Kalskag

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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2016 Kuskokwim 300 race start. (Photo by Dean Swope/ KYUK)

Over half the K300 mushers have passed through the Aniak checkpoint, passing the race’s halfway point. According to the K300 live gps tracking, Brent Sass is leading the competition in first position, followed 14 miles behind by last year’s champion Pete Kaiser. Read more →

Alaska State Trooper badge. Courtesy of AST.

Alaska State Trooper badge. Courtesy of AST.

Two men, one in Upper Kalskag and the other in Lower Kalskag, were arrested Tuesday on unrelated charges.
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Alaska State Trooper logo. Courtesy AST.

Alaska State Trooper logo. Courtesy AST.

Troopers arrested a Kalskag man for an outstanding warrant on Thursday.

Aniak State Troopers found 22-year-old Kalskag resident Wayne Holmberg, Jr. as Holmberg was walking on the sewage lagoon trail in Upper Kalskag.

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Large fires burn in the middle Kuskokwim River area. Map from AICC.

Large fires burn in the middle Kuskokwim River area. Map from AICC.

Six fire crews and eight smoke jumpers are working to get ahead of fires burning in the middle Kuskokwim River.

Greg Scully is assistant fire management officer in McGrath. He says as the North Aniak blaze has grown to more than 50-thousand acres, multiple crews are focusing on the western flank.
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The Bogus Creek and Whitefish Lake fires total more than 30,000 acres. Image from Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

The Bogus Creek and Whitefish Lake fires total more than 30,000 acres. Image from Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

The Whitefish Lake Fire south of Kalskag is now 80-percent contained, while the nearby Bogus Creek Fire has grown to 20,000 acres, the largest wildfire in the state. No structures are threatened in either fire. Mangers want to keep the Whitefish Lake fire from reaching native allotments.

Tim Mowry is with the Alaska Division of Forestry. He says the Bogus Creek fire isn’t being actively fought, but a crew was dispatched to work on a spot fire west of the main fire.
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A woman died Saturday in Upper Kalskag when her ATV crashed. Image from Google Maps.

A woman died Saturday in Upper Kalskag when her ATV crashed. Image from Google Maps.

State troopers say a woman died when her 4-wheeler flipped twice and threw her from the vehicle. 34-year-old Merna Spein was driving down main street in Upper Kalskag Saturday afternoon when she lost control. A witness says Spein was the only person on the 4-wheeler when it crashed. She was not wearing a helmet and suffered head trauma.
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troopers, alaska state troopersTwo people in lower Kalskag were injured when an SUV struck a 4-wheeler over the weekend.

Early Sunday morning, state troopers learned of the incident. They report that 47 year old Billy Williams was driving a Ford Explorer after drinking alcohol. He hit an ATV with four juveniles on board, injuring two of them.
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Ice jam below Kalskag -Photo Courtesy of BSAR

Ice jam below Kalskag -Photo Courtesy of BSAR

After a strange freeze up and a couple winter thaws, the Kuskokwim 300 will follow the Kuskokwim River exclusively from Bethel to Aniak and back on the same trail.
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The Kuskokwim River is rotting out both above and below Bethel. The ice moved near Kalskag this weekend and formed a half a mile lead above Kalskag. Earl Samuelson is a pilot for state troopers and flew the river Saturday. He spotted very weak ice below lower Kalskag.
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