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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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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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