On Oct. 15, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued three boaters from Munson Island, located north of Nunam Iqua on the Yukon River mouth. The Coast Guard described the three as “severely hypothermic” in a press release, and transported the boaters to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel for medical care.
Bethel celebrated its third annual Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday. The celebration included an evening of Yup’ik dance, Native Olympic games, sharing of Elder wisdom, and a potluck. To begin the event, community members marched down Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway, holding signs, wearing headdresses, and beating a drum. KYUK walked with them and has this audio postcard.
A village corporation in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta wants Calista Corporation shareholders to vote on whether Calista should support the proposed Donlin Gold mine. Calista owns the mineral rights to the mine. Azachorok’s president, Loren Peterson, says that the resolution isn’t a stance on the mine, but it would give shareholders a chance to decide if they want it.
Bethel residents have the opportunity to chat with their next city manager. The two final candidates, Aaron Easton and Michael Patterson, will be available to the public at 5:00 p.m. today, Oct. 16, at Bethel City Hall for a meet and greet.
Five candidates have expressed interest in the final seat on Bethel City Council. The seat opened up when former council member Carole Jung-Jordan resigned last month. The candidates are Rick Garcia, Courtney Trammell, Joni Beckham, Jon Cochrane, and Michelle DeWitt. Absent from the list are the two candidates who ran for city council this year but were not elected: Raymond "Thor" Williams and Fritz Charles will not be considered for the final council seat.
The deadline to report the outcome of your Kuskokwim moose hunt has arrived. If you received a permit to harvest a moose in Zone 2 of the Kuskokwim’s RM615 hunt and never got a moose, Tuesday, Oct. 15 is the last day to report that information. However, no matter what the outcome or zone of your hunt, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game wants to know how it went. Biologists are relying more on this information as warming winters make other survey tools less reliable.
Novagold, one of two companies developing the proposed Donlin Gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, is looking at building the mine in stages to reduce construction costs. That’s according to its latest quarterly earnings call.