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Environmental stories in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Carey Gusty Atchak

It’s clickbait, for sure. A recent Facebook video shows two men helping a baby moose cross a frozen river; it was filmed last weekend on the Middle Kuskokwim. The sight is touching, but the incident presents another example of how the warm winter is changing the river.


Grady Deaton (left) with the Kuskokwim Consortium Library, and Adrian Wagner (right) with 4-H Cooperative Extension have teamed up to train young people on how to preserve cultural histories by using the StoryCorps smartphone app in Bethel.
Dave Cannon

State regulators are meeting with the public in Anchorage tonight to discuss the permits for the proposed Donlin Gold Mine. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has released two draft permits that tackle one of the mine’s thorniest issues: how the company plans to dispose of chemicals like arsenic next to a river of subsistence fishermen.


The proposed Donlin Gold mine site in 2014.
Dean Swope/KYUK

Residents met with state regulators in Bethel’s Cultural Center last night to discuss water and waste management at the proposed Donlin Gold Mine.

Donlin Gold predicts that it can extract 33 million ounces of gold over the initial 27 years of the proposed mine. The gold is present in microscopic flecks embedded within the extracted sample rock.
Katie Basile/KYUK

State regulators are gathering in Bethel tonight to discuss water and waste management at the Donlin Gold Mine.

Three-thousand gallons of diesel fuel have spilled on Bethel’s Yuut Elitnaurviat campus, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s adult workforce development center.
Courtesy of Yuut Elitnaurviat

If you see somebody inspecting under and around the Yuut Elitnaurviat Learning Center, it’s probably an employee of ChemTrack monitoring the fuel spill.

The proposed Donlin Gold mine site in 2014. The site is located north of Crooked Creek, which sits on the Kuskokwim River.
Dean Swope / KYUK

State regulators are meeting in Aniak this evening to discuss the proposed terms of a permit for the Donlin Gold project’s water and waste management permits. It’s the first of three such meetings scheduled by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The other two will be in Bethel and Anchorage later this month.

Yuut Elitnaurviat is working to clean up 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled on its campus some time between the evening of January 8 and the morning of January 9, 2018.
Yuut Elitnaurviat

Three-thousand gallons of diesel fuel have spilled on Bethel’s Yuut Elitnaurviat campus, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s adult workforce development center. A contractor is working to mop up the fuel before it sinks deeper into the tundra or reaches a waterway.


The home of Edwina Andrew burned to the ground in Nunapitchuk last night. No one in the family was injured.
Courtesy of Nicole Tobeluk.

A house burned to the ground in Nunapitchuk last night, leaving a family homeless and in urgent need of winter clothes.

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan recognized Tuntutuliak elder James Charles on the Senate floor last week.
Anna Rose MacArthur/KYUK

Last week, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska took the floor of the U.S. Senate to let his colleagues know about the accomplishments of James Charles, a Tuntutuliak elder and a tireless conservation advocate.

Quinhagak is applying for aid to repair damage after 85-mile-per-hour winds ripped through the community days before Christmas. The storm tore away the porch and wall from this house.
Stephan Jones / Native Village of Kwinhagak

Both Platinum and Quinhagak are applying for aid following a high speed wind storm that ripped through the communities days before Christmas.


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