A fisherman soaks a gill net in the Kuskokwim River near Napaskiak on June 12, 2018.
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Find Out Kuskokwim Subsistence Fishing Openings And Regulations

Find out the dates, times, and regulations for subsistence fishing openings along the state and federal waters of the Kuskokwim River.

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On Thursday, the Bethel Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for a liquor store that the Alaska Commercial Company wants to build.

Katie Basile / KYUK

For several years now, Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta tribes have named public safety as their top priority. Some communities in the region don’t have any law enforcement. The ones that do often don’t have enough, or don’t have any training. On Thursday, June 13 that situation changed for a few communities across the region when Yuut Elitnaurviat in Bethel graduated a class of 13 rural law enforcement officers.

Yukon Fishing Is On

Jun 14, 2019

The summer chum salmon run on the Yukon River has begun, and so far the numbers are coming in higher than historical averages. It is still early in the run, though, and the fish may just be returning early.

The number of king salmon returning this year are at about the same levels as last year, and about average for the river system. 

Kuskokwim Salmon
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If you’re confused about Kuskokwim fishing regulations this summer, you’re not alone. Different regulations are coming from different government agencies for the same river. One of the big reasons for that divide is how many king salmon the agencies want to reach their spawning grounds.

Kuskokwim King Salmon
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  • Aaron Tiernan: Alaska Department of Fish and Game - Kuskokwim Area Manager
  • Ray Born: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Yukon Kuskokwim Delta National Wildlife Refuge Manager
  • Aaron Moses: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Yukon Kuskokwim Delta National Wildlife Refuge Subsistence Specialist

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Napakiak applied for a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers to help repair its eroding boat landing; spring storms wiped out most of it this year. Now barges, boats, and hovercraft don’t have a place to park.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The state’s battle to reduce the size of its budget played out in microcosm in the chambers of the Bethel City Council, which voted unanimously to raise the rent charged to the state for the DMV office in front of city hall. The state had requested a rent lower than market value due to budget cuts, but the city council refused. The difference is several thousand dollars per year, but council member Mitchell Forbes called it principle, the city’s “$6,000 pushback to Gov. [Mike] Dunleavy’s approach to rural Alaska.” 

Boots are on the ground in Mertarvik. The U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps started work on Wednesday, helping the community construct a new site for the Village of Newtok. Newtok invited the U.S. Department of Defense to conduct its Innovations Readiness Training in Mertarvik. The training allows reserve forces to practice setting up infrastructure in unfamiliar environments. Over the next 10 weeks, military personnel will construct a gravel road, a landfill, a heavy equipment shop, and four homes in Mertarvik.

Alaska Commercial Company has proposed opening a liquor store in the now-shuttered Sammy's Market on Bethel's 3rd Avenue.
Gabby Salgado / KYUK

The Alaska Commercial Company, better known as AC, wants to open another liquor store in Bethel. On Thursday, June 13 the Bethel Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on whether to give the business a permit it would need to do that. Receiving a conditional use permit means that the commission considers the proposed location safe to operate a liquor store. In AC’s case, that location is the old Sammy’s Market on Bethel’s Third Avenue.

Katie Basile / KYUK

10:00 a.m. The reported tundra fire off Bethel’s Wildlife Lane on Thursday morning turned out not to be a tundra fire at all. Instead, Bethel firefighters extinguished a burning pickup truck and bicycle in the Old Crow sandpit. The flames did not spread beyond the vehicle.


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