Environmental stories in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel was one of many places where there were rallies and vigils in support of members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who are protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. The tribe fears that a leak from the pipeline could have devastating effects on their sacred lands and their water supply in North Dakota. There have been arrests and continuing efforts to remove the protesters, and satellite rallies have been held around the country in support.  

Activists To Hold Standing Rock Protest In Bethel

Nov 4, 2016
Telis Antho / Flickr Creative Commons

This weekend, activists in Bethel plan to join people around the world who are supporting the Standing Rock Sioux. Protesters from the tribe are blocking the construction of the North Dakota Access Pipeline through Indian land. The protest will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Watson’s corner this coming Saturday. KYUK’s Adrian Wagner spoke with co-organizer Diane McEachern to learn more.


The historic Iditarod Trail took center stage during a meeting held by the Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday on the proposed Donlin Gold mine. The route has been changed but not far enough to suit some longtime mushers.

Barrick Gold Resumes Mining Operations in Argentina

Oct 5, 2016
Barrick Gold

Barrick Gold has resumed drilling operations at its Valedero mine in Argentina after suspending operations following a cyanide solution spill last month.

Barrick Gold

Barrick Gold has been ordered to stop mining operations in Argentina after a recent cyanide spill.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Hold onto those aluminum cans. Recycling is returning to Bethel, and ONC’s Environmental Coordinator Mary Matthias is leading the way. KYUK traveled with Matthias to what is potentially the largest site of used cans in Bethel and ground zero of where Matthias’ work will begin.

On this weeks Delta Affairs Weekly, we speak with Lisa krebs of DEC, Bob Whittier of EPA, and a Coast representative about how and why rural communities can improve their spill response efforts. 

Dean Swope / KYUK

This week students came to Bethel to study how people interact with tundra plants. The class is part of an ethnobotany certificate course out of the UAF Kuskokwim University Campus. Students came from Alaska, Hawaii, Maryland, and Canada.

Alaska Interagency Coordination Center

State fire officials are monitoring a fire in the Gweek River area near Bethel. It was reported soon after a storm Thursday.

Alaska Division of Forestry spokesperson Tim Mowry says officials are monitoring a fire eight to ten miles north of Bethel. Airplanes sent to survey the fire found a 200-acre blaze slowly moving West. Mowry says lightning strikes during yesterday’s storm likely ignited the fire.

Summer Storm Sparks Fire Near Aniak

Jul 14, 2016
Flickr Creative Commons, Lumix Lee

A fire was seen burning north of the village of Aniak on Thursday. Residents in Bethel reported seeing pink clouds in the direction of the village and smelling smoke on the wind.