Charles Enoch

Fish and Wildlife Service logo. Courtesy of U.S. FWS

Fish and Wildlife Service logo. Courtesy of U.S. FWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held a public hearing in Bethel on Monday to gather public testimony on proposed changes to federal predator controls in Alaska refuges. The hearing was one of nine scheduled hearings throughout the state. Only Fish and Wildlife and other wildlife officials attended, most likely because few hunters target predators in the Bethel area.

The proposed changes would affect all refuge lands in the state including Unit 18. They would not affect any laws regarding subsistence harvests.
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Screenshot of the Alaska Airlines redesigned greeting page before it was changed. Photo by Blossom Twitchell.

Screenshot of the Alaska Airlines redesigned greeting page before it was changed. Photo by Blossom Twitchell.

After Alaska Airlines unveiled a new look for their airplanes and website many Alaska Natives took offense to a phrase in their new marketing campaign. The phrase has sparked a controversy and a new round of conversations about what the word “Eskimo” means to Alaska Natives.

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One of the Bogus Creek 150 mushing dogs before the start. Photo by Chris Pike.

One of the Bogus Creek 150 mushing dogs before the start. Photo by Chris Pike.

The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee has postponed the February 50 sled dog race scheduled for this Saturday due to rough and icy trail conditions and inclement weather forecasts.
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A screenshot of Quinhagak on Google Maps. Screenshot by Charles Enoch/KYUK

A screenshot of Quinhagak on Google Maps. Screenshot by Charles Enoch/KYUK

Quinhagak searchers have rescued a missing person from their village with little time to spare.

According to the Alaska State Troopers online dispatch, Bethel based troopers received a call Wednesday around noon saying 21-year-old Michael Matthew of Quinhagak had walked away from his residence. He was wet and not carrying warm weather gear.
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The Alaska State Troopers badge. Courtesy of AST

The Alaska State Troopers badge. Courtesy of AST

Alaska State Troopers have received a report of an unexpected death in Tununak. According to the online trooper dispatch, the death happened last week on Wed., Jan. 29.
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Photo of Thomas Tom. Courtesy of AST

Photo of Thomas Tom. Courtesy of AST

After four days of searching, Alaska State Troopers have found 57-year-old Tommy Tom of Aniak. Authorities were looking for Tom after a deceased person was found at his home over the weekend.

Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters says Tom was found dead Thursday around noon in the woods near a trail used by heavy machinery in the village.
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A 50 year old snowplow dragging steel flats was one of the ways they smoothed out the ice. Photo courtesy of BSAR

A 50 year old snowplow dragging steel flats was one of the ways they smoothed out the ice. Photo courtesy of BSAR

Bethel Search and Rescue announced that middle and upriver Kuskowkim villages of Napaimute, Chuathbaluk, Aniak, Kalskag, and Lower Kalskag combined their efforts to plow and mark a safe ice road for cars and trucks from Tuluksak, to Lower Kalskag, to Aniak, then Chuathbaluk, they expect to mark the trail to Napaimute sometime this week.
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U.S. DOE Seal. Courtesy of DOE

U.S. DOE Seal. Courtesy of DOE

Governor Bill Walker announced a nonbinding federal energy program earlier this week which aims to improve energy efficiency in participating rural Alaska villages through outreach, technical assistance and project development.

It’s called the Rural Alaska Communities Energy Efficiency Competition and it’s run by the U.S. Department of Energy.
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Photo of Thomas Tom. Courtesy of AST

Photo of Thomas Tom. Courtesy of AST

Alaska State Troopers in the village of Aniak are reporting a death in Aniak, but they say they have not made a positive identification or determined a cause of death.
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With nine wins, Jeff King is the most decorated K300 champion in the history of the race.

With nine wins, Jeff King is the most decorated K300 champion in the history of the race.

This year’s field for the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race is the biggest in recent history with over 30 competitors already signed up. Nine-time K300 Champion Jeff King of Denali Park, Alaska is the musher that has won Alaska’s premier mid-distance sled dog race more than any other musher, most recently winning in 2013.

After coming in third place last year, King says he’s considering a different strategy.

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