Environmental stories in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Bethel resident and Calista shareholder Elias Venes (left) talks with Donlin Gold General Manager Andy Cole (right) at a Donlin open house at the Bethel Cultural Center on May 10, 2017.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK Public Media

The State has issued a preliminary air quality permit for the Donlin Gold project.  The 30-day opportunity for the public to submit comments on that permit closes this Friday at 4:30 p.m. The preliminary permit is the first the proposed mining project has received.

As of Sunday evening, May 7, 2017, an ice jam above Bogus Creek has backed up large sheets of black ice as well as sticks and logs all the way to the Wise Fish Camp.
Earl Samuelson

The Kuskokwim ice has broken, but the river isn’t clear yet. Ice and debris is still flowing downstream and posing a danger to boats.

National Weather Service

The Kuskokwim River breakup front has stalled about 15 miles upstream of Tuluksak. Meanwhile, the Upper River ice around McGrath and Sleetmute has started making its way downstream. KYUK spoke with River Watch team member Andy Dixon for an update Friday afternoon.

National Weather Service

The Kuskokwim breakup front sits about 15 miles upstream of Tuluksak at Coffee’s Bend. Now, it’s the only front on the Middle and Upper Kuskokwim, instead of multiple minor fronts scattered along the river.

National Weather Service

The Kuskokwim River breakup front has shifted downstream to somewhere between Kalskag and Tuluksak. The River Watch team is flying this afternoon to locate the jam and report on river conditions.

National Weather Service

The main break up front on the Kuskokwim remains jammed halfway between Crooked Creek and Georgetown. That’s according to an aerial survey from the Kuskokwim River Watch team, which flew from Crooked Creek to below Akiak on Tuesday.

Mark Leary

The River Watch team has launched and is flying over the Kuskokwim, surveying ice conditions and monitoring break up. On Monday the team flew from Kalskag to Stony River. 

Mark Leary

The Kuskokwim River break up is beginning.

River observer for the National Weather Service, Mark Leary, reports the ice in the north and middle channels above Napaimute have been clearing out and slowly causing shifting in the main channel.

Dean Swope / KYUK Public Media

The Napaskiak Tribal Council has closed river travel around its community. Tribal Administrator Sharon Williams says the ice is deteriorating fast. It’s turned to needles, and the slough ice near the village’s airport has shifted.

Getting an Education at Spring Camp

Apr 24, 2017
Dean Swope / KYUK

It’s Spring! Springtime brings forth such fond memories of my childhood.