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Kuskokwim River near Bethel

Kuskokwim River Near Bethel , December 2014.

Bethel Search and Rescue urges caution on the Kuskokwim River. BSAR says much of the Kuskokwim trail remained safe over the weekend though there is more water on the ice.
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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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Frozen Kuskokwim River at Bethel, December 2014. Photo by Daysha Eaton.

Frozen Kuskokwim River at Bethel, December 2014. Photo by Daysha Eaton.

As holiday travelers take to their snowmachines Bethel Search and Rescue says there are trails marked with stakes and reflective tape from Bethel to some nearby villages where the ice is thick enough to support cars and trucks. There are still hazards, and they emphasize that travelers should stay on the marked trails.
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Bethel PoliceBethel police are investigating an ATV crash on the Kuskokwim river that killed one man, Kenneth Nicori, and injured another person.

In the evening of November 26th police got a call from the YKHC emergency room. They responded and found 20-year-old Kenneth Nicori Jr. of Kwethluk had been declared dead. He suffered injuries including head trauma in an accident. Bethel Police Chief Andre Achee said the way the case came to their attention was “kind of” suspicious.
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Kuskokwim jam at Coffee's Bend on 11/17. Photo by Mark Leary.

Kuskokwim jam at Coffee’s Bend. Photo by Mark Leary.

The Kuskokwim River continues to break up due to unseasonably warm temperatures, but there’s no flooding expected. Mark Leary with Bethel Search and Rescue flew the river Monday afternoon and reports that the ice has broken up as far down as 10 miles below Kalskag at what’s known as Coffee’s Bend and jammed there. He says as things freeze up, the ice chunks will make travel difficult.
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A rare November Breakup on the Kuskokwim River near Napaimute. Photo Courtesy of Mark Leary

A rare November Breakup on the Kuskokwim River near Napaimute. Photo Courtesy of Mark Leary

The Kuskokwim River in Southwest Alaska is experiencing a rare November breakup. Temperatures were cold in early November but over the past several days, temperatures have reached into the 40s and even the 50s in some places along the river.

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troopers, alaska state troopersAlaska State Troopers say two men were found dead in separate incidents this week in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region. Both appear to be boating-related accidents.
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AFN President, Julie Kitka talks with reporters at the Boney Courthouse.

AFN President, Julie Kitka talks with reporters at the Boney Courthouse. Photo by Daysha Eaton/KYUK

Three judges with the Alaska Court of appeals are now weighing whether Yup’ik Fishermen, who targeted Chinook or king Salmon during a closure on the Kuskokwim River in 2012, were wrongfully convicted. Their attorney based their defense on a 1970’s moose-hunting case. The fishermen say state fisheries managers interfered with their religious rights and they want new regulations to insure it won’t happen again.

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FishThe Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group wants the state to end to all commercial openings for the remainder of the summer. The say despite unmet subsistence needs the state has allowed commercial salmon openings. Some upriver fishermen are fed up with the state, and want the Federal Subsistence Board to manage the river from here on out.

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ADF&GAnother commercial opening for salmon fishing on the Kuskowkiwm starts Monday, July 21st. Waters from Bethel to the mouth will open to commercial salmon fishing from noon to 6pm. Read more →