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Donlin employees in summer 2014. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Donlin employees in summer 2014. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Donlin Gold is shutting down its camp at the site of its gold deposit near Crooked Creek. Kurt Parkan is external affairs manager for Donlin Gold.

“Because a significant amount of fieldwork necessary to bring the project to permitting has already been completed, the need for a camp to be open during that permitting phase doesn’t exist, so we’re temporarily closing the camp during the final phase of the permitting process, and will make a decision to open it once we get through permitting and additional fieldwork justifies the need for the camp to be open again,” said Parkan.
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Icy conditions in Bethel cancelled schools both Thursday and Friday. - Photo by Dean Swope

Icy conditions in Bethel cancelled schools both Thursday and Friday. – Photo by Dean Swope

National Weather Service officials say Bethel got the worst of the freezing rain that began Wednesday evening and continued this morning. A freezing rain advisory was in effect until 9:00 a.m. this morning.

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The front entry to Jung's Trading Post. Photo by Charles Enoch

The front entry to Jung’s Trading Post. Photo by Charles Enoch

Jung’s Trading Post, in the village of Napakiak has been in business for as long as most people in the region can remember. The family business has called a weathered red building along the Kuskokwim River home for 56 years. It’s known for its unique selection of local handmade crafts and other hard to find items. Earlier this month, owners announced they are going out of business.

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The spawned out black and red salmon to the right of a king salmon in much better condition. Photo courtesy of Mike Williams Sr.

The spawned out black and red salmon to the right of a king salmon in much better condition. Photo courtesy of Mike Williams Sr.

KYUK reported this week that an Eek fisherman caught a silver salmon. A few salmon are evidently still swimming further up the Kuskokwim River. An Akiak resident reported catching two salmon.

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A map withe the Bethel - Kwethluk trail highlighted in yellow. Courtesy of BSAR

A map with the Bethel – Kwethluk trail highlighted in yellow. Courtesy of BSAR

With growing concerns about increased traffic on the Kuskokwim, following the colder temperatures in recent days, Bethel Search and Rescue decided to survey the thickness of the ice.
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Bethel Winter House logo. Courtesy of Bethel Winter House

Bethel Winter House logo. Courtesy of Bethel Winter House

The Bethel Winter House, a non-profit homeless shelter, won’t open its doors again until December. But winter’s come early this year, that leaves the community’s homeless population, out in the cold.

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One of the protest signs at Watson's Corner protesting the use of PDF's. Photo by Charles Enoch

One of the protest signs at Watson’s Corner protesting the use of PDF’s for illegal substances. Photo by Charles Enoch

A group of Bethel residents held a protest against bootlegging and drug dealing this past Friday, a day after the first Permanent Fund Dividends were distributed. Organizers say they chose PFD day because it’s a time when illegal drug and alcohol sales go up.

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Kuskokwim fishermen will be paid a dollar per pound for coho salmon delivered in Monday’s commercial opening, up from 75 cents last month. The six hours open Monday on the Kuskokwim River are the first commercial period since July 21st.
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Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

For the second consecutive week, it’s “wait and see” for fishermen who are eager or anxious for the next commercial opening on Kuskokwim River.

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IMG_4380The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is opening a 12-hour commercial fishing period in the Quinhagak district beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday. In the Goodnews Bay District, an opening runs during the same period.

The state’s anticipated surpluses for the commercial harvest range up to 100-thousand sockeye, 130-thousand chum, up to 80-thousand coho and zero to 3-three thousand king salmon.

Commercial fishing had been delayed until now because of an expected poor king salmon run. In both areas, subsistence salmon fishing will be closed 16 hours before, during, and 6 hours after the opening.