training of ice and bare tundra around Aniak.
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