Environmental stories in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Area residents traveling on the frozen Kuskokwim are being warned to stay off the ice. After several days of temperatures fluctuating above and below freezing, Bethel Search and Rescue President Mike Riley says the Kuskokwim River around Bethel is not safe for vehicle traffic. The high tide measures six feet deep at the lower end of Church Slough, and Riley asks everyone to stay off the river road for their safety and the safety of others.

Newtok to Ask Obama for Federal Disaster Declaration

Dec 12, 2016
Eric Keto / Alaska's Energy Desk

The village of Newtok plans to request a federal disaster declaration from President Barack Obama before he leaves office. The village is facing rapid erosion due to climate change, and officials say a disaster declaration may be the best chance to unlock federal funds for relocation before the existing village becomes uninhabitable.


Courtesy of Bedushia Nicholi

A Yup’ik woman, originally from Lower Kalskag, recently returned from the Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock, North Dakota where she went to demonstrate against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Bedushia Nicholi now lives in La Jolla, California. She hopes to be back visiting Alaska for the holidays, and she also hopes to return to Standing Rock. 

Bethel Firefighters Respond To Warehouse Fire

Dec 8, 2016
Andrew Gonzales

The Bethel Fire Department responded to a structure fire over the weekend with no injuries reported. The cause is not yet known.

Celina Angaiak / KYUK

What’s going to happen if the Donlin Gold mine is green-lighted and historical sites become disrupted? That’s another part of the Donlin saga that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is deciding as the federal agency chooses whether or not to recommend permitting the project.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding a meeting in Bethel on Monday to talk about how historical sites could be impacted by the proposed Donlin Gold project and what will happen if they are.

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.