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There’s growing awareness about the increase of heroin and opiate addiction in the YK Delta and it’s dire social consequences.

Heroin confiscated by Alaska Law Enforcement. - Courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

Heroin confiscated by Alaska Law Enforcement. – Courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

In this KYUK special program News Director Daysha Eaton speaks with experts from across the country who have experience with the issue, and local leaders working to address the problem. Listeners learned the signs and symptoms of opiate addiction, and what we can be done as a community to address the problem.

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Talk Line hosts (l-r) Fran Reich, Joe Moses Jr. and Diane McEachern. Photo by G. Brink / KYUK

Several topics that keep cropping up on KYUK’s Talk Line once again take focus on this week’s program.

Heroin and other substance abuse issues were discussed, the after-born regulations implemented by Calista Corporation came under scrutiny, and the legality- or lack thereof- of banishment from a community is mentioned.

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Heroin confiscated by Alaska Law Enforcement. - Courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

Heroin confiscated by Alaska Law Enforcement. – Courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

On Wednesday, the Bethel Office of the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team, or WAANT, arrested Katherine Morgan of Bethel after an extended investigation revealed she was involved in the sale and distribution of heroin in Bethel. They arrested 26-year-old Jonathan Serrano last week on charges related to an earlier heroin investigation.
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Courtesy AST.

Courtesy AST.

Remains of a child found Sunday in Kotlik are believed to be that of a boy who went missing there last year, according to Alaska State Troopers.
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“Talk Line” host Joe Moses, Jr. shares a laugh with a caller. Photo by Geraldine Brink / KYUK

This week’s show features a number of different topics of conversation, coming to the KYUK airwaves both via telephone and email.

One caller shares her thoughts on banishment from villages, and whether they are a positive way to handle certain situations. Another caller shares his story of banishment, and how poorly the details of the banishment were handled.

Talk Line airs live every Friday morning from 10-11:30am on 640 AM, and the Talk Line Replay starts at 7pm on Friday evenings.

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Neil LaLonde, Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge Manager. Photo by Geraldine Brink/KYUK

Neil LaLonde, Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge Manager. Photo by Geraldine Brink/KYUK

During a salmon management program that aired on KYUK Wednesday, fish managers gave more details about how subsistence fishing for king salmon on the Kuskokwim would be managed this year.

Federal manager, Neil Lalonde, announced a harvest of 7,000 chinook, or king salmon, no matter how poor the run, through a community permit system.
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KYUK’s Shane Iverson and Sophie Evan facilitated a two-hour show in English and Yup’ik on Wednesday the 20th regarding this season’s salmon management plan.

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L-R: Greg Roczicka, Aaron Poetter, Mark Leary, Neil Lalonde. Photo by Geraldine Brink/KYUK

The discussion includes what you need to know this summer and what the closures mean for the health of the river and its people. The first hour is dedicated to getting an understanding of the roles of federal, state, and tribal management plans. Comments and questions were taken via email and phone for the second part of the show.

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Mark Leary – Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group RepresentativeIMG_7941

Greg Roczicka – Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission RepresentativeIMG_7929

Aaron Poetter – State Management Biologist, Alaska Department of Fish and GameIMG_7931

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This special program will be rebroadcasted on 640 AM on Wednesday, May 20th, starting at 7pm.

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Talk Line airs live from 10-11:30am every Friday morning on 640 AM. Photo by G. Brink/KYUK

This edition of KYUK’s Talk Line opens with an email encouraging people to do something about all the things they choose to complain about. Another caller is awaiting the arrival of mosquitoes, other callers offer up their opinions on a liquor store coming back to Bethel, and salmon return numbers and restrictions are scrutinized by several emails and calls.

Talk Line now airs for an hour and a half every Friday morning, and the Talk Line Replay airs on Friday evening starting at 7pm.

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Department of Transportation & Public Facilities logo. Courtesy of DOT & PF

Officials from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and a contractor are in Bethel this week to discuss updates to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Transportation Plan.
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