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Environmental stories in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

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.

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This week a class of students from across the country are in Bethel to learn how to use traditional herbs from the local tundra.  KYUY’s Johanna Eurich reports that the students will return home with ethno-botanical knowledge, plus a tiny jar of salve.


 

The village of Quinhagak is hoping to sell fish to Seattle based company North West Sea Food Exchange after Costal Villages Region Fund stopped buying fish earlier this year. But the village is running into some unexpected problems that could prevent the partnership. 


When the Champion Ebony, a tanker hauling 14.2 million gallons of fuel, ran aground near Nunivak Island, it was relying on nautical charts of Alaska’s costal waters  that may have been outdated. 


Charles Enoch / KYUK

The Bethel Fire Department responded to the Kilbuck school building for a report of a second fire.

According to a press release from the fire department, this morning around 7 a.m., firefighters received a report of smoke coming from the remaining part of the building formerly used by the Kuskokwim Learning Academy. Fire crews found a fire in an old classroom.

Bethel City Council has voted 6-1, with Mayor Rick Rob in opposition, for the city to submit comments on the Donlin Gold draft environmental impact statement.   

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