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The Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group put together a list of recommendations for early season chinook salmon management. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group put together a list of recommendations for early season chinook salmon management. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

A couple months before the king salmon begin to enter the river, the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group met to set recommendations for an early season of conservation.

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Fishermen and managers discussed ways to improve fishery management Thursday at the Kuskokwim Fishermen's Meeting. Photo by Ben Matheson /KYUK.

Fishermen and managers discussed ways to improve fishery management Thursday at the Kuskokwim Fishermen’s Meeting. Photo by Ben Matheson /KYUK.

Expecting another below average king salmon run and a slate of early season closures, fishery managers circled up with Kuskokwim fishermen Thursday, in Bethel, to set in motion preparations for a tough season ahead.

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K300 Logo. Courtesy of K300

K300 Logo. Courtesy of K300

Kwethluk’s Cukayuk Olick won the 2015 Camp Out sled dog race Sunday and took home the $2,000 winners’ prize. 10 teams traveled upriver from Bethel to the Gweek River Saturday, camped out, and raced back 45 miles on the Kuskokwim river Sunday morning.
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Much of the Kuskokwim is bare ice, overflow areas on the sides of the river are a common hazard. Photo taken on March 4 by Charles Enoch

The side of the Kuskokwim by the boat harbor in Bethel. These uneven spots tend to be deeper during high tide. Photo by Charles Enoch

Bethel Search and Rescue chief Mike Riley said much of the trail on the frozen Kuskokwim River has remained stable despite recent spike in temperatures, but there are hazards due to standing water, overflow and glare ice. But the biggest problem, said Riley, is getting on and off the river.
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2015 is predicted to be a below-average king salmon run. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

2015 is predicted to be a below-average king salmon run. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The state is expecting a bigger run of king salmon on the Kuskokwim this summer, but still well below average. State managers say they expect strong conservation measures to continue in 2015 to ensure enough fish make it up the river to spawn. Leading up to the season, managers are seeking early input to make the season a success.

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ADF&G will install a new weir in 2015. Graphic from ADF&G.

ADF&G will install a new weir in 2015. Graphic from ADF&G.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will install a new weir in the headwaters of the Kuskokwim this summer to better track king salmon on their journey up the river to their spawning grounds.
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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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