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Kuskokwim at Bethel on 11/17.  Photo by Mark Leary.

Kuskokwim River at Bethel. Photo by Mark Leary.

As the Alaska Legislature wrestles with a 3.5 billion dollar budget deficit due to plummeting oil prices, communities around the state are bracing for the impacts. Upcoming budget cuts could wield a particularly brutal blow to one of the state’s most economically fragile areas, the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. In Bethel, where the main industries are government and non-profits, the cuts could have a wide reach.
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A new study by Alaska researchers says more, big, fall storms like one tracking across the Bering Sea toward Western Alaska are in the future for the Y-K Delta.

A new study theorizes that there could be more frequent and more violent storms accompanied by increased flooding and erosion in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta over the next 50 to 100 years due to climate change. The study by researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Alaska used remote sensing technology along with traditional knowledge and observations from local Native people.

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An Ice Yacht on the Hudson River. Photo Courtesy of Isaac Kestenbaum

An Ice Yacht on the Hudson River. Photo Courtesy of Isaac Kestenbaum

Multimedia producers are in Alaska gathering audio for a project called ‘Winters Past’. Their first stop was in Bethel where they’re talking with elders about how they’ve seen the climate change in their lifetime.

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Leaders at the AVCP Convention head table in at Bethel's Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center Tuesday. Photo by Dean wope.

Leaders at the AVCP Convention head table in at Bethel’s Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center Tuesday. Photo by Dean Swope.

Leaders from around the state gathered in Bethel Tuesday for the 50th Annual Association of Village Council Presidents Convention. Dignitaries and political leaders from across the state attended.

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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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Ana Hoffman, Bethel Native Corporation CEO and President, testified against the Marijuana Initiative at the Bethel public hearing on the initiative.

The Bethel Legislative Office was packed Monday afternoon as Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor, Mead Treadwell lead a hearing on Ballot Measure 2, a Marijuana initiative that will appear on the November 4th ballot.

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Coast GuardMembers of the coastguard are in Napakiak to clean up pollution from an old fishing vessel. Petty Officer Patrick Brown gave an update on the cleanup after a town hall meeting on abandoned and derelict vessels at Bethel City Council Chambers Thursday night. Read more →

Amanda Hoeldt built a pen for the eagle she named, Eugene.

An eagle rescued near Aniak Tuesday and sent to Anchorage. – Photo by Jared Thorson

An Aniak woman came across an injured bald eagle earlier this week. With help from her community in remote Southwest Alaska, she gave the bird a second chance and brought it to the care of veterinary experts.

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An ancient smokehouse near the village of Napaskiak. Photo by Daysha Eaton

An ancient smokehouse near Napaskiak. – Photo by Daysha Eaton

It’s an annual tradition going back thousands of years for Yup’ik people living along the Kuskokwim river: fish camp. Each summer families relocate to catch, dry and smoke fish to sustain them through the long winter, the most coveted of which is the King Salmon. But fishing restrictions this year, have hit many families hard.

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The red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service extends from Bristol Bay through the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta up to Fairbanks and Cananda. - Courtesty of National Weather Service, Alaska Region Headquarters.

The red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service extends from Bristol Bay through the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta up to Fairbanks and the Canadian Border. – Courtesy of National Weather Service, Alaska Region Headquarters.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag wildfire warning for the Kuskokwim Delta on Thursday due to strong winds and low humidity. Mike Roos, a Fire Management Officer with the Alaska Division of Forestry says people should not be fooled by gloomy weather. Read more →